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Misty Gordon and the Mystery of the Ghost Pirates

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  337 Ratings  ·  69 Reviews
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 de
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published August 1st 2010 by Harry N. Abrams
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Luke F
Dec 13, 2012 Luke F rated it it was amazing
I recently read the book Misty Gordon: the Mystery of the Ghost Pirates by: Kim Kennedy. I liked this book a lot because it was very suspenseful. The most suspenseful part was when Misty Gordon was trapped in a house with a psychopath from an insane asylum. I thought this part was suspenseful because I had no clue if she would be able to make it out of the house or not. Throughout most of the book Misty Gordon is trying to find out who the golden three are. Misty Gordon takes place on a tiny isl ...more
Kendall D
Feb 05, 2013 Kendall D rated it really liked it
February 5, 2013

I recently read Misty Gordon and the Mystery of the Ghost Pirates by Kim Kennedy. The main character, Misty, is the daughter in a family of four. Her parents, Mr and Mrs Gordon, buy antique things from people's houses when they die. One day, Mr Gordon read in the newspaper that a lady named Madame Zaster had died. Misty and her dad went to the house where Misty found an old vanity that she wanted. Later she found strange cat eye glasses in one of the drawers that let her see into
Arsh M
Mar 27, 2013 Arsh M rated it it was amazing
I am currently reading Misty Gordon and the Mystery of the Ghost Pirates by Kim Kennedy. I am at the part where Misty really cellphone and tells her dad but instead her dad gets an old telephone that doesn't even work and wants to call her friend really badly. I think Misty and me have a connection like we both want cellphone.My dad wouldn't give me my phone just like Misty's dad and I would really like to call my friends.I really enjoy this book because when I first read this book I wanted to r ...more
Anna W
Dec 14, 2012 Anna W rated it liked it
Shelves: have-read
I have recently read Kim Kennedy's Misty Gordon. In this book Misty the main character finds a pair of cat eye glasses that let her see ghosts. this is very weird because seeing ghosts is impossible because they don't exist. Also it is very childish because the ghosts are pirates and pirates are cartoon characters and aren't scary. Also a bell was struck by lightning and broke and when the take it down it falls. This is stupid because a broken bell cant ring. Also this makes the ghost pirates co ...more
Jun 24, 2012 Wendy rated it it was amazing
Pirates! Ghosts! Candy! Greek Gods! Insane crossing guards! And an old ice cream truck that roams the town picking up items from dead person's homes... What's not to like? This story is adventure & mystery tied in with spooky humor. Misty and her best friend Yoshi are great main characters who work to solve a the mystery with an ever-expanding collection of magical tools. This story should appeal to both girls and boys alike - lots to attract to a variety of readers.
Alison C
Mar 09, 2015 Alison C rated it liked it
Misty Gordon and the Mystery of the Ghost Pirates, by Kim Kennedy, is a YA novel (or perhaps a little younger, the 9-12 set) about a young girl, Misty Gordon, who lives in a small New England town that contains its share of mysteries. Misty's parents operate an antique shop, which they stock by driving to the homes of recently deceased people and picking out choice pieces, transporting the goods in a disused ice cream truck, so Misty is used to "weird" goings-on. But when she finds an old diary ...more
Molly (Conan the Librarian) Crumbley
Misty Gordon isn’t what you’d call a typical girl. Living in the creaky old New England town of Ashcrumb, she sticks out like a sore thumb at school because of her eccentric family’s D.E.A.D. (Deceased’s Estate and Antique Dealer) shop and her hand-me-down clothes. Strange as Misty’s life is, it gets a whole lot weirder when she steps into a mystery that holds the fate of the entire town in the balance.

