City of Ghosts

City of Ghosts

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Ever since her near-fatal drowning, Cassidy has been able to pull back the "Veil" that separates the living from the dead and see ghosts, not that she wants to, and she was really looking forward to a ghost-free summer at the beach; however her parents are going to start filming a TV series about the world's most haunted places, starting with Edinburgh with its graveyards, castles, and restless phantoms--and Cass and her personal ghost companion, Jacob, are about to find out that a city of old ghosts can be a very dangerous place indeed.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2018
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781338111002
1338111000
Branch Call Number: J SCHWAB
Characteristics: 285 pages ; 22 cm

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List - Snow Day!
ArapahoeTed Nov 21, 2019

The ghostly, washed out world of undead Scotland makes for a perfect stay-in-bed read!

List - Horror for Tweens
ArapahoeTed Aug 12, 2019

Neil Gaiman fans will definitely want to check out this fast-paced, ghostly mystery.


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Apr 25, 2019

This was my first Victoria Schwab book and definitely not my last. If you love haunted cemetery books, you'll devour this in one day. This is the perfect ghost story to read as the weather turns chilly and the nights get longer. I can't wait for the next in the series.

OPL_KrisC Mar 30, 2019

A creepy ghost story that's sure to be a hit with fans of Mary Downing Hahn!

JCLHebahA Feb 12, 2019

Equal parts spooky, atmospheric ghost story and love letter to Edinburgh and Harry Potter.

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kmobuckeye
Feb 05, 2019

I enjoy all her books, and this combines my love of those and YA novels. Excited for the next book!

In the book, City of Ghosts, readers can grow to have a different perspective on paranormal activity and have a good laugh with teen Cassidy and her ghost best friend Jacob on their adventure in Scotland.

Cassidy is a girl who can somehow go through the realm of the afterlife once her life was saved by a ghost named Jacob. Her parents, ironically, are writers/ghost historians who are beginning to host their own T.V show, making Scotland their first location. Which Cassidy will then have to discover what her abilities are really capable of.

I liked that the book had a different perspective in a supernatural world, where there is more going on in the afterlife. The friendship of Cassidy and Jacob is a humorous one that can keep a reader interested. Along with Cassidy going through a journey of discovering her capabilities.

Victoria Schwab, the author, keeps things not over the top where things are complicated but has the plot in what you would expect in a teenager’s life. She has the setting of the story in the 21st century which will engage the reader better with its modern time as well.

Most teens can enjoy reading this book because it is something out of the ordinary and the humour in it. They’ll like the curiosity of Cassidy as she tries to understand the point of her ability and the drama that brings her when coming to terms with ghosts. This is recommended for teens from around age 12 to 17. by a teen in Surrey Libraries.

forbesrachel Nov 25, 2018

When Cassidy fell into a river, her life was saved by a ghost boy named Jacob. Ever since the two became intertwined, she can pull back the "veil" to enter the greyed out world of the dead, while he can freely leave it, and even interact with the world of the living to a small degree. It is not the most ideal arrangement, and there are some consequences (like Jacob being able to read her thoughts), but they are best friends who want to protect the other. This is fortunate, because when Cass's parents land a TV job that requires them to go to a place nicknamed the City of Ghosts, both of them will need each other more than ever. Schwab's story of friendship is less spooky, and more tension filled, because Cass herself sees the dead as people. It is only after meeting Lara, an in-betweener like herself, and the frightening, child-seducing Raven in Red, that she begins to question the nature of the ghosts, her purpose, and the wisdom of her actions. The fact that Jacob isn't as forthcoming as she would like, only makes it all the more confusing, even if he has good reasons for keeping his secrets. Schwab has created an engaging middle grade/YA novel with a fleshed-out cast of unique characters. Questions still exist, the cast have plenty of room to grow, and there are more ghost cities to visit on Cassidy's parent's tour, so hopefully this is just the first to come.

DPLSaraQT Sep 22, 2018

A fun ghost story set in Edinburgh with an American heroine who had me laughing out loud at her interpretations of the local dialect. Looking forward to more in the series!

OPL_AmyW Sep 05, 2018

After a near death experience, Cass develops the ability to cross the "veil," the mystical divide between the realms of the living and the dead. During a summer trip to Scotland, this mystical divide becomes thinner and Cass is forced to fight for her life when a murderous ghost named "The Raven in Red" attempts to steal Cass' life force and harness her power. City of Ghosts is perfect for those older elementary and middle school readers who are interested in young adult fantasy and adventure but aren't quite ready for the more advanced subject matter. Recommended for grades 4-8.

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