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Ghost Squad

4.74  ·  Rating details ·  62 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Coco meets Stranger Things with a hint of Ghostbusters in this action-packed supernatural fantasy.
For Lucely Luna, ghosts are more than just the family business.

Shortly before Halloween, Lucely and her best friend, Syd, cast a spell that accidentally awakens malicious spirits, wreaking havoc throughout St. Augustine. Together, they must join forces with Syd's witch
Hardcover, 288 pages
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by Scholastic
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Claribel Ortega Thank you! I am also excited :) My main character is Lucely Luna. She's 12 and lives with her father Simon who runs a small local (and failing) ghost…moreThank you! I am also excited :) My main character is Lucely Luna. She's 12 and lives with her father Simon who runs a small local (and failing) ghost tour in St. Augustine Florida. Lucely is smart, kind, brave, loves cats and old movies.

Her family doesn't have much, but she does posses the gift of seeing the ghosts of her ancestors. They live on as fireflies and protect Lucely and her father. Fireflies as protectors is Dominican folklore, and has a special place in my heart.

Fun fact! Lucely's name comes from the word luciérnaga which means firefly in Spanish. (less)

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Claribel Ortega
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
If you're wondering what kind of energy GHOST SQUAD has, look no further than this gif from COCO.

Not only are there ghost chanclas (yes, ghost!) but there are:

* Fat cats named after The Goonies
* A witch grandma in a leather jacket
* Brown & Black girls on bikes having adventures.
* Dominican folklore
* Vintage video games
* Scary ghosts that can take the form of different creatures (like dragons)
* One very fat cat named Chunk

My cover is also live now, and all the thanks goes to the
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A charming adventure! Get it for your little ones!
Nov 16, 2017 marked it as to-read
update: WE HAVE A COVER, PEOPLE!! OMG Claribel is already killing the game, you can all go home now. I'm so ready to meet these beautiful children, their adorable cat and their abuela!

I’m so excited about this book. If you’re my friend please know you will be reading it.
caitlin ✶
Feb 05, 2019 marked it as to-read
I’m adding this book to my want to read shelf because I follow Claribel Ortega on Twitter. And let me tell you that she is the most intellectual and kind soul on there. Please follow her on Twitter!
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Okay, seriously, I really loved this book. I read it a few months back near Halloween and it was such a perfect read and I am SO excited to be able to read it again once the book comes out. Okay. SO let's get into this review (I'm not a reviewer but I LOVE books so hear me out in my rambling).

Lucely is SUCH a great main character. I literally cried when I read the first chapter because of her motivations and her dedication to helping her father, it really
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I rated this book 5 stars because I haven’t even read it yet but I know it’s going to be AMAZING.
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I loved this magical, spooky, fast-paced, family-oriented story, perfect for younger kids looking for a ghostly read. :)
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ghost Squad is an adorable and heartwarming (but also very spooky!) middle grade. It made me so nostalgic for all the adventures I'd day dream about as a kid--hunting ghosts like members of the Mystery Gang or looking for treasure like the Goonies. It also had the wonderful Halloween-meets-family elements of classics like Halloweentown or Hocus Pocus--it sort of felt like watching an old school Disney Channel original, but without the bad acting! Lucely and Syd are two young adventurers I ...more
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Shelly Hammond
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a great story about family, friendship, and a spell accidentally cast that unleashes evil spirits. What more could you possibly want?
This is the story of Lucely who lives with her father. Her mother left them and never came back. Lucely is unique in that she can see the ghosts of her relatives who take the unique form of fireflies (but I'm getting too far into things here). Anyway, Lucely and her best friend Syd are about to get into a bit of an adventure when they try to do something
Elysian Fields
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Ghost Squad is the best middle grade book I've read this year and one of the top books ever. It was a joy to read; fun and dynamic, thrilling and sweet. I LOVED the addition of Spanish words throughout the story, (I'm working hard to learn) and the culture that is included. It makes this story so much more fascinating to read about.

The story itself is heartwarming and charming, the characters well developed and fully fleshed out. The animals and ghost family, gah… so amazing! Not to mention the
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved the originality in this book. The firefly family was wonderful and the characters were spunky. However, five references to Harry Potter is too many, especially to describe magical elements in another fantasy book. I also couldn't figure out if Syd knew her grandmother was a witch or not. It seemed to go back and forth, like something that was changed between edits. It was clear to me as a reader from the beginning, but the characters waffled.
Funny, spooky, family-oriented, and so charming!

Any book that has a character shout, "GIVE 'EM THE OLD RAZZLE DAZZLE," and then rainbow lights shoot out of an object, is a book for me!
Shireen Hakim
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Delightfully scary and thrilling. And funny.

"The good news was that Chunk wasn't lost. She was sitting on Babette's desk looking every it as disappointed as Syd's grandmother."

"Try not to become attached to the monsters trying to kill us, Syd."
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Claribel Ortega got her start editing student’s often times hilarious ads and ramblings on the back page of SUNY Purchase’s Independent Newspaper. From there, she became a small town reporter, where she enjoyed going to board of education meetings and texting the town mayors about the line at Starbucks. Today she’s busy turning her obsession with eighties pop culture, magic and video games into ...more
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