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After his triumph over a ghost collector and a doctor who does no good, Tom Golden thinks life is finally...well, golden. Grey Arthur and his ghostly crew have happily settled into their roles as Invisible Friends while Tom has made a new human friend with Pick-Nose Pete.

But when one friendly ghost is overly enthusiastic about his duties, the TV show Exceedingly Haunted Homes of England is called in to investigate. A hysterical fear of ghosts takes over the school, and the ...

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Overview

After his triumph over a ghost collector and a doctor who does no good, Tom Golden thinks life is finally...well, golden. Grey Arthur and his ghostly crew have happily settled into their roles as Invisible Friends while Tom has made a new human friend with Pick-Nose Pete.

But when one friendly ghost is overly enthusiastic about his duties, the TV show Exceedingly Haunted Homes of England is called in to investigate. A hysterical fear of ghosts takes over the school, and the Invisible Friends are glad that they witness the chaos unheard and unseen. Too bad that the same cannot be said for the ghosts in the world beyond.

The disappearance of the Crown Jewels in a rather Poltergeist-like manner is trouble enough, but a frightening specter caught on film and a knight seen charging through streets and pedestrians spell trouble. Restoration of the peace between the ghostly and human realms may be too much for one boy to handle, but Tom hopes that the help of Grey Arthur and the Invisible Friends may be just what he needs to track down the cause of this supernatural chaos.

In this third installment to the Golden & Grey series, Louise Arnold takes the reader on an exciting adventure full of Laundry Runs, ancient castles, and the ever dark and dangerous woods.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ellen Welty
In the third book in the "Golden & Grey" series for young readers, Tom Golden and his ghost buddies, the Invisible Friends, have settled into life at school. Then Tom hears a rumor that the television show Exceedingly Haunted Homes of England is going to run a feature on his school. While the Invisible Friends are excited by the prospect of being on national television, Tom is worried that the delicate balance between the ghost world and the living world will be upset. In order to keep an eye on things, he volunteers to be the tea boy on the set. He is horrified to discover that the hostess is a "faintly real" (a ghost who can appear to be human) and that she may give away the existence of the Invisible Friends on the show. However, she proves to be an ally when a ghost is captured on film in another incident. Tom and his friends must come up with a plan to restore the balance between the two worlds, since humans are not supposed to be able to see ghosts. The resolution of the problem is clever and entirely within the powers of readers' willing suspension of disbelief. The characters in this series are charming and endearing, and the richly imagined world of the ghosts will delight readers. Reviewer: Ellen Welty
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Gr 4-7

Tom Golden can see ghosts. In fact, he is one of the very few humans aware of the parallel Ghost World that exists alongside the normal plane. With his Invisible Friend, Grey Arthur, he is the link for all the Poltergeists, Sadness Summoners, Screamers, and other phantom citizens of the spectral realm. He would like to keep the two sides of his life separate. Talking about ghostly adventures worries his parents-and it doesn't do much for his reputation at school, either. Then, an inexperienced Invisible Friend-in-training tries to help a harried substitute teacher and creates the impression that Tom's school is a hotbed of haunts. When the popular television show "Extremely Haunted Houses of England" decides to feature the story, Tom and his otherworldly friends realize that Ghost World is in serious danger. There is a lot going on here-the TV show, Tom's difficulties at home and school, the "politics" of Ghost World-and it can be a challenge to follow all the twists and turns. The ghostly characters are convincingly depicted, although it is sometimes hard to keep track of who is haunting whom. Familiarity with Tom and Grey's two previous adventures is helpful, but not essential. An acceptable choice for readers who like humorous ghost stories.-Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL

Kirkus Reviews

Tom Golden's latest adventure among the unseen involves a trio of escaped ancient ghosts and the dread prospect of ghost sightings by ordinary humans. Tom is the only human who is able to see ghosts for what they really are, although there are some Faintly Real ghosts who routinely pass for human. His ghostly companions are quite delighted with their work as Invisible Friends and thrill at the prospect of appearing on an episode of Exceedingly Haunted Houses. But when some old Druidic bonds are inadvertently broken, the security of the unseen ghost world is threatened. Enigmatic references to earlier incidents in the series may pull careful readers up short, but Arnold hurtles charmingly along and provides a great deal to like about Tom and this elaborately constructed ghostly world. Moments of hilarity abound, as when Tom and his non-corporeal friends journey through the fabric-lined, sometimes odiferous Laundry Run, the ghostly highway for sock-stealing Poltergeists. And a climactic scene where the ghosts are terrified by an exceedingly haunted house has both chilly and silly moments. Lightly frightful, frothy fun. (Fantasy. 9-12)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416908647
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
  • Publication date: 9/22/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 986,301
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 1000L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Louise Arnold wrote her first poem (about the adventures of cheese-eating bees) at the age of four, and her love of writing was born. She graduated with a degree in drama from University of Kent in Canterbury, England, where she now resides.

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When Things Go Wrong

YOU KNOW HOW SOME PEOPLE ARE UTTERLY PROFICIENT liars? People who can cheat at board games and still look the picture of innocence; people who can tell you that their parents are spies, or space explorers, or criminal masterminds and you believe every mind-boggling detail; people who can convince you that the word derrière is French for hungry, and have you spend an entire school trip to Paris telling bemused café owners that you are bum; people who never blush, who never look shifty, or stammer nervously, dry-mouthed, as they evade the truth? People who can lie as easily as they breathe, and you are never any the wiser?

