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 ...more
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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)
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 ...more
I have finished Ghost Squad and officially dead. I stayed last night until 2 am to finish because I couldn’t put it down.
A good amount of funny , heartwarming , and spooky . I was on the edge of my bed, holding the book tight, so scared for my children.
This was one of my most anticipated releases ever and it was as wonderful as I knew it would be. It felt like watching Coco, Halloweentown and Stranger Things.
Family is a big part of the story and it warmed my heart. Syd and Lucely’s ...more
I really enjoyed this story written by Claribel Ortega even though I am not the intended target audience. The book was nicely written, family focused and introduce me into a new culture filled with a rich history. While reading, I felt like I was in the story fighting along with the squad. Some but not many of the phrases are written ...more
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 ...more
This seemed a little young for my students. I loved the ghosts, but my students only want super evil ghosts that are actively trying to kill people, like in Schwab's City of Ghosts. This was a bit like Love, Sugar, Magic instead, so may pass. Love the cover, the extended family, and the culture.
Firstly, there are cats. That's really all you need to know. But if you reallly need more information, then know that they are fluffy, magical, badass cats (hey Chunk <3). Oh and that's another thing: the Goonies references! They were such a fun find in this already enjoyable story.
I loved reading about the two girls and their amazing friendship. They support each other through the big things and the small, through magic and danger and fear. Ghost Squad is a ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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!
"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."