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Friday 15 September 2023

Junior Review: Ghost Book

Ghosts, magic and mystery come to life in this graphic novel by Remy Lai.

July is an odd girl, and she isn’t really noticed by the kids at her school (and sometimes her dad, too). But there’s something special about July. She can see ghosts!

One day, July meets two ghosts called William and Floof. William tries to convince July he’s not really dead, so they go to the library and search for information about him on the computer. 

They discover that when William was a boy his heart stopped for three minutes, and now he’s in a coma. This is why he has a string connecting his ghost body to his real body in Red Hill Hospital.

They figure out there is a way to bring William back, but they’ll have to travel to the Underworld and steal the life register from the King of the Underworld’s servants, Oxhead and Horseface. It won’t be easy — someone’s chasing them, and July’s Dad is keeping secrets. These secrets matter, and once July and William find out the truth, it will change everything forever.

July is a kind and smart girl. She’s adventurous and takes risks, and I really like that about her. William has a big heart and looks out for July, but he’s scared of hungry ghosts who like to eat other ghosts (I would be, too). Floof is an adorable flying blob who sticks by William through the story. Floof also has a secret, and it will warm your heart when you find out what it is.

Ghost Book is a graphic novel, so it’s filled with illustrations. I love the emotions on the characters faces. They made me feel what the characters are feeling. I also liked how there’s lots of different types of ghosts.

This book is filled with magic, possessing and problems. I think it was great, and kids who like ghosts, mysterious stories and little cute flying things will love it.

Title: Ghost Book
Author/Illustrator: Remy Lai
Publisher: Allen and Unwin, $19.99
Publication Date: 1 August 2023
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781761065477
For ages: 8 -12
Type: Junior Fiction, Graphic Novel