Misty Gordon and the Mystery of the Ghost Pirates.
Kennedy, Kim (author). Illustrated by Greg Call.
Aug. 2010. 240p. Abrams/Amulet, hardcover, $15.95 (9780810993570). Grades 4-7.
REVIEW. First published September 1, 2010 (Booklist).
Misty’s dad is always finding strange objects for his D.E.A.D. (Deceased’s Estate and Antique Dealer) shop, so when he gives 11-year-old Misty an old telephone from Fannie Belcher’s estate, she thinks nothing of it—at least until an old diary hidden inside the phone hints at a 400-year-old mystery involving pirates and the founding of Ashcrumb, Misty’s hometown. When Misty finds a pair of eyeglasses that allows her to see ghosts, she enlists the help of her friend Yoshi to solve the mystery and protect the town. Though the writing is not as polished, this first novel is perfect to hand to fans of Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events or Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. Kennedy does an excellent job of creating a sense of place and a feeling of eeriness (extended by black-and-white chapter-opener art), and her characters (especially the unstoppable Misty) are engaging and fun. Although the plot is predictable in places, the story is nonetheless a delightful read, equal parts craziness and humor. — Melissa Moore
Horn Book Guide:
Kennedy, Kim Misty Gordon and the Mystery of the Ghost Pirates
223 pp. Abrams/Amulet 2010. ISBN 978-0-8109-9357-0
(3) 4-6 Illustrated by Greg Call.
In a quaint New England village, Misty Gordon and her best friend, Yoshi, must find three magical statues before a crew of vengeful ghost pirates claims the powerful loot. An entertaining cast of kooky townspeople and relatives (both living and otherwise); a dash of local history; and a battle to protect the town keep this ghostly mystery humming with suspense.