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When Ted's five-year-old sister Vicki invents an imaginary friend, no one is too concerned...until they realize that her friend can move things. Ted is sure that Vicki's "friend" Marella is a ghost. But why would a ghost haunt Vicki? And why does Marella seem to be terrified of another ghost-a dark figure that is haunting Ted? Edgar Award-winner Vivian Vande Velde's blendWhen Ted's five-year-old sister Vicki invents an imaginary friend, no one is too concerned...until they realize that her friend can move things. Ted is sure that Vicki's "friend" Marella is a ghost. But why would a ghost haunt Vicki? And why does Marella seem to be terrified of another ghost-a dark figure that is haunting Ted? Edgar Award-winner Vivian Vande Velde's blend of history, humor, and suspense is sure to keep middle readers turning the pages!"A fast-paced story that mixes scares and history for some can't-put-it-down fun."-Kirkus Reviews...

Title : There's a Dead Person Following My Sister Around
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ISBN : 9780141312811
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 160 Pages
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There's a Dead Person Following My Sister Around Reviews

  • Andromeda
    2018-09-27 18:36

    I mean, it's fine. I didn't particularly like this book because it dragged, to be honest. Some of the details in this story are extremely dragged out and to be honest they really don't need to be. Speed it up a little bit, don't be afraid to!

  • Natalie
    2018-10-17 14:38

    I liked the way this book explored the intersection between past and present in the landscape as well as the peoplescape.

  • Anna
    2018-10-08 18:22

    I picked up this book when I was in elementary school. It had been sitting on the top shelf in the music room, just gathering dust. I had noticed it for a long time, and one day, I decided to take pity on it, and I read it.Ten year old me could not put the damn book down.The writing style was amazing. I believe this book is middle grade, and if it is, it is surprisingly mature. Not extremely, but enough to be surprising. It was written a very real way- not super emotionally, more of a down-to-earth real way, similar to Perry Moore's "Hero", though that book was also extremely amusing.I also loved the surprising historical connotation. It was informative and ended up being the part of the book that pulled me in.I would definitely reccomend this book if what you're looking for is a quick, interesting read.

  • Thompson
    2018-10-11 16:21

    An okay young adult book which teaches that we shouldn't pre-judge people.

  • Diane
    2018-09-22 18:39

    Ghosts of 2 runaway slaves visit Teddy's sister Vicki, one wanting to possess her

  • Stephanie Fuentes
    2018-09-22 17:39

    There's a Dead Person Following My Sister Around, written by Vivian Vande Velde, is set in the 1980's during the Modern Era, the 12 year-old main character, Ted lives in an old house of their ancestors in New York. He begins to wonder why his sister is acting weird.Ted is a curious. I think Ted is curious because in the book he called his grandparent because he wanted to know about what was happening (pg 98) He was also curious because he searched for the things the grandparents told him about when he didn't even need to solve the issue. I also think he is outgoing. I think he is outgoing because he is really nice towards his sister and his cousin (pg. 112) He was nice enough and his cousin Jaclyn helped him out with the problem he had. A final character trait for Ted is also helpful. His sister was having some problems seeing ghost and was scared so he helped out. The story took place in his house mostly. Vickie his sister was supposed to be sleeping but instead she decided to sit on the step because her "friend" wanted to watch TV but she was with nobody. Ted started thinking about what was happening and he immediately thought his sister was seeing ghosts, the nights went on and he started dreaming with the ghost they were powerful the older one tried drowning him in his dream. He talked to his cousin and she was scared of the house for the same reason because she saw ghosts, Ted talked with his grandparents and apparently there was a journal in his house. Ted found some stuff about two people dying. I think this book was interesting because I enjoy mystery and fiction. One theme that could describe this book is Face Your Fears. I think that could be a theme because Ted is a little scared of the ghosts but that didn't stop him from doing what he had to. Another theme for this book is Make Good Decisions, Help others. You may find out why that's one of them if you read the book. This book is spooky. It is a little scary that there is ghosts trying to tell you something and ghosts living in your home. It is also mysterious. I think it is mysterious because It is like a puzzle you have to solve what the issue is. One quote that can catch you attention is when Vickie the sister says, "Marella wanted to watch TV, she didn't like it much anyways" I think this quote meant a lot to Ted because he knew there was something up with Vickie. If there was no one with her that would be weird and that is what Ted thought. It was also weird for his brother he thought there was something strange going on but he didn't really care. This quote made me think that Vickie was technically not alone. That would be weird because who else is with her. I would give this book a 8.5/10 because it was good but not excellent I think Ted and I are somehow similar we both share the same trait, outgoing. I am also nice towards my family and my friends. In the text it said he was close with his cousin, Jaclyn because they we nice to each other and were very friendly when her mom would baby sit Ted (pg. 78) I like this book because of the kind of spooky part in it, like when the ghost was drowning Ted in his dreams and he ended throwing up when he woke up. Something I didn't like about that book that is was suspenseful and it kept you waiting. I recommend this book to someone who likes books that keep you waiting and are a little spooky. SPOILER ALERTAt the end in the book, Ted and Jaclyn make a circle with mirrors, played opera, put plates down next to each mirror, put candles and used holy water. This was supposed to make the two ghosts get away, It didn't work. After that was over they retried when the brother came home. I didn't work. (pg 110-115) The ghost Adah (the mother of Marella) was trying to tell something to Ted by pointing at the ditch. After a while they noticed what she was saying. Marella was in Vickie's body and didn't want to get out. At the end Ted and Adah were holding hands so she go somewhere in peace. Marella didn't want to go but she also was gonna miss her mom if she didn't go. Adah told her to give Vickie her life back. She ended up letting go of Vickie and Adah let go of Ted. They left in peace. Pg. 147

