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Can you hear me?

Can you hear me?

Kendal, Penny

An ordinary suburban house hides a dark secret in this chilling novel. Leah hates the house and hates living in a mess while her dad does the much needed renovations. The house gives her the creeps and her fears are realised when the ghost of a boy appears in her bedroom. She discovers he lived in the house in the 1970s, but how did he die?

Book. English. Young adult fiction. Ghost stories.
Published London: Andersen, 2007
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Statement of responsibility: Penny Kendal
ISBN: 1842706829, 9781842706824
Intended audience: Adolescent.
Physical Description: 283 p. ; 20 cm.
Subject: Haunted houses Fiction.

Accelerated Reading

Book Level: 4
Interest Level: UY
Points: 8
Quiz Number: 211362

Author note

Penny Kendal lives in North London. She worked as a primary school teacher before becoming an author and now, in addition to writing, she visits primary and secondary schools and runs a variety of creative writing workshops. She also teaches the 'Writing for Children Workshop' for adults at the City Lit College and works as a Family Learning Tutor. Penny loves libraries, Radio 4, cats and chocolate.


"Teenage Leah moves into a new house, and finds her bedroom already occupied, by the ghost of a boy from the 1970s. Although the book is Kendal's most chilling to date, it is also warm and funny."
Jewish Chronicle||"Penny Kendal has created an all too real thriller inCan You Hear Me?,one that focuses on domestic violence and its chilling conclusion . . . Recommended for children aged 13+."
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Back cover copy

It sounded like a boy's voice, distant but clear. Leah jerked back, hitting her head on the wall for the second time that night. She knew she was awake this time.

'Don't shout or anything - just nod if you can hear me,' said the voice.

When the ghost of a boy appears in her bedroom, Leah finds out he lived in the house in the 1970s. But how did he die? And why does nobody seem to know he is dead? Leah's attempts to unravel the truth lead her into unexpected danger...