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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; Unabridged edition (5 Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330398288
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330398282
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 150,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Eva Ibbotson is one of the best-loved children's writers in the world.

Her first children's novel was published in 1975, and her most famous story, JOURNEY TO THE RIVER SEA, won the Smarties Gold Prize in 2001.

Her books have been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, and many other literary awards.

Eva died at the age of 85 in 2010

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Eva Ibbotson is inventive and witty and writes with great fluency and charm. (Philip Pullman, author of "The Golden Compass") --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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He's not horrible at all. Instead of being ghastly and skeletal, he's pink and fluffy, like a summer cloud. He longs to be like his brother, who's a Screaming Skull. Or his father, who has stumps for legs and a sword through his chest. Or even his cousins who are like vampire bats. Poor Humphrey, though, can't scare anyone. But when the ghosts are in danger, it's clever Humphrey who comes up with a rescue plan... 'This kind of fun will never fail to delight' Philip Pullman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Jan 2002
Format: Paperback
Eva Ibbotson's book really thrilled me. My Grandma gave me this book instead of underwear this Christmas. At first I didn't even read it, but when I started reading, I couldn't stop laughing. This book is about a PINK ghost Humphrey and his family. They have to leave their home - the Craggyford Castle - because some people have turned it into a five-star hotel with a disco and cinema. A trip begins and they meet a boy named Rick. Rick takes them to the Prime Minister with a wish for some land to make a ghost sanctuary. If you are a Harry Potter fan you will love this book. My younger sister was glad that it has a happy ending. Now I am looking for a new Eva Ibbotson book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Sep 2001
Format: Paperback
At the ripe old age of 34, I still enjoy this fantastic book! I have read it to any child in my family that will sit still long enough - and they are soon begging me to carry on reading! This book has always held such fond memories for me. The writing is vivid and really helps to bring the characters alive. I can visualise them even as I type. Written long before Harry Potter was old enough to play Quidditch, this book is an absolute delight! I am not giving away the storyline - it's much more fun to read about this wonderful and unusual 'family' for yourselves. Enjoy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Jardim on 10 Sep 2008
Format: Paperback
I first read this book nearly 15 years ago, when I was a young lad alone in my dusty school library, with a few hours to kill and not much of a selection to choose from. I had a morbid fascination with ghosts and the undead, and the title stuck out (I'd love to say that the book levitated into my waiting hands, but I've never met any bookworm poltergeists).

This is a really charming story about an unusual family trying to find their way to a new home. From a child's point of view, the book's outlook is perfect - the monsters are lovably human, while many of the adults are selfish and arrogant - and there is never the sensation that the book is being patronising or dumbing things down for the sake of the young readers.

I've recently bought a copy for nostalgia value, and when I have children I hope they'll find it interesting...though no doubt they'll be hooked (booked?) on the next, post-Harry Potter craze.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ...Loggie... on 31 July 2003
Format: Paperback
The Great Ghost Rescue is a very good book. The main character is Humphrey the Horrible. Humphrey is a ghost. Humphrey is a bit of a disappointment to his mother and father. He doesn’t moan or wail, his ectoplasm is pinkish, and he can’t even disappear properly. Humphrey’s mother is a hag, and Humphrey’s father is a Scottish ghost with a sword sticking out of his chest. Humphrey’s brother is a screaming scull, and his sister constantly moans because she can’t reach her bowl of water to clean off her bloodstains. Yes, Humphrey’s parents are worried about him.
One day Aunt Hortensia came to live with the family. She has been forced out of the place she was haunting, and decided to come live in the old castle that Humphrey’s family haunts. She brought with her stories of lots of ghosts being forced out of their old haunts or of being forced to haunt places like butcher shops (oh horror!). The family was staunch in their belief that whatever happened out in the rest of the world, they would be safe here.
However the unthinkable happened. Developers came to their castle and started to turn it into an amusement place. The family leaves, seeking a new place. They spend the night in a boardinghouse. At the boardinghouse they meet a boy named Rick. Rick is already mad at the injustices people are doing to animals, and is shocked to see that ghosts share the threat of extinction. He wants to help the ghosts and decides that they need to create a Ghost Sanctuary.
This is the story of Rick going to the Prime Minister and asking for a ghost sanctuary. It is also, more importantly, about how Humphrey realizes that he doesn’t have to be Horrible, he is fine the way he is.
The story is written in that creative style that always characterizes Ibbotson’s work. It is a wonderful book and I really enjoyed it.
Loggie-log-log-log
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Aug 1999
Format: Paperback
It's fab, a great mix of silly jokes, stomach churning descriptions of ghostly activities, and a hero that you can identify with as readily as Harry Potter.
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This book is great for 8-12year old's. It is really great because all of the language isn't to technical. From my point of view I think it is brilliant!!!!!
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I read this as a child and loved it, so was pleased to find it available to download.
It's a lovely easy read, plenty of colourful characters and lots of chuckles. The drama is enough to hold the attention without distressing young readers. All round a fun read.
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