Congratulations to Dr. Stafford Betty (Religious Studies) for publishing another book titled, "Ghost Boy". You can find his book on Amazon as a paperback or Kindle format.
Dr. Betty writes, "In writing this book I wanted to combine adventure with teaching. What is it like to be a clairvoyant child who sees what the rest of us can't? They're not as unusual as you might think, but they often think they are. Sometimes they wonder what's wrong with them. So instead of sharing their gift with the world, they hide it. Ben Conover didn't, and this is the story of the price he had to pay--with his friends, his enemies, and his parents. My favorite book as a kid was Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Like that book, Ghost Boy is full of adventure, some of it paranormal, much of it just plain boyish. Ben hates bullies and has a habit of sticking up for the underdog. This gets him into plenty of trouble. So does his nature: He takes risks, and sometimes he goes too far. I almost titled the book Better Than Cool, because that's what Ben is. In the final analysis, this is a book that teaches the young reader not only about clairvoyant kids like Ben, or ghosts like his girlfriend Abby, but how to be a human being who puts doing the right thing ahead of doing the cool thing."
Ghost Boy is a middle grade/young adult paranormal love story. Seventh-grader Ben Conover sees people no one else can see. He can distinguish them from the "regular people" who walk the mall. He has power over dark spirits who aim to harm. He has a deeply loving connection with a spirit girl his same age who visits him, but he has no idea where his feelings come from. Ben's bold adventures, compassionate nature, and eerie encounters with an unseen world are woven together throughout the book. But Ghost Boy is more than a boy-book. Girls will identify with the mysterious heroine whose life in "heaven" leaves her yearning for earth, especially Ben. This multiracial novel does not have the feel of fantasy fiction. By bringing to light the sometimes wondrous, sometimes haunted world of clairvoyant children it has a revelatory quality; it seems real--because it is.
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