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"Once upon a time a boy decided to travel to the jungle without his family. While he was in the jungle, a ghost grabbed him and took the boy to the ghost's house! The ghost sat down, but the boy pushed him away with his arms! The boy ran out of the house and locked the door, so the ghost was stuck. Then the boy went home to his family."
Look at some of the elements that were important to her:
- The main character was a child.
- The child became the hero of the story. No Mom or Dad to the rescue here!
- There was tension: a kidnapping and a dangerous ghost. Just being a child doesn't make her appreciate fine literature any less. She expects a climax and a conflict with appropriate resolution.
- It was high interest...this is, of course, related to the tension but my daughter finds jungle, travel, family, and ghosts exciting. I'll admit, though, the kidnapping did surprise me!