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Ghostopolis

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A page-turning adventure of a boy's journey to the land of ghosts and back.

Imagine Garth Hale's surprise when he's accidentally zapped to the spirit world by Frank Gallows, a washed-out ghost wrangler. Suddenly Garth finds he has powers the ghosts don't have, and he's stuck in a world run by the evil ruler of Ghostopolis, who would use Garth's newfound abilities to rule the ghostly kingdom. When Garth meets Cecil, his grandfather's ghost, the two search for a way to get Garth ...

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Overview


A page-turning adventure of a boy's journey to the land of ghosts and back.

Imagine Garth Hale's surprise when he's accidentally zapped to the spirit world by Frank Gallows, a washed-out ghost wrangler. Suddenly Garth finds he has powers the ghosts don't have, and he's stuck in a world run by the evil ruler of Ghostopolis, who would use Garth's newfound abilities to rule the ghostly kingdom. When Garth meets Cecil, his grandfather's ghost, the two search for a way to get Garth back home, and nearly lose hope until Frank Gallows shows up to fix his mistake.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—When readers first meet Garth Hale, he is about to receive the fifth diagnosis that his disease is incurable. How fitting, then, that a boy who thinks about death more than other kids his age should be accidentally zapped into the afterlife. When washed-up ghost wrangler Frank Gallows realizes that he accidentally sent Garth through to the other side, he does everything in his power to rescue him. Meanwhile, Garth explores the spirit world with a skeleton horse, a variety of terrifying and fantastic creatures, and some family members whom he never expected to meet. TenNapel mixes emotional epiphanies with humor in a way that will appeal to a broad audience. Characters experience personal growth and learn lessons about themselves throughout the course of this book, but these lessons feel integral to the plot rather than forced down readers' throats. TenNapel's colorful illustrations are filled with energy and life, and they use shade and silhouettes to great advantage. The planned film adaptation made by Disney and starring Hugh Jackman means that this book is bound to have an extra surge in popularity, so it's probably a good idea to buy it now and get in on the ground floor.—Andrea Lipinski, New York Public Library
Publishers Weekly
TenNapel's latest adventure comic for kids begins with the discovery of Benedict Arnold's whiny ghost hiding under a bed, and goes on to introduce readers to a host of other humorous and interesting characters, some historical, others very contemporary. Garth Hale is the protagonist, and he starts his story spunky but sick with a life-threatening illness. When, through a technological mishap, he's transported into the afterlife, death gives him a new lease on life. Garth is accompanied by a dinosaur skeleton he calls Skinny, and he soon meets up with his grandfather Cecil—who, in the afterlife, is Garth's age. The two join forces to fight the evil ruler of the ghost city, Ghostopolis, and to get Garth home. In spite of its many twists and turns, the story remains clear and engaging throughout, and Garth is a likable sort. There are plenty of action sequences, illustrated with energetic drawings, and a host of smart-talking characters make the story fun. Occasional wordless skits, like a scene of two squirrels wrapped in bandages fighting over an acorn, add charm and extra dashes of humor. TenNapel is an accomplished creator of graphic novels for kids, and this is sure to appeal to all those who love his most famous character, Earthworm Jim. Ages 12-up. (July)
VOYA - Timothy Capehart
Teenager Garth is dying of an incurable disease; he seems much more at peace with the idea than his mother for he is all that she has left. Frank Gallows is an agent of the Supernatural Immigration Task Force, sending ghosts who have escaped from the afterlife back to where they belong. When a spirit Frank is chasing accidentally takes the still-living Garth with it in the transference, Frank seeks the help of his ex-fiance Claire Voyant (a ghost herself) in getting to the afterlife to rescue Garth. Meanwhile Garth and the bone-horse (Nightmare) he has renamed "Skinny" meet Cecil, the teenage ghost of Garth's grandfather, who schools Garth in Afterlife/Ghostopolis history. It turns out that a very nasty person called Vaughner has taken over all seven kingdoms of the afterlife, and he wants Garth more than dead. Amazing battles, surprise twists, touchingly (but never sappily) real emotions, and excellent deadpan humor follow. Tennapel's stylized full-color illustrations straddle a perfect line between realistic and cartoonish. The panels move the story along at a breakneck speed with plenty of cinematic perspectives. As usual, multiple readings only increase the fun. How can hissing cockroaches in one's underwear, a psychic cat lady, and Benedict Arnold's ghost miss? And who but Tennapel could mix them with a love story and tale of intergenerational forgiveness? Earthworm Jim's daddy has grown up, and thankfully, he has not totally abandoned fart jokes. Reviewer: Timothy Capehart
Children's Literature - Reginald Wideman
The book opens with Garth, a normal kid in his teens, going from doctor to doctor with his mother to seek out a cure for his unknown, incurable disease. Garth is nonchalant about his condition, preferring to draw and read comics, while his mother takes a high-strung emotional approach to the situation. Meanwhile, Detective Frank Gallows of the Supernatural Immigration Task Force is on assignment tailing ghosts who have escaped from the afterlife to the real world. He is in the middle of capturing a horse skeleton when Garth accidently gets caught up in the chase and gets sent to the afterlife. Detective Gallows must call on his super genius ex-fiance Claire Voyant to find a way into the afterlife to bring Garth back, or he could lose his job. Garth befriends the skeleton horse, naming it "Skinny," and after Garth meets his grandfather he learns he has a higher purpose in the afterlife: to defeat Lord Frank Vaugner, another live human who was accidently sent to the afterlife twenty years earlier. Having never read a graphic novel, I was enthralled with this one. It is a short read, but a great story, with fun, entertaining characters and a teen hero who learns that terminal illness does not have to slow him down as long as he can realize the power within himself to achieve great things. Because of its humor, great graphics, and strong character development, I would recommend this book to anyone. Reviewer: Reginald Wideman
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545210287
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2010
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 67,071
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.46 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author


