If you’re a fan of The Spook’s Apprentice series by Joseph Delaney, you’ll be excited to hear the latest book in the series, The Spook’s Blood is released this month. To make sure you’re one of the first to get your hands on The Spook’s Blood, reserve your copy at the library now.
Liesl and Po by Lauren Oliver is one of the fantastic books I’m reading at the moment. It’s a really magical book and one of those stories that you can get lost in. If you like books like The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane and The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo, I highly recommend it. Reserve it at your library now.
I went to the very cool new Central South City Library last weekend and amongst the shiny new books that I borrowed was a fantastic new graphic novel called Ghostopolis by Doug TenNapel. It’s about a boy called Garth Hale who gets accidentally zapped into the ghost world by Frank Gallows, an agent for the Supernatural Immigration Task Force. Frank has messed up big time and gets fired from his job, but he promises Garth’s mum that he’ll find him in the ghost world and bring him home. Meanwhile, in the ghost world Garth makes friends with Skinny, a skeleton horse, and a ghost boy who just happens to be his grandpa. They meet all of the groups that inhabit Ghostopolis, including the Mummies, the Wisps, the Specters, the Zombies, the Boogeymen and the Bone People. Soon they’re on the run from Vaugner the evil ruler of Ghostopolis, who wants to use Garth’s newly discovered abilities to increase his control of the spirit world. Will Garth find a way home and will Frank Gallows keep his promise? Find out in Ghostopolis.
Ghostopolis is a spooky, adventure-filled story with plenty of laughs thrown in. I really liked Doug TenNapel’s style of illustration because it’s colourful and the panels are not overcrowded with detail. I particularly like how Doug has presented his characters (Frank Gallows looks worried alot of the time, Vaugner just looks plain evil with his blank eyes and spiky hair, and Garth just looks like an ordinary kid). If you like graphic novels like Tintin, Asterix or The Rainbow Orchid and want something a little different, you’ll love Ghostopolis.
Week 5 Challenge – Scary Stories
Try a scary story. There are stories about ghosts, vampires, werewolves, witches and other monsters that lurk in the dark. Some of my favourite scary stories are the Skulduggery Pleasant series, the Spook’s Apprentice series, the Invisible Fiends series and the brand new, Department 19.
Check out our If you like Ghost Stories and our Book Buzz page for lots of scary stories you could read.
Tell us about your favourite scary story and you’ll go into the draw to win a copy of the scarily good new book, Department 19 by Will Hill.
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This Sunday it’s Halloween, a time when people enjoy the thrill of being scared by witches, ghosts, goblins, and things that go bump in the night. In America, kids go trick-or-treating, where they go around their neighbourhood and collected candy. We don’t really celebrate Halloween in New Zealand, although some of you might still go trick-or-treating.
We have lots of scary stories in the library to give you a fright this Halloween. My favourites are:
To find out more about Halloween, check out our Halloween page, and to find more scary stories to read, try our If you like Ghost Stories booklist.
What’s your favourite scary story?