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5.0 out of 5 stars I love a great ghost story, 12 Dec 2006
This review is from: The Wish List (Paperback)
The short and scary type are great too, but this is more about healing relationships and considering what you have done with your life, or more to the point, what you didn't do. Our ghost travels to hell and back and decides she doesn't like the decor one bit. The only way past Peter and the Pearly Gates is to help the victim of her bungled robbery. A stroppy, teenager and a grumpy old man are thrown together in a symbiotic relationship. Remember the saying 'you need to walk a mile in someone elses shoes before you can understand them' well these characters literally do just that as one of our ghost's skills is the possession of grumpy old men and of course armchairs. Colfer gets my award for promoting understanding between teens and gramps, reminding the young that they will get old one day and reminding the old that they were young once too! I loved the characters of Beelzebub and Peter and the idea of a hell populated by computer boffs. Colfer uses humour to entertain and offset the more serious message of the book. An often taboo subject - death - is dealt with in a matter of fact 'deadpan' way (sorry). I'd recommend this book to discerning readers of 11 and up (my neighbour just nicked my copy). An emotional gem packed with life lessons, remember you cant take your worldly goods with you when you go, but you can take regrets - very thought provoking.
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