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Ollie Oxley and the Ghost: The Search for Lost Gold

4.46  ·  Rating details ·  87 ratings  ·  71 reviews
Twelve-year-old Ollie Oxley is moving — again. His mom is starting another new job, this time at the Bingham Theater in Granite City, California. Moving all the time means Ollie has struggled in the making friends department, but he quickly connects with a boy named Teddy. To Ollie's surprise, though, his first friend in town is a little more... unique than those he's made ...more
Paperback, 184 pages
Published June 18th 2019 by North Star Editions/Jolly Fish Press
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jv poore
Ollie and his funky little family are on the move. Again. Places change; but, the nerve-racking, new-kid nuances do not. He understands the reason; he just loathes the result.

Mom makes the money to support the trio. She loves her job and is quite good at it, but traipsing across the continent for theater doesn’t exactly enthuse Ollie. The fact that each move sends his little sister over the moon with plans and possibilities is also not helpful.

At a blush, the females in the family seem to share
Montzalee Wittmann
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ollie Oxley and the Ghost: The Search for Lost Gold by Lisa Schmid is a book I requested from NetGalley and the review is voluntary. This is a delightful middle school book with great characters, dialogue, plot, and mystery! I enjoyed it and I am not a middle grade kid!
I think my 12 and 13 year old grand kids would love this book! Even kids younger than that but like I said, I would even like it! Suspense mixed with mystery and humor!
Luupi "The Reading Queen"
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone who loves their inner child
At first I was going to give this book 4.5 stars but know that I sit down to write my review I realise I don't have anything negative to say about it 😂


The biggest reason why I loved this book so much were the lovable characters. My favorite is without a single doubt Teddy, just the cutest and most adorable little boy I've read about, most of the time I just wanted to hug him even though I knew it wouldn't have been posible since he's a ghost lol. Then we have our other main character, Ollie who
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another new town. A new school. No friends. It's all happening again. Ollie Oxley and his family have just moved to Granite City, CA. Ollie hopes this move will be better than the last...but it's doubtful. They live in a pink house. He manages to offend the local bully on the first day. And, his new best friend is a ghost. Poor Ollie.

I enjoy reading middle grade books. I read a lot of horror, mystery, thriller type stories...and sometimes I just need a palate cleanser. I always head to children
Dana Cristiana
I would love to thank Lisa Schmid, North Star Editions and NetGalley for this book in exchange for an honest review.

Such a great middle-grade! It hooked me right from the start. The reason why I gave it 3 stars though is because at some point the characters went flat and cliche. But still, the story was amazing.

It follows a boy named Ollie and he just moved to a new home with his little sister and their mother. There Ollie meets a ghost, Teddy, and together they go on searching a treasure that w
Ivonne Rovira
May 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: tweens only
Recommended to Ivonne by: NetGalley
Author Lisa Schmid has penned an enjoyable, if predictable, middle-grade novel with Ollie Oxley and the Ghost: The Search for Lost Gold, the first of what’s clearly meant to be a series.

The titular Ollie Oxley once again finds himself as the new kid when his peripatetic mother relocates to Granite City, Calif. It won’t be spoiler to say that he encounters a ghost, an eternally 12- or 13-year boy named Teddy who died in the mid-19th century when Granite City was a Gold Rush town. Nor will it com
Tasmin Andrews
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: author-s
I received a copy of this book from NetGallery as I was intrigued by the title and wanted to read a book for the younger generation as I'm training to be a teacher. I was very impressed by the writing and the creativeness of the story. I don't read many middle grade books but after enjoying this I'll be reading them in the future. Surprisingly I was really engaged with the story and when I put it down I wanted to carry on reading what happened next.

The story starts with a family moving into a n
Cassie Thomas
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the perfect middle grade fun ghost story! Ollie’s story is one that I know kids will really enjoy figuring out what happens. I had so much fun reading this story. I can see myself using it in the classroom as how to grow an imaginative story!
This was a ghost story, but not a scary story. Teddy is a friendly ghost, but of his new friends, since Ollie has to move a lot, only he can see the ghost, which makes it look as though he is talking to himself.

