Wednesday, June 4, 2008
written by: Eva Ibbotson
my rating 1-5 stars:
Fulton and Frieda Snoddle-Brittle have just got great news, they inherited Helton, a mansion, from their distant cousin Donald Snoddle-Brittle. That is until their lawyer tells them that the true heir of Helton has been found at an orphanage. Furious that they don't get the mansion they look after Oliver in Helton while his guardian is off exploring in another country. While going to the mansion after picking Oliver up from the orphanage, Fulton sees a store with the sign labeled Adopt-A-Ghost. He suddenly gets a peccant plan. A plan to get rid of Oliver and become the owner of the mansion. He "adopts" the nastiest pair of ghosts the agency will give him, the Shriekers. Just looking at their abhorrent clothes, stained with blood would give anyone a scare. And that is just what Fulton wants, to "scare" Oliver to death. But thankfully a mix-up at the agency causes a much more friendlier group of ghosts to arrive. The Wilkinsons bond with Oliver immediately, now he doesn't feel lonely and afraid anymore. But unfortunately this doesn't put a stop to the Snoddle-Brittle's schemes.
This book is all about how powerful friends and families can be. I had this book sitting on my bookshelf, untouched for the longest time and since I read other books by Eva Ibbotson, I decided to give it a try. I was not disappointed at any time when reading this book.
The reason I rated it a 3.75 is because this book is more for middle schoolers and younger but I do believe that every reader should read it. Just because of the morals and lessons you can get out of it. I recommend it to you because it is a book you can read in a few hours or so and you will not regret picking it up.