Ghostgirl
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Series: Ghostgirl Vol. 1   

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Annotation: After dying, high school senior Charlotte Usher is as invisible to nearly everyone as she always felt, but despite what she learns in a sort of alternative high school for dead teens, she clings to life while seeking a way to go to the Fall Ball with the boy of her dreams.
Catalog Number: #27393
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
All Formats: Search
Copyright Date: 2008
Edition Date: 2010
Pages: 328 p.
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-316-03635-8 Perma-Bound: 0-605-19745-8
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-316-03635-1 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-19745-9
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2007031541
Dimensions: 24 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
Horn Book
Charlotte Usher is obsessed with being part of the in-crowd, even after fatally choking on a Gummi bear. Keeping tabs on her still-living crush, Damen, and trying to fit in to the afterlife, Charlotte has her hands full. The premise is intriguing and the snarky narration holds promise, but the high concept and flashy design don't compensate for a messy and illogical story.
Kirkus Reviews
The only place social-climbing wallflower Charlotte Usher seems destined to go is Loserville until she chokes herself to death on a gummy bear in physics lab and passes from the world of the living to dead. <p>The only place social-climbing wallflower Charlotte Usher seems destined to go is Loserville until she chokes herself to death on a gummy bear in physics lab and passes from the world of the living to dead. Even there, though, she's dubbed a scrub by her fellow dead classmates. Longing to hook up with still-living crush Damen, she contrives a scheme with Scarlet, the uber-cool goth-vintage-chic sister of Damen's brainless, bombshell girlfriend. The pact: Scarlet agrees to let Charlotte possess her body to pursue Damen, and Scarlet gets to hang with the cool dead kids. Each of Hurley's two lead heroines perfectly mirrors the other: One longs to be seen, one wants to disappear. Hurley attempts to flesh out their world in true Rowling-esque form, with side plots aplenty and a kooky slew of offbeat minor characters with mixed results; check out www.ghostgirl.com to get the full visual effect. Still, she beats out witty teen-speak like a punk-band drummer, keeping the narrative fast-paced and fun yet thought-provokingly heartwarming. Goofy, ghastly, intelligent, electrifying <i>(Novel. YA)</p>
School Library Journal Starred Review
Gr 7 Up Charlotte User, an invisible loser, dies just before enacting a plan to catch the cutest guy in school and achieve popularity. She refuses to accept her fate (death by gummy bear) and returns as a ghost with a mission: to go to the Fall Ball with Damen and get a midnight kiss. Hurley combines afterlife antics, gothic gore, and high school hell to produce an original, hilarious satire. Charlotte ambles through death's door and remains a pitiable, selfish, and somewhat annoying heroine. Readers root for her, but cringe at her blunders, too. She blows off her new dead-kid school and classmates, unable to give up her living, breathing crush. Hurley's pitch-perfect dialogue and clever names (Petula, Rotting Rita, Principal Styx) keep readers laughing. Dark, meditative song lyrics and poetry start each chapter while campy, Gothic illustrations frame the pages. Tim Burton and Edgar Allan Poe devotees will die for this fantastic, phantasmal read. Shelley Huntington, New York Public Library
Starred Review for Publishers Weekly

Hurley, an independent filmmaker, debuts with this glittering comedy, a prime exemplar of what might be called demento mori, a growing subgenre of satire about teens who will not or cannot die. Charlotte Usher's plan to catapult herself from the ranks of the invisible to the heights of popularity at Hawthorne High—no possibility for allusion goes unturned—hits a major snag on the first day of school when she chokes to death on a gummy bear. Sent to Deadiquette school along with other teen spirits, she skips out, still determined to woo her longtime heartthrob, never mind that “he doesn't even know I'm alive.” The jokes stay sharp, from the goth girl who gives her a “make-under” to throwaway lines (caught breaking some cardinal rules, Charlotte mutters to herself, “I'm dead”). Plotlines raise the stakes, putting Hurley's consistent wit to the service of classic themes about claiming identity. While the author has a built-in fan base from her ghostgirl Web sites, high-impact design will ensure attention from casual browsers as well. An elaborate die-cut with stamped acetate on the cover dares readers to laugh at a silhouette of a cartoon girl in an open casket, an effect heightened by the extra-tall trim size; inside, pink-and-black graphics liberally adorn the margins, epigraphs to chapter openings, etc. And given the polished dark-and-deadpan humor, it's a natural fit with Gen Y, too. Ages 12–up. (Aug.)

Voice of Youth Advocates
Charlotte Usher is on a mission: Get noticed by Hawthorne High's elite and score a date with heartthrob Damen Dylan. It is a tall order for mousy and-most significant-insignificant Charlotte. Before the end of first period, however, Damen becomes her lab partner and things begin looking up. Then Hurley throws the first of her ironic curve balls: Charlotte pops a Gummi bear, chokes, ends up . . . well . . . dead and Ghostgirl is (ahem) born. Charlotte is promptly introduced to a creepy class of other departed teens known as Dead Ed. Unfortunately she is not quite ready to accept her new status among the nonliving, thank you. Nor is Charlotte about to let a glitch like invisibility get in the way of her objective, hottie Damen. Hurley launches readers into a raucous and satirical tale of Charlotte's social navigation of two teen worlds, those of the living and those of the dead. Screenwriter Hurley's novel is the first in a much-promoted series based on a character she created online in 2002 (http://www.ghostgirl.com). Readers with a taste for black humor and satire will feast on Hurley's crisp, wise dialogue. Although the back story and plot in the nonliving world could be more substantial, it works. Most characters are superficial, but that is part of Hurley's well-executed point. The book's elongated format-black chipboard featuring a coffin-shaped die cut centered on a silhouette of Charlotte-is intriguing. Readers captivated by the packaging will not be disappointed. Anticipate a well deserved cult following.-Lauri Vaughan.
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Starred Review for Publishers Weekly
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Voice of Youth Advocates
Wilson's High School Catalog
Word Count: 60,945
Reading Level: 6.6
Interest Level: 5-9
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 6.6 / points: 10.0 / quiz: 124430 / grade: Middle Grades+
Reading Counts!: reading level:7.4 / points:14.0 / quiz:Q44820
Lexile: 950L
Guided Reading Level: Z
Fountas & Pinnell: Z

Now I lay me down to sleep,

I pray the Lord my soul to keep.

And if I should die before I awake,

I pray the popular attend my wake.

Charlotte Usher feels practically invisible at school, and then one day she really is invisible. Even worse: she's dead. And all because she choked on a gummy bear. But being dead doesn't stop <st1:city w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Charlotte</st1:place></st1:city> from wanting to be popular; it just makes her more creative about achieving her goal.

If you thought high school was a matter of life or death, wait till you see just how true that is. In this satirical, yet heartfelt novel, Hurley explores the invisibility we all feel at some times and the lengths we'll go to be seen.

Praise for ghostgirl:

* Polished dark-and-deadpan humor, it's a natural fit with Gen Y, too." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

* "[Tonya] beats out witty teen-speak like a punk-band drummer, keeping the narrative fast-paced and fun yet thought-provokingly heartwarming. Goofy, ghastly, intelligent, electrifying." --Kirkus (starred review)

*"Tim Burton and Edgar Allan Poe devotees will die for this fantastic, phantasmal read." --School Library Journal (starred review)

* "Readers with a taste for black humor and satire will feast on Hurley's crisp, wise dialogue. Anticipate a well deserved cult following." --VOYA (starred review)


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