Ghosters

by Diana Corbitt
Dragonfeather Books
For ages 9 and up
Publication date: May 2017

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When twelve-year-old Theresa Martinez’s mom dies, money problems force her family to move into her dead grandmother’s creepy old mansion. Immediately, strange things start to happen. The powdered sugar she’s been searching the kitchen for suddenly falls out of a cupboard. Closed curtains are mysteriously open—all fun stuff for Theresa’s new ghost-obsessed friend Kerry.

When they find out the reality show, Ghosters, is hosting a contest for the best paranormal recording, Theresa remembers Dad’s money problems and vows to win the contest. Along with Joey, her little brother who has Asperger’s, the girls use Kerry’s ghost-chasing equipment to hopefully capture prizewinning evidence. They soon discover that ghosts are just tip of the stunning mysteries the old house holds.

Why we signed Ghosters . . .
“We love YA ghost stories! New girl in middle school, younger brother with Asperger’s, mother’s untimely death affects the family dynamics plus, this one had a poignant family twist. Theresa is an inquisitive, independent girl who takes it on herself to help with her father’s money problems.”

From the Author . . .
“I submitted the first ten pages to a writing conference hoping an editor would give me some pointers. Instead of an editor, I got Geniffer Choldenko, the author of Al Capone Does My Shorts. Geniffer has an autistic sister, so she really pointed me in the right direction when it comes to Joey.”

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About the Author . . .
Diana Corbitt is a retired elementary school teacher who has lived her entire life in northern California. Her work has appeared in Bewildering Stories and Encounters Magazine. She had a podcast on Manor House and one of her short stories was published in an anthology, Wax and Wane: A Gathering of Witch Tales. When she’s not trying to scare herself silly, Diana enjoys working with stained glass, travel, and going to the movies. They don’t all have to be scary. Just not chick flicks.