Ghosts, Toast, and Other Hazards


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$17.99  $16.73
Roaring Brook Press
Publish Date
5.8 X 7.3 X 1.5 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

Susan Tan has lived many places in her life, but calls Concord, Massachusetts, home. She is the author of the APALA winning Cilla Lee-Jenkins series. She grew up in a mixed-race family, and always dreamed of being a writer. After studying at Williams College, she earned her PhD from the University of Cambridge, where she studied children's literature. She currently lives in Somerville, enjoys frequent trips to Chinatown to eat tzuck sang, and teaches at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.


"A realistic and deeply moving portrayal of a family's journey through a challenging life transition." --Kirkus, starred review

"Tan's detailed narrative employs rich sensory details that immediately hook readers and don't let go until the very last sentence." --Horn Book, starred review

"Mo's sincere first-person narrative portrays the way that finding emotional safety--via attending therapy, and bonding with Uncle Ray over music--gives way to a feeling of peace." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Mo's challenges are many, but Tan deftly, realistically includes unexpected kindness and surprising allyship (librarians rule!), which help clear the many stumbling blocks. Tan dexterously navigates resonating topics--anxiety, grief, family dynamics, racism--with patient empathy and gentle humor." --School Library Journal

"[An] engaging, multilayered story about family history, community, and nefarious ghosts will find plenty of appeal for middle-graders who like just fantasies grounded in reality." --Booklist

"[E]ffective and emotional" --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"This book honors the bravery that every kid holds inside them. As always, Susan Tan's writing is funny, fun, and hits straight to the heart." --Christina Soontorvat, two-time Newbery Honor recipient

"A thoughtful book that combines gentle humor with a compelling ghost mystery. Young readers will relate to Mo as she navigates family and friendships, confronts history and loss, and contends with the scariest thing of all: her emotions." --Rajani LaRocca, Newbery Honor author of Red, White, and Whole

"An absolutely heartwarming and sweet story with an incredibly relatable character you can't help but love. I LOVED this irresistible mystery!" --Ellen Oh, author of Finding Junie Kim

"Susan Tan weaves emotion into this dazzling mystery. In this story, Mo's voice rings true as she is confronted with a mystery of ghosts, music, and righting the wrongs of the past. Beautiful, heartfelt, and truly unique, this is an uplifting tale you won't soon forget." --Angela Dominguez, author of Stella Díaz

"Author Susan Tan, in her best work yet, conjures a beautiful story with insight and humor that has Mo learning how to destroy the bad, obliterate fear, and find connections to make herself whole." --Debbi Michiko Florence, author of Keep It Together, Keiko Carter