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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Overview

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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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: 186,930
  • 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.
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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 March 13, 2015

    Knoldge king

    It is good. It is not too long. And it is kind of scarey...NOT! It is a very good book and should be rated five or more stars. I loved the series especially this one. My name is troy and if you know where NASHUA NEWHAMPSHIRE is then go to the girls ink by dr crisp elementary school. Make sure to bring a ds and pokemon x or/and y.

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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

    Interesting!

    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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