Acclaimed author David Lubar’s Monsterrific Tales return to life with this new edition of The Gloomy Ghost that is sure to appeal to fans of his Weenies short story collections.
There’s something strange going on at Washington Irving Elementary School. Kids are turning into monsters—literally!
First it was Sebastian, then Angie. Now it’s little brother Rory’s turn to be “monsterized!" One minute he’s a normal kid hanging out in his backyard. The next, he finds himself walking through stuff: the back porch, walls, even people! What’s a ghostly kid to do?
Rory decides to find some other spirits and ask them how to get “un-ghosted.” So he heads up to the local haunted house to give it a try. What Rory doesn’t know is that if he doesn’t get the answer soon, he’ll only have a ghost of a chance of ever being a kid again…
Being little stinks. Adults act like I don’t exist. Even when I’m in the room, they act like I’m not there. They talk about me right in front of me. Maybe they think their words just shoot across the room and don’t reach down to me. It’s amazing. I can be sitting right there—right under their noses—and they’ll start talking about me. Rory this and Rory that. Rory had a bad day today or Rory shouldn’t be playing with that boy down the street. Sometimes I want to shout at them, “Hey, I’m
“Lubar kicks off his six-book series of kids-as-monsters tales with an uncomplicated meditation of good vs. evil that riffs on Jekyll and Hyde…. Fans of Lubar’s Nathan Abercrombie zombie series will find much to like here.” —Kirkus Reviews on Hyde and Shriek
“At a time when truly humorous young adult fiction is scarce, reading Lubar’s first YA novel (a coming of age story) is like finding a nest of kittens in a hayloft – wondrously surprising, playful, and heartwarming.” —VOYA (5Q, 4P, M, J) on Hidden Talents