Middle Grade New Releases, June 18, 2019

HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY to this middle grade book making its rounds through our reviewers!

Thank you to @kidlitexchange for providing the review copies of this book. All opinions are our own.

(June 18th 2019 ~ North Star Editions/Jolly Fish Press)

Photo and Review by Kate ~ originally on Instagram @kateteaching7and8

Ollie Oxley and the Ghost: The Search for Lost Gold is a delightful and fun middle grade mystery ghost story. Ollie is 12-years-old and has just moved to another new town, which also happens to be his mom’s old hometown. His mom just got a job at the Bing (the local theater), but her new job is quickly threatened when the owner of the building is given only 5 days to make his loan payment. At school, Ollie is dealing with a bully and he ends up running against her for class president. Through this all, he only has one person to turn to…his best friend, Teddy. The only problem is Teddy is a ghost. Teddy has no real memory of who he is, but he does know that his father found gold and buried it so bandits wouldn’t find it. Ollie and Teddy go on an adventure to locate the lost gold and save the Bing.

I really enjoyed this story. It’s got the perfect balance of mystery, adventure, and even a little history. I also like that it’s a not so spooky ghost story (Teddy is definitely more of the Casper the friendly ghost type). It also sends some great messages about friendship and standing up to bullies. The book is quick paced and captivating. Because of this, I was able to read the book in a single day. I think this is a book that middle school students would really enjoy. I also think it would be a great book for striving readers who are looking for something interesting and engaging.

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