Against the ominous backdrop of the influenza epidemic of 1918, Elsie, the class tattletale, liar, and thief, claims the new girl at school, Annie, as her best friend. But Annie soon makes other friends as well and finds herself joining them in teasing and tormenting Elsie, who later succumbs to the epidemic and dies. Elsie is not absent from school long though. She soon returns there as a ghost, ready to reclaim Annie's friendship and to punish all the girls who bullied her.
Mary Downing Hahn's many acclaimed novels include such beloved ghost stories as Wait Till Helen Comes, Deep and Dark and Dangerous, and Took. A former librarian, she has received more than fifty child-voted state awards for her work. She lives in Columbia, Maryland, with a cat named Nixi.
Madeleine Lambert is an Earphones Award winning narrator who graduated with honors from Duke University with majors in theater studies and English and who received her MFA in acting from Brown University/Trinity Rep. In addition to her voiceover work, she has performed on stage in Steel Magnolias, A Christmas Carol, Anne Boleyn, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.