"Ghosters" by Diana Corbitt
I received this book in exchange for an honest review
This middle-grade novel follows two friends, Tessa and Kerry, as they explore Tessa's old rickety mansion for ghosts. With the hopes of winning the Ghosters Halloween video contest, Tessa, Kerry, and Tessa's little brother Joey go looking for ghosts in every room of the house, including the forbidden third floor.
Diana Corbitt tells a fast-paced and engaging story about family, friendship, courage, lies, and ghosts that leaves the reader wanting more. I can't wait to read the second book.
Corbitt quickly establishes the world of Tessa and her family as they move into her deceased grandparent's old mansion. Going to a new school becomes the least of Tessa's worries as she keeps encountering strange occurrences around the new home. The reader quickly realizes that the house is haunted, and Tessa's not going to be able to contain her curiosity.
Reading this novel was quick and easy thanks to Corbitts descriptive yet straightforward writing style. I was able to picture everything in my head perfectly. Corbitt also wrote the suspenseful scenes perfectly where I was on the edge of my seat, and I didn't have to wait too long to find out the surprise.
The story flowed from one event to the next, and I was never confused.
I instantly fell in love with Tessa's character. Even though there is a significant age difference, I could still relate to her. I also loved reading the interaction between Tessa and her little brother Joey. His Aspergers is a constant challenge for Joey, and Tessa takes every opportunity to help him better understand human interactions. Her patience is admirable as well as assuming the motherly role when they move into the house.
My favorite part was the ending, because, WOW. There were a bunch of twists and turns that I wasn't expecting. The end was mind-blowing, and I can't wait to read the next book!
I didn't really have a least favorite part. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole novel.
I give Ghosters 5 out of 5 stars for its excellent storytelling, engaging plot, and loveable characters.
I recommend this book to any middle schooler, and people that like reading haunting tales. If you usually hate ghosts, this book is still safe for you! If you like Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab, you'll like Ghosters too.