Spectre Collectors: Too Ghoul For School

Spectre Collectors: Too Ghoul For School

Spectre Collectors: Too Ghoul For School
Barry Hutchison

Nosy Crow Ltd

ISBN 9780857639608

Denzel is having no luck with his maths homework. First, it's too difficult, then there's a terrifying mess of smoky black tendrils that wants to kill him, then two teenagers explode through his window holding guns and throwing magic. They are the Spectre Collectors, and spooky is their speciality. Realising that Denzel has a special gift, they sweep him off to their headquarters for training. Tested with awesome weapons and ancient magic, Denzel realises just how little he knows. But there's a serious problem on its way from the Spectral Realm, so Denzel has a lot to learn. FAST.

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Spectre Collectors: Too Ghoul For School4/5

Spectre Collectors: Too Ghoul For School

Barry Hutchison

Review

13 year old Denzel can't concentrate on his maths homework - not while there is a terrifying transparent tangle of black tentacles making a mess of his house. Not as much of a mess, however, as the two teenagers who burst through his wall in pursuit of the ghost, recklessly wielding their guns and their magic.

When it emerges that Denzel has a unique ability to see ghosts, the two teens take him back to the headquarters of Spectre Collectors, a secret organisation dedicated to protecting humanity from vengeful spirits. Packed with humour, adventure, ghosts, magic and technology, Too Ghoul For School is Men In Black meets Ghostbusters with teens!

This book was a lot of fun. The main characters are a likeable and diverse bunch - Denzel is a 13-year-old boy of colour and son to a same-sex couple, Sumera is South Asian. There are some genuine laugh out loud moments (mainly courtesy of Denzel's best friend, Smithy) as well as a few very emotional scenes with Denzel and his parents - expect your tears to be well and truly jerked.

The variety of ghosts, poltergeists, ghouls and other spectral beasties in this book is great - and it would be a fun creative writing exercise to get students to come up with their own phantoms for the Spectre Collectors to battle.

This book has a very broad appeal - I would not hesitate to recommend it to any student who enjoys a good chuckle with their adventures.

236 pages / Ages 9+ / Reviewed by Daniel Katz, school librarian.

Reviewed by: Daniel Katz


Spectre Collectors: Too Ghoul For School4/5

Spectre Collectors: Too Ghoul For School

Barry Hutchison

Review

A fun story about a secret organisation working to keep the world safe by tracking and catching spooks of all kinds. The story has some great humour that will appeal to readers aged 8+ - and eye-catching green page edges.

This is quite a pacey story that is easy to keep going with - and there's an interesting twist towards the end that I won't give away!

Reviewed by: Mrs Armstrong-Harris


Spectre Collectors: Too Ghoul For School5/5

Spectre Collectors: Too Ghoul For School

Barry Hutchison

The book is about a boy who can see ghosts.

Review

I found this book easy to understand and it was well written. The characters were funny and interesting. I liked the ending because it was tense and exciting.

Reviewed by: Joseph P