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Monty is allergic to ghosts-if there's one around, he sneezes. That's how he discovers a ghost-girl called Lulu haunting an old vintage car at the bottom of the garden. Unfortunately, Monty's mother doesn't believe in ghosts, so she sends him away to the Brinsley Codd School for Sensible Thought, where, she hopes, Monty will learn there are no such things as spirits. But Monty has only been inside the school a minute when he starts to sneeze. Margaret Mahy, a versatile and world-renowned author, has won the ...
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Monty is allergic to ghosts-if there's one around, he sneezes. That's how he discovers a ghost-girl called Lulu haunting an old vintage car at the bottom of the garden. Unfortunately, Monty's mother doesn't believe in ghosts, so she sends him away to the Brinsley Codd School for Sensible Thought, where, she hopes, Monty will learn there are no such things as spirits. But Monty has only been inside the school a minute when he starts to sneeze. Margaret Mahy, a versatile and world-renowned author, has won the Carnegie Medal twice and New Zealand's Esther Glen Award five times. She lives in New Zealand. Robert Staermose lives in England.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Mahy (The Greatest Show Off Earth) again whips up a delectable brew of the almost-credible and the outright fantastic, laced with wryly understated dialogue and droll, Monty Python-esque ingredients. The--perhaps coincidentally named--hero is Monty Merryandrew, a lad whose father is a "government philosopher" employed by the Department of National Despair and whose mother is a jigsaw puzzle whiz able to assemble stretches of cloudless blue sky at the rate of 100 pieces a minute. Though preoccupied with winning the National Jigsaw Puzzle Championship, she takes action when Monty confides that he has been playing with a ghost who has for years been haunting the rusted old car in the far corner of their garden. Monty finds himself enrolled at the Brinsley Codd School for Sensible Thought, which, of course, proves far from sensible. Jolly good fun ensues after the ghost of long-deceased Brinsley Codd descends from his portrait and beseeches Monty to track down three former students (the ghost fears he has ruined their lives by refusing to cane them when they misbehaved). Adept at puzzles herself, Mahy snugly fits all the pieces of her plot together in an ending that gives the eccentric characters reason to celebrate. Ages 8-12. (June)
Children's Literature - Judy Silverman
Monty Merryandrew's mother is a sensible woman who knows better than to believe in ghosts. When Monty claims to be allergic to things she knows don't exist, she sends him to the Brinsley Codd School for Sensible Thought. But within minutes of his arrival, Monty is sneezing, his nose is running, his eyes are tearing-the school is haunted! And by, among other ghosts, the shade of Brinsley Codd himself! Here is a fun read by a master storyteller.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-An enjoyable and entertaining novel with a touch of the supernatural. Ghosts make Monty sneeze, at least as long as they are invisible. His worried mother, who does not believe in his allergy, enrolls him in the Brinsley Codd School for Sensible Thought. On his first day there, Monty has a severe sneezing attack that is only cured by the appearance of the ghost of Brinsley Codd. The apparition is not only searching for the 800-page manuscript of his novel, but is also worried that by not caning discipline problems when he was principal, he has ruined the lives of several former students. Monty agrees to search for the three now middle-aged pupils to discover what kind of adults they have become. With the added problems of helping his mother come up with a free-form puzzle for the National Jigsaw Puzzle Championship and dealing with a teacher who dislikes him intensely, the boy has his hands full. This book is quick-paced and filled with unexpected twists and turns. The comical characters and well-constructed plot combine for a fun read. Amusing, black-and-white line drawings add to the lighthearted mood. Readers who enjoy Betty Ren Wright's stories will find this a humorous change of pace.-Janet Hilbun, Sam Houston Middle School, Garland, TX
Kirkus Reviews
Monty's mother, a champion jigsaw-puzzle solver, is worried about him: He claims to be allergic to ghosts, and to be in contact with the ghost of a girl who lives in an abandoned car. So she sends him to the Brinsley Codd School for Sensible Thought, hoping to straighten him out. Monty comes in contact with the ghost of Brinsley Codd himself, and promises to help out by finding former pupils whose lives the teacher is afraid he has ruined by being too nice to them. Mahy (Beaten by a Balloon, 1998, etc.) could have left things there for a triumphantly lighthearted romp—comically illustrated by Staermose—but also intertwines several subplots and minor mysteries, all of which are resolved to the utmost satisfaction of those involved. Along with a crisp pace, an abundance of silly words and silly names, and a cast of children who save the day by showing more sense than the adults can muster, this will please Mahy's fans, and will also bring her new ones. (Fiction. 8-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670874903
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/1/1998
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.55 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2004

    Beautiful Book

    Monty is allergic to ghosts-if there¿s one around, he sneezes. That¿s how he discovers a girl-ghost called Lulu haunting an old-fashioned car at the bottom of the garden. Unfortunately, Monty¿s mother doesn¿t believe in ghosts, so she sends Monty to `Brinsley Codd School for Sensible Thought¿, where she hopes Monty will learn that there no such things as spirits. But Monty has only been inside the school for a minute when he starts to sneeze. How can Monty stop believing in ghosts when the school itself turns out to be haunted? Especially when it¿s haunted by the ghost of Brinsley Codd? A great book to read, superb.

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