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Last Updated on May 5, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 151

The Ghost Belonged to Me, an American Library Association Notable Book, and its sequels Ghosts I Have Been (1977), The Dreadful Future of Blossom Culp (1983), and Blossom Culp and the Sleep of Death (1986) are a bit different from Richard Peck’s usual writings. Peck has most often written books that deal with the problems faced by young adults, rather than children. Thirteen-year-old Alexander is younger than, for example, the fifteen-year-old protagonist of Don’t Look and It Won’t Hurt (1972) and the three friends in Remembering the Good Times (1985). Peck’s most famous work, Are You in the House Alone? (1976), deals seriously with the after-effects of rape and never departs from its somber tone. The Ghost Belonged to Me is a book intended to entice young people into reading; its endearing characters have lives with a touch of mystery to them and that confirm the presence of the supernatural without being frightening.

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