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Jess Mowry

Ghost Train

Ghost Train
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Published by Henry Holt & Co.
ISBN: 0-8050-4440-X
Old-fashioned suspense co-exists with a modern-day setting in this short, easy-to-read, and very successful mystery. On Remi DuMont's first night in his new home, a train thunders past his window and he watches a murder being committed. Remi, 13, is a recent immigrant from Haiti to Oakland, CA. He shares his father's interest in Voodun and the supernatural. He soon realizes that the late-night train is a ghost train and the murder reenacted on it nightly actually happened more than 50 years ago. As Remi and his new friend Niya investigate, they put together the pieces of an unsolved crime and an unexplained disappearance. Then they step into the past to try to right a long-ago wrong. Niya introduces Remi to the slang and customs of the 'hood while he shares some of his knowledge of Haitian French and his family history with her. Their conversations are realistically sprinkled with four-letter-words never used by Joe Hardy or Nancy Drew (in English or French) and show an innocent and healthy appreciation of one another's sexuality, but also have moments of righteous indignation at the plight of poor minorities. Social concerns are swept aside as the mystery gains momentum and Remi, Niya, and readers are caught up in a hair-raising, life-and-death struggle with a murderer and with time itself. The ending is surprising and satisfying, but has a tinge of sorrow.
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Adventure , Ethnic , Historical , Horror , Mystery , Young Adult
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