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Ghostopolis Hardcover – 1 Jul 2010
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When Garth Hale is accidentally zapped into the ghost world by Frank Gallows, a washed-out ghost wrangler, he discovers he has special powers. Soon he finds himself on the run from the evil ruler of Ghostopolis, who wants to use Garth's newfound abilities to tighten his grip on the spirit world. After Garth meets Cecil, his grandfather's ghost, the two search for a way to get Garth back home, nearly losing hope until Frank Gallows shows up to fix his mistake.
About the Author
Doug TenNapel was raised in the town of Denair, California. In 1994, he created the popular Earthworm Jim. Doug's graphic novel GHOSTOPOLIS was a 2011 ALA Top Ten Great Graphic Novel for Teens, and his follow-up, BAD ISLAND, is a 2012 ALA Great Graphic Novels for Teens as well as one of School Library Journal's Top 10 Graphic Novels of 2011. Doug lives in Franklin, Tennessee.
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However, Frank isn't exactly the best guy for the task - he's lazy and messy and usually eats food in people's fridges after a successful catch. Nevertheless, he still gets the job done. That is, until he accidentally transports his ghost horse AND a human boy named Garth to Ghostopolis.
Now, it's up to Frank and his mysterious ex-fiance, Claire, to go back and return Garth to Earth.
There's one small problem: Master Vaugner controls Ghostopolis and won't let Garth - a boy who seems to have as much power as himself - go. So, not only does Garth have to get through mummies, zombies, and skeletons alongside his loyal bone-horse, Skinny, but he also has to fight a powerful dark master in order to return to his mother.
Doug TenNapel writes an intriguing story about the afterlife and where ghosts come from. His graphic novel is full of eye-catching illustrations and witty jokes that pull the reader in from the first line. GHOSTOPOLIS is recommended for anyone who's up for a quick and fun read; this book won't disappoint.
Reviewed by: Steph
The book opens with a young boy named Garth who has a mystery illness which is killing him and he only has months to live. And also introduces a character Frank Gallows who can only be described as a ghost detective who is making sure no ghosts escape to the human world. One issue is he is very bad at it and in a pursuit of one of the escapee ghosts he prematurely sends Garth to Ghostopolis a city between world for spirits. He has now no choice but to rescue the boy and find out what mystery's this ghost city holds for the both of them.
I think its an enchanting read for young and old and is a good introduction to the other Novels or one to pick up if your already a fan of Dougs writing.
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I was a little hesitant to read TenNapel because his Amazon page says that he's a "convinced Christian." There's nothing more boring than Christian rock, Christian movies and (**shudder**) Christian hip-hop, but this is good stuff. Mr. Rogers was a Christian minister, and he never mentioned Jesus or God on his television show. Doug TenNapel is the same way. He tells stories that are fun and readable, and he's a very capable graphic artist. He's no Moebius, of course, but the artwork is appropriate and engaging. ****1/4