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Unearthly Asylum (Joy of Spooking #2)

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Joy Wells is fascinated by the strange noises coming from the old Spooking Asylum. She knows all about the famous legends that surround the place, and is certain that she is hearing the guns of long-dead soldiers. But what if something more contemporary—and truly ghastly—is going on?

When Joy’s pet frog, Fizz, gets away, Joy travels through the
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published August 10th 2010 by Margaret K. McElderry Books (first published July 26th 2010)
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Kat Heckenbach
I have fallen completely in love with this series. Joy Wells is exactly the kind of main character I adore. Quirky, smart, dark and brooding, but not angsty for no reason. She loves her little brother, her whole family, her house in the tiny, misunderstood town of Spooking.

Each book has some mystery, adventure, humor, and a bit of gruesome. The characters are unique and original. The pacing is just right, with great writing (although, in this book the author did overuse a particular sentence st
Jill Murray
Joy 2: funnier, scarier, and harder to put down!

Reading Unearthly Asylum, the second book in Bracegirdle's Joy of Spooking trilogy is a bit like watching The Return of the Jedi, in terms of that surprising jolt you get of "wait, is this actually *cooler* than the first one?" Characters have grown, conflicts are mounting, the central Asylum is a mix of mysterious and terrifying, and good and evil aren't as clear cut as they were the first time around. Oh, and it's funny, too.

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Number 9 Ravenwood Avenue is the perfect residence for a budding paranormal investigator. Located in the midst of Spooking, the faded and decrepit neighbour of swish Darling, it’s every inch the Poeian architectural spectre it seems as though it should be. Indeed, our tongue-in-cheek narrator tells us, it’s the type of place that “gives off a kind of menace usually accompanied by ominous organ music.”

Though the blurb on the cover li
Unearthly Asylum, the second book in the Joy of Spooking series, is even better than the first volume. In this latest paranormal adventure, Joy's beloved pet bullfrog, Fizz, has become trapped in Spooking's mental asylum and must be saved from impending doom. This book had twice the humor and scares of the previous title and left me anxious to read the next book on the series. I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy paranormal fiction with a dash of humor.
A fantastic fun spooky read. I cannot wait to read the rest of the series.
None of the descriptions quite convey the essence of these stories, which is sinister, mysterious and fun all at once. They're probably marketed as Middle Grade, but they're just the sort of books I loved back in my MG days and *still* love - where the author doesn't talk down to the young reader, and doesn't sugar coat mystery or history.
I just found out that there are only 3 books in this series, that makes me sad. I wish it would go on forever, I love these books
Alexandra Lawrence
A charming, spooky series. Joy and Byron Wells are my favorite siblings in children's literature since The Baudelaires.
Allison Armstrong
I completely enjoyed the author's language. It was not really spooky, but fun to read.
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Born in Montreal, P. J. Bracegirdle has done everything from keeping the stage door of a haunted old Scottish theater to pushing laundry carts along dark tunnels under an insane asylum. His last job involved pretending to write thick manuals nobody really read for products few people ever used.

"Becoming an author was my life's work," says PJB, "if, that is, a life's work can consist of staring off
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