Ben Y and the Ghost in the Machine by K.A. Holt

Ben Y and the Ghost in the Machine

The Kids Under the Stairs #2

K.A. Holt

432 pages first pub 2021 (editions)

fiction middle grade poetry emotional hopeful medium-paced


Ben Y's just about had it with school. Every corner she turns, she’s being called "Benita," getting Dress Coded by Mr. Mann for some supposedly inappropriate item of clothing, or running into the ineffable, inescapable, indefinable Ace—who makes h...

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emotional 66%
hopeful 50%
reflective 50%
funny 33%
sad 33%
inspiring 16%
lighthearted 16%
mysterious 16%
tense 16%


medium 80%
fast 20%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 100%

Strong character development?

Yes: 100%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 100%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 100%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 100%

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