The Spirit House

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The Spirit House
Author William Sleator
Country United States
Language English
Publication date
November 1, 1993
Media type Print
Followed by Dangerous Wishes

The Spirit House is a 1993 young adult novel by William Sleator. It was later followed up with the 1997 Dangerous Wishes.


The Spirit House follows the character of Julie, a young girl whose family is housing exchange student Bia. When Julie's younger brother builds a Thai Spirit House for Bia, strange things begin to happen and Julie's luck begins to turn. First of all, Bia turns out to be an imposter, and they both battle to be on the good side of an angry spirit.


Kirkus Reviews praised The Spirit House, calling it "a feat" and "a treat".[1] The Boston Globe's Stephanie Loer wrote that the book had a "terrific twist" and that "fans will not be disappointed".[2] Jon Scieszka praised the book as an "eerie novel of suspense".[3] The School Library Journal stated that while the "premise is clever and the characterization of Bia is convincing", the book "as a whole is sketchy and underdeveloped, more like a detailed outline than a fully realized novel" and "the thematic confrontation of Western logic and Eastern superstition seems heavy-handed".[4]


  1. ^ The Spirit House Kirkus Reviews
  2. ^ Loer, Stephanie. Works by local authors and illustrators. Boston Globe, Books. Mar 15, 1992. B 43.
  3. ^ The Big Chills Entertainment Weekly
  4. ^ Cart, Michael. School Library Journal. 1991.