Belinda, Bel, Bin, Binny, whatever you want to call her, is being haunted by the ghost of her not-so-dear Aunt Violet. When Aunt Violet bequeathes her house to Binny and her mother, brother and sister, with "particular regards" to Binny, they move to the seashore away from the cramped apartments they have lived in since their dad died. There she tries to solve the mystery of just where Aunt Violet sent her beloved dog, Max, which led to the ugly words she spoke to Aunt Violet in their last converation.
If you can get past the depressing beginning of the book and the depressing-sounding summary I just gave, you will not be sorry. Binny for Short, by Hilary McKay, is actually a very charming, sweet story about family, friends (or enemies, depending on the way you look at it), and starting over. For upper elementary and middle school.