We received the “Ghost Boy” by Stafford Betty from John Hunt Publishing a while ago, but unfortunately, until now we didn’t have the opportunity to read it and I am glad because it was a perfect book for the holiday: easy to read, childish and with a little mystery involved.
I must confess that I am not a fan of poltergeist stories and the subject didn’t speak to me at first (probably this is why I was never in the mood for this particular book). But then, I searched for the author and found out that he has a Ph.D. in theology from Fordham University, and is a world expert on the afterlife and paranormal studies and made me reconsider my desire of reading his novel.
Who is the “Ghost Boy”?
This is the story of Ben Conover, a twelve-year-old boy, who has a unique gift: he can see and talk to spirits. His best friend is Abby, who is a ghost, who protects him and who turns out be a very important person in his life.
Despite seeing things that normal people can’t, Ben is a very normal child. He goes to school, gets bullied by other kids and seeks continuously to please his father who doesn’t believe in the ghost stories he hears and decides that Ben should be medicated. However, he starts to have second thoughts after some events in which the ghosts who talk to his son reveal some secrets that Ben couldn’t have know.
The thoughts of this Reading Badger
In the end I want to say that this is a children book, especially for those who are into that Miss Peregrine type of stories. Adults, especially those who are not parents and don’t know what children read, might find it unsatisfying.
I must say that even though they had nothing in common, sometimes reading the “Ghost Boy” gave me the same innocence and compassion feeling that I had while reading Roderick Macrae’s diary from “His Bloody Project” and I want to salute Stafford Betty for this. In some parts of the book, as an adult, I felt the need to hug Ben and let him know that even though all the world is against him, I believe his story.