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Twelve-year-old Sarah is finally in charge. At last, she can spend her summer months reading her favorite science books and bossing around her younger brother, Ellis, instead of being worked to the bone by their over strict grandmother, Mrs. Greene.  But when their cousin Janie, arrives for a visit, Sarah's plans are completely squashed.

Janie has a knack for getting into trouble and asks Sarah to take her to Creek Church: a landmark of their small town that she heard was haunted. It's also off-limits. Janie's stick fingers lead Sarah, Ellis, and his best friend, Jasper, to uncover a deep-seated part of the town's past. With a bit of luck, this foursome will heal the place they call home and the people within it they call family. 


 Kirkus Reviews Best Book
Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choices Book
Bank Street College of Education’s Best Children’s Books of the Year
Ignyte Award Finalist 
Georgia Center for the Book Selection


“A stirring Southern middle-grade book that burns brighter than fireworks on the Fourth.” Kirkus Starred Review

“This is a must for readers who appreciate a heartfelt mystery.” Booklist Starred Review

“An intricate mix of Southern mystery, history, and a ghost story that creeps but doesn’t scare.” School Library Journal Starred Review

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