The Haunted Library: The Five O’Clock Ghost by Dori Hillestad Butler, illustrated by Aurore Damant

Source: Purchased
Paperback, 114 pgs.
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The Haunted Library: The Five O’Clock Ghost by Dori Hillestad Butler, illustrated by Aurore Damant, is the fourth book in the series in which Claire and Kaz embark on mysteries involving ghosts. This young girl has befriended a ghost, Kaz, who found himself blown away from his family and alone in her grandmother’s library. Following the last book, another student has decided to hire Claire and her detective agency of two, though solids think Claire is the only detective. She heads over to David Jeffrey’s house to investigate with Kaz and Cosmo, Kaz’s dog, safely tucked into her water bottle. We really get a kick out of the ghosts searching the house while Claire is talking to her fellow solids.

Will this ghost who only appears at 5 p.m. come out and reveal himself? Kaz tries his best to uncover the ghost but to no avail, but he is beginning to suspect that an older sister is behind the happenings in the Jeffrey’s house. My daughter loves these because she get to keep on guessing as clues are revealed, and sometimes she gets it right. That wasn’t the case with this mystery, however. But it’s fun to try, right?

We suspect that throughout this series we’ll meet up with more of Kaz’s family, and we have fun guessing which ghost relative we’ll run into next. Beckett, the other ghost who haunts the library, has also become a favorite, as he tries to teach Kaz some new ghost tricks. Kaz is a very reluctant student, and sometimes their interactions are reminiscent of a parent-child relationship. The Haunted Library: The Five O’Clock Ghost by Dori Hillestad Butler, illustrated by Aurore Damant, was a good mystery with an unusual ending that taught my daughter about electromagnetic interference in a simple way. But we’re ready for the next book, we’ve been dying to know what’s in that secret room at the library since the first book.

RATING: Cinquain

Mailbox Monday #574

Mailbox Monday has become a tradition in the blogging world, and many of us thank Marcia of The Printed Page for creating it.

It now has it’s own blog where book bloggers can link up their own mailbox posts and share which books they bought or which they received for review from publishers, authors, and more.

Leslie, Martha, and I also will share our picks from everyone’s links in the new feature Books that Caught Our Eye. We hope you’ll join us.

Here’s what we received:

The Haunted Library: The Ghost Backstage by Dori Hillestad Butler, illustrated by Aurore Damant, which I purchased.

Kaz and Claire’s new detective agency is a success! Their latest case, though, is proving to be the hardest yet. When Claire’s classmate says he saw a ghost backstage while rehearsing the school play, Kaz goes to school with Claire to investigate. From the description the boy gave, Kaz is sure it’s his mom—but where has she gone? Kaz and Claire search everywhere and find no trace of her, but the mysterious ghostly activities are still happening.

The Haunted Library: The Five O’Clock Ghost by Dori Hillestad Butler, illustrated by Aurore Damant, which I purchased.

Kaz and Claire are called in for another ghostly mystery, and this ghost is always right on time. When Claire’s friend tells the young detectives about his five o’clock ghost, Kaz wonders if it could be his own missing brother, Little John. Kaz and Claire search the house up and down, but they can’t find any trace of Little John–or any other ghost. Yet when five o’clock comes along, the strange occurrences come back again.

Spectrum: Math Workbook for 3rd Grade, which I purchased.

FOCUSED PRACTICE: The Spectrum Math Workbook for Third Grade provides focused practice in math mastery for children ages 8 and 9. This 160-page, ten-chapter workbook keeps kids at the top of their math game using progressive practice, math in everyday settings, and tests to monitor progress.
CORRELATED TO CURRENT STATE STANDARDS: This engaging workbook covers fact families, adding and subtracting 4-digit numbers, multiplying and dividing, fractions, perimeter and area, graphs and line plots, and presenting data.
WHAT’S INSIDE: Includes lessons and exercises that help students to understand difficult subject matter, along with pretests, post-tests, mid-tests, and final tests. An answer key is provided to measure the student’s success.
WORKING TOGETHER: A teacher and parent-loved series, Spectrum Math Workbooks help children stay ahead in math by supplying systematic and thought-provoking practice designed to increase in complexity.

Spectrum: Critical Thinking Math for Grade 3, which I purchased.

The Spectrum® Critical Thinking for Math Workbook for third grade features 128 pages of grade-specific activities to help students think critically while building and applying math skills both in and out of the classroom.

Aligned with current state standards, this workbook helps extend learning to real-world scenarios and reinforces concepts such as adding and subtracting through four-digit numbers, multiplying and dividing, perimeter and area, fractions, working with graphs, and more. Testing sections throughout help students review and retain knowledge, while an answer key provides insight into different problem-solving methods and strategies.

Spectrum: Vocabulary for Grade 3, which I purchased.

Spectrum Vocabulary Book for grade 3 reinforces student’s language skills with the progressive lessons and practices through strategies related to word classification, context clues, root and base words and prefixes, suffixes and imported words. It includes test-taking practice sections and an answer key that helps your child systematically build and strengthen vocabulary and comprehension skills. It provides quality educational materials that support your students learning achievement with success and is a child’s path to a strong and expanding vocabulary.

What did you receive?