The Man Who Tricked a Ghost by Laurence Yep, illustrated by Isadore Seltzer [in What Do I Read Next? Multicultural Literature]
One dark night, Sung – a man who is not afraid of anything – meets up with a ghost who happens to be on his way to scare a man named Sung to death. Without revealing his identity, Sung travels with the ghost, learns his secrets, and once home, tricks the ghost at his own game.
An ancient Chinese folktale, as retold by Yep. The original story was first published in the 3rd century A.D., making it one of the first ghost stories ever printed in China.