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- Print Length: 256 pages
- Publisher: Sky Pony (May 3, 2016)
- Publication Date: May 3, 2016
- Sold by: Simon & Schuster Digital Sales Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01DV1Y8TI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
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A fun twist on the classic ghost story, with humor, wit, and a new perspective on ghosts, that will appeal to budding supernatural fans.” School Library Journal --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
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Now, this first quarter has some very funny, sly, deadpan lines, but they read more a like flippant adult drawing room comedy of manners or a political satire than like anything approaching a middle grade ghost/adventure tale. The sketches of the Ministry employees, the bean counter, and workings of a pointless government agency are edgy and insightful. There is word play, colorful and descriptive writing, and real style, but all of it is restrained, understated and seemingly aimed at older readers who might appreciate colorful eccentrics and satire.
But get this. Once we get past that quarter mark the plot kicks in as the Ministry decides to hire a "weekend boy" to help them, on the theory that children seem to like ghosts and tend to attract ghosts. Thereafter, Thruppence, a girl who loudly and stubbornly demands that the Ministry hire a weekend "person" and Tim Legge, (whose family has abandoned crafting wooden legs in favor of banisters, bats, and other long round wooden things), both show up and are awarded the job in partnership. The balance of the book covers their adventures as they search for a ghost.
And this part is ridiculously funny. The two kids are like a well polished double-act, and they play off each other nicely. The humor is still sort of under-stated and deadpan, but it's clever, dry and rather droll. I like deadpan humor, and I think younger readers get dry and understated bits and don't need a regular diet of farts and toilets and the like. That said, it will take a young reader made of pretty stern stuff to soldier on through the first part of the book.
The upshot is that this book offers many rewards, not the least of which are the two very bright, funny, and likeable kid heroes and the sly humor. But a reader has to slog through a lot of underbrush before finding the trail.
(Please note that I received a free ecopy of this book without a review requirement, or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)
The staff decide they need to hire weekend persons to help them prove the existence of ghosts, or they'll end up working at the Department of the Sewers. Thruppence and Tim apply to their advertisement in the window and begin ghost hunting. They have three months to find proof of spirits, or the Ministry will be shut down forever.
This is a very unconventional book. The main characters are not introduced until mid way through and the whole story is told by an omni-present narrator.
When I first started reading I was drawn into the story by the odd happenings at the Ministry of Ghosts. The four employees are all very detailed and have distinctive characteristics. The villain, Mr. Beeston, is also well-written, giving the reader a sense of immediate dislike for him and his bull headed ways. However, as I read on and on about their doings, I began to wonder where the story was going. I started to wonder if perhaps the Ministry itself was the protagonist. When Thruppence and Tim arrived I thought we were going to go places. Though the two of them are fun together, there is only one real adventure in a graveyard, and I wanted so much more.
Now, without giving the ending away, I was not satisfied. When they finally find their "evidence", I could only think, why wasn't there any more around? There should have been more "evidence" about, and why didn't they end up searching for more? Why not make the Ministry a fully running office?
So, I'm afraid I'm half and half with the story. It was fun, and I think most kids will be surprised at the ending, however I wanted more. On a side note, I learned from experience that the writing on the cover of the book glows in the dark! 3 stars!