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Ghost Squad

4.69  ·  Rating details ·  68 ratings  ·  18 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, 256 pages
Expected publication: April 7th 2020 by Scholastic Press
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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)  ·  review of another edition
    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
    update 2:

    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
    Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    A charming adventure! Get it for your little ones!
    Richelle Robinson
    “ I received a review copy from Amazon Vine and voluntarily provided an honest review. This does not affect the opinion of the book or the content of the review.’’

    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
    caitlin ✶
    Feb 05, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    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  ·  review of another edition
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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  ·  review of another edition
    I rated this book 5 stars because I haven’t even read it yet but I know it’s going to be AMAZING.
    Ms. Yingling
    E ARC from Edelweiss

    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.
    Kalyn Josephson
    Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I loved this fun, magical book!

    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
    Danielle (reading)
    Middle grade gets THE BEST covers. OMG! ...more
    Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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    I loved this magical, spooky, fast-paced, family-oriented story, perfect for younger kids looking for a ghostly read. :)
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    Shelly Hammond
    Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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  ·  review of another edition
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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  ·  review of another edition
    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!
    Sasha Nanua
    Super fun, cute MG!
    Shireen Hakim
    Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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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