Something Upstairs

Something Upstairs

by Avi

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Overview

Avi's haunting ghost story is available for the first time as a Scholastic 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 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!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545214919
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 07/01/2010
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 109,785
Product dimensions: 5.36(w) x 7.68(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Avi's work spans nearly every genre and has received nearly every major prize, including the Newbery Medal for Crispin: The Cross of Lead and Newbery Honors for Nothing But the Truth and The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle. Avi lives in Colorado. You can learn more about him online at avi-writer.com.

Date of Birth:

December 23, 1937

Place of Birth:

New York, New York

Education:

University of Wisconsin; M.A. in Library Science from Columbia University, 1964

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Something Upstairs (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 63 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Something Upstairs", is an awesome book. Kenny Huldorf is a boy who moved form L.A. to Rhode Island. Kenny met a ghost slave, named Caleb, in the attic of his new house. Caleb asked Kenny to find his murderer from the past. Kenny went to the past and present to help Caleb. You will be absorbed into the book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Something Upstairs", by Avi is a good story. Kenny is a young boy who moved from L.A. to R.I. Kenny met a slave ghost named Caleb in the attic of his house. Caleb asked Kenny to help him find his murderer from 200 years ago. Kenny traveled back and forth between the past and present to help Caleb. You will get sucked into this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kenny is a young boy who moved from L.A. to Rhode Island. He discovered many scary things about his new house. Kenny met a slave named Caleb, in the attic of his house. Caleb lived in the time of the 1800's. Caleb wanted Kenny to find his murderer from 200 years ago. Kenny traveled back and forth in time to help Caleb. You will love this book, it is magnificent!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that Something Upstairs was an EXCELLENT book! I rate it 5 stars, because it keeps you in suspense, and it is the type of book you can't put down. It's no too long, and it's not too short. It is an enjoyable book to read, and I reccomend it to to all readers my age, and older!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i loved the book cause it mde me what to read more and more i think that avi gave a lot of detail and in the book at the end it said on the tombstone willinghast is for bidden and if you you what to no why read the book you will love it if you love sopence books well im at school and im going to stqart reading the book called brighet showeds i hope that is as good as the book called something upstaries
vpliving on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about two boys named Kenny and Caleb. Kenny just moved into a new house in Rhode Island. There his house turns out to be one of the oldest houses in his street. His room is in the attic and it use to be a slaves room named Caleb. One day when Kenny was sleeping he heard strange sounds coming out of his closet. He opened the door to check what it was and what he say was two hands coming out from the floor. The next day he heard the sounds and he starts talking and asking the ghost questions. At the end Kenny helped Caleb get out of a memory and Caleb was rescued. After Kenny saved Caleb he never saw Caleb ever again.
t1bclasslibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Avi says that this story was told to him by one of his fans and is, as far as he knows, true. I had some doubts- it just seemed a little too fantastic, so I took a look at my own clues, and I found one glaring one in the about the author section. Avi moved to Providence a year before he supposedly did a book talk at a school there and stayed in a hotel to hear more of the story. If he lived there, rather than moving there the way his main character did, he would not have had to stay in a hotel. It is a good story, but I don't think this one is true.
TheBeautifulUnicorn More than 1 year ago
Something Upstairs is a very good story about a young boy named Kenny who moves to Providence Rhode Island and discovers a strange stain in one of his bedroom closets. He brings a sample to the Pharmacy and they prove that it`s human blood....with that being said Kenny gets really scared especially when he starts hearing strange scratching noises coming from the door. He goes and investigates and stares in horror as a manifestation of a young boy starts crawling out of the stain! Then the boy starts searching the walls as if looking for a way to get out. Finally he comes face to face with Kenny and when Kenny gets the courage to say something the ghost disppears. This keeps hapening every night as if he is trying to wake Kenny up....okay now that I think I have the suspention at its highest level you have to read the book to find out more. Hope you enjoy it!
charles77 More than 1 year ago
