Avi is an author who has written multiple books in a variety of genres. Something Upstairs is both a ghost story and a historical fiction book. Kenny, the main character, moves with his parents from Los Angeles to Providence, Rhode Island. His parents have bought a house from the colonial era, and it is not long before Kenny discovers someone else is inhabiting the house. Caleb, a slave boy who died in the house wants Kenny to help uncover the truth about his death, so his spirit can be free. However, uncovering the mystery of Caleb’s death puts Kenny’s life in jeopardy. This story is full of suspense and also gives you a look at the slave trade of the 1700’s. Something Upstairs is a great read for Halloween or for any time of year.
I love working in the middle school library because each day I get to work with wonderful students. In addition, I have access to lots of interesting books. It is always fun to help students connect to books they like, and to talk about what they are reading.