An exciting adventure with young ghost busters whose job is to help rid England of ghosts, spirits, that seem to run amuck all over the country. After completing a job but burning down the house, they are desperate for money so when a particularly unpleasant job is offered to them, the "boss" young Lockwood takes it on immediately. Lucy, the main protagonist is feisty but also not sure of all of her talents, George the third member of the team is the researcher "geek" whose passion is doughnuts. There is a murder to solve as well as ghost to put to rest. The plot is very quick paced with plenty of twists and turns and it is totally engrossing. A grand adventure with the promise of more to come. Ten to Fourteen. Edie Ching
In his new home Crystal Springs, ME, where "everything was normal, but everything was also a little off" , Ephraim finds friends for the first time, bringing together 6th graders from traditionally feuding families to solve the mystery of the Appledore family's healing waters and, perhaps, healing his own father. Building on the choices offered by Tuck Everlasting (discussed in Ephraim's English class) Blakemore raises the tantalizing possibility that someone chose to drink water that would make them immortal. This is a terrific read, combining science and magic with middle school awkwardnesses, early twentieth-century science, the Peary Arctic expedition and much more. Ten to Fourteen. Kathy Isaacs
Georges (French pronounciation) meets homeschooled Safer at his new Brooklyn apartment. As the two investigate another tenant, Georges ultimately examines the truths, secrets, lies, and imagination that can either create or destroy a relationship. Jesse Bernstein’s narration effectively conveys Georges’ range of emotions, and like the entertaining text, keeps readers wondering until Georges’ final decision. (7-10)
The omniscient narrator clues us in to what will happen as well as reminding us of other publications that could give us additional background as he tells the story of a poor boy who triumphs over the hard heartedness of his ultimate superiors (the lady and son of the manor) as well as some of his fellow servants. There is wry humor that adds a level of sophistication to the story.
When their cousin, Salim, vanishes—seemingly into thin air—while riding on the London Eye, Ted and his older sister Kat investigate, methodically eliminating theories generated by 12-year-old Ted's "big brain" and its unique operating system.