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Ghosts of Rockville by Justin Heimberg
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Nov 06, 2011

really liked it

What a cool new way to experience books! This 1st title in the Ghosts of Rockville series features Magic View. Readers can uncover clues and decode messages along with the characters as they use the special Magic View lens to peer beneath the surface of pictures throughout the book. The lens has letters that correspond to the names of different characters and depending on which character is looking at an object in the story there's a different view to be seen!

The story centers on a group of 6th grade ghost hunters (Jay, Brian, Pam, and Danni). They have a successful business and receive mysterious letters (all blank) that get them started on their next case. Ghosts have been haunting the Rare Book Room at the Rockville Public Library. When the ghost hunters respond to the call they find themselves embarking on a quest to find a mysterious paranormal item know as the Dominion Glass. Along the way they have to work out clues to figure out the next leg of their journey and face off against their arch nemesis, Jonathan Pross, who's also after the Dominion Glass. The story is left at a cliffhanger and will pick up with the 2nd installment (soon to be released).

Gripping, exciting, and frightening enough to be thrilling without being horrifying this book would be a great readalike for fans of the Percy Jackson and Harry Potter series. The ghost hunters are interesting kids that seem unlikely friends at times, but make for a well rounded group of paranormal investigators. The "bad guy" Pross seems a bit weak, but he's working for someone who has yet to be revealed so the bad guy element could improve in the 2nd book. The story focuses almost entirely on the ghost hunters quest which is a little unrealistic as they are all in the 6th grade and do have other responsibilities outside of the paranormal realm but nevertheless this is a high action book that's sure to be a hit with kids. I'd recommend this book for grades 4-8 and it might make an interesting book club choic as this book leaves off on a big enough cliffhanger that there'd be much to speculate about future plot twists.
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