Doug TenNapel was raised in the town of Denair, California. In 1994, he created the immensely popular Earthworm Jim. Doug's first graphic novel for Scholastic, GHOSTOPOLIS, was a 2011 ALA Top Ten Great Graphic Novel for Teens, and his follow-up, BAD ISLAND, is a 2012 ALA Great Graphic Novels for Teens as well as one of School Library Journal's Top 10 Graphic Novels of 2011. His most recent graphic novel from Scholastic, CARDBOARD, has been published to critical acclaim. Doug lives in Glendale, California.
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  • Posted September 11, 2010

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    Reviewed by Steph for TeensReadToo.com

    Ghosts roam among the living on Earth, and it's up to Frank Gallows to go and catch them. However, Frank isn't exactly the best guy for the task - he's lazy and messy and usually eats food in people's fridges after a successful catch. Nevertheless, he still gets the job done. That is, until he accidentally transports his ghost horse AND a human boy named Garth to Ghostopolis. Now, it's up to Frank and his mysterious ex-fiance, Claire, to go back and return Garth to Earth. There's one small problem: Master Vaugner controls Ghostopolis and won't let Garth - a boy who seems to have as much power as himself - go. So, not only does Garth have to get through mummies, zombies, and skeletons alongside his loyal bone-horse, Skinny, but he also has to fight a powerful dark master in order to return to his mother. Doug TenNapel writes an intriguing story about the afterlife and where ghosts come from. His graphic novel is full of eye-catching illustrations and witty jokes that pull the reader in from the first line. GHOSTOPOLIS is recommended for anyone who's up for a quick and fun read; this book won't disappoint.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2013

    I fell in love wit this book, I read it at the Library, and now

    I fell in love wit this book, I read it at the Library, and now i want to buy it so i can read it over and over and over and over again OMG I LOVE IT SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 22, 2011

    Doug TenNapel does it again

    This novel was very very good. I was hooked on the book after only two pages. It seemed like the more I read the better it got.The artwork is nice and the plot was great.also the book was very entertaining. Someof my favorite parts was when Garth was able to ride the unrideable horse who he called Skinny. I liked it because out of all the people in ghostopolis who lived there for years could never ride the horse.Then Garth,some newbie comes and is able to ride it the first day he comes.Another part I liked was the end when Garth faught vaugner.I like it because a little boy like Garth faught a man twice as old as him and he still won.I was disapointed that Garth had to go throgh all that and be scared just because of some lazy gost hunter.Other than that I would definitely recomend this book to outhers. Also im looking forward to reading more books by Doug TenNael such as Bad Island, and Power Up.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 26, 2011

    Really good book..

