Charisse tells the story of how she delivered Ferris at the theme park. It seems, according to Ferris’ mother, that the Wilkeys have always been storytellers with their heads in the clouds.

Currently, however, Charisse’s heart is faltering, while her head is on the ghost that appears to her in the bedroom doorway. Ferris attends to her grandmother. She learns that she’s charged with cheering the ghost by lighting the house’s chandelier with forty candles. Will Billy Jackson help Ferris? Then again, as Billy plays his piano, Ferris talks through further concerns beyond her grandmother’s health. What about her little sister, Pinky, who’s determined to become an outlaw? Then Uncle Ted, holed up in the basement, evidently led to believe he’s meant to be painting a history of the world. That mission hasn’t endeared him to Aunty Shirley, who’s cast him off. Thereafter, Uncle Ted seeks Ferris’s skills as his emissary. Then again, how can Ferris withstand Aunty Shirley’s need to know what Uncle Ted’s doing, alongside her furious hairdressing tools?

Bookwagon treasures Kate DiCamillo’s books. Ferris is another to add to this beloved collection, a most insightful, beautiful, heartfelt and wonderful story. As the writer (and Charisse) suggest, ‘Every good story is a love story.’

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Kate DiCamillo

(Walker Books)

‘Darling,’ Charisse said- ‘this ghost! She just stands there in the doorway and stares at me with the most mournful expression.’ Ferris, (Emma Phineas Wilkey) feels everything is at flux. It’s not just her grandmother’s heart and the fact she insists on the ghost. There’s the way Boomer, her dog, stands guard and watches. (However Boomer’s also keen to visit the steakhouse, too) .
Then there’s Uncle Ted in the basement, called to create a history of the world. However, somehow, he’s stuck at a foot. It seems he wants to use Ferris’s skills as an intermediary with Aunt Shirley. However, any message taking seems to result in Ferris’s hair being styled ever more ridiculously. Furthermore, Ferris’s concerned about her little sister, Pinky, determined to become an outlaw. Is it possible she could go so far as to end up in the local paper?
Bookwagon adores Kate DiCamillo‘s writing. There’s a knowingness, truth and humanity within her storytelling that is unlike any other writer. To that end, we’d high hopes for Ferris which were exceeded. In fact, we believe that we’ve experienced a classic story that will live long, like her beloved Because of Winn-Dixie. After all, isn’t ‘every good story a love story’? Readers, this story is breathtaking.


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