Well, Grey Arthur isn’t one of those people.

“Well, erm, it’s not really that big a problem,” he’d said awkwardly, eyes on the floor, tugging one of his wonky ears with his pale grey hand. Tom Golden looked at his fidgeting, evasive, twitchy ghost friend, and he slumped down on his bed with a sigh.

“This is so not good, is it?” Tom whined, before taking a deep breath and nodding. “Okay. Come on, break it to me. How big is not really that big?”

“Bigger than a small problem, I’ll admit.”

“Arthur.”

“I mean, it’s not like huge, not like Godzilla-size.”

“Arthur.”

“I just don’t want you to panic or freak out or anything. I just thought you should know, that’s all. It’s fine. Maybe.”

“Arthur! How big a problem is this?”

Arthur looked up at Tom and bit his lip while he contemplated the scale. “Elephant?” he volunteered gingerly. “At worst. At best, more panda-size. Or a large dog. Or a small cow.”

“You’re going to have to start making some sense soon, Arthur.”

“Okay,” replied Arthur, beginning to pace. It was never a good sign when he began to pace. “You know how everyone is settling in as Invisible Friends, and we all agree that it’s going very well, and everyone is happy, and that it was a good idea. Remember how we all agreed that it was a good idea? I mean, I specifically remember you saying that you thought it was a—”

“Arthur!” howled Tom. “This is killing me. Can you just get to the point?”

Arthur scowled, obviously not relishing having to say what he was about to say.

“Monty’s human kind of worked out that he exists,” he said, the words spilling out as quickly as possible before he could think better of it. Tom’s eyes grew impossibly wide and his mouth dropped open. “Now, although it sounds bad, it’s not as bad as it could be,” Grey Arthur added hastily. “The good news is she doesn’t entirely believe. She still thinks it’s something to do with magnetic faults and geometric something or others, or latent psychic powers or whatever all that means.”

Arthur grinned at Tom, that “Aren’t humans odd?” grin that he used quite frequently, but when Tom remained looking serious, Arthur let the smile drop and licked his lips anxiously.

“Okay, fair enough, you’re still not happy about it,” continued Grey Arthur, before breaking off, an optimistic smile creeping back onto his ghostly face. “But I have something to tell you that will cheer you up. You know, every cloud has a silver lining, that kind of thing.”

Tom wasn’t quite sure what Arthur could tell him that would cheer him up after that bombshell, so instead of sharing Arthur’s excitement, he waited uneasily to hear what was coming next. Grey Arthur’s smile broadened as he indulged in a dramatic pause. He noticed Tom’s frown deepening, so he sighed and went straight for the grand announcement.

She’s called in Exceedingly Haunted Homes to investigate.”

Arthur even punctuated the statement by waving his hands about, jazz style, while looking almost insanely cheerful.

It’s possible Tom made a noise in response, but if he did, it was so high-pitched that only dogs and bats could hear it. If this was Grey Arthur’s way of cheering him up, he hated to hear what he would do if he ever wanted to make him worried. Grey Arthur’s jazz hands stopped waggling when he realized Tom wasn’t sharing his enthusiasm, and he slowly placed them in the pockets of his waistcoat while he waited for Tom to say something.

It was quite a long wait.

Tom stared blankly at Arthur, his mouth moving silently, shaking his head.

“What’s the matter, Tom? Why aren’t you smiling? Or blinking? Why aren’t you blinking, Tom? Tom? Tom? Do you want me to get you a cup of tea? Isn’t that what we’re meant to do in these situations? Or get someone to slap you? I mean, I can’t, because of the whole ghost thing, but I could hit you with something, like a book, if that would help?” asked Arthur anxiously, when it became clear that Tom couldn’t work out how to respond. Tom batted away that suggestion with a flick of the hand, and instead sat up straight, loosened his school tie, and looked at Grey Arthur, his forehead a mess of frown lines.

“You need to tell me,” he said, his voice deliberately calm, “from the beginning, exactly what has happened.”

© 2007 Louise Arnold

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  • Posted June 30, 2010

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    Reviewed by Marta Morrison for TeensReadToo.com

    A GOOD DAY FOR HAUNTING is the third book in the GOLDEN & GREY series. It is set in England and can be quite creepy and scary. I didn't read the first two books and at times became lost in the story - but not for long.

    Tom Golden is the one human in the world who can see ghosts. After two other adventures, he has a handful of ghostly friends who have made a society of invisible friends. Each ghost has a human who doesn't know they are there and they become their friend, protecting them from harm and making their lives a little more easy.

    Things are going well until a psychic comes into their midst. She has a television series where she is the host to explain ghostly happenings across England. They find that there is more about her than meets the eye, and then find a mystery they need to solve or their lives will be changed forever.

    I found this book to be funny and a little scary. I teach fifth grade, and most of the students in my classes want scary books. Ones that used to be scary for me in the days of yore aren't very scary anymore due to the media that kids are subjected to now. There are many scary books out there for the middle school readers, especially ones who are struggling a little with their reading skills.

    I liked this series. It had some very scary parts and was interesting to read. I am going to purchase the first two for my classroom library and will probably be reading the first one out loud to them next year. I sure hope Ms. Arnold will write some more.

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  • Posted February 15, 2010

    This series is wonderful.

    Any child (and even adult) would enjoy reading this entire series. I highly recommend it.

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