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Ghostopolis

4.03  ·  Rating Details  ·  8,468 Ratings  ·  747 Reviews
A page-turning adventure of a boy's journey to the land of ghosts and back.

Imagine Garth Hale's surprise when he's accidentally zapped to the spirit world by Frank Gallows, a washed-out ghost wrangler. Suddenly Garth finds he has powers the ghosts don't have, and he's stuck in a world run by the evil ruler of Ghostopolis, who would use Garth's newfound abilities to rule th
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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published July 1st 2010 by GRAPHIX
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Jesse (JesseTheReader)
(3.5 not quite a 4 star.)

Enjoyed this, but I felt that at times it was a bit too all over the place.
Brad
My Brontë loved this graphic novel, and I can see why. It's a feel good story full of classic "monsters" -- mummies, skeletons, goblins, demonic insects -- but they're all cleaned up and as unscary as can be. There is a simplistic good versus evil tale going on (albeit with a nurture rather than nature bent). There is a lovable grandfather, who was a poor father, looking for and finding redemption. There is a sacrifice for love. It hits all the right notes for the kids who are its target audienc ...more
John Jacobs
Jan 25, 2013 John Jacobs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Here's my review: I checked this book out from the library, thinking my kids would like it. I brought it home, read it during the afternoon. Totally enthralled. Great story, great characters, great artwork. Picked up my kids from school, the youngest (10) picked it up, and for the next hour and a half, was absolutely silent, sitting at the kitchen table, turning pages and gnawing her lip.

Then, dinner. Afterwards, the oldest daughter (12) asked for television privileges. Of course, it being a sch
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Jubilation Lee
Y’all, Ghostopolis is one of those books that I will happily recommend to my patrons over and over, but that I personally couldn’t stand. To be fair, that describes about half of what I read. Normally, though, graphic novels aimed at the middle-school-or-younger set don’t bother me too much.

But this book. Someone help.

A) In this massive world of ghosts etc, where are all my women? What the hell? Even the skeleton horse is a boy!? The only two female characters of any note are Garth’s Mom and Cla
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Natalie
Review #2 - May 31, 2015
I recently bought a pack of TenNapel books from Scholastic, and this book was included, so I decided to read it again.

I'm not a huge fan of graphic-novels, but I like the way TenNapel writes. I have an easy time following the story and never feel overwhelmed by words and pictures. The stories are very creative.

Can't wait to share this with my students! I know they'll love it.


Review #1 - August 7, 2012
I started reading this and wasn't very interested. In fact, I read th
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Lars Guthrie
Sep 07, 2010 Lars Guthrie rated it really liked it
Rounding out my recent foray into Scholastic's impressive Graphix line, here's a great one for fourth graders up that touches on life and death, family dynamics, romance, theology and the Tuskegee airmen. Combine that with TenNapel's wonderful drawings of zombies, mummies, skeletons and other denizens of afterlife, and you can't go wrong.
Kaitlin
This is the story of Garth Hale and how he accidentally ended up getting transported into the world of the dead (as you do). He's a young boy who's not the most optimistic or happy upon Earth due to an illness he has, but when he's transported away to Ghostopolis he comes into his own adventure against evil bugs, riding skeleton horses and generally trying to escape.

I liked the story and it was certainly fun in places but I didn't feel like there was a whole load to comment on because it's not t
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Bria
Jun 17, 2012 Bria rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not only was the love story rather empty and trite, it caused an offensively arbitrary scene where the girl for absolutely no reason, completely interrupting the plot except to further the stupid love story in the most unimaginative and sexist way, suddenly changes into a dress because girls only care about dresses and the only way for men and women to interact is for the man to tell the woman that she looks good because of the dress and the woman to be genuinely flattered. WHAT YEAR ARE YOU WRI ...more
16maxwelll
Ghostopolis is a fun, but a bit childish book about the afterlife. The genre of Ghostopolis is fantasy graphic novel. The book takes place in a world where when you die, you go to Ghostopolis where all the dead live. However, the dead can sneak through holes and come back to life on earth. Frank Gallows and the SITF are in charge of zapping them back to Ghostopolis. The main character is a normal kid named Garth who lives with his mom and is diagnosed with an incurable disease. One day, Frank me ...more
Victor Daniel
This was my 4th favorite book that I've read it's about a kid named Garth that has a uncureable disease that sums up his death but befor he dies he goes to the underworld by a guy named frank that teleported him there on accident I would like for many people to try this book out.:)
Zoey Wyn
Feb 14, 2014 Zoey Wyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Frank Gallows, a longtime ghost hunter has really done it this time, sending a living person to the afterlife. What a loser! Now he is really going to get fired, so he enlists his ex to help save the day.

