Summary- Andy is the class nerd. He is picked on and bullied and almost no one will talk to him,(other than to ridicule him). He has only on friend, Tom. Tom is a genius and a fellow nerd. Andy is in love with the prettiest girl in the sixth grade (Zoe), but she will never notice him. Andy keeps his feelings bottled up inside. He is very angry. He wants to talk to his parents, but is afraid to do it. The only person Andy can really open up to is his Grandfather. He can tell his Grandpa anything, but Grandpa has cancer and is going to die. Andy is even more alone. Grandpa tells Andy he is ready to die, that it is his time. He also tells Andy that he will never leave him until he gets Zoe to be his girlfriend. Grandpa is true to his word, even in death. Andy realizes he can still see Grandpa even though he is a ghost. But it’s not just Grandpa, Andy can see all kinds of ghosts walking the Earth! Soon Andy realizes that Zoe is in horrible trouble . He enlists the help of Tom and together they set off to save the day.
What I thought- At first I really didn’t like Andy’s character. He was creepy and it sounded like he wanted to hurt people. I really couldn’t relate to him – at first. As I read further, I could understand why Andy was feeling the way he was. He was completely tortured at school and he had no one to talk to. I found myself turning from not liking Andy to rooting for him. Andy just wanted to be himself and have people accept him. The whole part of the plot where Andy develops a super power – to see ghosts – is a cool twist to the plot. Mr. Gadot’s writing style, how the book is narrated, reminded me of Neil Gaiman’s. I like that the story deals with some very tough subjects, (bullying, death of a loved one), but Andy handles them very well and he is a very believable character. The other characters in the book are good, even the minor ones. I like how Andy’s character develops in the story. The trouble that Andy finds Zoe in was an unexpected but very cool twist in the story (not telling you what it is 😉 ). I found myself enjoying this story very much.
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Categories: Age 9+