Misty Gordon and the Mystery of the Ghost Pirates

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Here is a funny middle-grade mystery from a bright new fiction talent.

Things in the New England town of Ashcrumb are getting weird. Or just weirder. Misty Gordon, whose antique-dealing parents drive a van that says “D.E.A.D.” on the side (for “Deceased’s Estate and Antique Dealer”), is accustomed to weird.

One day, when accompanying her father to the estate of a recently departed clairvoyant, Misty discovers a notebook and a pair of eyeglasses...

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Overview

Here is a funny middle-grade mystery from a bright new fiction talent.

Things in the New England town of Ashcrumb are getting weird. Or just weirder. Misty Gordon, whose antique-dealing parents drive a van that says “D.E.A.D.” on the side (for “Deceased’s Estate and Antique Dealer”), is accustomed to weird.

One day, when accompanying her father to the estate of a recently departed clairvoyant, Misty discovers a notebook and a pair of eyeglasses that enable her to see ghosts! And solve mysteries. With the help of her new powers and her best friend, Yoshi, Misty learns that her hometown was settled not by respectable colonists but by pirates! And the ghosts of the pirates are returning to reclaim a dangerous, powerful treasure they lost centuries ago. Who will find it first, Misty or the pirates?

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Melissa Rife
Misty Gordon is used to being surrounded by "the dead." Her father runs a shop that buys belongings off the recently departed in her town of Ashcrumb. However, this concept is taken to a whole new level when she gets a pair of glasses previously owned by the newly departed clairvoyant in the neighborhood and a diary from another deceased neighbor. The glasses allow Misty to suddenly see ghosts all around her, and the diary is paranormal too, banging in a locked drawer and demanding to be released. When she finally starts to read the book, she becomes tangled in a mystery that involves the history of her town and the three descendants of the founding members. Misty finds out that long ago, three magical golden statues were brought to her town to be used by pirates for evil purposes, but were lost when their ship crashed. She also learns of a spell, which, when used, will allow the pirates to come back as ghosts to find the statues and wreak havoc. Worst of all for Misty, she seems to be the only person who has the power to stop this all from happening. With the help of her best friend Yoshi and the dead clairvoyant, Misty finds the statues and fights with the ghost pirates to save the town. Although somewhat disturbing for its focus on the dead, the book has an entertaining plotline. It seems to be aiming for the "Harry Potter" audience, but it falls a little short of having as engaging a story. There is a subplot involving an escaped mental patient that seems unnecessary. The fact that the main character is a female makes it questionable whether younger boys would be willing to read it, although they would certainly enjoy it if they did. Reviewer: Melissa Rife
Alison E. West
While assisting her father in the family's business, the D.E.A.D, "Deceased's Estate and Antiques Dealer," a teenaged Misty Gordon discovers a possessed journal that had belonged to the late Fannie Belcher, "the richest old lady in Ashcrumb." On another voyage with her father to the town's recently departed clairvoyant's house, Misty uncovers a pair of eyeglasses, which she soon realizes allow her to see ghosts. With the help of her new powers and her best friend, Yoshi, Misty learns that her small town in New England was not settled by highly regarded colonists but instead by pirates. The ghosts of the pirates are returning to reclaim a dangerous, yet extremely potent treasure—a golden statue with mystical powers that they had lost many centuries ago. Therefore, it is up to Misty to save her hometown by uncovering the treasure before the ghost pirates find it. Reviewer: Alison E. West
Nathan Phillips
240 pp., $ 15.95 Misty Gordon's parents own the Dearly Departed Antiques Store, which they stock with items they purchase from the estates of recently deceased residents of Ashcrumb, a historic town on the Atlantic coast. Though Misty finds her parents' occupation mortifying, her mundane life changes when she discovers a hidden diary tucked inside an old phone from one of these estates. And this is only the first secret she uncovers as she encounters ghosts, a killer mayonnaise addict, and a fur coat that stalks her as she and her best friend Yoshi try to uncover the secret history of Ashcrumb and save the town from approaching ghost pirates bent on taking over the world. Part silly, part scary, and all adventurous, Kim Kennedy's debut novel (she previously collaborated with her brother on the Pirate Pete books for early readers) is a page-turning mystery that will satisfy elementary and middle school readers. Reviewer: Nathan Phillips
School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—Kennedy creates a quirky seaside community that reeks with ghostly surprises and odd souls. Misty Gordon, 11, has seen enough junk from the dead to last several lifetimes. Her parents own the Dearly Departed Antiques store in New England, and Misty yearns to ditch their secondhand spoils for more stylish accoutrements. When she reads the diary of Ashcrumb's wealthiest citizen, mysterious events yank her further into the past. She learns that the town's founding families hid an ugly secret that threatens to resurface. Guided by a psychic ghost, Misty races to locate three golden Greek statues ahead of a group of malicious, deceased town scions who seek resurrection and world domination. A sequel seems probable. The action moves briskly, and readers will want to solve the clues along with Misty and her sidekick, Yoshi. However, the characters lack development, and Kennedy sometimes fails to make their motivations and backgrounds clear. There are also extraneous plot threads such as the escaped mayonnaise-craving mental patient that have a tenuous correlation to the main story. For children who like Greek mythology and ghost hunting in a contemporary setting, there's enough here, though, for an appealing adventure.—Caitlin Augusta, Stratford Library Association, CT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810993570
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/2010
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 592,569
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 780L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.84 (w) x 8.62 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Kim Kennedy has collaborated on a number of popular picture books with her brother, Doug, including Pirate Pete (which Booklist called “appealing, richly colored”), Pirate Pete’s Giant Adventure, Pirate Pete’s Talk Like a Pirate, and Hee-Haw-Dini and the Great Zambini. This is her first novel. She lives in Monroe, Louisiana.

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  • Posted July 23, 2010

    Couldn't put this one down...

    My kid loved this book so much that I read it myself. Sometimes it's hard to find a thrilling adventure book with a girl heroine and this one really hits the mark. Smart, fun, engaging... She was mesmerized. We hope for more from this talented author.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2013

    Awesome

    The best book ever.

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  • Posted August 27, 2012

    Once my 11 yr old daughter started this book she couldn't put it

    Once my 11 yr old daughter started this book she couldn't put it down.
    She liked the character so much we checked to see if there was another
    Misty Gordon book. Since this is Ms. Kennedy's first book we hope she
    writes another one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2012

    Mysre Mystery

    This book is awesome! When you start reading this book it sucks you right in the book when you read the first sentence. The 1st sentence is Mrs. And Mr. Gorden like it when people die. That 1st sentence sucks you in because you want to know why they like it when they die. This is a good book and i reccomend it to everyone of all ages from8 to100.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2012

    Greek geek

    This is an awesome book. I read it in 2 days. I like the greek mythology in it. :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2011

    Best book I, Best book I ' From: Joanna

    Thus is the best mystery book I'ce ever read in a long time!!!!!!!!!

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