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Dianne Salerni : Writer of Teen and Middle Grade Fiction | THE ROOSEVELT GHOSTS


At long last, I have news to report that doesn’t involve dogs, vacations, or my quirky daughters.

In a slightly different version of this pitch, I can summarize the story this way:

In an alternate U.S. history where ghosts are strictly categorized as Friendly, Unaware, or Vengeful, 13-year-old introvert Eleanor Roosevelt and her flamboyant cousin Alice match wits with a ghost in their aunt’s house, which, although diagnosed as Friendly, demonstrates secret Vengeful behavior that might put their aunt and her baby at risk.

With cameo appearances by Nellie Bly, Nikola Tesla, and Theodore Roosevelt.

I’m really excited for this book, which features several strong female characters from history, as well as a woman who might not have made the history books, but who nevertheless had a strong influence on the people who did: the oldest sister of Teddy Roosevelt, Anna “Bye” Roosevelt Cowles.


Eleanor Roosevelt


Alice Roosevelt


Anna “Bye” Roosevelt Cowles


Elizabeth Cochran Seaman
(Nelly Bly)


  1. Hilary says:

    Congratulations Dianne – that’s an amazing achievement … on a subject I’d no idea about – how very interesting … good luck til 2020’s publication – cheers Hilary

  2. Congratulations! That is awesome news.

  3. Tiana Smith says:

    YAAAAAAY Dianne! So exciting. Can’t wait to read it.

  4. ChemistKen says:

    Congrats on the good news. I find the premise of the story intriguing, especially in a middle grade story.

  5. A huge congrats! Really excited for you. It sounds like something I’m going to enjoy.