Ghost Hunt: Chilling Tales of the Unknown

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An exciting new middle grade collection of spooky paranormal investigations based on REAL ghost hunts from stars of the TV show Ghost Hunters, the number one reality show on cable television!

In a lush, thick volume, Ghost Hunt will feature multiple stories dramatized with cliff hangers and red herrings to heighten suspense and character interaction. Through the investigations, the reader will learn the ins and outs of ghost hunting, how to ...

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Overview

An exciting new middle grade collection of spooky paranormal investigations based on REAL ghost hunts from stars of the TV show Ghost Hunters, the number one reality show on cable television!

In a lush, thick volume, Ghost Hunt will feature multiple stories dramatized with cliff hangers and red herrings to heighten suspense and character interaction. Through the investigations, the reader will learn the ins and outs of ghost hunting, how to spot a hoax, and how to face their fear of the paranormal.

The book will also have tips for ghost hunting at the end of the book, including guides to the technical equipment and how to set up your own traps for ghosts. Though presented as fiction, these stories are based on real cases, and the GHOSTS ARE REAL!

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Dawn Talbott
In Ghost Hunt, readers go on the job with the members of The Atlantic Paranormal Society (TAPS) as they probe into mysterious happenings with other-worldly elements. Hawes and Wilson lead the crew to investigate cases involving pennies appearing on the floor out of nowhere, ghosts with no legs, knocking noises, the haunting of a fort, and more. Each story in Ghost Hunt explores a different aspect of paranormal activity. The selections are short enough that readers without a lot of time, or younger readers without much stamina, will be able to read in manageable chunks. Along with the recounting of cases from the TAPS files comes the "Ghost Hunt Guide." In this added feature, potential paranormal investigators learn about useful techniques such as interviewing clients, checking the location, setting up equipment, collecting evidence, doing research, analyzing data and reaching conclusions. It also includes a quiz for readers to test their skills at working a case. The accounts in this collection are sure to give readers cold chills. The very basic writing style, coupled with the shortness of the selections, makes the book appealing for middle school or junior high aged readers. Overall, it is a solid piece. Reviewer: Dawn Talbott
School Library Journal
Gr 4–9—This collection of stories is based on case files from The Atlanta Paranormal Society, TAPS, founded by Hawes and Wilson. Each of the eight selections describes the sightings and paranormal activity from the perspective of the observer, then describes how members of TAPS researched, set up equipment, and discovered explanations for what happened. What causes pennies to appear in the bedroom of two boys? Who is the ghost on the water and why do some ghosts have no legs? These mysteries are unlocked as readers follow the ghost hunters on their quest for the truth. The stories have enough elements of the unknown to make them spine-tingling, but they are more mystery than horror. A ghost-hunt guide allows readers an opportunity to experience firsthand the process TAPS uses to solve their cases. Fans of the authors' Ghost Hunter TV series will find these stories equally if not more intriguing than the show. Those who are not familiar with the series will enjoy meeting the ghost hunters and learning how to use the equipment. The easy-to-read format and subject matter will keep even the most reluctant of readers interested.—Denise Moore, O'Gorman Junior High School, Sioux Falls, SD
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316178273
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 9/5/2011
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 592,710
  • Age range: 11 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson have been avid investigators of the paranormal for more than twenty years and have investigated over two thousand claims of paranormal activity, helping families, law enforcement agencies, the military, and churches do both preliminary and extensive investigations. They are the bestselling authors of the books Ghost Hunting and Seeking Spirits for adults and they are best known for their television show, Ghost Hunters, on Syfy and for being the founder and cofounder, respectively of The Atlantic Paranormal Society (TAPS). Jason Hawes was born in Canandaigua, New York, and now lives in Rhode Island with his wife and five children. Grant Wilson was born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island, where he continues to live with his wife and three boys.

CHECK OUT THEIR WEBSITES AT www.the-atlantic-paranormal-society.com/ and www.syfy.com/ghosthunters/

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted August 29, 2011

    People need to look into this book before giving it 2 stars or less

    Okay, for one, this is written for children. In a story form for children that is why Jason and Grant isn't the main characters. Take a preview through the book, look into it you will see. I love the book and I love the fact that they wrote a book for children it was very interesting actually that they want to get children involved into the ghost hunting! It's not like "Ghost Hunting" or "Seeking Spirits" so if you think its gonna be like that don't buy it. It is for children! I'm a big fan of Jason and Grants work so if you love TAPS and a good ol ghost story this book is great for all ages!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2011

    Highly Recommended - Great for Kids Who Believe in Ghosts

    This is a great book for your teenagers or even pre-teens who believe that ghosts are real. Other than Stories it teaches your kids how to conduct their own ghost hunt. It is a good learning tool. I would recommend this books to other parents.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2012

    I LOVE GHOST HUNTERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    JASON AND GRANT ARE AWSOME !!!!
    i cant wait to read all their books

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2012

    Awesomeness

    This book is the besr book i have ever read

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2011

    Question

    I am ten years old should I get this book?

