Eleanor, Alice and the Roosevelt Ghosts – Blog Tour

Hey guys! ❤ Today I’m hosting a spot on the ELEANOR, ALICE, AND THE ROOSEVELT GHOSTS  by Dianne K. Salerni Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. As always please don’t forget you can enter the giveaway for a chance to win!

Title: Eleanor, Alice and the Roosevelt Ghosts

Author: Dianne K. Salerni

Publisher: Holiday House

Publishing Date: September 1, 2020

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook

Genre: Middle Grade Fiction, Historical Fiction, Paranormal

Pages: 240

Find It: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, AudibleB&NiBooks, KoboTBD, Bookshop.org

Murderous ghosts and buried family secrets threaten young Eleanor and Alice Roosevelt in this thrilling middle-grade novel that puts a supernatural spin on alternate history.

It’s 1898 in New York City and ghosts exist among humans.

When an unusual spirit takes up residence at the Roosevelt house, thirteen-year-old Eleanor and fourteen-year-old Alice are suspicious. The cousins don’t get along, but they know something is not right. This ghost is more than a pesky nuisance. The authorities claim he’s safe to be around, even as his mischievous behavior grows stranger and more menacing. It’s almost like he wants to scare the Roosevelts out of their home – and no one seems to care!

Meanwhile, Eleanor and Alice discover a dangerous ghost in the house where Alice was born and her mother died. Is someone else haunting the family? Introverted Eleanor and unruly Alice develop an unlikely friendship as they explore the family’s dark, complicated history. It’s up to them to destroy both ghosts and come to terms with their family’s losses.

Told from alternating perspectives, thrills and chills abound in Dianne K. Salerni’s imaginative novel about a legendary family and the ghosts that haunt their secrets. 

A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection

“A spooky, fast-paced, and inventive tale. Salerni expertly blends fact and fiction, providing a glimpse of Eleanor and Alice Roosevelt’s childhood that is so compelling, you almost wish the ghost parts were true.”—Erin Bowman, Edgar Award–nominated author of Contagion and The Girl and the Witch’s Garden

“This mix of history and fantasy creates a nifty setting for a middle-grade mystery”Kirkus Reviews

My Thoughts:

In this alternate history, set in the late 1800’s, ghosts are no secret. In fact some families even have an Edison Ghost Lamp in their homes to detect when the ghosts begin to manifest. There is also an investigation committee that specializes in these hauntings. There are three different types of ghosts.

Three ghastly ghosts erupted in my house
Each one silent and slippery as a mouse.
The Unaware does what it did in life.
The Friendly has fun with its afterlife.
But when I feel that bone-deep chill
I know the Vengeful has come to kill.

Cousins Alice (daughter of future President Teddy Roosevelt) and Eleanor (future wife to future President Franklin Roosevelt) Roosevelt, are two completely opposite characters. Alice is rambunctious, head strong and has a knack for testing her limits regarding the rules. Eleanor is shy but resilient and a rule follower. When Alice goes to far with rule bending, she is sent to live with her Aunt Bye. Who lives a mere three blocks from Eleanor. On the same day as her arrival there is a ghost eruption (a new ghost appearance). Here is where it felt like the story really began to take off. Eleanor and Alice begin their own investigation that leads them on a great adventure together, uncovering the past of their family. Both characters undergo some personal growth and where the story started out with them disliking one another, we see them begin to warm up to each other. This kind of growth is what really makes a story’s progression.

This was a great and fun mystery! There were many familiar historical figures mentioned alongside the Roosevelt family. Nellie Bly was one such character I was happily surprised to see an appearance from. Nikola Tesla was another! I think Dianne Salerni did a wonderfully creative job entwining these names into her characters. She also did a wonderful job placing me into the time period with her descriptions of clothing style, mannerisms and expectations of male/female roles in society. There is also a Roosevelt family tree at the front of the book which was just, so thoroughly researched. She even takes the time to include a suggested reading list at the back of the book. I love History, especially American History ❤ this book was so much fun for me.

My only critique was the alternating POV’s. Eleanor’s chapters are told in first person while Alice’s are told in third. It took some time to get used to and would often be a distraction for me. To be fair this is the first time I’ve seen a book do that. Weird trait of the book, or unique?

Overall if I had read this when I was in middle school I think I would have been talking about it for days. I certainly would have been researching everything historical mentioned in this book!



This is a great book to read for spooky season! Very age appropriate and would be a fun book to read together with your kids. Especially as you reach the description of the historical inventions. Not to mention historical figures. There are many great conversations to be had with kids when it come to this book!

About the Author:

Dianne K. Salerni is a former elementary school teacher living in Chester County, Pennsylvania with her husband and two daughters.

Dianne’s first novel, We Hear the Dead (Sourcebooks 2010), recounts the true story of Maggie Fox, a teenaged girl credited with the invention of the séance in 1848. A short film based on We Hear the Dead and titled The Spirit Game premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

Her second novel, The Caged Graves (Clarion/HMH 2013), is inspired by a real historical mystery in the mountains of Pennsylvania and was named a Junior Library Guild Selection, a finalist in the Tome Society IT List, and a Best YA Historical Novel for 2013 by BookPage.

The Eighth Day, a middle grade fantasy about a secret day of the week, is the first in a series by HarperCollins, which also includes The Inquisitor’s Mark (Book 2) and The Morrigan’s Curse (Book 3). The Eighth Day has been featured on state reading lists in Florida, Georgia, Virginia, Maine, Minnesota, and Indiana.

Dianne’s sixth novel, Eleanor, Alice, & the Roosevelt Ghosts, a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection, releases from Holiday House on September 1, 2020.

Photo taken at the grave of Sarah Ann Boone in Catawissa, Pennsylvania

Connect With Dianne: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Goodreads | Amazon

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