Grades 9 - 12
Grade level Equivalent: 4.5
Lexile Measure®: 730L
DRA: Not Available
Guided Reading: Y
- Horror and Supernatural
- Mystery and Suspense
- Slavery, Underground Railroad, Abolition
- Ghosts, Monsters, Vampires, Witches
- African American
- Friends and Friendship
About This Book
Pemba knows she's not crazy. But who is that looking out at her through her mirror's eye? And why is the apparition call her "friend?" Her real friends are back home in Brooklyn, not in the old colonial house in Colchester, Connecticut, where none of this would have happened if Daddy were still alive. But now all Pemba has is Mom and that strange old man, Abraham. Maybe he's the crazy one.
Thank goodness for Pemba's Playlist and the journal she keeps. There are so many answers deep inside that music. And so much is revealed in Pemba's poetry — the hops she writes and those coming through her iPod. Phyllys, an eighteenth-century slave girl, has answers, too. They billow out from her ghostly visits to Pemba, visits that transform both girls in ways neither expected.
In this supernatural tale, the voices of these two characters entwine to put a new spin on a paranormal story of friendship.
Praise for Pemba's Song: A Ghost Story
"A beautifully written, richly historical...tale unfolds in two voices in this suspenseful ghost story. Nelson and Hegamin have crafted an intriguing mystery, and while their writing styles are very different, they share a lovely poetic feel." — Kirkus Reviews