Review: The Ghost Prison by Joseph Delany

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The Ghost Prison by Joseph Delany

Age Range: 12 – 17 years

Grade Level: 6 – 12

Hardcover: 112 pages

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire (October 1, 2013)

Series: None

Genre: Thriller/Horror

Source: Publisher via NetGalley (Thank you!)

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My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the Book:

A first-rate horror story by international bestselling author of the
Last Apprentice series, which is soon to be a major motion picture
starring Jeff Bridges!

Fifteen-year-old Billy guards a castle prison. But it isn’t
just criminals he’ll be guarding—the ghosts of executed
prisoners haunt the place. When Billy is given the task of
feeding the prisoner in The Witch Well, a ghost named
Long-Neck Netty decides to play a trick on Billy during
the feeding…a trick that could cost Billy his life.

Just in time for Halloween, this short story has been adapted into a 112-page,
stand-alone novella, lavishly filled with black and white
illustrations.


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Advance Praise

Praise for Joseph Delaney’s The Last Apprentice series:

“This is the stuff of skin-prickling campfire stories.”


Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Anything but tame.”


Horn Book (starred review)

“A gleefully chilling, eerily familiar tale that will leave readers whistling nervously in the graveyard
while eagerly awaiting the next installment.”


Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)

“The Last Apprentice series continues to be one of the best written of the last several years.”


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About the Author:

 Joseph Delaney is a retired English teacher living in Lancashire. He has
three children and seven grandchildren and is a wonderful public
speaker available for conference, library and bookshop events. His home
is in the middle of Boggart territory and his village has a boggart
called the Hall Knocker, which was laid to rest under the step of a
house near the church. The inspiration behind his story comes from local
ghost stories and legends. Joseph Delaney is the author of the Spooks
series.
–This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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My Thoughts:

I’m not much of a fan of ghost stories, but this one is pretty good. The
first half is a little slow, but the book is also really short, so it
doesn’t take long to pick up. The ending is just what I hoped it would
be.  This is definitely intended for the younger end of the YA spectrum unless your teenager is like me and can’t handle anything too scary.

Most of the black and white illustrations are fantastic. Especially the
ones of Netty and the prisoner of the Witch Well. A few of them are kind
of awkward when it comes to foreshortening, but most of them are
amazing. There are lots of illustrations in the book too; almost on every
page.

This is a good book for Halloween. It will appeal to kids ages 12 and up
that like spooky themes and scary stories.   It would be a great book to read out loud or to read in a dark room with a flashlight. Just don’t give it to a kid that is easily freaked out
because they might have a difficult time falling asleep after they’ve
read it.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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