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The characters in this story are numerous but only a few stand out. I will limit who I describe to Jeremy Johnson Johnson and Jacob Grimm.
Jeremy is a bit nerdy because all he does is study. But when you have a ghost telling you "studies, studies" all the time and you know your only ticket out of town is college and a scholarship, then you know you should study. And he's weird because he once told someone he hears voices. But he does and we know he does because we can hear Jacob Grimm talking to him throughout the novel. But, unfortunately, Jeremy has a tendency to talk to Jacob out loud and that makes him look even weirder. And Jeremy lives with his father in the back of the Two Book Bookstore which, as you may have guessed, sells only two books, the first and second volumes of Jeremy's grandfather's life story. Business isn't good. And, as if you need more to make a boy look weird, Jeremy's father stays in his room all day watching t.v. since Jeremy's mother left him. Life has not been kind to Jeremy. But he's a good boy, studies hard, is kind to everyone, friendly, wary, industrious (he has a lawn service business) and he takes care of his father.
Jacob Grimm's Ghost- Jacob's Ghost somehow got stuck on Earth after he passed away.Read more ›
First, the positives. The book pulls readers in from the start with the eerie voice of the ghost of Jacob Grimm and his mysterious search for "the thing undone" in his mortal life: "I have been dead since the Saturday afternoon in September 1863 when I saw the elm tree in the garden dissolve into nothing." The ghost of Grimm has searched for a boy "who sleeps in an attic full of fairy tales" in order to protect him from the evil and tortured schemes of The Finder of Occasions. Jeremy Johnson Johnson is the boy, and his relationship with the ghost of Jacob Grimm is one of the strongest and most touching parts of the novel. The book is at its best when we hear the musings of the long-dead Jacob Grimm: the language and his unique perceptions are lovely and poignant.
I also enjoyed the plot twists that reveal the horrors of the evil waiting for Jeremy and his friends - the Finder of Occasions is a bone-chilling combination of a modern mass murderer and an ancient fairy tale villain. Additionally, the dark fairy tales of the Grimm brothers are woven throughout the story in a way that is wonderfully creepy.
And now the negatives: The supporting characters in the story, especially Jeremy's friend Ginger, are annoying and inconsistent in their speech and actions. Ginger is alternately whiney, devout, rebellious, sentimental, snide, loyal, and fickle. It's nearly impossible to get a sense of a real person, and she tosses off odd slang terms like "Zounds" and "fabulouso" so often that her speech begins to grate like nails on a chalkboard.Read more ›
The thing is, this ghost whispers in the kid's ear and he is just about the only person who can hear the ghost whisperer - old Ghost Grimm tries to help the boy who lives with his dad - an he pretty much stays in bed for most of the book.
But this tale is full of adventures - not just a ghost, a girl, and a boy - but a dwarf, sort of a dwarf, and a giant, kind of giant, and the usual fairy tale plotting - just who is the `witch' here?
This book's great fun - one that will keep you reading deep into the night!
Jeremy Johnson Johnson and his father live in Never Better, a place representing typical American small-town life. Everyone knows everything about everyone, and everyone takes a keen interest in the business of others. So the fact that Jeremy can keep a big secret represents an amazing feat. No one knows that Jeremy can hear the voice of long-dead Jacob Grimm of the Brothers Grimm.
Jacob narrates the story in first person and slowly reveals how he traversed the world from Germany after his death looking for his brother's spirit. Jacob travels for decades asking other spirits about Wilhelm, and eventually he meets one that says he has heard of a special boy. A boy who believes in fairy tales and who lives in a small town--a village--that "can be seen only from the corner of the eye." A boy who can hear those who exist in the spirit world. But the Finder of Occasions also lives in this town and will eventually harm the boy if no one can stop him. Jacob decides to help this boy; maybe helping the boy will somehow lead him to other spirits that can lead him to Wilhelm.
He becomes Jeremy's friend and tutor but when Ginger Boultinghouse starts showing an interest in Jeremy, Jacob becomes skeptical. An innocent prank turns into big news, solidifying Jacob's suspicion.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very well written. This book was impossible to put down. Definitely a must read for anyone who loves fairy tales, a bit of a love story, or just a plain out beautiful, amazing... Read morePublished 1 month ago by red the wolf
While I appreciated the ambience of the book, towards the end it veered way too dark and almost seemed like a Stephen King novel. I did enjoy the first 3/4 though. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sesho
Couldn't stop reading. Finished it in a day. Wonderful story!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Book was pretty well done. If students like horror this might be for them. I hope students will investigate the lives of the Grimm brothers. Read morePublished 3 months ago by mrs. m
This is an amazing book that is very well written. However I am not happy about encountering it through my 7th grade daughter who it was assigned for a group reading study. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I give this book five stars because it is amazing and I would recommend it to anyone who likes mystery/romance booksPublished 7 months ago by Abigail
At the beginning it was a little slow, in my opinion. But, it gets really good and I definitely recommend this to anyone who likes eerie, weird books.Published 7 months ago by londsyay
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