Through a series of weird events, Misty and her friend Yoshi find themselves solving riddles,
Apr 09, 2012 Charlyn rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Grades 4 and up
Recommended to Charlyn by: Texas Bluebonnet Reading List 2013
As the daughter of the local thrift store owner, Misty is accustomed to living with whatever her father brings home from the most recently departed in the small town of Ashcrumb. His van emblazoned with "D.E.A.D.," for "Deceased's Estate and Antiques Dealer," often attracts children waiting to see his latest finds. Misty often accompanies her father on this jaunts, but one day, at the home of a deceased clairvoyant, Misty finds a pair of glasses that allow her to see ghosts and to connect with t ...more
Mar 24, 2011 Vicky rated it really liked it
What do you get when you combine an eleven-year-old girl whose father makes a living selling stuff from dead people’s homes, a mysterious pair of glasses from a dead seer that lets her “see” ghosts, pirates from the past and a centuries old legend? You get a rollicking good story full of fun, mystery, pirates, ghosts, and adventure.

Misty Gordon has never had anything new in her entire life. Even her clothes and glasses are second hand. Her best friend, Yoshi, doesn’t mind, but Misty does. Her fa
Jul 13, 2012 Luther rated it really liked it
Funny, silly, adventurous, scary. . . fun -- this book is a great chapter book for middle to upper elementary grades. Misty has a weird family (how many readers already relate?), and her life is pretty typical, until events take a turn for the better? / worse? / strange! Her dad's job includes reading the obituaries every morning and then jumping into his converted ice cream truck (which still plays the music) to drive to the house of the deceased and see what articles he can get for his resale ...more
May 21, 2013 Sarah rated it it was ok
I was very disappointed with this, since it seemed so promising initially. Eventually fell into the standard middle-grade tropes-- main character bad at math, unsupportive parents, abusive and/or mean adults, mean girls who are mean and nothing else, and OF COURSE the Japanese girl is good at math. Let me roll my eyes over here in the corner while I pout. This novel had a lot of great ideas that were executed poorly. So on one level, it was very original, but on another, it was very "same old sa ...more
Sep 26, 2010 Mrs. added it
The title of the book I'm reading is named Misty Gordon and the mystery of the ghost pirates.The authors name is Kim Wendy. But my opinion of the book would be a well written because when it would describe the way a person looks or a setting of the story you could paint the picture in you mined as you read.

SUMMERY The book MISTY GORDON AND THE MYSTERY OF THE GHOST PIRATES. is and interesting book to read because it starts off with a my call Frank Gordon and he works for a company called D.E.A.
Sasha C
May 04, 2013 Sasha C rated it really liked it

I am currently reading the book Misty Gordon by: Kim Kennedy.
I really like this book because it is like a giant jigsaw puzzle. You have to think about all these mysteries, and you definitely have to remember a lot of characters. I was surprised when the diary was shaking and was alive and trying to find its coat body that it stays in. I think that Misty, the main character, feels scared because she has to do a lot of creepy things. For example, she had to save a baby from a crazy guy who
Christian H
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Trey A.
Nov 06, 2012 Trey A. rated it it was amazing
I read Misty Gordon: and The Ghost Pirates by Kim Kennedy. This book is very misterical the book starts with a girl named Misty who her father owns a company called D.E.A.D which is when people pass away the will go look at their furniture and see if they want to buy it for there store to sell. And one day a old lady named Hazel Moneger a fortune teller passes away, and Misty's father askes her if she wants to go with him to maybe get something, so Misty says,"Umm Sure." When they arrive to her ...more
Nov 15, 2012 Catherine rated it it was amazing
In Misty Gordon and the Mystery of the Ghost Pirates, by Kim Kennedy, Misty discovers a pair of glasses that used to belong to a fortuneteller who lived in her town, Ash Crumb. When the glasses give her the ability to talk to spirits, she learns that a group of ghost pirates are searching for a set of magical golden statues that would give them the power to take over the world. She then joins forces with the fortuneteller's ghost to stop the ghost pirates before it's too late. I enjoyed this boo ...more
Catherine C
Nov 06, 2012 Catherine C rated it it was amazing

