Ghostlight by Kenneth Oppel
Genre: Middle Grade Ghost Story
Publishing Date: September 6, 2022
One teen’s summer job scaring tourists with ghost stories takes a terrifying turn when he accidentally summons the spirit of a dead girl–and she has demands. . . .
The award-winning author of Airborn delivers a roller-coaster ride of a story about the wakeful and wicked dead.
Rebecca Strand was just sixteen when she and her father fell to their deaths from the top of the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse in 1839. Just how they fell–or were they pushed?–remains a mystery. And their ghosts haunt the lighthouse to this day. . . .
Gabe tells this story every day when he gives the ghost tour on Toronto Island. He tries to make it scary enough to satisfy the tourists, but he doesn’t actually believe in ghosts–until he finds himself face to face with Rebecca Strand.
The true story of her death is far more terrifying than any ghost tale Gabe has told. Rebecca reveals that her father was a member of the Order, a secret society devoted to protecting the world from “the wakeful and wicked dead”–malevolent spirits like Viker, the ghost responsible for their deaths. But the Order has disappeared, and Viker’s ghost is growing ever stronger.
Now Gabe and his friends must find a way to stop Viker before they all become lost souls. . . .
About the Author:
I was born in Port Alberni, a mill town on Vancouver Island, British Columbia but spent the bulk of my childhood in Victoria, B.C. and on the opposite coast, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. At around twelve I decided I wanted to be a writer. I started out writing sci-fi epics then went on to swords and sorcery tales and then, during the summer holiday when I was fourteen, started on a humorous story about a boy addicted to video games.
When I saw the tour for Ghostlight by Kenneth Oppel I was already feeling the need for that MG spookiness and wanted to read as many as I could during September and October.
When I began reading Chapter One I was like this is GOOD it could be a 5 star read but sadly I was having trouble with some of the Chapters which were a bit long and kept on putting me off and out of the story. Then the next chapter was short which really helped the momentum of the story. I did like the main characters of Gabe, Yuri, Callie, Rebecca and Toronto. Yes I know Toronto is a place but through Kenneth's writing I got a feel for it.
Idid think Viker was an okay adversary but I wanted to know more about Rebecca when she became a ghost as it seemed to me that it was glossed over . For all these reasons I have given Ghostlight 3 stars