First, I should establish that Mary is in the eighth grade, so this is a young adult novel. After Mary’s move to a new house, she must make new friends. Except, her friends believe her house is haunted. Which, incidentally, it is. But George is actually very nice and he takes Mary on a time travel adventure back 100 years for various holidays like Halloween and Christmas and the fair.
I thought the concept of this novel was unique. A girl, a ghost, and time travel. And that’s not an idea that’s been overdone, so I really liked it. Also, the book is written for a younger audience, so the language is more simple and the activities more suited for a middle schooler, which is realistic.
My problem came in the repetitive nature of the writing, a few editing errors, and the flat characters. However, Mary and George still have a good story to tell, caught between today and the past.