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In the book, “Spirit Hunters” by Ellen Oh, Harper has just moved from her house in New Jersey to her new house in Washington D.C with her mom, dad, sister Kelly, and her brother Michael. Harper is very angry with her mom for buying this house and making her move away. Harper finds her house creepy in a way, like something is watching her. There are certain spots in the house that are very cold even though Washington and her house are very hot. Before Harper moved, she had amnesia. She can’t remember what happened before she went to the hospital. All she remembers is having several broken bones in the hospital. She apparently broke them in the hospital during her sleep. Her mother and father sued the hospital. That’s how they got the money for a new house.

Harper hasn’t seen her grandma since she was seven, but now that they live close to Grandma Lee she wants to see her especially since her brother has never met his grandma before. But Harper will probably never get that chance since years ago her mom and Grandma Lee had a fight and they haven’t seen eachother since then. Harper’s mom says she should write in a journal like the hospital recommended. Harper calls her journal, Stupid D.C Journal. In the book you can read what she writes in her journal. Harper hangs bells that her grandma gave her long ago on her door like she told her to do when she was little. It makes Harper feel safe.

One day Harper goes on a bike ride to explore the neighborhood and meets a girl named Dayo. They become really close friends especially because Harper can escape her house for a little and try Dayo’s mom’s delicious recipes. YUM! The descriptions of Dayo’s mom’s cooking made my mouth water just thinking about it. Her brother, Michael has an imaginary friend named Billy but something about it doesn’t seem right to Harper. After a few days Michael seems very weird. He’s not the same sweet little boy he used to be. He throws tantrums when he doesn’t get what he wants and doesn’t like Harper anymore which is nothing like the old Michael.

Dayo tells Harper about how Harper’s house is haunted. All the kids call it The Old Grady House after the first owner who died but his body was never found. Harper starts getting these weird visions of what happened to previous owners of her house. Harper feels something from her life is missing but what? What’s wrong with Michael? Will he be okay? Will Harper see Grandma Lee ever again? Read Spirit Hunters by Ellen Oh to find out.

I wasn’t sure if it was going to be a good book but I ended up loving it! It was kind of creepy but not enough that you would have nightmares about it. I recommend this book for boys and girls 9 and up. If you ever see the book I suggest you try it. You might be surprised by all the plot twists.

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