Hardcover David Fickling Books/Scholastic Inc., 2015
Price: USD 15.67
Description: 234 pages ; 22 cm
Dewey: -Fic-; Int Lvl: 3-6; Rd Lvl: 5.2
AR 5.2 MG 6 177355EN; RC 6.7 11; LEX 880L


From Follett

"First published in the United Kingdom in 2015 as Jessica's Ghost by David Fickling Books." Francis Meredith is a boy who is interested in fashion and costuming, which has made him a target at school, but when he meets Jessica and Andi his life begins to change--Andi is an athletic girl with a reputation for fighting and family in the fashion business, and Jessica is a ghost who has no idea how she died.

From the Publisher

When Jessica sits next to Francis on a bench during recess, he's surprised to learn that she isn't actually alive--she's a ghost. And she's surprised, too, because Francis is the first person who has been able to see her since she died.

Before long, Francis and Jessica are best friends, enjoying life more than they ever have. When they meet two more friends who can also see Jessica, the question arises: What is it that they have in common? And does it have something to do with Jessica being a ghost?

Product Details
  • Publisher: David Fickling Books/Scholastic Inc.
  • Publication Date: August 25, 2015
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Edition: First edition, September 2015.
  • Dewey: -Fic-
  • Classifications: Fiction
  • Description: 234 pages ; 22 cm
  • ISBN-10: 0-545-85186-6
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-545-85186-2
  • LCCN: 2015-002107
  • Follett Number: 0822DV9
  • Interest Level: 3-6
  • Reading Level: 5.2
  • ATOS Book Level: 5.2
  • AR Interest Level: MG
  • AR Points: 6
  • AR Quiz: 177355EN
  • Reading Counts Level: 6.7
  • Reading Counts Points: 11
  • Lexile: 880L

Reviews & Awards
  • Booklist, 07/15/15
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, 10/01/15
  • Horn Book Guide, 04/01/16
  • Horn Book Magazine, 09/01/15
  • Kirkus Reviews, 05/15/15
  • Library Media Connection starred, 02/01/16
  • Publishers Weekly starred, 05/18/15
  • School Library Journal, 07/01/15

Full-Text Reviews
Booklist (July 2015 (Vol. 111, No. 21))
Grades 4-7. For Francis, alone is often better. Shy, apologetic, and bullied because of his unusual interest—fashion design—Francis has learned it’s best to keep to himself. So when he meets Jessica, friendship is the last thing he expects. But it’s a friend he finds: Jessica is spunky, fashionable, and seems to like him. But she is also a ghost, and at first, Francis is the only one who can see her. As their strange friendship blossoms and Jessica coaxes Francis out of his shell, the two encounter others who can see Jessica, and though they have no idea why they all have this in common, they begin to form a fast friendship. As time goes by, they get closer and closer to discovering the devastating truth behind Jessica’s death, and the reason they can all see her ghost. British author Norriss deals with some heavy themes here—death, dying, depression—but handles them delicately enough for his younger audience, ultimately crafting a simple, quiet story about the effects of bullying and the power of friendship.

Read all 5 full-text reviews …

Back to Top