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Ordinary Ghosts (Push Fiction) Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 2008
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Nothing exciting happens to Emil. He is average in every way. His brother, Ethan, was the bright, shining star with all the friends, good grades, and a way with the ladies. Emil just lives in Ethan's shadow. He attends Caramoor Academy, a private school with a hefty tuition. Since everything has happened in his family, Emil's grades have started to slip and his father is riding him harder than ever to make the grade; especially since he is paying so much for him to go to school at Caramoor.
Emil does have the key though -- the key to notoriety, the key to exploration, the key to discovery. One day before Ethan left home, Emil was digging around in his bedroom and found an actual key. When he asked Ethan what the key unlocked he received a surprising answer: the key was a master key to the entire Caramoor Academy campus. Every door in every building was available to the person who held the key. Emil asked if he could have it and unbelievably, Ethan said yes. Normally the key was passed from one student to another each year. No one except the key holder was supposed to know who had it. The goal of the year was to pull off a monumental prank.
Emil's chance at greatness comes when his father has to go out of town for a long business trip and he has four days and nights home alone. He decides to use his time exploring Caramoor Academy.Read more ›
The plot is dramatic but doesn't feel contrived, and the resolution feels real, almost to the point where if a studio was to make a movie out of the book, you could be sure they'd screw up the ending by changing it and making it more dramatic. The story is paced perfectly - alternating smoothly between advancing the plot and developing its protagonist.
The most impressive aspect of this book is that it doesn't insult its audience. I have no intentions of reading a bunch of teen lit books now but I'm sure its a genre populated mostly by crap. This book treats teens as young adults - still young and immature, but not the idiots that a lot of adults take teens to be. I think the story and the charcters will ring true for teenagers who are lucky enough to hear about this book.
The characters are multi-dimensional and rich. Each possesses his or her own well crafted psychology. Rather than hide or gloss over them, Corrigan has been careful to highlight her character's flaws. Still, all the characters are highly likeable and leave the reader deeply invested in their outcomes. It has been years since I've read a book that I couldn't put down. I became so interested in the story that I carried the book around with me sneaking peeks at it whenever I had a spare second, even if it meant I could only read a sentence or two at a time. I'm hoping she writes a sequel because I want to know more about each character.
The story centers around Emil, a prep school student with a broken family. His mother died shortly before the story begins, his older brother and idol, Ethan, took off without saying goodbye, and his father has emotionally checked out. Emil finds a master key to his school and begins spending nights sneaking into all the places in the school he isn't supposed to go. While Emil sets out to explore the mystery of the school's haunted past, he discovers he isn't the only person trespassing the school's hallways in the night.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book started our VERY slow, I wasn't even sure if I wanted to continue reading it. I mean I was at pg. 100 and still questioning which usually makes me toss a book. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Michelle Bacci
The passage on trying to relive his mother's tuna casserole and instead falling into tears always gets to me. Read morePublished on October 13, 2012 by Bloaken
I can add only one thing to the previous spot-on reviews. This novel deserves a Pulitzer, Nobel, or other such prize. Read morePublished on September 2, 2010 by Laer Carroll
I love this book. It is in my top ten. Top five even.
I won't summarize because everyone already has. Read more
Eireann Corrigan's ORDINARY GHOSTS tells of a boy facing a vanished brother, a dead mother and a father who leaves him alone. Read morePublished on July 9, 2007 by Midwest Book Review
Emil is having a bad year. He reflects, "I try to pinpoint the moment my world tilted. It stopped turning for a second when Mom died. Read morePublished on June 27, 2007 by Teen Reads
'Fun' and 'entertaining' are not usually words you would find describing a book about the aftermath of a parent's death and a brother's unexpected departure, but that is the... Read morePublished on May 22, 2007 by J. Kirkman