The Great Ghost Rescue

The Great Ghost Rescue

by Eva Ibbotson, Gale Group

Hardcover(Large Print)

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The ghosts of Britain need a sanctuary. Castles with central heating, bogs drained for motorways, dismal forests cleared for car parks -- there are few places left for a respectable ghost to haunt. Humphrey the Horrible is a small, mostly unsuccessful ghost in a family of ghastly ghouls. His mother worries. But Humphrey has enough pluck to befriend a smart, politically aware schoolboy, Rick Henderson, who is willing to take the ghosts' cause right to the top, to number 10 Downing Street -- home of the Prime Minister.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786239672
Publisher: Gale Group
Publication date: 10/28/2002
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 185
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Eva Ibbotson, born Maria Charlotte Michelle Wiesner (1925–2010), was an Austrian-born British novelist, known for her children's books. Some of her novels for adults have been successfully reissued for the young adult market in recent years. For the historical novel Journey to the River Sea (Macmillan, 2001), she won the Smarties Prize in category 9–11 years, garnered unusual commendation as runner-up for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, and made the Carnegie Medal, Whitbread Award, and Blue Peter Book Award shortlists. She was a finalist for the 2010 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize at the time of her death. Her last book, The Abominables, was one of eight books on the longlist for the same award in 2012.

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The Great Ghost Rescue 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book I've ever read! I would give it 100 stars (but it only shows 5 so im giving it 5)
the_hag on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If the Addams family had been ghosts...well, this might have been what they were like! We start out here with a "family" of ghosts living in an old castle...the mother, a hag looking, well, like a hag and smelling of the worst things (always changing to suite her moods, naturally); the father, a Gliding Kilt (legs lost in a battle); their son, the screaming skull (and boy can he scream); their daughter (a wailing ghost); their second son, Humphrey the Horrible...who it turns out is less horrible than he and his family would really like and of course Aunt Hortensia with her phantom coach and missing head! As it turns out, ghosts all over the world are being turned out of their dark, dank, horribly perfect homes by...PROGRESS. Human's, the living, are doing what we always do...paving over, knocking down, renovating, and making things livable for US. Unfortunately for the ghosts this is very, very bad! In fact, it's downright harmful. Our family of intrepid ghosts is ousted from their home to make way for a resort...quite revolting a development for these horrible haunts! On the move, our hauntless family meet up with Rick at a brief stop over at a boarding school, who with the help of his super smart friend Barbara determined what needs to be done to right the ghost's homeless situation. A short time later, the ghosts (and Rick) are off to London to meet with their member of Parliament to set up a Ghost Sanctuary. This story is all about their adventure to London, what they have to do to get in to see the Prime Minister, where the ghost wind up...and there is even a twist at the end...just when you think all is going to turn out splendidly! This story manages to tie together grossness, creepy settings, morbid details, humor and family values into one romping good adventure that even manages to include a message about being yourself and accepting who you are. The Great Ghost Rescue is great for young readers who have made the transition to chapter books but still need a relatively simple plot and minimal drawings (there are a number of black and white/pen & ink drawings to bring some additional life to the story...heh). I know when my daughter made the transition to longer chapter books, she needed one's that were both entertaining but with minimal plot twists so that she could read the words AND get to enjoy the story...this book allows for that in spades. Aimed at ages 9-12, I'd say ages 8-10 would probably enjoy it most as the plot and writing style might be too simple for older readers to find engaging. I rate this at four stars, it's just the right blend of gross details (given a humorous twist), morbid bent, a bit of mystery and a liberal dash of adventure that is perfectly engaging for young readers!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked this book a lot. It was very funny in some parts. Even though the pictures were cool, the author included words that put pictures in my head that were amazing! This book was very exciting! At the end of every chapter there was a cliffhanger, and I could barely tear myself away from the book. If you like a good adventure story you would love this book! I would give this book 4 stars because even though I would have changed a few parts, it was a really good book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Great Ghost Rescue I liked this book The Great Ghost Rescue. I would give the book about 4 stars because there were a few really weird parts. Like a part when Rick was dragging the unconscious Lord Bullhaven to the car. Lord Bullhaven is a really weird, creepy, and mean guy. If he sees a flower growing up from his yard, he will pull it out right away. But one of my favorite parts was at the end when everyone was happy again. Right before that something strange was happening to all the ghosts. So everyone was happy and Lord Bullhaven died. So now he is a ghost, but when he is a ghost he is nice to everyone and said sorry for everything he did. I think you should read this book. Its funny.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought The Great Ghost Rescue was a GREAT book! I like it so much I¿m going to give it 5 stars! I really like it because there¿s a lot of excitement in it. If you like ghosts you should check out this book and even if you don¿t like ghosts you should still consider reading this book. The ghosts make it really exciting and I just want to keep reading and reading and reading and reading! It¿s just a little spooky, but I think it¿s fine. Here¿s a preview for it: There¿s this ghost family and their home is being changed so they have to move. They met a boy named Rick who helps them find a home. But then something very, very, very bad happens. To find out what happens you¿ll have to get this book. If you like stories by Eva Ibbotson then you¿ll really like this book, but if you don¿t like Eva Ibbotson you should still try it. Remember, the book is The Great Ghost Rescue by Eva Ibbotson.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought the book The Great Ghost Rescue was a really good book. The reason that I like this book is because there¿s not a lot of characters to remember and its balance of emotion the book can be funny, scary, sad, and just plain gross. If you like books by Eva Ibbotson and J. K. Rowling this book is for you. For my review I would give this book 5 out of 5.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was funny and spooky at the same time but I really loved it right now i am reading which witch it is an awsome book so far.