Ghosthunters and the Incredibly Revolting Ghost!

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Nine-year-old Tom can't catch a break: He's a klutz, his sister Lola pretty much hates his guts, and--and this is a BIG "and"--he just found a ghost camping out in his cellar. Lucky for Tom his grandma's best friend just happens to be the world's foremost ghosthunter. Under her expert tutelage, Tom learns the tools of the trade--which just happen to include buckets of graveyard dirt--and soon finds he has to face down not just the Averagely Spooky Ghost (ASG) in his basement but the Incredibly Revolting Ghost ...
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Nine-year-old Tom can't catch a break: He's a klutz, his sister Lola pretty much hates his guts, and--and this is a BIG "and"--he just found a ghost camping out in his cellar. Lucky for Tom his grandma's best friend just happens to be the world's foremost ghosthunter. Under her expert tutelage, Tom learns the tools of the trade--which just happen to include buckets of graveyard dirt--and soon finds he has to face down not just the Averagely Spooky Ghost (ASG) in his basement but the Incredibly Revolting Ghost (IRG) in town. All while keeping the nettlesome Lola off his trail....
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Editorial Reviews

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The last thing that Tom Tomsky wanted was a ghost in his house. For this nine-year-old klutz, life was already a mess; finding a spook in the cellar seemed like the final straw. Fortunately, Tom has family connections to world-renowned ghost hunter Hetty Camomile. With Hetty's help, Tom turns the tide on this untimely spirit intrusion.
Publishers Weekly
Funke reaches out to newly independent readers with this first-in-a-series installment about beleaguered nine-year-old Tom, who bests his nasty older sister, Lola, by honing his ghosthunting skills. Sent to the cellar for orange juice, Tom, a 'fraidy cat, encounters an ASG, (Averagely Spooky Ghost), who nearly scares him out of his skin. No one in his family believes him except his sympathetic grandmother who "listened to him without constantly frowning unlike his parents." Grandma also has a friend, Hetty Hyssop, who specializes in spectral exorcisms. Turns out that the ASG is being bullied himself, cast out of his familiar haunt by the IRG of the title. Tom and Hetty conspire to put things right and give Lola her due, too. The story is not really funny enough to appeal to kids who want humor, and not scary enough to raise goosebumps; the text tends to rely on exclamation points to inject excitement. Funke's half-tone illustrations add appeal for readers just getting the hang of chapter books but, overall, this is a somewhat pedestrian offering from the talented creator of Inkheart and The Thief Lord. Ages 7-10. (Aug.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Amie Rose Rotruck
Toby is rather scared when he meets Hugo, an Averagely Spooky Ghost (ASG). This is only the beginning of Toby's ghostly encounters, though. Hugo has moved into Toby's basement because Hugo's house is now haunted by an Incredibly Revolting Ghost (IRG). After Tom finds out that his grandmother's friend Hetty Hyssop is an expert in ghosts, the two of them try to get rid of the IRG. Armed with graveyard dust, mirrors, and a whole list of acronyms, Tom and Hetty Hyssop embark on a series of whacky ghostly adventures. As in all her work, Funke creates a believable magical world and engaging characters. Her illustrations are just as fun to look at as her work is to read.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-Something wicked is in the cellar, and it's up to nine-year-old Tom to eradicate it in Cornelia Funke's light-hearted thriller (Chicken House, pap. 2006). Cellar dweller Hugo turns out to be an ASG (Averagely Spooky Ghost), blown out of his villa and into Tom's cellar by an IRG (Incredibly Revolting Ghost). Hugo and Tom join forces with ghost hunter Heady Hyssop to expel the IRG from Hugo's villa. Along the way they meet the cookie-baking Mr. Lovely, who provides the solution to a provoking problem. The trio's exploits are related through John Beach's warm narration. He's a master of Hugo's wobbly whooooing and the IRG's harrumphing vibrato. In spite of the IRG's penchant for removing his head at key moments, children won't be unduly frightened by this tale.-Erin B. Allen, Rowan Public Library, Salisbury, NC Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781905294121
  • Publisher: Gardners Books
  • Publication date: 7/2/2007
  • Series: Ghosthunters Series , #1
  • Sales rank: 573,863
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years