  • Sarah Crawford
    2018-10-03 19:32

    The story is about Ted (12 yrs. Old), Zach (16), and Vicki, who is in kindergarten. They all live in a house that's about 150 years old.The problems start when Vicki starts talking to a friend, Marella, who no one else can see, and then when the “bad lady” (as Vicki calls her), causes Vicki to have nightmares and then say that the “bad lady” went after Ted (and, during that time, he was having a nightmare of his own.)It turns out a girl cousin of Ted's was at their house when she was five years old and she also saw the old lady and Marella. Then Ted manages to find out that their house was involved in the underground railroad in the past, and that there's a journal kept by a woman involved in that.Unfortunately, the ghost doesn't seem to want Ted to get hold of the diary.An interesting and very educational part of the book revolves around a diary entry that Ted reads, the diary belonging probably to the old lady ghost. It tells about a runaway slave that took refuge in their barn and how they helped him. The way it's written will help bring some idea of the horror of slavery to young readers who don't know much about it.The diary entries go on to tell how Ted's great-great grandmother ended up becoming even more involved in helping slaves escape. It begins to look like two other runaways Ted's grandmother helped could be the old lady and the young ghost. The novel goes on to describe more about the realities of slavery.The story gets even more complex, though, revealing the actual reason why things are going on the way they are. Ted will have to make a great leap of trust in order to help his sister, and people from the past have to adjust to their own realities.This is an excellent book, both as a ghost story and as an examination of just what slavery was like and what the underground railroad was like. Much more than a simple ghost story. Much more.

  • Kitty Jay
    2018-09-25 20:39

    What a fantastic title: There's a Dead Person Following My Sister Around. For an author who claims to be no good at titles, this one piqued my interest immediately (not to mention the fact that Vivian Vande Velde was, and still is, one of my favorite authors from my childhood). Ted, the young protagonist of the story, finds himself wrapped up in a ghostly mystery when his sister, Vicki, starts having nightmares and seeing a young girl and "bad lady" around their house. With the help of his cousin Jaclyn, and the begrudging involvement of his older brother, Zachary, Ted works to uncover what's going on.Vivian Vande Velde is a master of the short story genre, with a twist at the end of every story. Here is no exception, though the twist may not have quite the same impact when it's at the end of a longer story. It certainly wasn't bad, but I do believe that Velde's writing lends itself more to short stories than novels.That said, her characters are believable, never too annoying or unrealistic, and the story flows well. There are some genuinely spooky moments and some genuinely funny ones - something Velde does exceptionally well, mixing good humor with good horror. A treat for younger kids - spooky ghosts, annoying siblings, and a dash of a historical mystery mixed in.

  • Christina Vo
    2018-10-20 20:11

    I remember buying this book during the memorable "book fair week" in 5th grade. I was going through a paranormal phase, reading about everything and anything that had to do with ghosts or "the other side". This book kept me captivated and on the edge of my little 5th grade seat for days. While my teacher taught a lesson about the different kinds of clouds, I secretly held this book below my desk, out of my teacher's line of vision, and busied myself in chapter after chapter of the mysteries of Vicki and her ghost friend, Marella. Even after I finished this book, I could not stop thinking about it. As a sister to an older brother, I became paranoid that there was a ghost watching and following me, also. I couldn't sleep for weeks after reading this. Was the content too beyond my 10 years of life? Possibly. Was I just a sensitive little girl who was easily frightened? Maybe. I randomly came across this book today while cleaning out my bookshelves. I reacted to seeing the cover of this book as a victim with PTSD reacts to hearing loud crashes. It brought back feelings of fear, anxiety, excitement, and did I say fear? Overall, I would say that this is a good book that helped prepare my young self to novels such as those by Stephen King. Kind of like training wheels.

