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Ghoulish Song Hardcover – March 5, 2013
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The main character is told by her family that she is dead because her shadow is no longer attached to her body. Completely ignored, then a funeral performed on her she is eventually locked out of her home. Into the dark streets to find the Goblin who caused her shadow to separate with no help from him, she must venture into this very dark and scary city, alone to find more answers. How can she be dead...when she is alive, breathing and can communicate with others.
I listened to the audiobook which is narrated by the author. I think he does a great job narrating the story and giving voice to the characters, making the story feel very dark, brooding and scary.
For parents, yes, _Goblin Secrets_ and _Ghoulish Song_ are a bit dark. If you read and enjoyed _Coraline_ by Neil Gaiman with your kids, you might give these a try. Darkness in childrens' tales is hardly a new thing (look at Grimm's Fairy Tales, Ronald Dahl, JK Rowling, ect).
This one loses a star due to format. Shame on Simon and Schuster for not enabling text-to-speech on the Kindle edition for Kindle Fire tablet users. Although my vision is not quite bad enough at this stage that I'm reliant on text-to-speech, I sometimes do enjoy setting the Kindle Fire down and letting the text-to-speech read to me. I've been trying very hard to avoid buying books that do not have it enabled, but I got sloppy and this one slipped through the cracks. Since it was the companion to a book I highly enjoyed, I decided to not ask for a refund and just read it. Text-to-speech is an asset that could open up whole literary wolds to a lot of people with poor vision. Shame one S&S for not supporting the feature.
The companion book to the National Book Award winner, Goblin Secrets, starts strong and doesn't let up. This page-turner will not only captivate those from 8-12, it will entice and delight teens and adults as well with it's fanciful, well-written and suspenseful prose. Alexander, while ever the clever and award-worthy novelist, leaves nothing to be desired in his second novel. In this book, he finds his voice and sings it out loud.
It is just this sort of fanciful, well-written tale that turns a child into a reader. If you are a parent, buy this for your child. Without a doubt, all children will delight in this book. Exceptionally smart children will revel in it. Their imagination will recognize this delightful tale as worthy; they will become more creative, intelligent people for it.
I really like Kaile, her frustrations with the ordinary are completely relatable, and her struggle to solve the flute's mystery and save her world are cleverly crafted and easy to follow. Other characters are as carefully constructed and introduced: with little details that foreshadow their upcoming place in the story, good or evil.
Beautifully narrated by the author, his voice is the perfect accompaniment to the story. Small distinctions in tone and pacing to illustrate different characters, and his pacing and clarity are perfection. Additionally, there is a discernible distinction in his tone as important plot points, hesitations and even points to remember are presented, a unique touch to self-narrated works that is often absent from other forms of audio.
This is the second in the trilogy, but the world and characters are so well defined, described and presented that having exposure to the first is not necessary: although this will encourage you to seek out the first book, it is that good. Both parents and children will enjoy this: never clichéd, with surprising and unique creatures this well-paced story will demand your attention until the end.
I received the audio cd's from Simon & Schuster via AudioBook Jukebox for purpose of honest review for the Heard Word. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My 7 year old daughter and I loved it. We still get stuck on, "One for the bun now overdone..."Published 17 months ago by Storm
This is a beautifully written book with an intriguing and compelling story . The writer did a excellent job of setting the story by his expressive use of describing each scene in... Read morePublished on July 23, 2014 by Robocat
Not sure if you call this a sequel, it's more like it happens in tandem with Goblin Secrets. Both are very well written and full of details which being this other world to life... Read morePublished on March 16, 2014 by Christine Kimball
Ghoulish song is a fascinating story. It is definitely
better then the Goblins Secrets. The best book I ever read
I loved this book as an adult. I am recommending this author to all parents out there. He is a very gifted person. This is the second book I read from Mr. Read morePublished on September 20, 2013 by Marielle
I read it to my 9-year-old at bedtime. It's easy to read, but has an intriguing style that makes you feel like you're really in a world shaped by music.Published on May 17, 2013 by James Cook
I absolutely loved Book 1 in this series. I know, I can be a little kid sometimes. Book 2 was nearly as good and I quite enjoyed myself. Read morePublished on May 13, 2013 by S
We all loved the first book and now the second book tops it!! An exciting new writer. Looking forward to #3.Published on April 25, 2013 by Margaret Savage