Meet the Author

Cornelia Funke
Cornelia Funke is Germany's bestselling children's author after J. K. Rowling and R. L. Stine. In the fall of 2002, she made her brilliant debut in the English language market with the release of The Thief Lord, the enchanting New York Times bestseller. She is also the author of the highly acclaimed novel Inkheart and the picture book The Princess Knight. Ms. Funke lives in Hamburg, Germany, with her family.


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 October 9, 2009

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      Ghosthunters and the Incredibly Revolting 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.

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted September 21, 2013


      Never read the book is it good?Is it spookey?Is it to long? Is it really boring? Is their a movie?Please answer
      PS I rated one star cause I don't know how good is it

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    • Anonymous

      Posted September 19, 2012

      Enjoyable series

      I have read every book in this series and they're very good
      The last one is the best if you like this book try and read the whole series it's not very long just 5 books so try and read them

      If you did thanks I hope you enjoyed them as much as I did !

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    • Posted November 29, 2011

      Enjoyable Read

      I received a recommendation to check this book out. I read it pretty quick and enjoyed it. Ms. Funke sets up a very creative, fun world full of ghosts and ghost hunting. There are different classifications of ghosts and different methods for handling each type. Some of it seems arbitrary such as the color red causing ghosts distress, but the way Funke works that into Hetty Hyssop's home adds a lot to character and setting while establishing a tool in the ghost-hunting arsenal. There's a bit of humor, especially through Hugo, who isn't nearly as scary of a ghost as he'd like to be. It's definitely a fun story and I'd definitely be willing to read some of the sequels in the series.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 15, 2007

      One of my favorite athors!!!!

      This book is great, I am reading Irange the brave and I am going to start reading the thief lord.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted June 8, 2007

      Ghosthunters a good book to read

      Do you like a good mystery book? Well if you do a book called Ghosthunters and the Incredibly Revolting Ghost by Cornelia Funke is about a boy named Tom who hears a noise in his cellar. What will he do? Will he go and figure out a mystery or will he go to his room and be scared for the rest of his life. I think that this book is imaginative. I think that because I like to imagine things when I am reading it makes me understand the book better so I know what I am reading. My favorite part that made me imagine was when it said ¿Get down¿ cried Hetty Hyssop from behind the armchair. ¿Quick- hide!¿ I found that on page82. That made me think that they are in trouble because Hetty Hyssop was telling him to get down to not get hurt. Another example is of my favorite parts is when it said, ¿What¿s the matter, young man? The old lady asked while she grabbed a tissue to rub the dirt of her fingers. ¿Some¿ Some¿thing came out of that grave light¿. I found that on page 56. That made me think that Tom was scared because he saw a ghost come out of a grave light. That is why I like to imagine things so I can understand it and know what I am reading. I didn¿t have a least favorite part because I liked the whole book. I would recommend this book to good readers and imaginative people. I know they would this book. By: Laura

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 19, 2007

      There is something Strange in Tom's cellar

      Tom has a feeling that there is something strange in his cellar. He couldn¿t be more right! There¿s an A.S.G. (Averagely Spooky Ghost) in his cellar. Baffled, the ghost, named Hugo and Tom discuss that Hugo is being haunted by an I.R.G. (Incredibly Revolting Ghost)! Can Tom, Hugo, and Tom¿s grandmother¿s friend Hetty Hyssop catch the ghost and bring Hugo back to his home? Any person that devours funny adventure stories will give this book 5 stars too.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 26, 2006


      This book was cool. I am a lover of ghost stories, so it was right up my alley. If you like mysterious schemes and monsters, then this great book is definitely for you!

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