  • Cathleen Ash
    2018-10-01 14:32

    Have you ever seen or heard a ghost? Do you know someone who has? Well, Ted knows someone who has - and he didn't even go to a haunted house, and there was no storm, and no one ever died in the house where his family has lived forever, but still - his little sister saw a ghost. Vicki sees Marella - and no one else can, but Vicki considers Marella to be her friend. Ted, and his older brother Zach think Vicki's gone bonkers and is making up an imaginary friend, just to get out of trouble. At breakfast, right before school, Zach is trying to stab the invisible Marella with his fork, and Vicki screams at him to stop it. She reaches over and knocks Zach's orange juice over his science homework. Of course, Vicki says she was trying to keep Marella from knocking the glass over. Even Vicki’s mom doesn’t believe that one.Marella swears it true, but it’s time for school. Zach turns in his soggy science homework, and Ted keeps working on his social studies paper – but his heart isn’t in it. He’s wondering instead: What should I do when There's a Dead Person Following My Sister Around? By Vivian Van Velde.

  • Wealhtheow
    2018-10-17 21:28

    Ted is just trying to get through fifth grade, but his younger sister's imaginary friend starts making that difficult. It was bad enough when Vicki pretended "Marella" was sitting in chairs and talking to her, but then she started sleeping with a hammer under her bed to protect against another imaginary friend. Then Ted himself gets attacked by an unseen force, and he begins to suspect that they aren't Vicki's imaginary friends...they're ghosts.Spooky but mostly sad, and most of the scares are because of a misunderstanding. There's a useful historical tie-in that could help teach kids about (view spoiler)[slavery and the Underground Railroad (hide spoiler)]. Meant for a young YA audience.

  • John Fannin
    2018-10-20 20:27

    This book by Vivian Vande Velde is remarkable.Its about a family living in a house where a little kid's little sister is seeing things that cannot be explained. The little sister has been seeing this unknown thing and her brother wanted to get to the bottom of the footsteps his beeen hearing and the person that his little sister has been describing. As he found out, through his research, his house use to be where the slaves stayed when they where traveling during the underground railroad epidemic. The ghost that has been following his sister around was a little girl who had died in the creek in their backyard. The house was exorcist so the evil ghost, which was an old woman, would stay away from the little girl ghost. Overall the book was exciting and mysterious.

  • Titis Wardhana
    2018-10-19 21:20

    Lama bener rasanya nyelesein baca buku ini...Rumah Ted tiba2 dihantui. Semua berawal dari Vicki, adik Ted, yang bilang kalau dia punya teman bernama Marella. Semua menganggap kalau itu hanya teman khayalan Vicki, sampai berbagai peristiwa aneh menimpa Ted. Meski cuman 150 hlm., tapi rasanya bacanya ndet2an alias gak lancar. Kayaknya gara2 terjemahannya yang sangat Indonesia sekali, misalnya: Nah, kamu perlu mendapatkan bantuan untuk membalikkan papan panel itu atau tidak?Lalu pemakaian kamu dan kau yang sangat tidak konsisten sampai bikin pusing. Yah mungkin gara2 buku jadul kali :-D

  • Sara-Anne
    2018-09-20 15:17

    This was one of the very few Vivian Vande Velde books I haven't read. She is one of my favorite authors. This book was a little different from some of her other works in that it was middle grade, and the protagonist was a boy. That being said, Vande Velde delivered, as usual. I was surprised how truly creepy some of the sections were! One thing I love about Vande Velde is that she never "writes down" (as someone might talk down) to her readers, even her younger ones. She doesn't stop to ask, is this situation too complicated, or frightening, or intense, but instead just writes an excellent story that happens to be for a younger audience. A quick and enjoyable read!

  • Renee
    2018-09-21 18:21

    No one in the family seems to be too concerned with Vicki when she gets an imaginary friend, Marella. But when that friend turns out to be a ghost from the past, Ted has no choice but to discover why Marella has chosen to haunt his sister. As Ted searches, he discovers his house was used to hide slaves during the Underground Railroad. And Marella was one of those slaves.I love how this book combines history with a spooky ghost story. I think there is great value in a book that can teach kids about history, while still telling a fun and entertaining story.Content warning: none.

  • Vision capone paul
    2018-09-21 16:14

    From the start of it the book on the cover gives plenty reasons to want to know more. As to why the ghosts are following them? And maybe the ghost were always their just not to be seen? Or do they want someone's attention? the boy seems very frightned but concerned. The sister just seems to enjoy having a friend around its really creepy . The cover was really the main thing that caught my attention it sort of reminds me of when i'm at home by myself and i think someone is always watching me. spooky huh? !

