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Product Details

  • Series: Rain of the Ghosts (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (December 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250029791
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250029799
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #424,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rain, who lives on an island close to the Bermuda Triangle, has special abilities—she just doesn’t know it until her dying grandfather bequeaths her a bracelet designed with entwined snakes. Suddenly the spirit world opens up to the eighth-grader, and her grandfather’s ghost, who appears to Rain as the young WWII fighter pilot he once was, leads her on a mission to resurrect the remains of his old plane and free the spirits of his crew, all of whom died in the crash. Meanwhile, a creepy man is seeking the bracelet, which seems to be connected to other talismans Rain and her sidekick, Charlie, will likely pursue in subsequent volumes. Action and the tropical setting will entice readers to this supernatural opener, though the omniscient narrator —revealed to be a seemingly immortal dog(!)—can at times be confusing, especially when he slips into first-person asides. Hopefully, the dog’s connection to Rain will be illuminated in the next book of what promises to be an interesting series. Grades 5-8. --Karen Cruze

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"From his work on DC's cartoon Young Justice to his first novel, Rain of the Ghosts, he hits it out of the park every time!" —Danica McKellar, actress and New York Times bestselling author Math Doesn't Suck

"The perfect book for the young adult reader." —Stan Lee  

“A thoroughly entertaining joyride.” —Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Rot and Ruin

“All of the excitement and hyperbole of teen emotion is captured in this quick-moving debut.” —Shannon Delany, author of the 13 to Life Series

"Magical realism for all ages!" —Jonathan Frakes

"A superb builder of new worlds and their rules of magick." —Nicole Dubuc


More About the Author

Greg Weisman (BA Stanford, MPW U.S.C.) has been a storyteller all his life. His first professional work was as an Associate Editor and Freelance Writer for DC Comics, where he worked on the Captain Atom title, among others.

Greg worked at Walt Disney Television Animation from 1989 through 1996. He rose through the ranks to become Director of Series Development for the division, working on such diverse properties as Darkwing Duck, Gummi Bears, TaleSpin, Bonkers, Raw Toonage, Duck Tales the Movie, Aladdin the Series and The Mighty Ducks, among others.

In 1991, Greg and his team created and developed a new series for Disney: GARGOYLES. Greg left his position as an executive to become the Supervising Producer and Supervising Story Editor of the first 66 episodes of that series. In 1996, Greg left Disney for DreamWorks Television Animation, where he also developed numerous projects.

In October of '98, Greg left DreamWorks to become a full-time Freelance Writer, Story Editor, Producer, Voice Director and Voice Actor. He has written scripts for Men In Black, Disney's Hercules, Big Guy & Rusty the Boy Robot, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, The Mummy, Kim Possible, The Batman, Alien Racers, Ben Ten, Bionicle: Mask of Light, Legion of Super Heroes, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, RescueBots, Kaijudo, Octonauts, Beware the Batman, Transformers Prime and Octonauts, among others.

He has written and story edited for Roughnecks: The Starship Troopers Chronicles, and he produced, wrote and story edited on both Max Steel and W.I.T.C.H. He has also voice directed the original DVD Movie, Atlantis: Milo's Return and the English dub of the Japanese anime video series 3x3 Eyes.

More recently, Greg wrote the new Gargoyles and Gargoyles: Bad Guys comic books for SLG Publishing plus an issue of The Amazing Spider-Man for Marvel Comics, all while producing, writing, story editing and voice acting for Sony's The Spectacular Spider-Man. He then moved over to Warner Bros., where he wrote the Green Arrow direct-to-DVD short for DC Showcase and produced, story edited, wrote and voice acted on the new Warner Bros./DC Comics/Cartoon Network series, Young Justice, as well as co-writing the companion Young Justice monthly comic book for DC.

Greg is now an Executive Producer on Star Wars Rebels for Lucasfilm and Disney.

Greg is blessed to have a wonderful wife and two great teenagers.

