Friday, March 7, 2014

Review: Popchuck's Ghost by Paul Taffanello

Title: Popchuck's Ghost
Author: Paul Taffanello
Pages: 184
Format: Paperback
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Summary: Neil and Adam, two 12-year-old best friends, go off to summer camp together for the first time but only one of them plans to enjoy himself. Adam is afraid of anything new, hates nature and just wants to go home. Meanwhile, Neil discovers a secret network of caves below the camp that seem linked to a series of mysteries — and a troubled ghost. He needs someone to help him explore further and may have to recruit Adam’s favourite girl camper if his friend refuses to help. Things get even more complicated when the creepy camp director gets suspicious about Neil’s evening activities.
Review: I received this book free from Goodreads First Reads in exchange for an honest review.
Usually I read YA novels and I would classify this book as a middle grade read but I thought it sounded interesting and I wanted to give it a try. I'm glad I gave this book a shot because I really enjoyed the story and I found it to be pretty action packed for a children's book. I loved that the setting was based at a summer camp and I loved the camps backstory. I always wanted to go to summer camp when I was younger, but unfortunately the parents never let me lol so this novel let me live a bit of that fantasy.
I enjoyed all of the characters, I found them each to have their own unique personalities. Neil was brave, Adams as a scardy cat, but could also be brave when needed. The only character that threw me a bit was Popchuck. This was because he was only supposed to be 23 years old, but the picture if the guy/ ghost on the front of the book was like 45.
Otherwise this was a great, fun and easy read for people of any age. I look forward to more books by Paul Taffanello.

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