Ghosts of Rockville: Search for the Dominion Glass

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When Jay Winnick receives a mysterious blank piece of paper in the mail, he doesn’t think much of it. After all, it’s not such a weird thing to a kid who routinely subdues poltergeists, fends off deadly apparitions, and otherwise meddles in the affairs of the undead.

Plus, there’s nothing even on the paper…

Soon, that “nothing” thrusts Jay into the most perilous quest of his young ghost-hunting life, a paranormal puzzle involving spirit boards,...

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Overview

When Jay Winnick receives a mysterious blank piece of paper in the mail, he doesn’t think much of it. After all, it’s not such a weird thing to a kid who routinely subdues poltergeists, fends off deadly apparitions, and otherwise meddles in the affairs of the undead.

Plus, there’s nothing even on the paper…

Soon, that “nothing” thrusts Jay into the most perilous quest of his young ghost-hunting life, a paranormal puzzle involving spirit boards, crop circles, an ancient secret order, and just about every ghost type in the Encyclopedia of the Paranormal.

At least he’s not alone. Joining Jay on his quest are his best friends and fellow ghost hunters: Danni, a forensics expert and lover of all things disgusting; Pam, a psychic of dubious ability at best; and Brian, a closet brainiac and nerd who lives a double life disguised as a dumb jock who just happens to be the most popular kid in school.

Together, Jay and his friends must find the key that will unlock a mystical artifact that holds the power to control the spirit world. At stake is nothing less than the balance between life and death.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Seven Footer cofounder Heimberg opens a five-book series with the story of four quirky friends trying to decipher the spirit world, with the added hook of a patented “MagicView” decoder that reveals words and images hidden within the book’s illustrations. Twelve-year-old Jay runs an after-school ghosthunting business, along with friends Danni, a forensic expert; Pam, an uncertain psychic; and Brian, a nerd who pretends to be a jock. Normally they only help fellow kids, but when they receive blank pieces of paper in the mail, and four fusty librarians contact them about their haunted rare book room, the group makes an exception. The ensuing mystery involves ghosts, riddles, spirit boards, crop circles, and a stolen book. Readers should get a kick out of uncovering clues alongside the characters—the MagicView technology, which can reveal multiple images depending on the decoder’s orientation, is a far cry from the decoder rings of yesteryear. But Heimberg’s story stands on its own with authentic friendships, a varied structure (including paranormal encyclopedia entries, dream sequences, and IM conversations), humor, and solid storytelling. Ages 9–up. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—Twelve-year-old Jay Winnick and his three friends run the Rockville Paranormal Investigation Corps (RPIC), an after-school ghost-hunting business. Pam is the local psychic's ambivalent daughter; Danni is a self-confident, self-taught forensics junkie; and Brian is a popular jock in public and nerd in private. They soon discover that their public library's rare book room is haunted; its shelves are stocked with scores of important paranormal books. Surprisingly, they also discover that the librarians are martial-arts-trained members of the Association for Paranormal Matters looking for eager ghost hunters to embark on a mission for them. They're told they must retrieve the Dominion Glass, a crystal that allows whoever wields it to summon and control spirits of the dead. With the help of an ancient book, their mysterious quest includes tackling the spiritual world of ghosts, riddles, spirit boards, crop circles, battling a fire in a rare-books room, a midair fight between a helicopter and a hot-air balloon, and a ghost attack in a cave. Readers will surely enjoy uncovering clues alongside the characters, including various illustrated puzzles and riddles. Snippets of paranormal encyclopedia entries, dream sequences, and IM conversations are scattered throughout the text. Heimberg also introduces MagicView, an amazing new technology that allows readers to press an interactive plastic lens (which can be easily lost) to the page to discover hidden images and words. Although a solid adventurous story line tries to reveal itself, a confusing ending leads readers to disappointment from clues that lead to a dead end.—Krista Welz, North Bergen Public Library, NJ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934734483
  • Publisher: Seven Footer Entertainment LLC
  • Publication date: 9/20/2011
  • Pages: 288
  • Age range: 9 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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