Review for you today!
Title: The Ghost Box
Author: Catherine Fisher
Genre: Juvenile ShortFiction
Publication Date: January 1, 2012
Received from: NetGalley
Synopsis: A young girl must unlock the secret to a mysterious box to protect herself from an unwanted visitor. Thrilling ghost story.
Keeping in mind that this book is for young readers I read through with both a memory of the books that kept my attention as a child and as an adult who would be considering this book for my children.
The writing style was straight forward and not complicated so a young reader would be able to handle this easily. However, it's not so easy as to be considered a first reader, though its length is considerably short. The story moved strongly and surely in one direction and read very much like a TV episode. The author hit all the main points and left little to description, which might suit a younger reader just fine if they're easily bored by longer works. However, a young reader who truly enjoys the reading journey might find this work a little disappointing in its clipped and fast paced movement. Minimalist writing, I suppose you could say.
The ghost boy reminded me a bit of the fairy Puck (a la "Legend" with Tom Cruise) in the way he was described and was the most interesting character by far. I personally would have been interested in learning more about his story, and as a young reader I'm sure I would have felt the same.
I would say that as a "short story" this is actually very well constructed with a peculiar story line. Though I really didn't like the way Sarah used the word "idiot" all throughout, only considering that this book would be for a much younger audience. As a children's "book" I think there just wasn't enough substance and it could be been a bit more. The author obviously has the talent for storytelling and I think a little more would have gone a long way.
All together it's a solid 3, because it was not at all bad but it could have been a little more.
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