Given that I usually find war-history stories, of whatever era, boring, this was a surprisingly fun read. Aimed at kids in middle school, the story follows a twelve year old boy in today's world as he unravels the mystery behind the "evil" Civil War era ghost banging around the creepy old house his family just moved into. The background information on the Civil War is kept light and often amusing, and doesn't feel at all dreary or boring. The main character, Jake Salmon, isn't the most brilliant, brave, or strong kid in school; he's an average pre-teen trying to muddle through like everyone else. What I liked most about this book is that the author doesn't stick to just one thread; she braids Jake's school problems together with his ghost problems, and finds a way to make them reflect off each other and convey an important lesson about doing the right thing in the end, all without being preachy or "infodumping". I would definitely recommend this book, and anything else by this author.