Library Journal (November 1988):
"This is a
how-to-be haunted manual for aspiring junior ghostbusters.
Written with a mixture of seriousness and chuckles reminiscent of
campfire ghost story sessions, the book describes several different
kinds of ghosts that a ghost hunter might encounter, and suggests
places where the ghosts might be found. Deem also provides tips on
how to conduct a ghost investigation. He includes a sample form for
recording other worldly experiences, and even an address to send in
ghost hunting experiences. The book is filled with "true ghost
accounts." told with the same blend of smiles and shivers...this will be welcomed by
middle-grade ghost fanciers."
(November 1, 1988):
"Offering his findings on ghost hunting in a
serious-minded fashion, Deem explains what things a person can do to
have a supernatural experience. He starts by bursting long-held
beliefs about ghosts: they are not always spirits of dead people,
usually do not appear white and misty, and only rarely try to care
people. Using chillingly told "real" ghost stories and
incidents of ghost sightings from the 1800s to the present as
documentary evidence, the author points out ways that readers can
locate these specters or at least make it more likely to see one. In
conclusion, the author gives particulars on writing a ghost report,
tells how to test an apparition for ghost qualities, and suggests
other books to read on the subject. An unusual and
entertaining title that will undoubtedly prove fascinating
and popular with upper-grade students."
for the Center of Children's Books (November 1988): "...young
readers may want to grab a flashlight and head for the nearest
Reviews (August 1, 1988): "A handbook for
novice ghost-hunters, pleasantly free of both stubborn skepticism
and mystical mumbo-jumbo. 'To find a ghost you must be brave,
determined and, most of all, patient,' the author warns, but
meanwhile he offers plenty of encouragement--as well as a sense that
ghosts aren't all that hard to find once you now how and where to
look. He lists common varieties of ghosts and ghostly behavior,
suggests investigative strategies that maximize credibility and
minimize the chances of being hoaxed, then walks readers through a
written "ghost report." Not all of Deem's techniques are
practical (e.g., sprinkling flour on the floor to check for
footprints; relying on thermometers to register the quick sudden
chills that often signal a ghostly presence), but he writes with
clarity and enthusiasm. His text is peppered with examples of
classic and recent "sightings," and ends with a good,
up-to-date bibliography. Must
reading for armchair investigators, as well as for more
(December 1988): "Ghost books are always popular
with teens but what makes this book so unique is that it
combines true ghost tales with tips on becoming a ghost hunter.
The author describes six types of ghosts (Each type illustrated
with at least one chilling true story) and ten places where the
reader might encounter ghosts (also with accompanying ghostly
tale), but best of all he includes a ghost reporting form that
readers can use to record ghostly sightings...delightful
addition to ghost collections."
How to Find a Ghost.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin,
1988. Avon paperback edition, 1990.