Something Upstairs

Something Upstairs When year old Kenny Huldorf moves to Providence Rhode Island he soon discovers that his attic bedroom is haunted by the ghost of a teenage slave named Caleb Before long Caleb summons Kenny back

  • Title: Something Upstairs
  • Author: Avi
  • ISBN: 9780380708536
  • Page: 121
  • Format: Paperback
  • When 12 year old Kenny Huldorf moves to Providence, Rhode Island, he soon discovers that his attic bedroom is haunted by the ghost of a teenage slave named Caleb Before long, Caleb summons Kenny back in time, where Kenny finds himself entangled in Caleb s murder and deeply troubled by the century old injustice Ultimately, it is up to Kenny to solve Caleb s murder or remaWhen 12 year old Kenny Huldorf moves to Providence, Rhode Island, he soon discovers that his attic bedroom is haunted by the ghost of a teenage slave named Caleb Before long, Caleb summons Kenny back in time, where Kenny finds himself entangled in Caleb s murder and deeply troubled by the century old injustice Ultimately, it is up to Kenny to solve Caleb s murder or remain forever trapped in history Part ghost story, part social commentary, this thought provoking, hair raising page turner from master tale spinner, Avi, is a perfect chilling summer read

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    1. Okay, so I remember reading this book back in fourth or fifth grade. And I'm now twenty-eight years old teaching in a middle school. This book really stayed with me, and I remember reading it, because I just loved it. However, I'm really embarassed to say this, but up until I finished the book and then looked up Avi's page online I thought this really did happen. You see, the way Avi writes the Author's Explanation in the beginning had me hooked as a kid and even today! I thought for SURE that t [...]

    2. I would give this book more stars if I could! I loved this book as a kid and read it several times, thinking it would be less scary since I knew what was going to happen. Not so. It's a completely compelling book, and one I would recommend to any youth. It's got some fun ideas about time travel (who doesn't want to time travel?) as well as some fun twists to the story. AWESOME.Love it, love it.*update* Re-read Nov. 2009. Still just as compelling as the first time (my husband had to call me into [...]

    3. The book Something Upstairs is about this boy named Kenny whose family moves into an old 1800's house that squeaks and creaks. Tedious, Kenny turns the attic into his very own bedroom with a wide open space and spacious windows. Kenny explores his new bedroom but then discovers a dried up stain on the wooden floor, but Kenny just ignored it. Then late at night, Kenny is awoken by a strange mist coming out of the stain. A shadow of a young African-american boy who claims he was shot in the early [...]

    4. I wish, so wish, that someone had been a bit more careful with the cover of this book. It looks juvenile. In fact, its cover prompted me to give the book to my 10-year-old rather than put it on my classroom bookshelf. However, it's definitely a middle school book. The plot is rich and thought-provoking; the ethical decisions with which the protagonist struggles are deeper than what a 10-year-old usually experiences. This historical understanding that needs to be brought by the reader requires mo [...]

    5. Please don't judge this lovely little book by its unfortunate cover.I've already come to respect Avi as a quality writer of original and engaging YA fiction, but I think this one takes the 'surprisingly better than expected' prize. Avi manages, in just over a hundred pages, to weave a complex, compelling story that combines the campfire ghost story with elements of time-travel yarn, murder mystery, and historical fiction, with a thoughtful look at the consequences of racism and a gripping moral [...]

    6. Book: Something Upstairs Author: AviReview: The book i recently read was Something Upstairs by Avi this book is about a boy named Kenny Huldorf, who is a boy from Los Angeles, California and his parents just told kenny they have recently took jobs in Providence, Rhode Island and they have already bought a house there!The main setting of this book was mostly in Providence, Rhode Island the main conflict is that the house that kenny is living in is a very old house the first family to liv [...]

    7. I think this book was okay. It wasn't my favorite book I have ever read but it wasn't the worst. The main character, Kenny, is a brave character. He was brave and went back in time to save someone who needed help. He also is kind because he was willing to help although it wasn't safe. I recommend this book to someone who likes history and adventure.

    8. I really enjoy books by Avi like the Man Who Would Be Poe or Charlotte Doyle. He had a nice method for telling this story interposing himself into it as the listener to a young kid's tale. It concerns Providence 200 years ago, a murder, slavery etc. Quick, easy and entertaining.

    9. Something upstairsDo you like good scary books about ghosts? If you like a good book this is the one for you. It has a pinch of creepiness and a lot of nervousness. Towards the end it gets exciting because you just want to find out what happens so bad. It just leaves you off on a cliff hanger. This is what it's about.This book is about a boy named Kenny and his new friend Caleb. Kenny just moved into a new house with his family. He gets the whole attic to himself and he's so excited. But as he i [...]

    10. SPOILER ALERT-A kid moved into a little town and a little old smelly dirty house. As he is sleeping one day across the hall he hears a loud boom and he goes to the room and he went inside the room and seen a ghost it was a little white ghost. The genre of the story is Mystery. When he seen the ghost I was in shock I didn't see that coming. I think that this book was very suprising and gave me chills when the ghost came into the story.He went to sleep again and the next night he went back into th [...]