The reason he has to move a lot is his mother is in the theatre, and this town, her old home town, is hopefully the last stop.

But of course, to have a story there has to be something that is about to go wrong, and in this case, the theatre is about to close because the mortgage can't be p
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, netgalley
Thanks to Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I think that this book will be enjoyable for every age. It's a great fantasy story with the nice amount of mystery. I wish that I was able to read it in my Dutch classroom. The story was everything I've hoped for and I'm secretly hoping for a series!

A longer review can be found at Bite Into Books

If you're not scared to read a Children's book and enjoy a bit of mystery and fantasy you will enjoy this bo
Kristin Thorsness
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was a delight from start to finish. The story follows new-kid Ollie as he starts middle school, takes on the town bully, worries about his mom’s theater being closed (which would spell yet another move), and also makes friends with A GHOST!!!

The interactions between Ollie and the (very friendly) ghost, Teddy, are quick witted and hilarious, not scary, but the suspense of the theater’s impending closure and the school bully keep the tension high throughout the story. Together, Ollie an
Nikki Barthelmess
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
***Thank you to NetGalley and Jolly Fish Press/ North Star Editions for providing me with an advanced ARC of Ollie Oxley and the Ghost: The Search for Lost Gold in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.***

Ollie Oxley and The Ghost is a delightful read. Lisa Schmid delivers an original story, with likable characters that surprise you and keep you laughing until the last page.
Highly recommend!
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this fun, funny book! I've read early versions and it always makes me happy. Creative, heartfelt, and full of humor.
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ollie Oxley was such a fun middle grade book! Twelve year old Ollie Oxley is tired of constantly moving from one town to the next. His latest home is in an old pink house in Granite City. As if a pink house isn’t bad enough, Ollie soon realizes his home is haunted by a boy named Teddy. Ollie has his fair share of problems in his new town but he definitely doesn’t want to move again.
This story has hidden treasure, bullies, a race for class president and the time is running out on all of it. Can O
I received an ARC of this through NetGalley.

I’m just messing with you. My sense of humour didn’t die with me.

Sometimes, all you need is a fun, easy-to-digest middle grade adventure. With a snarky ghost.

I was drawn to this book by the cover, and the promise of mystery and ghostly adventures, and it didn’t disappoint. I’m going to be honest, at first I groaned at little details such as the main boy character hating the colour pink, or the stereotypical bully stealing lunch money (seriously, who do
Wendy MacKnight
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-reads
What a delightful book! I loved Ollie’s adventure, and Lisa finds a way to make us care about all of the characters in the book, even those we find more difficult. Great portrayal of all of the kids and so funny! A real winner!
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

Oh my, a lovely ghost story with tons of friendship and fun has appeared! I already was curious about this book and then I finally had the chance to read it when I spotted it on Netgalley.

It took me a bit before I had the chance to read it, but here I am. And I enjoyed it oh so much. With the exception of Aubrey. I didn't like that girl at all. Bleh.

Meet Ollie, he is the new kid in the town and hopes that this time they settle
Teresa Grabs
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful MG story!
Jonathan Rosen
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ollie Oxley and the Ghost is a fun, Spooky mystery, filled with humor and heart! Oh, and did I mention a treasure-hunting ghost? Great setting and I loved piecing together the clues along with Ollie. I've moved many times, so I felt for Ollie and remember the same experiences. Ollie and Teddy for the win!
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read an early version of this and LOVED it - funny, warm and wonderful. Perfect for middle grade readers looking for fast paced mystery with lots of humor.
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-books
Ollie is tired of moving. Nothing has been the same since his father left them. They've been moving often enough that he doesn't have a chance to make any friends. Now they're moving back to his mother's hometown where his mom takes on the job of reviving the old theater. Just as he begins to settle in, he learns that they may have to move again if his mom's boss can't bring the mortgage current. As if that's not enough, he becomes the target of the school bully. Luckily he has the help of his n ...more
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I just finished this sweet story by a sweet new author. Disclaimer: my family has known the Schmid family for many years now, with my son growing up with the one and only Ollie.

