Welcome back! Day 27 of Something Wicked Comes is all about ghosts! First, here are the spooking spots for today:
Claire@Claire Reads Katie Alender: Bad Girls Don't Die
Jude@ In Between: Gena Showalter: Intertwined
Aditi@Highly Readioactive:Kendare Blake: Anna Dressed in Blood
Please be sure to visit as many of these stops as you can. They all have great giveaways for you.
I have for the younger girls today a fun book: The Girls' Ghost Hunting Guide by Stacey Graham. This is a delightful book for girls who are interested in all things ghostly. First, let me introduce you to author Stacey Graham. She is here with us to discuss how to talk to your kids about ghosts in the house. Here is a bit more on Stacey:
Having her nose tickle is the first sign Stacey Graham notices when there is paranormal activity afoot. A paranormal investigator for over twenty years, she has helped families learn to deal with unseen visitors that may or may not have their best interests at heart
Stacey faces each case with a skeptic’s eye, not content to declare something explainable as a haunting until the possible becomes impossible. Her work with families helps them to focus on what they can do to gain control of something they may fear and turn it into an adventure. The mother of five daughters, she has a special affinity for children who are going through this process. She has found that many of her emails asking for help are from tween and teen girls, finding them curious and wanting to learn more about what is happening in their lives and their family.
So you can see, Stacey definitly knows a thing or two about ghosts. Here she is to tell you more:
Talking to your children about a ghost in the house
For every monster under the bed or supposed ghost floating down the hallway, there’s a parent who soothes, double checks the closet, and protects their child from tricks of the light. What if there’s a bit more festive activities happening in the house that you can’t explain? How can you turn what can be a scary situation into an adventure and give your family the chance to explore the paranormal?
Most hauntings have mundane roots. Animals in the attic, leaking pipes, even conversations from neighbors’ yards have floated in through exhaust pipes into bathrooms making a homeowner think her shower was possessed. It’s easy to let your imagination run with the possibility that your house has some extra visitors but the chances of a true haunting are very slim.
• Smell: Kitchen smells, old pizza boxes under the bed, exhaust from cars
• Sounds: Critters in the walls, household noises that seem amplified at night
• Physical sensations: Breezes, stray fabric
If you have a child who is convinced they’ve seen a ghost, listen first and act next. By
Ghostly Boos and Don’ts
helping them to focus on what they’ve seen and writing it down, it gives them (and you) a sense of control.
• What area of the house the ghost was seen
• What time of day
• Who was in the house
• What the weather was like (stormy, clear, snowing)
• What happened
• How long did it last
• What did the ghost look like: period clothing, floating head
Keeping the log will help you see if a pattern is forming. Take that information and wait for the next appearance or schedule a vacation if you’re not ready to face the beyoooond. Oooooo. Sorry, I’ll stop that now.
Depending on the age, involving your child in your own ghost hunt can help them turn something frightening into a chance to use deductive reasoning and figure out what’s happening. My advice is to talk to your child about what they’ve seen or heard and not to overreact. If you feel you need backup to discover more about the possibility of ghosts in your house, contact a credible local paranormal investigation group. Most will have the tools to do research on the spot and the knowledge to answer your questions.
Thanks Stacey! Whether you are a believer or a skeptic it is always a good idea to investigate your child's fears! I am pleased to be able to offer you all a chance to want this fun book. I have courtesy of Sourcebooks a copy of The Girl's Ghost Hunting Guide by Stacey Graham. To enter glance at the Contest Policies and then fill out the Rafflecopter. This is open to U.S. entrants only. Good luck!a Rafflecopter giveaway
Here is my review:
The Girl's Ghost Hunting Guide by Stacey Graham
Ask any girl what the best part of a slumber party or camping trip is and she'll tell you it's the ghost stories. This bright, interactive journal is for tweens who are no longer content to watch movies or read about ghosts online, but are ready to jump into the paranormal fray themselves. With workbook pages, ghost stories, quizzes, sidebars, and interviews with ghost hunters, this illustrated guidebook gives girls the tools to safely explore the unknown using everyday household items- and helps them discover their own strengths using deductive reasoning.
Paperback, 185 pages Published
May 1st 2012 by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
The Girls' Ghost Hunting Guide is packed full of fun stuff for girls. It is perfect for inquisitive minds looking to learn more about ghosts. This book teaches you how to identify the things that go bump in the night. For the most part, the book relates that most of the time the creepy noises and such can usually be explained, but on the rare occasions that it might be something more, Ms. Graham provides detailed instructions on how to conduct your own ghost hunt. From packing your ghost hunting kit, tips on how to go on your own ghost hunt and the best way to research and record any unexpected activity. Keeping in mind that more than likely you will find a logical explanation. Not only does this book have a step by step how to guide for hunting ghosts, it also includes quizzes, games, recipes and ghost tales and creepy urban legends. There are even pointers for writing and telling your own ghost stories. I think this would be the perfect book for a slumber party.
I appreciated that this book also provides research and interviews from real paranormal investigators along with some personal accounts and all their contact information. This is a fun book and also a serious book in that it really does provide the pertinent information on how to conduct a ghost hunt. I was pleased to see that Ms. Graham repeatedly encourages safety at all times and always recommends that an adult supervise all ghost hunting activity. So as a parent keep in mind if you have an active and inquisitive young lady who is eager to do some of her own ghost investigating, don't hand her this book and turn her loose. Be prepared to be involved in ghost hunting. For those of you concerned that this book is encouraging a belief in the paranormal, Ms. Graham advises that most of the time there is a realistic explanation.
I loved the book itself. It is printed on thicker paper and there is lots of color on the pages. There are also places for the reader to write things down. It is sturdy and will hold up to repeated readings. I really enjoyed reading this one and think it would be the perfect book for girls age 8-13. I personally enjoyed the ghost stories and urban legends sprinkled throughout. If you have a young girl interested in the paranormal this would be the perfect book for her!
A big thanks to the folks at Sourcebooks for the review copy in exchange for and honest review. I was not compensated and all opinions are my own.
That's it for today! Crazy week! I will have four more giveaways and guest posts next week so be sure to check back in for the final week of Something Wicked Comes!