Saturday, May 30, 2020

Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega - OPTIONAL

Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega, 256 pages. Scholastic, 2020. $18.

Language: G (1 swear); Mature Content G; Violence: G



Twelve-year old best friends, Lucely Luna and her friend Syd, cast a spell shortly before Halloween that could destroy their Florida town, as it unleashes an army of ghosts.  Syd and Lucely visit cemeteries after dark to try and find pieces to a spell that could save their town.

I loved the Spanish words sprinkled throughout and the infusion of culture.  If you liked Coco then you will like that Lucely sees her family’s ghosts and that they protect her.  This book needed more tension.  It was hard to believe that Lucely and Syd would be giggling before going into a haunted mausoleum or that with an army of ghosts facing them they wouldn’t ask for help from Syd’s witch grandmother for fear of getting in trouble and landing dusting duty.  Facing death or dusting?  But if that doesn’t bother you, Grandma Babbette makes a cool addition to the ghost squad.

Michelle in the Middle


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