- Taschenbuch: 224 Seiten
- Verlag: Puffin Books; Auflage: Reprint (14. April 2003)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0142500186
- ISBN-13: 978-0142500187
- Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: 8 - 12 Jahre
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,1 x 1,5 x 19,7 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 2.733.890 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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Eva Ibbotson, born Maria Charlotte Michelle Wiesner (21 January 1925 – 20 October 2010), was an Austrian-born British novelist, known for her children's books. Some of her novels for adults have been successfully reissued for the young adult market in recent years. For the historical novel Journey to the River Sea (Macmillan, 2001), she won the Smarties Prize in category 9–11 years, garnered unusual commendation as runner up for the Guardian Prize, and made the Carnegie, Whitbread, and Blue Peter shortlists. She was a finalist for the 2010 Guardian Prize at the time of her death. Her last book, The Abominables, was one of eight books on the longlist for the same award in 2012.
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The world of this book is much like our own, save for the fact that not only are ghosts real, but it's commonplace for people to see them haunting places. Enter two kindly witches who start up the booming business of "Dial A Ghost"---an agency that seeks to aid wandering spirits and help them find permanent homes to safely haunt. Meanwhile, after spending most of his life in an orphanage, a young boy named Oliver discovers he's to inherit an old, spooky mansion. But his scheming older cousins, who seek to claim the family fortune for themselves, plot to get Oliver out of the picture while trying to make it look like an accident. So they call upon the "Dial A Ghost" services to hire a gang of scary spirits to scare Oliver out of the mansion. But due to a mix up at the office, Oliver is greeted instead by the nicest family of ghosts one could ever meet. And when the evil cousins discover the mistake and their plots take a deadly turn, it's up to Oliver and his unlikely band of undead friends to defend their new home and become the loving family they all not only wanted, but needed.
This story is definitely for someone with more macabre tastes (and at times, the writing gave me an "Addams Family" vibe). But all the characters are either likeable or memorable--even the ones with small parts brim with personality. Oliver is extremely fun to get to know, and despite being an orphan, he's very open minded and outgoing, and likes living at the orphanage with all his friends. So at first, he's very sad and scared to have to move away to live in a huge, creepy mansion. But once his new family of ghosts comes into the picture, he quickly turns lemons into lemonade, and by story's end, he's gone from a semi-shy and quiet kid, to a bold leader who will do anything to protect what he loves. And as for the titular ghosts, we get two very different families of them. There's the kind and loving Wilkinsons, and the deplorable, horrifying Shriekers. Each clan has a host of wildly varying personalities in them, and though they're polar opposites, both sets of spooks have to learn to put aside their differences, especially when a startling connection is found between them. As for Oliver's mean cousins, they're pretty much pure evil for the sake of being evil, and the fates they meet in the end are more than satisfying.
And the world that's set up here is most definitely a cartoonish fantasy. In a vein similar to Lemony Snicket, no explanation is given for why this world is the way it is--you just accept it as fact. Realism is mixed in with characters (mostly the villains) that are cartoonishly over the top in personality. However, considering this book was written many years ago, there's more than a few words that either aren't used now a days, or they have completely different meanings, so parents should either screen this ahead of time before giving this to their kids, or alter a few of the words as they read it. (Although, considering some of the creepy imagery, especially towards the last third of the book, I'd recommend this for older kids to begin with.) Not to mention that American readers might be put off at some of the pure British jargon.
Although on the macabre side, this is both a funny and enlightening tale about fighting for what you love and having your friends (no matter where they come from) become your family. And though I thought "Which Witch" was a bit better, this similar dip into the bizarre was just as enjoyable. A great book to read around Halloween.
This is a really fun read. There are some illustrations, but the author's descriptions are so vivid they are practically unecessary. My nephew loved this book.