Bug's house has always seemed haunted and during the summer it seems that the ghost of Uncle Roderick is haunting them, trying to get a message to Bug. Be yourself, the ghost seems to be saying. But what does that mean? What is Bug supposed to be?
Too Bright to See is an unusual story that mashes up two middle reader favorites -- a haunted house adventure and a friendship story. While trying to uncover why things are going bump in the night, Bug and Moira struggle with the way they are changing and drifting apart. While it sounds discordant (and I wouldn't call this a particularly good ghost story), it all comes together surprisingly seamlessly in the end into a story about identity. I found the ending saccharine and the characters unrealistically cooperative, but it's an uplifting story that addresses issues of gender identity in an age-appropriate and positive way.