I really like Kim Kennedy's Misty Gordon and the Mystery of the Ghost Pirates because it is suspenseful and mysterious. It is about a girl named Misty Gordon that has a dad that collects peoples stuff after they die.He drives around in an old ice cream truck that still plays music. Then one time when her dad returned to the house he had a gift for Misty, an old phone. Later Misty goes with her dad to an old house. Her dad finds a crystal ball and she found a pair of glasses. She discovers that
May 01, 2014 Andria rated it liked it
It is sort of like the elsewhere series or the Percy Jackson series but for a younger audience. It was ok and I could see that there is an audience for it but it did not thrill me and there wasn't really anything new or surprising in it.
Jan 19, 2015 Tracey rated it liked it
I enjoyed the scary adventure concept in a children's book. I would recommend this for 3rd grade and above, who like an additional ghost/thrill aspect in their books. Easy read.
Oct 23, 2011 Brenda rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Misty Gordon is an eleven year old girl whose father rides around in a van with D.E.A.D on the side looking for deceased estate owners possession that he can sell in his antique shop. When Misty decides to tag along on one of his pickups little does she know what mystery she will become entangled in. With the help of her friend Yoshi, a pair of cat eye glasses, a hypno clock and Madame Zaster's seance table maybe she will be able to unwrap the mystery of the Golden Three. I really enjoyed this s ...more
Lori Holbein-Gutierrez
The Gordon family is unique like the town that they live in, Ashcrumb. Mr. Gordon is the owner of a local antique story called D.E.A.D. "Deceased's Estate and Antiques Dealer." After receiving a vanity from a deceased clairvoyant, Misty discovers her father and her town are keeping a secret. With the help of a diary and glasses from the vanity and her father's "secret" crystal ball, Misty and her friend Yoshi find there is "more than meets the eye."
The glasses give Misty the ability to see ghos
Mar 08, 2015 Micah rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book it was a short book that kinda just made me happy and that's weird because the books all about ghost but who cares.
Jul 19, 2012 Lorrie rated it really liked it
How many people do you know that have parents that are just waiting for people to drop dead. Well Misty's dad is one of them, but for good reason. He is looking for something very special. Misty and her friend get drawn into this hunt when she goes with her dad to Madam Zaster's home after her death and gets a vanity, a diary and a very special pair of glasses!!

I found this book whimsical, intriging, and a bit spooky. I was right there with Misty as she was trying to solve the mystery of the thr
Jul 24, 2015 Sheila rated it it was amazing
I hope there is a sequel to this! A glass ball, magical glasses and a pirate ship! What could be better?
Mar 26, 2014 Kate rated it really liked it
This was a great novel! I loved the adventure and the story idea!
Rhonda Cooper
Oct 28, 2015 Rhonda Cooper rated it really liked it
better that I expected it to be.
Stevie D
Nov 14, 2012 Stevie D rated it really liked it
I just finished Misty Gordon And The Ghost pirates by Kim Kennedy. It's about a girl named Misty and she is noticing strange stuff on Ashcrumb street. She and her friend Yoshi are on a mission to figure out what is in Madame Zaster house. My favorite part of the book is when they find the crystal ball and when she found Madame Zaster glasses and puts them on. Misty Gordon And The Mystery Oh The Ghost Pirates was a very great book. By Stevie Davis
Alyssa (The Shady Glade)
Sep 28, 2010 Alyssa (The Shady Glade) rated it really liked it
Cute read for middle grade readers. I fell in love with all the oddballs of Misty's hometown, and I loved the way the author maintained a tone of mystery throughout the whole book without it being hit over your heard. The mystery itself was interesting, although it's less "pirate-y" than I guess from the title itself.

Overall a book I would recommend to those who love mysteries or someone who was looking for something different.
Kim McGee
Nov 29, 2011 Kim McGee rated it really liked it
Fun book for kids that involves a mystery of a coastal town whose claim to fame is a shipwreck that carried treasure to the new world but didn't make it. Misty's parents run a business that buys furniture and stuff after someone passes away so her house is filled with cast off junk the family can't sell in their antique store. A seance table, runaway fur coat and glasses that let her see ghosts help Misty solve the riddle and save the town.
Sep 27, 2012 Gina rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
I think this will be a good contender for this year's Bluebonnet award. The main character, Misty is adorable, and you like her immediately. The idea of possessed glasses and owning an antique store with the local communities dead items is hilarious. The character of May Nase is a hilarious kick off to the beginning of the story. It gets better with trying to figure out the mystery. Fun book for 4-5-6 grade.
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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. She lives in Monroe, Louisiana.
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