After my son, a middle grade reader, read this book, he told me, "It is as funny as Diary of a Wimpy Kid!" That should be review enough, coming from a ten year old.

My review is that the characters in this debut novel are well-developed and relatable. The humor is just right for the target audience. And living in real-li
Malayna Evans
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a fun read. It kept me turning pages, invested in Ollie's life and adventures. Add a spicy little sister, a lovable ghost, and a few surprises and you end up with this fun filled books kids will love!
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2020, mg
12-year-old Ollie Oxley and his younger sister, DeeDee, are moving again. Ever since their dad left there’s been a lot of moving. Each place turns out to be about the same- Ollie doesn’t make any friends and he gets in a bit of trouble. He also knows he’s not at any school long enough that it will make a difference. But now their mom has a new job, a permanent job, at a theater in Granite City, CA. When they get to their new home Ollie is less than happy about the color of it, and inside seems a ...more
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of Ollie Oxley and the Ghost: The Search of Lost Gold by Lisa Schmid. I’ve voluntarily read and reviewed this copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Ollie Oxley and the Ghost is a story about Ollie, a twelve year old boy who has to move a lot because of his mom’s job. When Ollie and his family arrive in Granite City, Ollie finds a new friend, Teddy. Strangely it turns out that Teddy is a ghost. When Ollie fears he has to move again because
Sofiya Pasternack
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: novel19s
What I Liked
This is a spooky book, but it's manageably spooky for the age group. The descriptions of the places really jump off the page; you can see the crumbling Bing theater and the bubblegum pink house as plain as day. The details of the setting remind me of when I was a kid and my brother would drive us around in the Sierra Nevadas through these little mining mountain towns. In hindsight, it would have been fun to see if they were haunted!

What I Would Have Liked to See
Nothing. Great little
Kate Waggoner
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-read
@KidLitExchange #partner

Thank you to the @KidLitExchange network and the publisher for the advance copy of this novel. All opinions are my own.

Ollie Oxley and the Ghost: The Search for Lost Gold is a delightful and fun middle grades mystery ghost story. Ollie is 12-years-old and has just moved to another new town, which also happens to be his mom's old hometown. His mom just got a job at the Bing (the local theater), but her new job is quickly threatened when the owner of the building is given
Kristin Crouch
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Every time Ollie Oxley's mom gets a new production to direct, he and his sister are uprooted to another house and school. So, he isn't too eager to settle in and get comfortable in Granite City. Ollie knows they've been chasing paychecks ever since his dad asked for a divorce and disappeared from the family. Ollie's used to teachers being suspicious of newcomers, and he's mastered the social strata of middle school. Plus, this is a temporary arrangement, right? Before he knows it, Ollie has gone ...more
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
@kidlitexchange #partner Thank you to the #kidlitexchange network, @jollyfishpress and author @lisalschmid for the review copy of this book! All opinions are my own.


Ollie and his family are constantly moving. When they move back to his mom’s hometown of Granite City, California, Ollie doesn’t expect to stay long. He has a hard time making friends, so he’s surprised when he meets someone new right away... Teddy, who happens to be a
Jan 21, 2019 rated it liked it
*I recieved a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

This is a great book for young readers, and I hope it will be the first in a series. Ollie is tired of having to move to new towns with his mother and sister every time his mother gets a new job. His father has recently left, but there is not much information on what the circumstances surrounding his departure were - I hope there is more on this as the series continues. To make matters worse Oll
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Lisa Schmid is an author, a stay-at-home mom, and a pug wrangler. When she is not scaring up ghostly adventures, she is most likely scaring up fun with her husband and son. She lives in Folsom, California, home of the 1849 Gold Rush.

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