The Haunting of Granite Falls

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American millionaire Hiram C. Hopgood will stop at nothing to make his daughter, Helen, happy—even if it means buying her an ancient Scottish castle and shipping it back to Texas. Assembling the castle isn’t a problem for the oil tycoon . . . it’s the ghosts that worry him. Hopgood has made up his mind: the ghouls have got to go. But these spirits don’t spook so easily. Instead, they make their way to America, where they meet up with a magical severed hand and three fiendish, cross-dressing kidnappers for a ...

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Overview

American millionaire Hiram C. Hopgood will stop at nothing to make his daughter, Helen, happy—even if it means buying her an ancient Scottish castle and shipping it back to Texas. Assembling the castle isn’t a problem for the oil tycoon . . . it’s the ghosts that worry him. Hopgood has made up his mind: the ghouls have got to go. But these spirits don’t spook so easily. Instead, they make their way to America, where they meet up with a magical severed hand and three fiendish, cross-dressing kidnappers for a Texassized adventure with a ghostly Scottish flair.

When twelve-year-old Alex's Scottish castle of Carra is sold, dismantled, and moved to Texas, the ghosts that raised him from a child have difficulty relocating.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Combine a quintet of homesick Scottish ghosts, a Texas millionaire and his sickly daughter, the impoverished last scion of the Clan MacBuff, and trio of fascistically inclined malefactors, and you get a terrifically tongue-in-cheek outing!"—Kirkus Reviews
Publishers Weekly
Readers reunite with favorite characters in summer sequels. As in Dial-a-Ghost and The Great Ghost Rescue, The Haunting of Granite Farm by Eva Ibbotson, illus. by Kevin Hawkes, revolves around conflicts of displaced ghosts and features a (human) orphan boy who helps them find a home. New twists and turns abound, and readers will gleefully keep pages turning to find out how the author's new cast of apparitions-including Krok the Viking, Miss Spinks the drowned governess and Stanislous the former vampire-fare. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Twelve-year-old Alex MacBuff, orphan laird of Carra, is a practical young man. When his isolated Scottish castle begins falling down around his ears, he sells it to a Texas millionaire. But Hiram Hopgood will have no ghosts about to frighten his ailing daughter Helen. Alex must find a new home for the eccentric assortment of wraiths who have parented him since babyhood. Fast forward to Alex's castle being shipped to and rebuilt in Texas next to an old-fashioned movie house, Alex's efforts to rehabilitate his new friend, not to mention the threat of a team of kidnappers bent on abducting Helen—and the end result is a rollicking frolic in Ibbotson's inimitable style. It is good to have Eva Ibbotson's backlist wend its way across the Atlantic from the north of England. One need only be introduced to Krok (the Viking Warrior), or Miss Spinks (his governess inamorata with "water madness") to understand that no one does ghosts as well as Ibbotson. She claims she writes about the supernatural to ease children's fears, but Ibbotson's ghostly humor goes well beyond to encompass subtle lessons about gentleness toward all downtrodden creatures. 2004 (orig. 1987), Dutton, Ages 8 to 12.
—Kathleen Karr
Kirkus Reviews
Combine a quintet of homesick Scottish ghosts, a Texas millionaire and his sickly daughter, the impoverished last scion of the Clan MacBuff, and a trio of fascistically inclined malefactors, and you get a terrifically tongue-in-cheek outing, originally published in the UK in 1987. When 12-year-old Alex MacBuff sells Carra Castle to oil tycoon Hiram Hopgood, he must guarantee its freedom from ghostly liability-it seems that Mr. Hopgood's frail daughter Helen would not be able to withstand the shock of a haunting. He duly sends them away, but a series of misadventures results in the inevitable convergence of castle, ghosts, criminals, and heroes in the most unlikely of settings: Granite Falls, Texas. A rollicking farce ensues, in which Alex brings both health and friendship to Helen, the ghosts foil a kidnap plot, and all live-or haunt-happily ever after. Ibbotson has made a name for herself by writing fast-paced, smart, and funny fantasies, and this offering is no exception. The narrative moves back and forth from ghosts-each a fully realized character-to humans, cheerily demanding the suspension of disbelief. Readers will be happy to comply. (Fiction. 8-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142403716
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 8/18/2005
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 414,999
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 960L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.26 (w) x 7.86 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Eva Ibbotson, born Maria Charlotte Michelle Wiesner (21 January 1925 - 20 October 2010), was an Austrian-born British novelist, known for her children's books. Some of her novels for adults have been successfully reissued for the young adult market in recent years. For the historical novel Journey to the River Sea (Macmillan, 2001), she won the Smarties Prize in category 9-11 years, garnered unusual commendation as runner up for the Guardian Prize, and made the Carnegie, Whitbread, and Blue Peter shortlists. She was a finalist for the 2010 Guardian Prize at the time of her death. Her last book, The Abominables, was one of eight books on the longlist for the same award in 2012.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2005

    Fairly good book, couldn't decide between a 3 or 4

    This was a pretty good book, with good characters and plot development. The end was good, as was the beginning, but the middle got a fair bit boring. Still a good read if you are an Eva Ibbotson fan.

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