Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Dial-a-Ghost by Eva Ibbotson
The Dial-a-Ghost/Adopt-a-Ghost agency is around for ghosts that need a home from the blood stained brides to the headless knights. Everyone is welcome. A family will simply call them up and they will get paired up with the right ghosts. It has been hard to pair anyone up with the Shriekers a married couple who attack children and scream bloody murder. They are supposed to go to Oliver's home. He's an orphan and has recently been given Helton Hall. He's all alone now and the Fultons who believe they should have Helton Hall are furious. They want to give him such a fright that no one will ever see him again...
I remember this cover like it was the back of my hand. I could have sworn I read it in Elementary school because I remember seeing it so often but now I'm not so sure. I can't remember anything of it. Anyways this book is by Eva Ibbotson. She was one of the greatest authors of children's books. The Secret Platform 13, The Island of the Aunts, Which Witch? and more. Now I would love to say this book was absolutely amazing but I think I'm a little too grown to like it (if I really did read it) as much as I did or would back then. It's definitely a children's read of course. It's filled with a great cast of ghosts. Oliver threw me for a loop because he was stronger at the end than I ever expected to be. That boy's got spunk! The most important thing that it conveys is friendship and loyalty. It was a good ghost book for elementary aged kids.