    11. I found this at the library and basically needed to check out two things to activate my account. I thought it would be a short interesting read, and it's been forever since I read anything by Avi. We'll see how this goes.So, Avi is an author mostly read in middle school. So what. This was a quick read (only 116 pages), and a good one. It left me actually wanting to know more, but the story was done. The way this story is told is as a recounting of a young boy's personal memory. Avi is the narrat [...]

    12. Brief Review: This book is a historical fiction book. The book also has elements of mystery, ghosts and time travel back to the 1800's. I think students (kids) would really like this book because it has many different parts that are able to grab the interest of a large diverse group of students. The book seems to be written for 5-6 grade kids that are close to the same age as the main character in the book. Content Area: I would use this book in the content area of history. I would do this by ha [...]

    13. This is a historical fiction novel called “Something Upstairs” by Avi. The main character is a twelve years old boy called Kenny Huldorf. He moves from Los Angeles to Providence, Rhode Island. He lives in a house of past events, built in 1789. Kenny's room is in the attic. One night Kenny wakes to a scraping noise in the old slave room. When he looks inside, he sees a ghost that tries to get out from a stain on the floor. It moves a box full of books out of the way. Once it is out, the ghost [...]

    14. This book is inspired by a real story. Avi was on a tour around the country when he heard about this story. Kenny moved to Providence, RI from LA, and chose the attic for his bedroom. He likes the house, until one night he comes across a scathing noise in his closet and he went to go see and saw it was a ghost. The ghost was rising up from the floorboard Kenny was scared and he started to hide himself in the blankets then when he looked up the ghost had disappeared. As the nights go on Kenny con [...]

    15. This book was eerily good. My cousin had to read it for her summer reading for school and when she explained the premise of the book to me, I thought it surely can’t be true because the book states that it’s based on a true story.I believe in ghosts, but ghosts being able to actually talk to you instead of send signs and miracles as well as going back in time, seem a little far-fetched.Yet, my interest was piqued and I read the 140-page book in one sitting.The characters were interesting as [...]

    16. ***spoiler alert***We like scary books.I think the genre in fiction because ghosts aren't real.I like this book because is an inventure book.The setting of the book is a little city the Kenny moves in.Kenny wanted to know what was making the noise in the night.But he was scare to know what was it and it was dark.So he got a flashlight that was onder his pillow.Then he went to the little room that the noise was coming from.The conflict is person vs person because Kenny and Caleb which is the ghos [...]

    17. Reviewed by Kira M for TeensReadTooTwelve-year-old Kenny Huldorf tells the story of how when he moved to Providence, Rhode Island, he discovered his old house was haunted by the ghost of a slave named Caleb.After doing some research, he discovers that someone murdered Caleb. Taken back in time by the ghost to solve the murder, Kenny becomes entangled in a mystery that will test his wits, his life, and the life of his newfound friend.Will Kenny manage to right the wrong and save Caleb by uncoveri [...]

    18. Back home reading my old books. I must have read this short young adult book at least 8-10 times. It's about a white kid from LA who moves to Providence, Rhode Island and finds a ghost who died a slave in his attic. He promises the ghost Caleb that he will find his murderer and free him from the little room in the attic. I wasn't sure whether I would like this book as an adult, but it's actually pretty cool. The villain is an old white historian who moves between the past and the present, contro [...]

    19. I loved the historical aspects of this book. It was very well written, enjoyable to read and had a very satisfying ending.

    20. Sample quote: "'Some memories fade. Others are forgotten. The bitter ones become ghosts in search of an altered past.'"

    21. Avi is legit! He takes on a tough moment in history and he doesn't back down. He plays it out in all its ugliness and wraps it up in a creepy ghost story to boot.

    22. This book is very interesting and a great mystery. I love how Kenny is so determined to find out about the past in his house. Kenny moves into Providence into a old house and is living in the attic alone or so he thought. While Kenny was investing his living place he found two little rooms too big for a closet too small for a bedroom. In the middle of the closet there was a stain,Kenny didn’t know what it was from so he took a sample and brought it to the pharmacy for testing. After,Kenny got [...]

    23. Something Upstairs was one of my very first books to read as a bilingual young girl. Had me mesmerized with all the paranormal happenings during ancient time in old Providence, RI Benefit St. to be exact, this magical book will bring you to live and experience all the paranormal adventures during the 80's, Today, people still walk the St. trying to find any paranormal activity and or adventure, I encourage everyone who loves history, to proceed any documental evidence and know what truly happene [...]

    24. I picked this book up at a library used book sale. I read the blurb that it had a ghost in it and that's what I like. I have never read anything by him and also didn't know at the time that it was for a young adult. With all that being said, I must say I really enjoyed it. it was a well written mystery,but towards the end it had some confusing areas and the ending could have been different. all in all I was glad I got it and read it.

    25. An excellent mystery to introduce students to the issues around slavery in the North during the time of the American Revolution. Students were riveted to the book and couldn't wait to read it every day.

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