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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Johnny Graphic and the Etheric Bomc

Johnny Graphic and the Etheric BombJohnny Graphic and the Etheric Bomb
by D. R. Martin

366 pages
Published June 30, 2012

This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

An action-filled, 1930s ghost adventure for middle-grade readers. (And anyone else who enjoys a spirited yarn!)

All that Johnny Graphic ever wanted was to be a star news photographer. But the story that puts the twelve-year-old and his big sister on the front page could well come with a horrible headline: BOY LENSMAN MURDERED BY GHOSTS!

The year is 1935 and in Johnny’s world spooks are very, very real. Most wraiths are friendly to the living. Some of them even have jobs. But a few ancient ghost assassins are on the warpath, out to kill Johnny’s sister Melanie—for reasons the kids don’t even begin to understand.

The two siblings have to unravel a deadly ghost conspiracy that reaches around the globe and threatens the lives of millions. Or die trying!

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This book is quite different from anything I've read recently.

In this book, one of every three people become ghosts. While there are "bad" ghosts, most of the ghosts are kind. They just want a way to do something worthwhile. A reason for being.

There are great character interactions here. It's wonderful to see a sibling relationship that is caring, where they would do anything to help and protect each other. It makes a nice change! That's not the only great family relationship, either, but I don't want to give spoilers!

Another big plus: the vocabulary is not "dumbed-down" for kids.

If you read this, be warned: There will obviously be at least one sequel!

4/5 stars

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