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Simon Grey and the March of a Hundred Ghosts (Simon Grey #1)

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Alone and lost in haunted Japan...

Japan, 1620: A mysterious shipwreck has left cabin boy Simon Grey stranded in an unfamiliar, dangerous land.

He hoped that a long sea voyage would provide some relief from his "gift" of seeing ghosts everywhere on land. Instead, he finds that his ability draws him into the shadowy world of yokai, the spirits and monsters that roam Japan by
Kindle Edition, 192 pages
Published August 1st 2019 by Excalibur Books
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Heena Rathore P.
Simon Grey And The March Of A Hundred Ghosts by Charles Kowalski is a beautiful historical story set in the backdrop of Japan, laced with unlimited adventure, which proved to be an absolute entertainer.  I enjoyed reading this book because it had the perfect characterization a solid and unique concept and good writing style. It had all the elements to make it a complete and fun read.

The writing style was simple yet effective and the story flowed pretty well from the beginning to end. The pacing
Ashton Smith
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I am so excited to review my FIRST EVER physical ARC that was sent to me by Charles Kowalski in exchange for an honest review! Simon Grey is a brand new series about a boy who can see ghosts in the early 1600s. This first book is perfect for younger teens because it reels in readers from the start and has them on the edge of their seats throughout the book. I loved being able to experience Simon’s adventures as he traveled to Japan, and I can’t wait to see what his future
I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley and this is my honest review.

This is a middle grade historical fiction, taking place in the 17th century, which is still the early phase of the Edo period in Japan.
Simon Grey is a English boy, who was born with the unfortunate (in his opinion) ability of seeing ghosts. For this reason, he tries to spend as much time out at sea as he can, as ghosts are inexistant there, unless they hunt the ship he's on. At the start of the story, he joins the crew of
Tracey S
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I first saw Simon Grey and the March of a Hundred Ghosts by Charles Kowalski on Netgalley and was slightly put off that the story was set in 1600s as historical fiction is not usually my bag but how wrong was I this book kicked some butt. From the start of the story there was action where the main character Simon who could see ghosts found the only way to escape them was to go on voyage but not on this trip instead he was on a ship which was haunted. I'm not going to give any spoilers but action ...more
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I found this book very educational on Japanese folklore, but fun and light at the same time. I enjoyed the very unique concept that provided lots of entertainment! I found many of the scenes very funny and mystifying. The adventure continuously raised the stakes and I was anxious to find out the ending! Simon was a sincere narrator with tons of character development. He goes from feeling alone and expressing hatred for his ability to appreciating the need of it to save his new friends. The story ...more
Pat Eroh
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Since I am a fan of Japan, having visited during my time in the military, I loved reading this book that contains historical Japan information along with ghosts or Yokai. I loved the action, the characters, and the storyline. Though I am at an age above the targeted reader age, I do work with kids and enjoy passing on information about the best books - as this will be one to pass along.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Nothing against the book; it just wasn’t my type of story. There’s also a lot of sailor-speak, and I don’t mean swearing- actual jargon. We’re assuming kids will have context for the different Shakespeare plays and nautical terminology. I’m not sure kids will like it.
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