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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...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published July 1st 2010 by GRAPHIX
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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
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...more
Lars Guthrie
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.
Zoey Wyn
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...more
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 c...more
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...more
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
Kelly Calvo
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
Jeremy Miller
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
Emily Green
Doug TenNapel’s Ghostopolis would make a perfect animated movie. I don’t think of books in terms of movies, in fact, I abhor the idea of judging books in terms of what kind of movie they would be. However, this is a genuine compliment for Ghostopolis, since what makes it an excellent candidate for a movie are its excellent illustrations, engaging plot, and compelling characters.

Without too much time wasted on exposition, the story begins with Garth, a boy who is dying of an incurable disease, a...more
Callie Rose Tyler
I was totally love this book until I got to the end and then it was completely ruined. I felt like the book should have been twice as long but the author got tired and just gave up.

First off I was totally in love with the Christian overtones that were arising with the creation of the afterlife and the character Joe representing God/Jesus, it was unexpecting and refreshing but then it was never mentioned again. It was the most interesting plot point and it was just left unfinished and forgotten....more
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...more
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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...more
Tim Vandenberg
With its fast action, light text, and simple themes of forgiveness, hope, redemption and love, this graphic novel is best suited to the 4th grade to early 6th grade audience. A fun, fast read, with excellent, vivid visual action.

At times, the action & plotting were choppy & skip around between characters & scenes, but all this serves to keep things moving quickly, without much in-depth explanation. Thus, the young reader doesn't lose interest. An older, more experienced reader might...more
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 Randol
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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...more
Blake Jurkowski
Ghostopilis is a place for the dead, not the living. When a boy that has less then two weeks to live gets sent a little early to Ghostopilis theirs something going on. The young boy Garth has to find his way out but the only thing is that there is no way out. until the man that sent Garth here shows up to save him from the evil that he is surrounded by.
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.
Brittany Boza
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My second graphic novel by Doug TenNapel, and it was absolutely amazing. My goodness. The characters, escapades, the WORLD... my goodness. I really liked this one.

Garth is a kid with an unnamed terminal illness, which sucks. But that isn't focused on. What is focused on instead is the deadbeat sort-of-I'm-pretty-sure-is-an-homage-to-Ghostbusters Ghostbuster detective character who accidently sends him to Ghostopolis when a nightmare tries to escape. Wait, that makes it sound bizarre. Hm... I am...more
Erik Hawksley
*Extra Credit* [also spoilers] Ghostopolis is about a boy named Garth who is going to die from an incurable disease of which they don't really name to us. As he's laying in bed a giant ghost dog comes through his walk and lands on him, and while he's stuck a ghost catching detective sends the ghost back to the underworld and Garth gets taken with him. There he meets his grandpa and together they'll try to get him back home. With the help of the ghost detective and his agency will Garth be able t...more
Dylan "nickname"
Another Doug TenNapel that I enjoyed very much with a unique plot and twist. This novel was lengthier than his past novels that I have read. This novel like Bad Island, flips around between two different scenes until eventually those characters meet up. The main character is Frank Gallows who works for the Supernatural Immigration Task Force as a ghost hunter. It take place in modern-day and Frank's only job is to take ghost from the earth and send them to the after life. Another main character...more
Robert Hudder
When I got it together to write this review, I realized that this is the Earthworm Jim guy. This is a great story for father's to read. It has a lot of stuff to say about being a dad. Sure, it has the odd fart joke but it is quite a mature book about a boy who enters the land of the dead.

Yes, there is the standard arc about meeting a great evil and defeating it but the journey is innovative and fun. Sometimes the tropes about finding your magic powers or technical prowess as a kid seem a little...more
Amal Fadoo
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.

This book has once again done it for me. Ghostopolis is the longest book in Doug TenNapel’s books that I know of. Being the longest book it is still a very easy read for younger and older readers. I recommend this book to people who like to see what they are reading instead of imagining it, like I do. The one thing I didn’t like was how evil and mean, and it may not come off good to young readers.
The main character, Garth Hale has an incurable disease. His mother fears she will lose him very soo...more
The ONLY reason this did not receive five stars is because it was "middle grade" so it did not really connect with me. WHICH IS MY FAULT! I mean I picked the book. However, this is not a professional rating but a personal one if that makes any sense. I LOVED the plot of this book. It was interesting and the concept of Ghostopolis was very interesting. I would also think that this graphic novel would be soothing to a child that had an illness( Incurable, terminal, or otherwise). The ending was pe...more
Lord Jacob
Ghostopolis is a story telling of a young boy named Garth, who is accidentally sent to the ghost world by a Supernatural Immigration Task Force officer, Frank Gallows. Frank goes in after him, trying to find Garth. Garth and Frank go all around the dead world, looking for a way out. But, the evil guy controlling the dead world, Vaugner, wants the boy for his powers, for he is afraid that Garth will rid him of his empire.

Ghostopolis is a graphic novel by Doug TeNaple. It was a good book, however...more
Megan Schmale
Doug TenNapel
Text-to-Self: During the story, Frank Gallows, accidentally sends a child to the afterlife in Ghostopolis. He makes a mistake and tries to fix his mistake. After reading this part of the story, I could ask the students what they think is important to do after making a mistake. I could ask them what are some things that they have tried to do to fix their mistakes. I could give them some tips on what to do when they make mistakes. I could mention that if it is necessary,...more
Apr 18, 2014 Melle rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: reluctant readers, adventure-lovers, kids in grades 4-10 (and maybe even older kids)
Despite the allegorical elements, I really, really liked this graphic novel. It was a fun romp through an interesting afterworld, where I wished more of the kingdoms were explored. This has got everything that might appeal to an upper-elementary-grade/middle-school reader -- noir-style, a kid with a terminal disease, a skeleton horse, vicious raptor-type dinosaur bones, exes with electricity and chemistry, a spurned lover, messages from beyond the grave, a king and knights, a knockdown drag-out...more
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