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Ghosthunters and the Gruesome Invincible Lightning Ghost! [Paperback]

Cornelia Funke
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5 Nov 2007 Ghosthunters (Book 2)
No smoke without fiery phantoms| No ghoul has a chance against the new ghosthunting agency - made up of schoolboy Tom, Hugo (the Averagely Spooky Ghost) and world-famous spookhunter Hetty Hyssop - or does it? Things hot up when they are called to the Seafront Hotel, where guests have gone missing and smoke and flames fill the fourth floor| Can the team extinguish the Gruesome Invincible Lightning Ghost, or are they toast?

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Chicken House; 1 edition (5 Nov 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905294131
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905294138
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 644,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 Truly unputdownable!! 18 Mar 2011
By Elka
I picked this book at random for my daughter 8 and once she started it she was tranformed. Where was she?
She was like a book with legs.
Unbelievably excited by this book she read it from cover to cover in one sitting and we then had to get all the others, there are only 4 in total, which were finished before the week was out.
She can't stop talking about them, has bored all her friends and now lent the books out and they are getting hooked too. Her main enthusiasm for the books is that the action starts immediately rather than slowly building up and the characters are great esp Hugo the ghost.
Ms Funke please go write some more - we are re-reading and waiting!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars My son is obsessed... 21 Jan 2008
My son is 5.5 and he has been obsessed with these Ghosthunters books since he was 4 (we had advance copies, fortunately for him). GILIGs are now part of our lives (he thinks they live in our attic, and that Hugo is in the cellar). He lives and breathes Ghosthunters (we have to invent our own stories every time we go for a walk - though as he knows the books by heart, they are rather reminiscent of the originals!!) They're scary, but not too scary, and the characters are nicely differentiated. They've opened up a whole imaginative world for my son, and you can't really ask for more of a book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 28 Nov 2007
What an amazing book. How did she write it? I thought it was really exciting. It is the best book in the world.

These are the comments of my six year old son Dominic. We read him the first two in this series and he loved them so much he read the third one by himself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gruesome Good Read! 12 Nov 2006
By Amy Aldrich - Published on
This is the second in the Ghosthunters series and we join Tom (9 year old boy), Hetty Hyssop (world famous ghost hunter) and Hugo (their resident ASG - that's average spooky ghost to you and me) who are now a business complete with business cards!! This volume we join them as they set out to help one Mr. Alvin Bigshot at his posh (and remote) Seaside Resort on what they think is a simple and easy task (and maybe a little recreation time at the beach). What they get is not what they thought and they find themselves taking on one of the most fearsome ghosts of all...the Gruesome Invincible Lightening Ghost (GILG). After arriving at the Seaside Resort, Tom and company begin to notice that things aren't quite what they'd been led to believe, so they ramp up their investigation and find they must rely on Hugo more and more (apparently one of the GLIG's greatest weaknesses is ASG slime (which Hugo has an spades)! Will they defeat the GLIG before he turns them into ashes? You'll have to read to find out.

I enjoyed this one as much as the first in the series...I mean what's not to love about an eccentric ghost hunter lady, a 9 year old apprentice and their very own ASG? I think that Ghosthunters and the Gruesome Invincible Lightening Ghost has genuine hair-raising moments mixed with just the right about of absurd humor, making this ideal for young readers! Who couldn't love a story where the main human characters don protective suits of tin foil coated in sugar and who tote icing guns! It's FANTASTIC fun...with genuine scares worked in. We all love these stories and we're anxiously awaiting the next volume! I give it a sold A, a fine read for 6-12 year old with the idea reading range probably at 8-10. This format is great for newer chapter book readers and still has illustrations (black and white, rather cartoonish) to help bring the story to life for young readers!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside 15 Jan 2007
By Amanda Richards - Published on
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They captured first an IRG
(More dangerous than most)
Now Hetty Hyssop and her crew
Must tackle a new ghost

They go to a seaside hotel
(The staff are agitated)
And find the manager's report
Was badly understated

Equipped to fight a fire ghost
They find something much stronger
They use the tools they have on hand
(I won't go on much longer)

The moral of this Funke-y tale
Is simple and sublime
"Never underestimate
A well placed gob of slime"

Amanda Richards, January 14, 2007

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An Invincible Lightning Ghost 31 May 2007
By Brian & Randy - Published on
Ghosthunters And The Gruesome Invincible Lightning Ghost is the second book in the series. In the first book, the ghosthunters got their ghost - an Incredibly Revolting Ghost. Now Tom (a 9 year old boy), Hetty (a world famous ghost hunter), and Hugo (an Average Spooky Ghost) must face a new ghost.

The story starts when the ghosthunter crew sets out to help Mr. Alvin Bigshot at his isolated Seaside Resort on what they think is a simple and easy task to chase away a bothersome ghost. In an identical plot twist as the first time around, the ghosthunters go after one particular ghost and find there is something more dangerous to go after instead and you can probably guess that it's the Gruesome Invincible Lightning Ghost in the story's title.

For those who haven't read Roald Dahl's BFG, please do to see where Cornelia Funk got the ideas for IRGs and ASGs etc. Dahl's is a story of Giants and Funke's is a story of Ghosts. Dahl does a much better job at storytelling than Funke, and that's the crux of the problem. As with the first one, this one's weak on plot and not always believable. Unlike the first one though Funke less on the "idea" of ghosts and haunted houses being scary and more on real msytery/mystique. There are even a few genuinely scary moments (for young readers).

Although the plot is weak, young readers interested in witches and ghosts should enjoy the story. It is a fairly good beginner chapter book for ages 7 to 9 and given a choice between the Junie B. Jones books and the Magic Treehouse books (which are also for ages 7 to 9 and also don't have much plot), this book is more fun.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A whole new ghostly world. 29 Nov 2006
By mrsflowers - Published on
My 7-year-old son loved this book. He could not wait to start it immediately following the first book(Ghosthunters and the Incredibly Revolting Ghost). We both loved how Cornelia Funke has created a whole new vocabulary for this world naming all the different kinds of ghosts and how to try to be protected from them and neutralize them. We both can't wait for the next one!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This was a pretty good book 29 Jan 2007
By V. Goodman - Published on
I like the Ghosthunters series but this book was ok. The part when they put out the Invincible Lightning ghost was kind of dumb. This book is not scary. I like the first one better.

Ryan: age 9
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