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I look forward to the next book in the series.
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The story is interesting and the characters are believable - the story draws you in, and I'm waiting for the next book in the adventure!
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The fact that most of the main cast of characters are minorities is also a welcome change.
J.S. Lewis

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. Macias on December 27, 2013
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I chose a five-star rating because this is the type of book I would've loved to have had in my hands when I was 13 years old. I grew up with a low reading comprehension level and reading was a chore for me. It took a while before I started mending my ways, but if you have a son, daughter, cousin, brother, sister, niece, nephew, granddaughter, grandson--someone who needs that nudge in the right direction, I definitely recommend Greg Weisman's Rain of the Ghosts.

It's a wonderful and refreshing tale about a 13-year-old girl, seeking something new and exciting in her life--a position we've all found ourselves in at one point in our lives. Her grandfather's past lands her in a mystery and a quest to find...well, if I told you, I'd ruin all the fun! The first of a nine book series, Rain of the Ghosts will have you laughing, sitting on the edge of your seat, soaring to new and magical heights, and crying because you get to know and love these characters dearly.

Please grab this book for yourself or for a loved one. It appeals to all ages, and personally, I'm looking forward to what the series has in store for us in the future. Greg Weisman is a creative writer, and as a Puerto Rican/Ecuadorian fan of his work, I appreciate the approach he took with his character's cultures and backgrounds. It's refreshing to find a book where the protagonist's surname is Cacique and the Spanish heritage is present in parts of the story line. I hope to see more of that in the future because I know plenty of people, including myself, who desperately need that kind of representation, and I'm thankful that this book caught my attention because it gave me exactly what I craved as a young girl.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By G. Bishansky on December 6, 2013
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"Rain of the Ghosts" is a fun romp through the Prospero Keys, a fictional chain of islands located near the Bermuda Triangle. The book serves as a two-hundred page introduction to what becomes a well thought-out world populated with a large cast of characters (each with their own distinctive voices). I also counted at least six heavy references to Shakespeare's works, particularly "The Tempest". In other words, it feels very much like a pilot to a Greg Weisman-helmed animated series; and I mean that as a positive. But while Gargoyles' "Awakening" could function as a nice stand-alone movie, "Rain of the Ghosts" operates more like Spectacular Spider-Man's "Survival of the Fittest" or Young Justice's "Independence Day": the immediate situation has been dealt with, but more questions are presented which will lead us into the second book, "Spirits of Ash and Foam" and hopefully beyond.

Rain Cacique serves as a strong protagonist. She's smart, tough, sarcastic, but still vulnerable and still a thirteen-year-old girl. Her best friend, Charlie, is someone I think every one will easily be able to relate to... yep, I felt that way at thirteen. Rain's grandfather, 'Bastian, is the grandfather you wish you had... very wonderfully human. Other characters pop up, many of whom while not important to this first novel will doubtless be developed later, as this is the first in a nine book series... already some are intriguing mysteries. I especially look forward to learning more about the villains in this series we've only gotten the barest glimpses of; Weisman's villains are always delicious.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J.S. Lewis on March 19, 2014
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Full disclosure: I only read this book because Greg Weisman's name is on it.

Let me explain. Greg Weisman has been, in some shape or form, involved in a large array of popular animated television shows over the past couple of decades, and I've been a huge fan of many of them. He's actually the co-creator of two of my very favorites (The Spectacular Spider-Man and Young Justice). So when I heard that he'd written a novel, I knew I had to check it out, and I was not disappointed in the least.

In a world where many juvenile fiction adventures utilize similar formulas and tropes, Weisman brings some refreshingly original material to the table with Rain of the Ghosts (though that's not to say it's completely free of some genre norms). And I think that's what I love most about this story: its originality. The setting of the Ghost Keys (Prospero Keys, for you tourists) is unheard of, and at once realistic and enchanting. The fact that most of the main cast of characters are minorities is also a welcome change.

Speaking of characters, that's where Rain of the Ghosts really shines. Weisman has a real talent for the adolescent voice, and it shows throughout. In that respect, I found myself really enjoying the exchanges between Rain, Charlie, and Miranda, as well as Rain's interactions with her parents and grandfather. Weisman does a fantastic job of putting us into Rain's life on the island, making it and its players feel both charming and real.

Rain of the Ghosts is an excellent tale, and the successful start of what looks to be a promising series. The story is wonderful in that it goes from simple to complex without drawing things out, getting too complicated, or revealing too much about the future of this series. I'm looking forward to the next installment.
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