Ghost in the Window

by Betty Ren Wright

Paperback, 1989



Call number

PB Wri

Call number

PB Wri

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PB Wri





Scholastic Paperbacks (1989)


A man who died in a car crash after allegedly stealing $50,000 from a bank, tries to communicate with the family through Meg's dreams. Sequel to "A Secret Window."


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5.25 inches

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LibraryThing member JalenV
This is a sequel to The Secret Window, which I haven't read. It doesn't matter. A Ghost in the Window stands on its own. Meg can see the future in some of her dreams, a power she inherited from her paternal grandmother. Her parents are divorced. Meg's mother has a chance for a great vacation,
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Grandma isn't feeling well, and big brother Bill is going to be busy. Meg has to kiss her dream for her summer goodbye and stay with her father, the man who walked out on his family to become a writer because writing is the most important thing to him. I'm torn here because I understand how her father feels, but I'm not a parent. I think that was an appalling thing to do his family, especially since he didn't even say goodbye to his kids. So far the most responsible father I've met in one of Ms. Wright's books has been Rosie's in Rosie and the Dance of the Dinosaurs. Yes, he's absent because his employers transferred him to another place, but there's no indication that he's not a fully mature adult. I suppose Meg should be grateful that she's allowed to have her mother still be alive. That's a very traditional fairytale attitude: no mom or, as in this case, mom is absent at a crucial time, and dad is ineffectual. The unspoken message is that dads are useless at protecting their kids. They need their moms to keep them out of peril. I wonder how men feel about that.
Caleb's father is dead. He and his sister still have their mother, who is a nice woman. They have a very real problem, a problem that Meg's psychic power might be able to solve. Is her power developing further? Can Meg trust Caleb with her secret?
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LibraryThing member t1bclasslibrary
Meg's taken her prophetic dreams on an unwanted vacation to her father's. She finds him boarding with a woman, and is initially upset at the idea that they will get married. She's got a mystery to solve, however, and a ghost is helping her solve it. She finds out that Caleb's dad did commit the
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crime he was accused of, but brings the family resolution. She brings herself resolution as well, and begins to accept the fact that her father is remarrying.
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LibraryThing member EmScape
Meg goes to visit her dad in a small town in northern Michigan. He has been divorced from Meg’s mother for a while and is living in a boarding house while he works on his writing career. Meg has to come to terms with him wanting to marry again. Also, the deceased husband of the owner of the
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boarding house is showing up in Meg’s dreams and also as a ghost. What is he trying to tell them?
This book is very similar to the other book I recently read by the same author. They both involve moving to a small northern Michigan town, making new friends, defining family relationships, and a ghost. Honestly, the other book was much better than this one.
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