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GOLDEN & GREY by Louise Arnold


A Good Day for Haunting

by Louise Arnold

Age Range: 9 - 12

Pub Date: Oct. 7th, 2008
ISBN: 978-1-4169-0863-0
Publisher: McElderry

Tom Golden’s latest adventure among the unseen involves a trio of escaped ancient ghosts and the dread prospect of ghost sightings by ordinary humans. Tom is the only human who is able to see ghosts for what they really are, although there are some Faintly Real ghosts who routinely pass for human. His ghostly companions are quite delighted with their work as Invisible Friends and thrill at the prospect of appearing on an episode of Exceedingly Haunted Houses. But when some old Druidic bonds are inadvertently broken, the security of the unseen ghost world is threatened. Enigmatic references to earlier incidents in the series may pull careful readers up short, but Arnold hurtles charmingly along and provides a great deal to like about Tom and this elaborately constructed ghostly world. Moments of hilarity abound, as when Tom and his non-corporeal friends journey through the fabric-lined, sometimes odiferous Laundry Run, the ghostly highway for sock-stealing Poltergeists. And a climactic scene where the ghosts are terrified by an exceedingly haunted house has both chilly and silly moments. Lightly frightful, frothy fun. (Fantasy. 9-12)