Owl Diaries: Eva Sees a Ghost

80p. (Owl Diaries: Bk. 2). Scholastic. May 2015. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9780545787840.
Gr 1–3—A highly illustrated chapter book for newly independent readers. The excitable little owl, Eva, explains how, after her teacher reads a spooky story, she sees a real ghost. Unfortunately, no one seems to believe her. Along with her best friend, Lucy, she goes on a ghost hunt in order to get the evidence she needs. The narrative is written as short diary entries on lined notebook-style pages. There are word balloons with dialogue as well as several sidebars with checklists and a questionnaire that Eva develops. Chock-full of full-color illustrations on every page, the book features plenty of visual appeal.
Eva Wingdale is a crafty, beret-wearing young owl who takes on more than she can handle when planning "the first-ever Treetop Owlementary's Bloomtastic Festival," and then tries to prove to her classmates that she saw a ghost. Each journal-style book is filled with colorful patterns and drawings that match Eva's punchy personality and aid in comprehension. Discussion questions are included. Review covers the following Owl Diary titles: Eva Sees a Ghost and Eva's Treetop Festival.

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