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Ghost Attack (Monster Itch #1)

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  140 ratings  ·  19 reviews
This was one monster of an itch . . .

When Alex and his cousin Sarah are visiting their grandparents, Alex gets terrible red, itchy hives. Yikes! He's allergic to a ghost! Even worse, the ghost won't leave him alone -- he wants Alex and Sarah's help. Can they solve the ghost's mystery and get rid of Alex's awful rash before it ruins everything?
Paperback, 128 pages
Published June 27th 2017 by Scholastic Paperbacks
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Ms. Yingling
Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
E ARC from Edelweiss Above the Treeline

Alex and his cousin Sarah get to spend some time at their grandparents' house for the summer, so they are looking forward to ice cream and hanging out with their grandparents, who write and illustrate children's books. Alex manages to get the smaller room in the new house, and his arms start itching like mad from a horrible rash. He eventually discovers that the rash is caused by contact with ghosts, and there is one ghost in particular who need
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
Basic story, not at all scary with the ghost in it. Two kids solve a mystery, clear beginning, middle, and end, nothing spectacular. Good for early chapter book readers.
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Grades 4-5
111 pages. Good basic story about two kids spending a week with grandparents who recently moved into a new home that supposedly has a ghost. Unusual things start happening soon after the kids arrive. Alex and his cousin Sarah are keen for a ghost adventure. However, Alex develops an allergy to ghosts and has a unusual rash pop up every time they are close to the ghost's presence. They have great fun and it has a nice ending. I think kids in grades 4-5 would enjoy this series. It is not too long ...more
Nov 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-kid-lit
David Lubar is known for his often wacky and offbeat sense of humor in books like Attack of the Vampire Weenies or Beware the Ninja Weenies. This time he has chapter book perfect for middle grade readers who want fun with a little ghostly action and not too many pages. Monster Itch: Ghost Attack tells the story of Alex and his cousin Sarah as they visit their grandparents' new home. Alex's mom is a doctor, so she is extra careful of his health, but even she could never have imagined that Alex would develop allergies ...more
Jun 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Well, this book was simply adorable! I loved that it was a little mystery and ghost story rolled into one. The plot was really well done. Even though this was a children's book, it was still a very sophisticated story. It was long enough to really tell a full, good tale -- but short enough to hold a child's attention. I would definitely recommend this one for your long as they're not afraid of ghosts!

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Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-with-kids
Not the best of the Sunshine State Young Readers options. One mission of the award is to provide readers with some challenging reads and some easier reads, and this falls firmly in the later category. Since both of my young readers are pretty active readers, we have had much better experiences reading the selections for SSYRA 6th through 8th grade.
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this short tale. Again, another series for young readers to jump on. I thought it was engaging and somewhat funny at times.

A young boy who breaks out in a rash every time a ghost is around spends his time trying to solve the mystery...and get rid of the rash.

QUICK read...took only about 30 minutes for an adult. Great starter series. Highly recommend.
Jul 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grades
Clever story combining a mystery and ghosts. How can you go wrong for some of our mid-elementary readers?
Lubar shares the light side of ghosts and brings out the humor in this setting.
Looking forward to reading the next in this series.
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Jul 12, 2019 rated it liked it
A boy and his cousin visit his grandparent's new house which has a ghost. The boy has severe allergies, which are triggered when he is near the ghost. They help clear the ghost's name and solve the town's mystery too. A really quick read, cute, but not amazing. Might be good for third graders.
Sara Truog
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: juvenile
Kid breaks out in hives whenever he encounters a ghost.
Dumb and forgettable, but I'm sure it will find an audience :)
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great little book

This was such a great little story that I read with my son and daughter. They enjoyed it a lot.
Sherry Guice
Mar 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Funny and easy...a good book for struggling readers and/or those beginning to read chapter books.
Good book for younger children this book was just not for me.
Jul 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, juvenile, ssyra
Cute, but much simpler than the other SSYRA books I’ve read.
Good for kiddos who like fantasy and ghosts, but not very scary.
Boy and girl cousins, but no diversity.
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2018
What a cute book! Loved all the characters and the writing was very engaging. Also love the fact that it was a mystery. Highly recommended.
The Brothers
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Dexter (9yo) read.
Melanie Dulaney
May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
(Review of digital arc from EdelweissPlus) This new David Lubar series will be just the right thing for those 3rd-5th grade students who want to read a ghost story, but don't really want to be scared. The font, spacing and easy flowing sentences make this series particularly useful for the reluctant to read crowd. As for the story, book 1 is definitely more of a mystery than a ghost story and provides an introduction to Alex and Sarah who, I believe, will be the protagonists throughout this seri ...more
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David Lubar created a sensation with his debut novel, Hidden Talents, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. Thousands of kids and educators across the country have voted Hidden Talents onto over twenty state lists. David is also the author of True Talents, the sequel to Hidden Talents; Flip, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and a VOYA Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror selection; several short story collections: In the Land of t ...more