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Nina Tanleven Series
Author: Bruce Coville
Number of Books in Series: 3
Age Group: 9 - 12 years

Reading Level: AR Levels 4.6-4.9
GLE 4.2-5.4
F&P/GRL estimated O
DRA estimated 40-50
Lexile® measure 700L-740L

Book 1 Summary: For sixth-grader Nina Tanleven, trying out for a part in a play is pretty scary. But nothing can compare to seeing a ghost, a woman in white, sitting in the audience! Nina senses that she has nothing to fear from this apparition, but she is intrigued. Nina learns that fifty years ago, a beautiful actress was murdered--on this very stage! According to legend, she has haunted the theater ever since....

Strange things begin to happen---scripts are ripped up, sets are knocked down, a costume is torn to pieces--and everyone thinks that the ghost wants to stop the show from going on. Everyone, that is, except for Nina and her best friend, Chris, who decide to do some ghost hunting of their own. But only the Woman in White can lead them to the answer!


Nina Tanleven Book List:



The stories are sequential in terms of character development but the main plots are relatively independent in each book. It's probably best to read these in order, but not critical.

Book 1: The Ghost in the Third Row
Ages 9-12. June 1, 1987.
AR: 4.9 (4.0 Points, Quiz #20073);  GLE: 5.4
Lexile measure: 740L

Book 2: The Ghost Wore Gray
Ages 9-12. July 1, 1988.
AR: 4.7 (5.0 Points, Quiz #20074);  GLE: 5.2
Lexile measure: 700L

Book 3: The Ghost in the Big Brass Bed
Ages 9-12. September 1, 1991.
AR: 4.6 (6.0 Points, Quiz #10778);  GLE: 4.2
Lexile measure: 710L

Companion Book: The Ghost Let Go
Ages 8-12. October 13, 2011.

Book Sets: Sets of Up to 3 Books


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Author Website for Bruce Coville




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