In the story something upstairs the main characters are Caleb and Kenny. Caleb is a ghost that is haunting Kenny's new house. Kenny Huldorf is the new kid in town. He moved from Los Angeles, where he thought everything was perfect, he now lives in Providence, Rhode Island, where his house is haunted by a ghost. Kenny is a young, caring, and smart. Caleb is a old bitter ghost, who just wants to know who murdered him. Kenny is having an internal conflict trying to find out the mystery. What I didn't like about the book was that, a little slave boy was murdered. He had to spend a long time as a ghost. What I did like was that, there is time travel and mystery. I would recommend this book to anybody who likes mystery. This book will keep you reading and reading until you get to the end. You will want to read this book to find out what happens in the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Twelve-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 uncovering his murderer? Will Kenny be trapped in history or, even worse, be killed? A chilling ghost story that will unnerve its readers like a good story should. With a surprise ending, memorable characters, and a well-developed plot, this book is by far one of Avi's best. Readers who like ghost stories, Avi books, and paranormal fiction will all enjoy reading SOMETHING UPSTAIRS.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love time travel books, but this was pretty bad. I know it is made for children, but usually I enjoy and appreciate children's novels. Not this time. The slave boy, Caleb is totally unlikeable. Why anyone would want to help him, I haven't figured out. Kenny goes back in time to help change the murder of Caleb. Caleb whines until Kenny risks his life to help him. We never know anything about Caleb and maybe if we did we would have more empathy for him. The ending is bad and totally predictable. Don't buy it.
sb10 More than 1 year ago
i read this book when i was in 5th grade...i am a freshman in high school now...but i still remeber this book...i liked it alot it was really good.....if i could be able to purchase this book i would so i could read it again....like i would my fathers book..which is also on here.. called 'whispering to lilly'
WyluliWolf More than 1 year ago
This book was pretty average. It has an interesting premise, but doesn't really pull it off well. The slave boy whines too much with out any real reason to, and the kid from the current century winds up helping him in the end. A rather short book so if you are curious, you can give it a shot, but there are much better books out there.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an amzazing story. At first I did not want to read "Something Upstairs". I decided to give it a chance and I found this story very interesting. I think Avi is an amazing writer. I am looking forward to reading more of Avi's books in the future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good and bad!!!!!! Yeaah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story, "Something Upstairs", was as absorbing as a sponge! It is about a young boy named Kenny Huldorf, who moved from L.A. to Providence, Rhode Island. Kenny met a ghost slave in the attic of his room one hot night. Kenny found out that Caleb wants Kenny to come back to the past to find his murderer. Kenny has to go back and forth from the past to the present to help Caleb find his murderer. You will get absorbed and want to know what will happen next. I think you should read it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Something Upstairs is a great story. Kenny Huldorf is a young boy who moved from L.A. California to Providence R.I. Kenny meets a slave ghost, named Caleb, in the attic of his house. Caleb asks Kenny to help him find his murderer from 200 years ago! Kenny travels back and forth between the past and the present to help Caleb. You will be absorbed into this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Something Upstairs was an O.K. book about Kenny Huldorf, a boy who moves from L.A. to R.I. Caleb, a ghost slave, lives in the attic of Kenny's house. Caleb asks Kenny to help him find his murderer from 200 years ago! Kenny travels back and forth between the present and the past to find Caleb's murderer. You will wonder what is going to happen, right up until the very end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Something Upstairs, by Avi was an alright story. It's about Kenny Holdorf, who moved from L.A. to Rhode Island. Kenny meets a slave ghost, named Caleb, in the attic of his house. Caleb asks Kenny to help him find his murderer from 200 years ago. Kenny travels back and forth between the present and the past to help Caleb. I'm not sure, but you might like this story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cheyenne_Catina More than 1 year ago
I read this book in the fifth grade, then again in the sixth. Let me tell ya this book is great. I know that if i went back to read it now (im a freshman) it probably wouldn't sound as good. But when i read it ealier it was awesome. I love how avi uses the whole time travel theme. It was just an excellent book. I think this book is great to read for an english class in like the sixth grade. OMG i just really liked how suspensefull and drawn out it was. I read this book in one setting. It just mesmerizes you from the start. Just love the plpot. This is a great book for 10-13 year olds
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was Good! I can actually picture each chapter in my head. This book is i finished it in a couple of hours.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I actually did a book report on this book. It was the funnest homework assignment ive ever done! I got an A+ on it! If you haven't read this book you should its soo good and interesting!!