Indeed. Is the paranormal peculiar? I'd say, yes. Real peculiar. Think Goosebumps with a believable plot.
Tessa Woodward and her family move from Florida to a real old house in Chicago. Immediately strange things start happening, and Tessa has to deal with that alongside all the regular moving to a new place and school issues.
Luckily she meets a friend from her neighborhood, and when she starts school she meets his circle of friends, and they all end up working together to solve the mystery of what is going on in her new "old" house.
Her brother's doll is particularly creepy as are the rest of the disturbances at her house. This story is perfect for the middle school aged reader who loves being scared and solving a mystery