The Ghost Box by Catherine FisherFull review at http://thebookshelfgargoyle.wordpress... from May 5th 2014.
I received a digital copy of this book for review from the publisher via Netgalley.
Ten Second Synopsis:
Sarah finds a box. Sarah finds a boy. Boy wants box opened. Problems ensue.
The first thing that grabbed me about the book was the stunning cover art. Really, you could just blow that up and stick it on the wall for instant atmosphere, couldn’t you? The first thing I appreciated about this book was the fact that it felt, for all intents and purposes, like your average late MG/early YA read. There was nothing about the writing to indicate that this was a book for kids still gaining literacy skills. The dialogue wasn’t stilted, the characters were well fleshed-out for the limited word count and the content was appropriately atmospheric and engaging.
While the story related in The Ghost Box is fairly formulaic, Fisher has really set the tone beautifully with some fantastically suspenseful and creepy bits. I also really enjoyed the relationship dramas that Sarah experienced weren’t forced, but evolved naturally as part of the story and appeared in the resolution in a believable way.
For the confident reader in the target age group of 11+, this will be a quick, creepy read and one they should enjoy if they are a fan of spooky stories. I think it will also appeal to those confident readers aged 9 and up as there is nothing here content-wise that would be inappropriate for younger readers. I’d also say that this should appeal greatly to that targeted 11+ age group who may struggle with reading, or those in the same age group who need something to bring them back into the reading fold.
The Ghost Box
The Ghost Box by Catherine Fisher is a short story about a girl, Sarah, who finds a mysterious locked box in her room. Once she discovers the box, she begins to experience paranormal activity involving a young boy. This story is more geared towards a younger audience who wants to read something spooky, but not necessarily scary. It will be enjoyable for anyone lookign for something still technically in the horror genre but a bit lighter. A short, fast read that can be appreciated in a couple of hours. I recommend it to beginners in the horror genre.
Sarah meets a boy. Boy needs her to open the box. Sarah has to find a key for the box. I believe it's because it's so short. The Ghost Box had the potential to become really great but because of its length, it failed to be spectacular. I mean, the plot was interesting and there were moments when you would really get creeped out but then again it was too short. I don't have anything against short stories but I feel like this one could be worked with and lengthened.
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