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Dial-a-Ghost by Eva Ibbotson
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bookshelves: fantasy, fiction, horror, humor, juvenile

For various reasons, I was drawn to this quick and delightful read about a orphaned boy-heir to an estate and a family of ghosts who are, of course, brought together over the course of the book. Mostly I was into a harmless fun read without too much "fluff." Packed with typical plot devices such as the greedy uncle and aunt who wish to steel the estate, feeling that they are the "rightful" heirs, this book still maintains a good deal of innovation as it describes a system of ghosts and two goodly ladies who try to find proper homes for the nice ones with people who will enjoy the company of the correct type of ghost. The characters are fun and the action moves along quickly with the ponderousness of many of the new heavy fantasy reads for children. Overall, I generally recommend Ibbotson for readers who want the fun of Harry Potter but without the weight of 600 pages and an epic story.
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