Murderous ghosts and buried family secrets threaten young Eleanor and Alice Roosevelt in this thrilling middle-grade novel that puts a supernatural spin on alternate history.
It’s 1898 in New York City and ghosts exist among humans.
When an unusual spirit takes up residence at the Roosevelt house, thirteen-year-old Eleanor and fourteen-year-old Alice are suspicious. The cousins don’t get along, but they know something is not right. This ghost is more than a pesky nuisance. The authorities claim he’s safe to be around, even as his mischievous behavior grows stranger and more menacing. It’s almost like he wants to scare the Roosevelts out of their home – and no one seems to care!
Meanwhile, Eleanor and Alice discover a dangerous ghost in the house where Alice was born and her mother died. Is someone else haunting the family?
Introverted Eleanor and unruly Alice develop an unlikely friendship as they explore the family’s dark, complicated history. It’s up to them to destroy both ghosts and come to terms with their family’s losses.
Told from alternating perspectives, thrills and chills abound in Dianne K. Salerni’s imaginative novel about a legendary family and the ghosts that haunt their secrets.
A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection
Eleanor, Alice & the Roosevelt Ghosts
By Dianne K. Salerni
Publisher : Holiday House (September 1, 2020)
Publication Date : September 1, 2020
ASIN : B082S2TGR9
Print Length : 242 pages
Genre: Childrens, Historical, US Fiction, Alternate History, Alternate Universe
Firstly, I want to thank Rockstar Book Tours & Salerni for my advance reader copy for my honest opinion.
an supernatural adventure that will send chills up your spine. This is in an alternate history where spirits haunt houses & is a common happening like breathing. Cousins Eleanor and Alice Roosevelt are completely opposites. Eleanor is bookish and modest, while Alice has a reputation for being outgoing. Yet, the two girls must come together to save their family from spirits attacking them. They will uncover family secrets and mange to rid the ghosts forever. Salerni does a wonderful job appealing to creepy mystery fans & fans alternative timelines.
The design of Eleanor, Alice and the Roosevelt Ghosts was so adorable from the cover to the page designs! It sucked me right in and I was not escaping until i was 70% done and about to pass out from lack of sleep. It is focused towards middle school readers but any age would love this book. people whom enjoy alternative universe or creepy mysteries. I’m more of a creepy mystery person but enjoy alternative universe if played right. This one was a perfect mix of both.
Focusing now more on the topic of Eleanor, Alice and the Roosevelt Ghosts. This would be Roosevelt ghosts of course and the things happening in Aunt Bye’s home. As the story unfolds things got a little out of hand but fit back together almost. Over the story the girls differences show more but over time they begin to appreciate one another. I would much enjoy a sequel if possible or more of either in more ghost stories.
Eleanor, Alice and the Roosevelt Ghosts is the perfect read for a spooky autumn day or night. If you thoroughly enjoy ghost, mysteries or alternative realities where history was accordingly researched then this one will not disappoint. By the way this is 5 star review! 🙂
Dianne K. Salerni is a former elementary school teacher living in Chester County, Pennsylvania with her husband and two daughters.
Dianne’s first novel, We Hear the Dead (Sourcebooks 2010), recounts the true story of Maggie Fox, a teenaged girl credited with the invention of the séance in 1848. A short film based on We Hear the Dead and titled The Spirit Game premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.
Her second novel, The Caged Graves (Clarion/HMH 2013), is inspired by a real historical mystery in the mountains of Pennsylvania and was named a Junior Library Guild Selection, a finalist in the Tome Society IT List, and a Best YA Historical Novel for 2013 by BookPage.
The Eighth Day, a middle grade fantasy about a secret day of the week, is the first in a series by HarperCollins, which also includes The Inquisitor’s Mark (Book 2) and The Morrigan’s Curse (Book 3). The Eighth Day has been featured on state reading lists in Florida, Georgia, Virginia, Maine, Minnesota, and Indiana.
Dianne’s sixth novel, Eleanor, Alice, & the Roosevelt Ghosts, a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection, releases from Holiday House on September 1, 2020.
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