'Get me some ghosts,' said Fulton Snodde-Brittle. 'Frightful and dangerous ghosts!' Fulton has gone to the Dial A Ghost agency with an evil plan. He wants to hire some truly terrifying ghosts to scare his nephew Oliver to death. The Shriekers are the most violent and sickening sceptres the agency has, but a mix-up means the kind Wilkinson ghosts are sent in their place. Now Oliver has some spooky allies to help him outwit the wicked Snodde-Brittles ...'You'll love this chain-rattling, blood-oozingly hilarious story' - "Daily Telegraph".
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(197mm x 130mm x 10mm)
Macmillan Children's Books
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
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Eva Ibbotson writes excellent fantasy for the eight-to-ten age range. Her books have been read and enjoyed for over two decades but remain as timeless and child-friendly as ever. Set mainly in the late 20th century in the north of England, Dial a Ghost also has characters from the Victorian era and World War II and includes relevant historical details. Ten-year old Oliver is dismayed to find he has inherited Helton Hall, the dilapidated ancestral home of the Snodde-Brittles. His scheming relatives, who scare Oliver with nightly ghost stories, remove him from the loving environment of an orphanage. Oliver's Uncle Fulton asks Dial a Ghost, an agency for people who want to adopt a ghost, to send some vicious, gory phantoms to Helton Hall, and the Victorian ghosts of Sir Pelham and Lady Sabrina de Bone, a most nasty, foul-mouthed pair, are selected. Meanwhile a family of really friendly ghosts is to be dispatched to Latchford Abbey, a convent with some ruins in need of haunting. Destinations are accidentally switched and the plot to frighten Oliver to death goes wrong with hilarious consequences as the Wilkinson family of ghosts join Oliver in the thwarting of his Uncle Fulton. The climax of the story has suspense, danger and treachery but right eventually triumphs. Spooky tales are always popular with young readers, and Eva Ibbotson strikes the right balance of ghastliness and gore versus family comforts. The evil-doers are vanquished and the downtrodden survive and prosper. With colourful characters, situations both comic and chaotic and fast-paced narratives, her books are excellent value. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Eva Ibbotson
Eva Ibbotson was born in Vienna in 1925 and moved to England with her father when the Nazis came into power. Ibbotson wrote more than twenty books for children and young adults, many of which garnered nominations for major awards for children's literature in the UK, including the Nestle Smarties Book Prize and the Whitbread Prize. Eva's critically acclaimed Journey to the River Sea won the Smarties Gold Medal in 2001. Set in the Amazon, it was written in honour of her deceased husband Alan, a former naturalist. Imaginative and humorous, Eva's books often convey her love of nature, in particular the Austrian countryside, which is evident in works such as The Star Of Kazan and A Song For Summer. Eva passed away at her home in Newcastle on October 20th 2010. Her final book, One Boy and His Dog, was published in May 2011 and has been nominated Children's Book of the Year at the 2011 Galaxy National Book Awards.