The Peculiar Haunting of Thelma Bee

ISBN: 978-1-938063-72-5
Illustrated by Kris Aro McLeod
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Ghost-story lover and debut author Erin Petti has written a quirky story for fans of The Goonies, Goosebumps, and Coraline.

In this fantastical adventure-mystery, where science and magic intertwine, eleven-year-old Thelma Bee is never bored. In fact, she has curiosity and adventure in her blood. She spends her time running science experiments, practicing Spanish, and daydreaming about exotic landscapes. But Thelma gets more than she bargained for when a strange woman sells a jewelry box at her father’s antique shop. That night, a ghost kidnaps her father, and the only clues are the jewelry box and a word the ghost whispered in her ear: “Return.” Now it’s up to Thelma to get her dad back, and it might be harder than she thought—there’s someone wielding dark magic, and they’re coming after her next.

Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-938063-72-5
Imprint: Mighty Media Junior Readers
On Sale:
September 6, 2016
Trim Size: 5..5 x 8
Pages: 200
List Price: $16.99
Ages: 8 to 12
BISAC2: JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues/Friendship
BISAC3: JUVENILE FICTION / Horror & Ghost Stories
BISAC4: JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues/Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
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"Petti steadily increases a sense of suspense and dread. The worlds she creates, especially the ones inside the box, are imaginative and fresh. It is rewarding to read about a scientifically minded female protagonist, and that should help attract an audience. VERDICT Those looking for a chilling but quick read should enjoy this one, as will reluctant readers. Recommended for most middle grade collections."

School Library Journal

"An inventive debut ghost story starring a contemporary girl with ancient powers."

Kirkus Reviews

"Thelma Bee is the girl I always wanted to be friends with in school: a smart, funny, chatty little scientist who'd be endlessly entertaining even if she weren't developing supernatural powers. Likewise, The Peculiar Haunting of Thelma Bee is a smart, fun, and inventive adventure down a fantastical rabbit-hole. Thelma's world is brimming with wit, colorful characters, and unexpected thrills. (And magic, of course.)"


Neil Reynolds, writer for The CW's "The Vampire Diaries"