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Ghost Book - Remy Lai

Ghost Book

By: Remy Lai

Paperback | 1 August 2023

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A thrilling contemporary fantasy graphic novel about a girl who befriends a boy ghost stuck between the worlds of the living and the dead, from the bestselling author of Pawcasso. 'I adored it!' Jessica Townsend, New York Times bestselling author of Nevermoor.

Twelve years ago, the boy and the girl lived. But one was supposed to die ...

July Chen sees ghosts. But her dad insists ghosts aren't real. So she pretends they don't exist. Which is incredibly difficult now as it's Hungry Ghost month, when the Gates of the Underworld open and dangerous ghosts run amok in the living world. When July saves a boy ghost from being devoured by a Hungry Ghost, he becomes her first ever friend. Except William is not a ghost. He's a wandering soul wavering between life and death. As the new friends embark on an adventure to return William to his body, they unearth a ghastly truth – for William to live, July must die.

Inspired by Chinese mythology, this resoundingly hopeful tale about friendship, sacrifice and the unseen world of ghosts is a dazzling heir to beloved Studio Ghibli classics.

About the Author

Remy Lai writes and draws for kids. She was born in Indonesia, grew up in Singapore and currently lives in Brisbane, Australia. She lives with her two dogs, who sometimes scare her by barking at nothing in the corners of rooms. Remy is also the award-winning creator of Pie in the Sky, Fly on the Wall, Pawcasso and the Surviving the Wild series.
Industry Reviews
"'A deliciously spooky, funny adventure! I adored this story of friendship, loss, love and dumplings. July Chen is a kid I would gladly follow to the Underworld and back.' Jessica Townsend, New York Times bestselling author of the Nevermoor series

'Spooky, spellbinding and full of heart!' Kayla Miller, New York Times bestselling creator of the Click graphic novel series

'A scrumptiously fresh take on the afterlife. With a sprinkling of delicious darkness, no shortage of dumplings and a truly delightful friendship, Ghost Book will leave you hungry for more. A charming, bite-sized adventure.' Reece Carter, bestselling author of A Girl Called Corpse

'Remy Lai knocks it out of the park with another world-class graphic novel. Ghost Book has eye-popping illustrations, heart-warming characters and a spine-tingling story. Perfect for reading late at night under the covers with a torch. 10-year-old me would've devoured this like a hungry ghost ... actually, 40-year-old me did too.' James Foley, creator of the Secret Agent Mole graphic novel series

'Remy Lai has outdone herself with Ghost Book. Charming, spooky, heart-warming and heartbreaking in all the right amounts. Ghostly perfection! I've always been a Lai fan but Ghost Book has transitioned me to official SUPER FAN! This brilliant graphic novel is brave and quirky and puts Lai in a league of her own. Ghost Book is not only daring and unique but a perfect demonstration of how creators like Lai are ensuring that Australia leads the way in middle grade graphic novels.' Nat Amoore, bestselling author of We Run Tomorrow

'I absolutely loved Ghost Book! It's the best thing I've read in ages. Funny, with just the right amount of dark. Kids (and adults alike) will flip over it. It's a story that trusts the young reader with big ideas around mortality. It's insightful and informational without being too full of exposition. And the dialogue is so snappy! One thing I particularly enjoyed was the theme of acceptance and ""being seen"". No one sees July, but William does. And she sees him when no one else does. Kids will take great heart in that idea of finding your people and not needing to be everything to everyone.' Tristan Bancks, bestselling author of Two Wolves, The Fall and the Tom Weekly series

'I loved Ghost Book. What an incredible story, great characters and so beautifully brought to life. It felt like I had fallen into a Studio Ghibli film. The narrative itself had just the right amount of layers and twists, and the whole thing seemed to surge forwards as I read it. I've always admired anyone who tackles the graphic novel form and Remy Lai has done such a great job. I'm in awe at the amount of work and feeling that has gone into this. I can't wait for the rest of the world to read this book!' Peter Carnavas, award-winning author of My Brother Ben 

'What a wonderful read! I devoured it in one sitting, like a delicious plate of wonky dumplings.' Chris Kennett, illustrator of Nerd Herd and Cross Bones

'Remy Lai's latest graphic novel is a true delight. Yin-yang eyes, dumpling-obsessed soul reapers and the unwavering loyalty between friends - Ghost Book has it all.' Peter Cheong, illustrator of Pow Pow Pig 

'Absolutely gorgeous and a completely unique adventure. Remy Lai is a master storyteller!' Christina Soontornvat, two-time Newbery Honor Winner


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