Wednesday, 24 November 2010

11+: Scarlett Dedd - Cathy Brett

Release Date: 02/09/10


You're dead Scarlett...Previously a poor taste jibe from school frenemies, now a statement of fact. Scarlett is absolutely mortified (in more ways than one) to discover that she's accidentally killed herself while trying to get out of a school trip. Even worse, she's taken her entire family with her. Life as a ghost is pretty dull - if only some of her friends were dead too...


With modern ghost stories featuring more principle characters who are on the wrong side of deceased becoming all the rage, the author has to do something a bit different and special to stand out from the crowd.

Here, in this title, is a book that is more UK based than anything else, it’s reasonable and with an online blog to follow, adds to its own build up allowing the reader to get quite into the title as well as getting to know the “players” a bit better. Add to this, that it’s aimed at the younger teen market and it’s OK, however be aware of the odd swear word.

The major problem with this title is that whilst the idea’s are there, the characters really aren’t fully formed leaving them feeling flat as well as possibly quite “jokey” and when compared to the complexities alongside world building of other titles within the genre such as Ghost Girl fall short of what today’s readers expect. With luck future books in this series will correct this oversight but personally if you’re looking for this type of title for the forthcoming holidays, then go for Ghost Girl.

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