Ocotober and my reading "theme" of ghosts is over, now that we're into November. But there were a few ghostly reads I discovered that will work well for reviews during Native American Heritage month. Some of these I read up to a year ago, and I've just held onto the reviews until now.
The Ghost Collector, by Allison Mills, is one such read.
Shelly's Grandma can see ghosts.
Not in the "reality-TV" show way, but the Cree way -- she snags them in her hair and takes them home, removing them from places where they're causing trouble. Then she snips a lock of her hair and sends them on. Her Grandma even gets paid to do it, sometimes very, very well.
But Shelly's teachers and classmates don't understand when Shelly says she wants to be like her Grandma, helping collect ghosts. Her Grandma takes her to a cemetery, where she meets kinda-hot Joseph, a ghost in tight jeans and a tape player, who died as a teen. They're friends, in a limited sort of way.
Then there's a terrible accident, and Shelly's mother is killed, and when her mother doesn't come back as a ghost -- suddenly death is very final to Shelly. And she doesn't want Joseph to leave.
It goes against everything her Grandma has taught her, but Shelly tries to hold onto her friend.
We cried at the end.