Garth, a terminally ill boy, is accidentally zapped to the afterlife prematurely. At first he just wants to find a way home, but as he spends more time in the afterlife he realizes he may be able to help.

Cecil, Garth’s grandfather, totally failed at life and his family. But through this terrible
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colleen the fabulous fabulaphile
This is a cute story. Garth is a terminally ill boy who gets trapped in Afterlife while he's still alive because an RIPD type dude accidentally sends him back while sending a "nightmare" back at the same time.

So we visit Afterlife where the rules are reversed - i.e. living people can fly and go through walls and have magic - things the dead can do in our world - and it's all powered by imagination which, naturally, Garth has in abundance and he's uber-strong, a "natural talent", and, with help,
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Brittany Boza
Jul 27, 2014 Brittany Boza rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Mitchel Broussard
I'm surprised at how good this was. It looks kiddie, and is kinda kiddie, but the story is well thought out and the bad guys are enjoyably evil, and i just kinda loved it. Basically its the story of this kid, Garth, that finds himself in the afterlife. One problem, he's still alive. In this afterlife, there are seven kingdoms at the hub of which, Ghostopolis sits, all led by the evil Vaugner.

Whats really cool about it is the magic system. Basically humans in the ghost world don't abide by afte
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Rebekah
Dec 03, 2013 Rebekah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A terminally ill boy named Garth Hale is accidentally teleported to the afterlife before it is his time to go, and he is introduced to a world oddly similar to our own if you don t count skeleton nightmares, fortune-telling werewolves, and monstrous bugs. The supernatural beings populate Ghostopolis, moving amongst towering black and red skyscrapers, sprawling suburban neighborhoods, and stinking sulfurous caves. While the fantastic illustrations will keep you turning pages, the story is also co ...more
Joella www.cinjoella.com
This was my 15th book for the YALSA Best Books challenge.

So basically there are a lot of things going on all at once (like with any good book). First of all you have a ghost hunter named Frank Gallows who goes around and zaps ghosts back to a ghost world where Ghostopolis is the main city. Then you have a kid named Garth who has some incurable disease and his mother who drags him to five doctors to try and find some hope of a cure. Well things get a bit jumbled when Gallows sends a skeleton hor
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Karissa
Oct 26, 2011 Karissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book up at the library on a whim and I am so glad I did. This was a wonderful story with some great illustrations. The story is meaningful, fun, and quirky all at the same time.

Garth is a kid with problems, he has a life-threatening condition that no doctor can solve. Imagine his surprise when he is accidentally zapped into the Ghost world by an accident prone ghost hunter. While there Garth learns he has fantastic powers and ends up facing off against Ghostopolis's evil ruler. Gar
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Damon
Feb 17, 2011 Damon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was disappointing, because there were a lot of things about it that, if they'd been handled in a bit different of a way, could have been really great. The art for the most part is super, but where a little nudge in a certain direction would have pushed it into something kind of creepy and cool, it goes the other way into goofy and silly. The writing is the same way - I understand that this book is directed at a young audience, but I bet a lot of kids today can appreciate jokes that aren't a ...more
Amber
Amber Randol
Graphic Novel