  • Ms.
    2018-09-20 18:24

    There is a ghost following Ted's sister Vicki around and also another one Vicki calls "The Bad Lady." Then Ted finds a journal that his grandfather and grandmother told him about. His cousin comes over after Ted reads the journal and she reads it. They find out some shocking things about their past.Alyssa-In this book there is a ghost folowing teds sister around.The girl who she is folowing is vicki. Whitch is Ted's sister. He finds a journal and then his cousin comes over and it says a lot about the past.

  • Kathleen Dixon
    2018-10-06 16:25

    Ted's sister suddenly has an imaginary friend, but it starts getting a little spooky when the sister and her friend are both afraid of somebody else. And it gets even more spooky when the somebody else starts invading Ted's dreams!I love the tone of Vande Velde's books. This book, though decidedly scary (I can just hear myself reading it aloud to my grandchildren in a few years - what fun!) still has the light, skittery tone of a boy.

  • Angela
    2018-10-13 18:22

    I loved this book because it also taught me about some information about slavery in history. Also, I connected this book to the TV show Ghost Whisperer because it's about a ghost and Holes because it had mentioned digging a hole that was 6 feet deep which is close to what Stanley had to dig everyday. At first, this book gave me the creeps but later on in the book I wanted to continue reading the author made every end of the chapter feel like a mystery.

  • Emily Smith
    2018-10-10 22:26

    One of my students brought this book to me and told me it is one of his favorites. As I began reading, I quickly became tangled in the story. Vivian Vande Velde did a wonderful job incorporating the historical details into this seemingly creepy story. I really enjoyed how Ted did some investigating to try to find out about the ghosts. The climax was really great, and I finished the book feeling very gratified with the conclusion. My students will love the suspense in this quick read.

  • Maureen
    2018-10-19 14:31

    It was a good read, and I finished it fairly quickly. A ghost living in their back yard, from the time of the civil war. Mother and daughter had been trying to escape but they were drowned on the eve of getting away, and now someone wanted to haunt the family. Could they figure it out before the ghost really hurt someone?

  • Stephen Smith
    2018-10-12 15:30

    OK. This was a crazy book, but I did not put it down. The further I got, the more it kept me on edge. I can't stand horror films and they seem like a waist of good time, but reading this book was enjoyable. A little tough at times to keep up with, but overall it was good fantasy. Highly recommend it if you like a good mystery.

  • Sheri
    2018-10-15 21:16

    There's A Dead Person Following My Sister Around (Vivian Vande Velde)This was a very good ghost story with an interesting and nice twist. The end is bittersweet and the book has a bit of history in it. I highly recommend to young readers and those young at heart. This book was given to me by my daughter's friend and I am glad i had a chance to read it.

  • Dexter
    2018-10-10 16:39

    Very rarely does a book actually creep me out, but Vivian Vande Velde continues to do so. This book is creepy, funny, and sensible all put together to form...awesomeness. I love all the characters, especially Ted, the main character. There's enough humor to keep it from being overdramatic, but enough seriousness to make it scary, and the plot pans out perfectly with a great twist ending.

  • Jenny
    2018-10-17 16:27

    Jed can't figure out why a ghost is haunting his sister. It isn't an anniversary of a death, it isn't Halloween, and his house is a normal place without dark moors, etc. But Vicky is not just making up an invisible friend. There is a sinister lady haunting Jed's dreams too. If he can't figure out who the ghosts are, Vicky may pay the price.

  • Judy Desetti
    2018-09-25 18:25

    Enjoyed this read about a boy who is trying to figure out who is haunting his house and sister. He unravels the mystery of two ghosts who had ties to the underground railroad and their tragic lives. Good read.

  • Jordan Rivera
    2018-10-06 14:34

    This is one of my favorite books it has a twist to it right from the begging. it also has a crazy ending i really do not want to ruin it for you, but if you do decide to read this beware, you will never want to drop it you will get suck in.

  • Karen
    2018-10-15 19:22

    Redeemed with this one! Set again in Rochester, siblings Ted & Vicki start to see Marella, a ghost? Their older brother Zach and their parents don't believe them , but cousin Jaclyn does. When Ted finds an old journal from an ancestor, things start to clear up, and get spookier all at once!

  • Patience
    2018-10-07 14:41

    i got this book at my school's book fair thinkin it wasnt goin 2 b good bt it was actualli a lil more interestin than i thought. n its 1 of those books dat tak u bac to d past n i lik those types onli if it doesnt talk bout d past all dat much.

  • Donna
    2018-09-25 15:31

    Good ghost story - not too creepy, but enough to keep reader interested. A small blip about slave owners and the definition of "mulatto." Could easily skip that part if reading aloud or it could make a good discussion topic.