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Ghost Squad

By: Claribel A. Ortega

For Lucely Luna, ghosts are more than just the family business.

Shortly before Halloween, Lucely and her best friend, Syd, cast a spell that accidentally awakens malicious spirits, wreaking havoc throughout St. Augustine. Together, they must join forces with Syd's witch grandmother, Babette, and her tubby tabby, Chunk, to fight the haunting head-on and reverse the curse to save the town and Lucely's firefly spirits before it's too late.

With the family dynamics of Coco and action-packed adventure of Ghostbusters, Claribel A. Ortega delivers both a thrillingly spooky and delightfully sweet debut novel.

ISBN: 9781338280128

JLG Release: Jun 2020


Sensitive Areas: Violence: General
Topics: Fantasy and magic , Paranormal, occult and supernatural , Ghosts , Family , Multigenerational families , Witches , Curses , Mausoleums , Spirit possession , Dominican Americans , St , Augustine, Florida

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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School Library Journal

Looking for a Halloween read? Look no further. Something strange is happening to Lucely’s ghost family of fireflies, known as cocuyos—they are fading away. They tell her that something evil is coming. In an attempt to revive her Mama Teresa, Lucely and her best friend Syd perform a spell to raise the dead, but accidentally awaken old evil spiri Looking for a Halloween read? Look no further. Something strange is happening to Lucely’s ghost family of fireflies, known as cocuyos—they are fading away. They tell her that something evil is coming. In an attempt to revive her Mama Teresa, Lucely and her best friend Syd perform a spell to raise the dead, but accidentally awaken old evil spirits that want to revenge against their town. Lucely, Syd, and Syd’s grandmother Babette (who is a witch) must undo the curse and save her ghost family. This is a fast-paced adventure rooted in Dominican mythology and packed with action and humor. Readers are pulled into the family’s close bond and supernatural world easily, with tender moments like abuela singing Lucely to sleep during a storm and the collective urgency as Lucely feels Mama’s spirit quieting. Ortega’s debut is filled with action, humor, and originality. Lucely and Syd’s adventure gives readers paranormal thrills akin to Ghostbusters and the Goonies, from a refreshingly different cultural perspective.

Book Details

ISBN

9781338280128

First Release

June 2020

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

256

Accelerated Reader

Level 5.5; Points: 7;

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

Level 810L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Scholastic Press

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Violence: General

Topics

Fantasy and magic, Paranormal, occult and supernatural, Ghosts, Family, Multigenerational families, Witches, Curses, Mausoleums, Spirit possession, Dominican Americans, St, Augustine, Florida,

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