A spooky middle-grade novel.
WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT
One teen’s summer job scaring tourists with ghost stories takes a terrifying turn when he accidentally summons the spirit of a dead girl–and she has demands. . . .
The award-winning author of Airborn delivers a roller-coaster ride of a story about the wakeful and wicked dead.
Rebecca Strand was just sixteen when she and her father fell to their deaths from the top of the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse in 1839. Just how they fell–or were they pushed?–remains a mystery. And their ghosts haunt the lighthouse to this day. . . .
Gabe tells this story every day when he gives the ghost tour on Toronto Island. He tries to make it scary enough to satisfy the tourists, but he doesn’t actually believe in ghosts–until he finds himself face to face with Rebecca Strand.
The true story of her death is far more terrifying than any ghost tale Gabe has told. Rebecca reveals that her father was a member of the Order, a secret society devoted to protecting the world from “the wakeful and wicked dead”–malevolent spirits like Viker, the ghost responsible for their deaths. But the Order has disappeared, and Viker’s ghost is growing ever stronger.
Now Gabe and his friends must find a way to stop Viker before they all become lost souls. . . .
WHY YOU SHOULD READ THIS BOOK
Ghostlight, a spooky middle-grade novel, by Kenneth Oppel has a riveting introduction and kept me engaged till the last page.
The book starts with the story of Rebecca Strand and her father who fell to their deaths from the top of the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse. Was that an accident or a murder?
Well, the truth was scary as hell.
After reading the introduction, I could not stop reading the book.
Ghostlight is full of action and ghosts. Oppel led me on an exciting journey which I enjoyed thoroughly despite being an adult. Gabe and his friends, with help from the ghost of Rebecca Strand, are on a mission to find the lost ghostlight which can defeat the wicked ghosts. Alas, getting it proves to be extremely difficult since they have to sift through two-hundred-year-old evidence and put the pieces together to solve the puzzle.
Thanks to Oppel’s vividly descriptive writing, middle-grade readers would be able to envisage everything that is going on in the book (which is a lot) easily.
The book features well-fleshed-out characters. They go through grief and loss and exhibit exceptional bravery in circumstances that could have easily unnerved an adult.
“My body may be long dead, but my ambitions and wishes still burn with the same passion. That’s the curse of a ghost. To contain this explosion of need and desire, and have no way of achieving it.”Ghostlight by Kenneth Oppel
Oppel deftly expresses Rebecca’s anguish. Consequently, I couldn’t help but empathize with Rebecca. She died young right after her father introduced her to an exciting (and dangerous) job of a Keeper who protects the city from ghosts. She never got the chance to fulfill her wishes.
It’s a fast-paced story. However, I did feel that after 60% of the book, the story became less creepy and more action-packed.
Overall, I loved reading Ghostlight by Kenneth Oppel and would heartily recommend it to my middle-grade readers.
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I was born in Port Alberni, a mill town on Vancouver Island, British Columbia but spent the bulk of my childhood in Victoria, B.C. and on the opposite coast, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. At around twelve I decided I wanted to be a writer. I started out writing sci-fi epics then went on to swords and sorcery tales and then, during the summer holiday when I was fourteen, started on a humorous story about a boy addicted to video games.