Ghosthunters and the Gruesome Invincible Lightning Ghost!

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After banishing the Incredibly Revolting Ghost of book 1, Tom, former klutz, Hugo, still an Averagely Spooky Ghost (ASG to the uninitiated), and Hetty Hyssop, current world-renowned ghosthunter, have formed an agency dedicated to dealing with difficult apparitions. No case can defeat them--until they encounter a Gruesome Invincible Lightning Ghost. This smoking specter has claimed the penthouse suite of a beachfront hotel, where it passes its eternal vacation by turning guests into ghosts themselves. Could Hugo's...
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Overview

After banishing the Incredibly Revolting Ghost of book 1, Tom, former klutz, Hugo, still an Averagely Spooky Ghost (ASG to the uninitiated), and Hetty Hyssop, current world-renowned ghosthunter, have formed an agency dedicated to dealing with difficult apparitions. No case can defeat them--until they encounter a Gruesome Invincible Lightning Ghost. This smoking specter has claimed the penthouse suite of a beachfront hotel, where it passes its eternal vacation by turning guests into ghosts themselves. Could Hugo's slime douse the flaming phantom? Or are Tom and the team about to get burned?
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kathryn Erskine
Number two in the "Ghosthunter Series," this ghost fighting book comes to us from the award winning author of Inkheart, Inkspell, Dragon Rider and The Thief Lord. Aimed at younger readers than her novels, these books are light, fluffy, and fun. The characters are caricatures, as is appropriate for a ghostly fantasy. The story is simple and enlivened by the author's own humorous drawings. What grade school reader does not enjoy blustering bad guys, a funny ghost, a kid hero, and lots and lots of icing, saliva, and slime? More silly than scary, this book shows interested readers the acronyms and lingo of the ghost world, such as GILIG for Gruesome Invincible Lightning Ghost, and there is an appendix at the back of the book lest readers forget. Also in the back, readers will find instructions on how to handle encounters with various ghosts, including how to bring humans back to life after they have been turned into fire ghosts.
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Gr 3-5
All of the quirky characters are back in this delightful sequel (Chicken House, 2006) to Cornelia Funke's Ghosthunters and the Incredibly Revolting Ghost (Chicken House, 2006). Nine-year-old Tom, Hugo, the Averagely Spooky Ghost, and ghoul hunter Hetty Hyssop are called to a fancy beachfront resort where the guests are being turned into ghosts. Armed with the tools of their trade, cake icing and champagne, the trio quickly finds the root of the problem-a Gruesome Invincible Lightning Ghost-and uses all of their courage and skills to defeat it and save the remaining guests at the resort. Veteran voice actor John Beach skillfully brings to life the madcap adventures by giving each character a unique voice that conjures up fantastic images in listeners' minds. This enjoyable story will thrill both fans of and those new to the series. A must have for every collection.
—Veronica SchwartzCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-In this sequel to Ghosthunters and the Incredibly Revolting Ghost (Scholastic, 2006), the phantom-fighting team is summoned to the remote Seafront Hotel to deal with another case of otherworldly mischief. The clues-hot water, steam, and sulfurous odors-seem to indicate the presence of a harmless Fire Ghost, but when Tom and Hetty Hyssop try to tackle the sizzling spook, they discover that there is a much more dangerous entity involved. Then Seafront guests begin disappearing, and the duo realize that they are outmatched. Only the third member of the crew, Hugo, an ASG (Averagely Spooky Ghost), has the occult skills to battle the sinister Lightning Ghost before it incinerates the hotel-and everybody in it. The Ghosthunters are delightfully diverse: nine-year-old Tom is a cool-headed, cautious type; Hetty is a feisty, no-nonsense senior citizen; and complaining, pouting, ego-tripping Hugo is a reluctant contributor but always comes through in the end. Much of the humor is conveyed through crisp, lively dialogue and dramatic scene descriptions. While the team's off-the-wall techniques are generally played for laughs, there are also some genuinely scary moments. Black-and-white cartoon illustrations add to the fun. A winning combination of chills and chuckles.-Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Intrepid veteran Hetty Hyssop, her young amanuensis Tom and their moody, slime-oozing spectral associate Hugo nearly meet a fiery doom in this smoothly translated import, the second episode of four originally published in Germany. Responding to the summons of a seaside hotel's manager, the Ghosthunters expect to find only a minor fire ghost to snag-but are instead confronted by a huge GILIG (see title), a spirit so powerful that The Big Ghost Encyclopedia warns readers to avoid contact at all costs. Standing fast as the hotel takes heavy damage and guests flee in terror (some of this last, to be sure, caused by Hugo's pranks), the Ghosthunters discover the GILIG's weakness just as they're about to be turned into ash, and the day is saved. Funke closes with a manual for prospective ghosthunters, plus an elaborate taxonomy of ghostly types, from ASG (Averagely Spooky Ghosts, which is Hugo's category) to FOFUG (Foggy Fug-Ghost). Replete with both spooks and with comically cluttered illustrations, this will win many new fans. (Fantasy. 9-11)
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The latest a series of humorous adventures about expert ghost-hunter Hetty, her sidekick Tom, and their affiliate ghost Hugo, this novel offers some unusual characterizations along with nonstop action. Hetty and her crew are called to help solve a haunting problem at a seaside hotel, which requires them to everything from crafty detective skills to ghostly slime. Hetty is the brains of the outfit, Tom the spunk, and mischievous Hugo, who comes through in a pinch. More silly that scary. –Francisca Goldsmith
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781905294138
  • Publisher: Gardners Books
  • Publication date: 7/2/2007
  • Series: Ghosthunters Series , #2
  • Sales rank: 1,454,877
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years