    I liked this book, its a really interesting reading book i would recommend this book to a friend because of the mystery and its great plot. Also the book looked a bit freaky because of its cover and its Title "Ghostoplis" i thought it was going to be a book about freaking (like i said) but it turns out it had a twist to it its sad also because the boy Garth went to the spirit world and met his Grandfather, a man his mom never wanted to talk about. that was a really good twist to the book in after all i loved the book and i would recommend it to a friend

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2013

    Good story for young teens

    This is a good story for young teens, with a spooky theme.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2011

    must check out this book!!!!!

    In this book by Doug TenNapel, A boy called Garth Hale has been zapped to the underworld by a washed old ghost wrangler called Frank gallows.He finds out that he has a special ability.Soon the leader of ghostopolis wants to take his power so that he could have more power over ghostopolis.but now, he finds his grandfather ghost cecil and both try to try and find a way to get garth back to earth. then gallows gets to ghostopolis with his ex fiancee Claire to rescue garth and fix his mistake.
    If I had to recommend this book to a friend,I would because it is a long comic book. Also their is little reading.what I like about this book is that you could look at the book and create your own dialogue.Also if you like this book, you could also read tommysaurus rex, monster zoo and creature tech.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 6, 2011

    I would reccomend this book to a child that does not understand where the people go when they die

    I would recommend this book to my friends because this book is very interesting. This book is about Frank Gallows capturing all the ghost that did not want to go to the afterlife and decided to stay on earth. Garth has an incuralble disease and he thinks he is going to die. Garth was sent to Ghostoplis by mistake so he is trying to find a way back to earth. Frank Gallows sent him so he made a promise to Garth's mother to bring him back to earth. Frank Gallows and his ex-girlfriend went to bring him back they had a difficult time doing it there were many people after Garth especially Vaugner. Garth meets his grandfather in Ghostopolis that he never meet and told him why and Garth's mother never again talked. Garth destroyed Vaugner and Franks ex was crowned queen of Ghostopolis. Garth got back to earth and he brought back the earrings that his grandfather did not let Garth's mother use. Garth's mother said that she forgave his father. I am glad that Garth was able to come back to earth.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 5, 2011

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    I Also Recommend:

    The Afterlife.

    *Engaging.
    *Fascinating.
    *Energetic.
    *You could probably read this graphic novel in one sitting.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2014

    Omg

    Read this book soooooooooooo amazing i would rate more so on a scale frome 1 to 100 its a 100

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2013

    Awesome!

    This is the best comic book ive read so far.Skeleton horses,a young boy,and its up to Frank to save the day.Its just AMAZING.You have to read it!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 31, 2011

    ghostopolis

    The reason I would recommend this book to my friends, because this book is very interesting. This book is about Frank Gallows capturing the entire ghost that did not want to go to the afterlife and decided to stay on earth. Garth has an incurable disease and he thinks he is going to die. Garth was sent to Ghostoplis by mistake so he is trying to find a way back to earth. Frank Gallows sent him so he made a promise to Garth's mother to bring him back to earth. Frank Gallows and he ex girlfriend went to bring him back they had a difficult time doing it there were many people after Garth especially Vaugner. Garth meets his grandfather in Ghostopolis that he never meets and told him why and Garth's mother never again talked. Garth destroyed Vaugner and Franks ex was crowned queen of Ghostopolis. Garth got back to earth and he brought back the earrings that his grandfather did not let Garth's mother use. Garth's mother said that she forgave his father. I am glad that Garth was able to come back to earth

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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