Ghost Messages

Ghost Messages

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When Ailish, an Irish fortune-teller, becomes trapped on the Great Eastern as the ship sets off on its voyage, she meets a young boy named Davy who seems to know everything about the ship, but never appears on its deck.
Publisher: Regina, Saskatchewan : Coteau Books for Kids, ©2011.
ISBN: 9781550504583
Characteristics: 184 pages ;,19 cm.


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Jan 02, 2016

Slightly eerie. A suspenseful, historical novel with a mystery to solve. Great plot! And a Silver Birch Nomination.

Apr 24, 2012

Does this book get exiting in the end?

branch_reviews Apr 21, 2012

Ailish O’Connor is 13, living in Ireland in 1865, making a meager living for she and her dad by telling fortunes at country fairs. When her dad is robbed and badly beaten, she tries to find the culprit, and ends up on a sailing ship bound for Newfoundland. Little does she know that the ship is installing the first cross-Atlantic telegraph line–the “Ghost Messages”. She is now a stowaway who must disguise herself as a boy, gets involved in a perceived sabotage of the cable line. She uses her wits to find her way out of some pretty sticky situations … befriending more people along the way. Lots of action, plot twists and an appealing heroine. A Silver Birch nominee.
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Apr 20, 2012

love it and hate it i give it a 2

Apr 18, 2012

Really good and adventerous. The girl was discuised and worked really hard to get her family fortune back from her dad.

Apr 17, 2012

This book wasnt the book for me. I did not like it very much

Apr 16, 2012

I really liked this book! It's that kind of book when there's action and when you want to just keep on reading and reading and reading :D

Apr 16, 2012

im reading the book and so far it is great.
love it:)

Apr 15, 2012

This book was interesting, but it was'nt my favourite.

Apr 10, 2012

This book is excellent because of the suspense situations and the narrow escapes. I didn't give this book full stars because the accomplice of the main character(alish) is not too nice to her sometimes.

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Apr 18, 2012

Ghost messages was so good! My favorite character is Davy because he knows so much and must be a great friend to have. This book was really interesting. It taught me so much things on the boat. I felt like I was in the book when I read this!

SPL_Childrens Nov 17, 2011

The year is 1865. At 13 years of age, Ailish O’Connor is already a fortune-teller. She and her father travel from place to place in Ireland and earn a living with her prophecies of the future, which are surprisingly accurate. Ailish has the gift of second sight.
Tragedy strikes suddenly one night in an Irish seaport when Ailish awakes to the sounds of vicious blows. In the second room that they have rented for the night, she finds her father beaten and dying, their savings stolen. Ailish is certain that a newly-met acquaintance of her father is responsible.
The next day, through a series of circumstances, Ailish becomes trapped on a high liner, the Great Eastern, as it casts off from Ireland on its historic voyage to lay the first trans-Atlantic telegraph cable.
The sailors on the Great Eastern are superstitious and Ailish must pretend to be a boy so that they won’t toss her into the sea. When she discovers that her father’s murderer, a dangerous and brutal man, is also aboard the ship, she knows that she must be doubly sure to keep her disguise – as well as her wits and courage – if she is to complete the long voyage and reach Newfoundland alive.
Posing as a cabin boy, Ailish sometimes receives help from a mysterious young boy named “Davy”, who never comes up on deck – yet seems to know everything about the ship. They become close friends. Later, she discovers that none of the ship’s crew have ever seen or heard of the boy. Could he be a ghost from the past?
This suspenseful story is very believable, and will “hook” readers as it brings to life a significant event in world history – the first trans-Atlantic telegraph cable. Readers will cheer for Ailish, a brave, resourceful and likeable heroine.

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