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Ghosthunter and the Muddy Monster of Doom (Ghosthunters (Paperback)) [Paperback]

Cornelia Funke

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Cornelia Funke is the hugely successful author of the Inkheart Trilogy, The Thief Lord and a whole host of other popular children's novels and picture books. She was born in 1958 in the German town of Dorsten. After finishing her studies, Cornelia worked for three years as a social worker. For a while she illustrated books, but soon began writing her own stories, inspired by the tales that had appealed to the children she had worked with.
During the late 1980s and the 1990s, she established herself in Germany with two children's series, namely the fantasy-oriented Gespensterjäger (Ghosthunters) and the Wilde Hühner (Wild Chicks) line of books. Her international break-through came with the fantasy novel Dragon Rider (1996), which stayed on the New York Times bestseller list for 78 weeks, and was continued with The Thief Lord (2000, translated into English in 2002), which immediately climbed to the #2 position of the New York Times bestseller list, stayed there for 19 weeks and sold 1.5 million copies.
Her follow-up novel was Inkheart (2003), which won the 2004 BookSense Book of the Year Children's Literature award. Inkheart was the first part of a trilogy which continued with Inkspell (2005), which won Cornelia her second BookSense Book of the Year Children's Literature award (2006). The trilogy concluded with Inkdeath (published in Germany in 2007, England in Spring 2008, USA Autumn 2008).
Inkheart the movie was also released in 2008 and starred Brendan Fraser, Helen Mirren and Paul Bettany.

Her brand new novel Reckless is being released worldwide on September 14th 2010.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Tom's field test proves to be a load of bull 7 April 2007
By Amanda Richards - Published on Amazon.com
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In this galvanizing addition to the "Ghosthunters" series, Tom has to identify and capture an unclassified ghost as the final step to being awarded his GhostHunting Diploma. Everybody, including Tom, thinks that this is a mere formality, because as we all know, he has already defeated ghosts in Category Six, and the field test requires capturing a mere Category Three specimen.

The thing is, there's a new guy on the Examining Board, and he's changed the rules a bit, so that the apparently routine task becomes just a little more challenging. Tom is only allowed one assistant for the assignment, and that means that he has to choose between Hetty Hyssop and Hugo the Averagely Spooky Ghost. Logistics demands that he choose the one with a driver's license, and of course the other isn't too pleased about it.

When they arrive at the old village of Bogpool, they find it buzzing with ghostly energy, and soon learn that the village is a veritable ghost-magnet, and that the ghosts there don't much care for Ghost Hunters of any sort. The particular ghost required for the assignment turns out to be a rather unpleasant NEPGA (which we are told is a Negative Projection of a Ghostly Apparition), which would have been all well and good if it hadn't let on that it was really the "Twelfth Messenger", and believe me, this sounds a lot nicer than it actually turns out to be.

It isn't long before the earth starts moving and the mud starts bubbling, and the intrepid team of Hyssop & Co (plus a new friend) find themselves fighting for their lives. Ghosts of all sorts herald the arrival of the terrible "Muddy Monster of Doom" and his dreaded sidekick the "Thirteenth Messenger", and this definitely seems like one assignment doomed for failure.

The final chapters will have you holding your breath, making this a truly breathtaking experience, and trust me, that's no bull.

Amanda Richards, April 6, 2007
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5.0 out of 5 stars Grand 15 Feb 2009
By Shelby W. Green - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was purchased for my Grandson. He has enjoyed it and one day I may get around to reading it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ghosthunters and the Muddy Monster of Doom 2 July 2008
By Melissa Grabarkewitz - Published on Amazon.com
This is one of Cornelia Funke's best ghost hunter books. I am a third grade teacher and have read the ghosthunter series to my class. They can't get enough. They hang on every word and when I stop reading they plead with me to continue. Cornelia Funke sparks a love for reading with her wildly witty and creative characters. There is just the right mix of humor, excitement, and good scary fun as well as some unlikely heroes! I would recommend this book to anyone young or old who likes a little action and a whole lot of fun!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! 31 Mar 2008
By SkyeNoir - Published on Amazon.com
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My 7 year old son loves this whole series of books. They are some of the only books he wants to keep on reading, even after his reading timer goes off. He can't seem to put them down, and he talks about them after reading. He also has picked them a few times to do his book reports on. Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ghosthunters and the Muddy Monster of Doom! 7 Jan 2008
By Sandra Sprueill - Published on Amazon.com
My youngest son got this book for Christmas and loved it. In fact, he tore apart his room to find the first three books so he could reread them all in order. He says hopes Cornelia Funke decides to translate more books like these for English readers to enjoy.
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