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2012

    Big Fan of TAPS

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2012

    Total fan

    I loved it soooo much. The one thing i didnt like though was none of the orginal team members except for jay and grant were in therw, although that may have been because in case someone left, someone wouldnt come and read the book three years lajter and w onder qho the heck that person is.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2012

    Hi i'm 7 years old and my teacher is mrs.Kilian.

    best book ever.but i still do think wrestaling is better.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2012

    Kyle

    I read the sample and i loved it so the books gotta be better

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2012

    Many dfferent storys

    I recamend if you like scary or tragec endings also happy and sad endings!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2012

    Grat Great book

    I love this book beacause i watch their show all the time!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2012

    I love Ghost Hunter

    I love the show and just loves all the books. I have never miss the shows unless i am out of town or sick. I recommend to read all of their books if u are interestes in ghost hunter and their stories.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    Scary

    Everything is super scary. The ghost on water and fort mifflin was scary. I felt like i was at all of these spooky places

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  • Posted October 13, 2011

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    spine-tingling

    Reviewed by Rita V for Readers Favorite

    Ghost Hunt, Chilling Tales of the Unknown is a spine-tingling novel written by Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson, with Cameron Dokey. This book is the first in a collection of case files from The Atlanta Paranormal Society, TAPS. Contained in this novel are eight individual chilling ghost stories based on real life experiences and true events that sent the TAPS team to investigate. These intriguing stories include: pennies that appear out of nowhere repeatedly on a young man's bedroom floor; a dark haunted figure that hovers over the water; a 12-year-old boy asks the team to investigate three ghosts in his home and none of them appear to have legs; a case that involves TAPS exploring Fort Mifflin where 150 soldiers had lost their lives; a house haunted by loud knocking noises that actually tie in to a familiar tune; a jealous ghost that acts out against the living; a teenager who disturbs a grave site brings an angry spirit back home with him; and a little girl who can see and talk to her grandmother who had passed away three months earlier. There is also a chapter at the end of the book entitled, "The Ghost Hunt Guide," which tells you precisely how to setup your own paranormal investigation.

    Ghost Hunt is written specifically for children in grades 4-9, but even the adults will enjoy these thrilling stories! The cover is captivating and mysterious with the graveyard setting and really captures the reader's attention immediately. The plot of each story is easy for older children to comprehend; and while it is a thriller, it is written delicately so children will be on their edge of their seat, but without the blood, guts and gore. It is written very tastefully, and I loved the build-up of suspense and found that I could not put this book down! What is most fascinating about these stories is that they are based on true events. Almost everyone has had some type of paranormal experience in their life that they cannot explain and can truly relate to these stories, myself included. Jason and Grant really hit it out of the ballpark with this mysterious and fun read for all ages. I absolutely enjoyed each story and found the Ghost Hunt Guide to be very informational and helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2010

    Low quality.

    I have read some of these stories before but now they are fictionalized and are not that interesting of a read. They have even changed the story to add ghost hunters who had no mention in the original stories of these events. I enjoyed their first two books but this one was not of that quality.

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  • Posted August 23, 2010

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    Ghost Hunters Jason and Grant only have a supporting role in their own book

    The guys from T.A.P.S. are delving into the scariest territory of all - adolescence. Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson's first foray into the realm of young adult fiction is Ghost Hunt: Chilling Tales of the Unknown, a collection of imaginary stories based on real-life cases investigated by the Ghost Hunters of the SyFy Network. The familiar T.A.P.S. logo adorns hats, shirts, converted Roto Rooter vans - now it graces the cover of a book aimed at a young audience. Tweens love to shiver between the pages from R.L. Stine's Goosebumps to the writings of Christopher Pike, and this particular installment is much like the T.V. show - more technical than emotional. The focus is on electromagnetic field detectors and electronic voice phenomena rather than blood-curdling screams and heart-racing panic. By employing a female point-of-view through new team member, Lyssa Frye, the book attempts to target both genders, but with more terminology than horror it is a better fit for a boy's bookshelf.

    The publisher's sampler includes two chapters. The first is "Pennies from a Ghost," where two brothers keep finding seven pennies in their room arranged in the shape of a flower. The spare change appears in different locations next to the bed, under the window, etc. Lyssa fields the distress call on her first day at The Atlantic Paranormal Society office. The reader experiences the investigation through her eyes as the new chief interviewer. She has a panic attack investigating a dark basement with Jason. This is harder than it looks! Lyssa realized suddenly. She was talking to the dark. She was asking a ghost to show itself. Most people would be running the other way. But I'm not most people. I'm a T.A.P.S. investigator. Or at least she was trying to be one. The end result has shades of the plot from Zac Efron's Charlie St. Cloud.

    Chapter two entitled "The Ghost of Grandma Helen" explores an area not often addressed on the show - psychic mediums. The goal of any T.A.P.S. investigation is to debunk paranormal claims. They rarely, if ever, turn to those with the ability to converse with the dead. However, the team turns to a psychic to commune with the spirit of a deceased grandmother who is appearing to her 4-year-old granddaughter. This paranormal dialogue is not on the level of Kate Hudson's terrorizing ordeal in The Skeleton Key, but it is a departure for T.A.P.S. It concludes with a poignant ceremony at the family grave site.

    The end section is a Cliff-Notes/Wikipedia introductory guide to ghost hunting. Told in the narrative voice of Jason and Grant, the appendix adheres in tone to the T.A.P.S. philosophy - "If you set out to prove a haunting, anything will seem like evidence. If you set out to disprove it, you'll end up with only those things you can't explain away." It's a junior high entry course to Ghost Hunters Academy. The seven steps of the T.A.P.S. method are explained; a test case measures ghost hunting skills with a multiple choice quiz; and a back-of-the-book glossary defines terms of the trade.

    For Ghost Hunters fans, the book feels like Jason and Grant just slapped their names onto the project. Only the introductory pages to the fictional stories and ghost hunting guide are attributed to the guys from T.A.P.S. When they appear as characters, their actions ring false. The producers of the book are more interested in creating formulated drama than depicting the reality behind the series.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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