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Ghosting [Paperback]

Keith Gray
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20 Jan 2008
Nat and his sister are fake psychics - until the real ghosts of a serial killer's victims appear, with terrifying results. Compelling horror for teens. Barrington Stoke specialise in books for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers.

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Barrington Stoke (20 Jan 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842994905
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842994900
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.8 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,050,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a child Keith Gray was a reluctant reader, considering books a necessary chore. He has since gone on to write over 10 books for teenagers, nearly all of which have won, or been shortlisted for, a major award. Keith has been a judge for various children's book awards including the Blue Peter Book Award and the Guardian Fiction Prize. He lives in Edinburgh. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended! 20 April 2009
"Ghosting" is a chilling tale, well told by author Keith Gray. It's cleverly written so that, while an able reader will be able to devour it with relish in one sitting, a less confident reader will also be able to read, enjoy and fully understand the drama as it unfolds. Full marks!

I'd recommend this story for both boys and girls in their teenage years and it certainly should be on the shelf of every school library as a superb example of how to write a gripping ghost story...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great read 21 Oct 2012
Book provided by publisher.

This book is aimed at struggling or reluctant readers or children with dyslexia. Age level 11, while at a grade 4 reading level.

I thought it was a great little read. The writing was simple enough for a child and didn't suffer for it. It was an interesting read that kept me interested. I would be really interested in reading a longer, YA version of this.
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By Byron
I enjoyed this book. It was entertaining but scary. If you don't like gory bits then don't read it.I will read another book by this author.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good chilling ghost story 5 Oct 2009
Sandy is a lovely fey looking medium assisted by her teenage brother Nate who narrates the story. But they are fakes, taking people's money for pretending to contact the other side and bring messages to the bereaved. But then when visiting one man's home Sandy comes across the real thing, ghosts of victims desperate to make contact. A story of terrifying retribution.

I heard this as an audio book and it is very short, it is a Barrington Stoke book, made for people with dyslexia who would have problems focussing on a longer text. As such it is really a short story, but the best kind of its kind, a ghost story that lingers in the mind and sends chills up the spine.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Compelling, Intense, Well-Written Ghost Story 25 Oct 2012
By Pop Bop - Published on
"Ghosting" is accompanied by an interesting note, to wit - "This book is targeted for reluctant or struggling readers or children with dyslexia. The interest level is 11 and up while it is at a 4th grade reading level." I was intrigued by that description, and curious about what, if anything, would differentiate this book from more standard middle grade fare. The answer, for me, is that this book is a short, (really, it's a novella at most), intense, compelling read, written in a dynamic and straight forward style. This is a sophisticated book, not some sort of "chapter-book-lite", and it seems the main difference is that the narrative is stripped down, efficient, and effective. That's O.K. by me. It is not in any way condescending or "simple".

It seems that this book is aimed more at unmotivated or uninterested readers, or possibly kids who face social or family or similar pressures to not be readers or to not value reading. (As opposed to kids with actually learning disabilities, which is way beyond what I know about.) If that's the case, I am delighted to report that the solution offered here does not involve farts or boogers or frantic mayhem. There seem to be an awful lot of books out there recently that are based on the belief that boys, especially younger middle grade boys, will read books if there is enough simple-minded potty humor in them, and that girls will read anything with princesses or dreamy boy-toy vampires. I've read enough middle grade books to, with, and for kids to know that while potty humor and princesses have their places, there is a lot more going on in middle grader's heads than farting and choosing makeup.

So, what do you get with this book? (MILD SPOILER ALERT, IF YOU ARE VERY SENSITIVE ABOUT SPOILERS.) Well, Nat and Sandy are parentless, and are making their way by following in their deceased Mom's footsteps as a seance medium, (which she called "ghosting"). Sandy is the medium and younger brother Nat is her assistant. He is also the first person narrator of the story. The book opens with a very intense seance, which is followed up by an explanation from our narrator about the tricks of the trade. Later, the two siblings are drawn deeper and deeper into a seance with a creepy man, and apparently real ghostly doings spiral out of control from there.

This is an intense and compelling story. There is more violence and scary atmosphere than you'll ever find in a chapter book. I can understand why the publisher wants to get across the idea that the content is for an older crowd, even if the reading level is for a younger crowd. There isn't a great deal of character development, but the characters are as well drawn as most other middle grade characters. There isn't a lot of descriptive prose, but there is enough to set all of the scenes properly, and there are some nice, subtle and perceptive descriptive touches. (And as to that reading level, I have to say that I never got the feeling that anything had been oversimplified.)

So, this is a rewarding, well-constructed, satisfying, scary read. That's a fine and attractive package for me.

Please note that I received a free electronic copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a frank review.
3.0 out of 5 stars Ghosting 3 Nov 2012
By Alex - Published on
This is a thrilling story about two siblings Sandy and Nat who give ghosting sessions. There is a rumor that their mother could communicate with the dead and so can Sandy. Nat and Sandy are invited at Mrs. Mory's house to have a private session with a group of people, each one having their own secrets.
I won't give anything because the story is short.
I read it the day after Halloween, but I wish I read it on Halloween.
It was well-written. The pages were flowing very fast. After all, it's an awesome story.
Nat and Sandy made a great team.
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