Meet the Author

Cornelia Funke

Cornelia Funke is the internationally acclaimed, bestselling author of The Thief Lord, Dragon Rider, and the Inkheart trilogy, along with many other chapter and picture books for younger readers. She lives in Los Angeles, California, in a house filled with books.

Biography

One of the most successful children's authors of our day, multi-award-winner Cornelia Funke started out as a social worker focused on the needs of disadvantaged youngsters. She enrolled in a post-graduate course at the Hamburg State College of Design, and left social work in the mid-1980s to begin a career as a children's book illustrator. However, the books she was commissioned to work on were prosaic and unimaginative, and she soon decided to try her hand at writing stories of her own.

An ardent fan of such childhood classics as Tolkien's Ring Trilogy and the tales of C. S. Lewis and J. M. Barrie, Funke was naturally drawn to the world of fantasy. She explained her attraction in a 2006 interview with the genre blog Writer Unboxed: " [T]he wonderful thing about fantasy is that it is the oldest way of story telling -- to clad what we feel and fear into disguises and make them more clear, to pass the borders of our every day life and use our imagination for travels into unknown worlds and unlimited experiences."

Although Funke was an immediate success in her native Germany, she was largely unknown outside Europe -- that is, until a young bilingual fan wrote to a British publishing firm inquiring why her favorite author's books were not available in English. The publisher hunted down what was, at the time, Funke's most recent book (The Thief Lord) and, in 2002, published it in translation. Already the recipient of several literary honors in Europe, the engaging YA fantasy went on to win the 2002 Book Sense Book of the Year Award.

One by one, as they are translated into English and published in America, Funke's wonderful stories have become huge bestsellers. Her ingenuity, imagination, and artistry shine in stand-alone novels like Dragon Rider and the Inkworld Trilogy -- Inkheart (2003), Inkspell (2005), and Inkdeath (2008). She has also produced picture books for younger readers, including The Wildest Brother, Pirate Girl, and Princess Knight. Fans who worry that this natural-born storyteller will run out of ideas can take solace in an author interview conducted in 2008 by Britain's Daily Telegraph. Asked if she had many more books in mind, Funke replied, "Oh yes, I am quite sure I won't be able to write them all down in a lifetime."

Good To Know

  • In German, Funke means "spark."

  • In 2005, Time magazine named Cornelia Funke among its "100 Most Influential Men and Women."

  • Funke claims to have written her popular Ghosthunters series "for boys who don't like to read."

  • When asked if she writes in German or English, Funke replied in a 2008 interview in The Washington Post: "I write in German. I've practiced this language for 47 years. I will never be a master in any other language. Anthea Bell, an old lady with cats, does the translation. She's amazing, and her translations are very, very true to my language."

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      1. Hometown:
        Los Angeles, CA
      1. Date of Birth:
        December 10, 1958
      2. Place of Birth:
        Dorsten, Germany
      1. Education:
        University of Hamburg

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    • Posted January 31, 2012

      Cornelia Funke is Masterful

      All of the ghosthunters books in this series are wonderful, imaginative, and also hysterically funny. I read them to my precocious daughter (4), and she is a huge fan. I would highly recommend them to first and second grade students. They might be a little scary for young kids, but the young ones love the ghosthunters. I like how Cornelia's books always include a wise, elderly woman as a guide.
      Strongly recommend all of Funke's books. She is a fabulous writer and knows her audience (children) well.

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    • Posted October 9, 2009

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      Ghosthunters and the Gruesome Invincible Lightning Ghost!

      It was a wonderful story were all the characters are funny and friendly. The story has caught my imaginagion from the beginning and I coudn't stop reading it. I like reading stories for kids because they are very imaginative and this is definitely one of them.

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