This book is about a ghost hunter who accidently zaps a boy to ghostopolis, the other world. He decides to go after him to bring him back with the help of his ex-girlfriend who is a ghost. The boy meets his grandfather in the city and they learn he has special powers. The ruler of ghostopolis tries to kidnap him for his powers because he wants the town all for himself, with no one in his way. Together they all work to defeat him by combining powers, and they are able to
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Amal Fadoo
Feb 17, 2013 Amal Fadoo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ghostopolis, is an amazing book. It is about a human boy, Garth, who gets caught in a ghost trap gets sent to Ghostopolis. It is a place for the afterlife where people are ruled by Vaugner the evil leader. Garth has to get back to his mother. With the help of his friends he manages to get back home and defeat Vaugner. This book was very hard to put down. It is filled with adventure.
Kelly Calvo
Jan 28, 2014 Kelly Calvo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ghostopolis is a graphic novel written by Doug Tennapel. The book is about Garth who travels to the after world (Ghostoplis). By getting into a old dead dinosaur but the dinosaur is trying to escape Ghostopolis and the officer of Ghostopolis doesn't let him then he ends up in Garth's room. Then the dinosaur goes between Garth and Garth is screaming for his mom then he disappears.The mom is freaking out. Then in the after life Garth sees his grandfather who looks like he was ten years old.At the ...more
Desiree Brunelle
Nov 30, 2014 Desiree Brunelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ghostoplis is a story about a boy named Graph, who has an incurable disease. Graph is taken on a journey when a cop named Frank,captures ghost spirits for a living, because ghost are not allowed among the living. Frank messes up when capturing a dead horse and sends Graph into the dead world. Frank goes into the ghost world to bring Graph back, with the help from Frank's X-fiancay, Claire. Claire is a ghost and she has a machine that allows both of them to go into ghostopolis to get Graph. throu ...more
Will
Feb 17, 2016 Will rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Ghostopolis
Doug TenNapel
This is a fiction book. This book is a mystery/adventure that is a graphic novel. I chose to read this book because i was given it as a present and I thought it would be a nice light read.
The book is about a boy who has an incurable disease. Also he has no father and a very lonely and depressed mom. Then there is this man who sends spirits back to the dead world if they have escaped. One day the man accidentally sends the boy to the world of the dead. The boy has a lot o
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Anthony Amorelli
This was a very good book I liked the storyline a lot because I've never seen anything like it. A living boy gets stuck in a ghost world I thought it was pretty cool and the artwork was nice so is definitely recommend this book.
ally  ¯\(ツ)/¯
As far as middle grade graphic novels go, this one is pretty awesome.

I picked it up from my library because Goodreads recommended it to me because I read & liked Anya's Ghost and I'm really glad I did.

The story was really interesting. It follows Garth - a boy who is alive - that gets transported to the afterlife. There's a wicked villain in the afterlife who is trying to rule all the various groups of dead (The Mummy's, the Bone People... its an interesting take.) And Garth has an ability th
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William Lopez
Jan 14, 2016 William Lopez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I first saw the cover of the book, Ghostopolis I thought it was about ghost taking over the world. But when I first started reading it I found out that it was about something much more exciting. Ghostopolis is about a boy who gets sucked into the afterlife, also known as Ghostopolis. In this story there is a secret organization that brings ghost back to the afterlife. So one day one man from the organization who sends a ghost horse back to the afterlife with a boy under it, the boy gets se ...more
Sharon
Dec 28, 2012 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I will be seeking out more TenNapel books. Fun, well told, art really enhances the story, and all-ages appropriate while still being a good story. And Skinny the Horse is awesome.
Rad
Part hero's journey, part film noir detective story, part bid for the importance of imagination. Plus, romance! This was an enjoyable read.
Richard
Dec 08, 2015 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had a great time reading this one. What's not to like about a kid who visits the afterlife and helps take down the evil ruler of said afterlife? Nothing, it's fun! He gets to ride a skeleton horse, he gets to fly like a ghost and hang out with the Skeleton King! Count me in!

There is only one part I didn't understand at the very end. A character is introduced to the kid who I will not name as to not spoil. But this character just left me sitting there saying, huh-wha? why? how? It didn't make a
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Jeremy Miller
Jun 01, 2014 Jeremy Miller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ghostopolis being the first graphic novel I read by Mr. Tenapel opened my eyes to this mans imagination. The novel is about a boy who accidentally is brought to the paranormal realm, giving a cool twist on my perspective on aspirations and ghostly anomaly. As the boy is brought to this realm he realizes that he now has powers, and all the 'dead' who live in that realm are powerless, but when they come to our realm they have powers. Throughout the novel you are taken on a suspenseful adventure th ...more
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