Bound To Stay Bound

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 Ghoul next door
 Author: Bunn, Cullen

 Publisher:  Harper Alley (2021)

 Dewey: 741.5
 Classification: Nonfiction
 Physical Description: 191 p., col. ill., 23 cm

 BTSB No: 171666 ISBN: 9780062896100
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Ghouls and ogres -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction
 Graphic novels

Price: $18.58

Eleven-year-old Grey lives in the legend-haunted New England town of Ander's Landing, and he can't help but feel like a pair of eyes is watching his every move. He discovers odd, gruesome bits and pieces from the graveyard that are left for him as gifts. Soon, Grey is caught up in something bigger than he could ever have imagined. He finds himself drawn into a strange mystery involving a race of reclusive subterranean creatures. In graphic novel format.

 Illustrator: Farris, Cat
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 2.90
   Points: 1.0   Quiz: 512559

   Kirkus Reviews (05/15/21)
   School Library Journal (00/07/21)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 07/01/2021 Gr 4–8—When Grey takes a shortcut to school through the cemetery, he trips and loses a school project in a mysterious hole in the ground. In the days that follow, creepy events plague him until he finally discovers that he has made contact with a ghoul named Lavinia. While the two forge a friendship, Grey's human friend Marshall becomes increasingly unsettled at their relationship. Unfortunately, ghouls are not meant to befriend humans, so Lavinia and Grey have to save Marshall from a terrifying fate in the underworld. The fast-paced story offers just the right balance of scares and intrigue. The characters will resonate with young readers also grappling with difficulties with school, friendships, and parents. The full-color illustrations are marvelous, and the journey to the underworld is awash in eerie greens and blues. The dialogue between the characters is natural and moves quickly. While this seems to be a stand-alone offering, readers will want more stories from this spooky crew. Grey is Asian; Marshall is white. VERDICT Fans of macabre tales, such as the "Amulet" series or Vera Brosgol's Anya's Ghost, will delight in this charming comic.—Ellen Conlin, Naperville P.L., IL - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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