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The wrath of the grinning ghost
Strickland, Brad.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, [1999]

Physical Description:
166 pages ; 22 cm
When a malevolent creature tries to claim his father as its latest victim, thirteen-year-old Johnny Dixon and Professor Childermass risk their own lives trying to save him.
General Note:
"Based on John Bellairs' characters."
Reading Level:
730 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.2 6.0 32704.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 7.1 11 Quiz: 21546 Guided reading level: NR.
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X Juvenile Fiction Central Closed Stacks
X Juvenile Fiction Mystery/Suspense

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"Gravely ill." The haunting words keep repeating themselves over and over in Johnny Dixon's brain. After all the tests, doctors still can't find any earthly reason why Johnny's father lies unconscious. Could it be that Johnny's tangles with a malevolent creature have caused his father to be its latest victim? To save him, Johnny and his friends Professor Childermass and Fergie Ferguson must not only enter into battle with the fearsome fiend, they must fight it in the realm of its own unearthly world!Johnny Dixon's many fans will welcome this new book by Brad Strickland, which continues the best-selling series of the late John Bellairs.

Author Notes

Brad Strickland was born in New Hollard, Georgia in 1947. He received a Ph.D. in American literature from the University of Georgia. He has been a Professor of English at Gainesville State College since 1987. His first novel, To Stand Beneath the Sun, was published in 1986. Since then he has written or co-written over 60 novels. His books include The Ghost in the Mirror, The Vengeance of the Witch-Finder, The Doom of the Haunted Opera, The Hand of the Necromancer, The Tower at the End of the World, The House Where Nobody Lived, and The Sign of the Sinister Sorcerer. In 2001, he received the Georgia Author of the Year Award in the Children's/Young Adult Division for When Mack Came Back. He has also co-written books in several series including Wishbone, Star Trek, and Are You Afraid of the Dark?

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Gr. 5^-8. While vacationing with his father in Florida, 13-year-old Johnny finds an old, enchanted book and receives a mysterious warning from a local fortuneteller. Back home, Johnny consults his cantankerous old friend Professor Childermass. When Johnny's father becomes gravely ill, Johnny and the professor investigate and discover that the spirit of Nyarlat-Hotep, using the body of the pirate Damon Boudron, is attempting to overpower Johnny's dad in order to destroy the world. With the help of Brewster, the other-worldly falcon last seen in John Bellair's Trolley to Yesterday (1989), Johnny, his friend Fergie, and Childermass travel to Brewster's realm to destroy Boudron. Strickland's story is eerie, suspenseful, and true to the personalities and writing style of Bellairs, who began the Johnny Dixon series. As usual, the forces of good and evil figure prominently in the tale, and Johnny's friend Father Higgins assists the trio's return to the real world. This is good reading for adventure enthusiasts as well as for series fans. --Kay Weisman

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-The characters originally created by John Bellairs once again come to life through Strickland's words. Johnny Dixon, Fergie, Professor Childermass, and Brewster must save Johnny's father's life. Their adventure takes them from Massachusetts, to the Florida Keys, to the Colorado Rockies, and into the spirit world, for Nyarlat-Hotep, Brewster's evil brother, has possessed Major Dixon. They must locate an ancient book and defeat the creature. To complicate matters, the book acts as a chameleon and hides in plain sight, Nyarlat-Hotep puts obstacles in their way, and time works much differently in the spirit world. Fans of the series will enjoy this new supernatural adventure, which reads so much like Bellairs's books that they won't believe he didn't write it.-Kendra Nan Skellen, Gwinnett County Public Library, Lawrenceville, GA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.