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Ghostcloud (Paperback)
  • Ghostcloud (Paperback)

Ghostcloud (Paperback)

Paperback 352 Pages
Published: 12/05/2022
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Waterstones Says

Set amidst a vividly evoked, smoke-stained underworld beneath Battersea Power Station, Ghostcloud is a wildly imaginative debut about friendship, courage and finding your freedom against all odds.

Catch the wind. Find your freedom.

Kidnapped and forced to shovel coal underneath a half-bombed, blackened power station, 12-year-old Luke's life is miserable. Then, he discovers he can see things others can't. Ghostly things. Specifically, a ghost-girl named Alma. Alma, who can ride clouds through the night sky and bend their shape to her will, befriends Luke. And with Alma's help, Luke discovers he is in fact a rare being - half-human and half-something else...

Then Luke learns the terrible truth of why children are being kidnapped and forced to work in the power station, and he becomes even more desperate to escape. Can Luke find out who he really is... and find his freedom?

Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
ISBN: 9781444959307
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 300 g
Dimensions: 198 x 128 x 32 mm


This inventive adventure presents a unique world where ghosts bond with water to become clouds, lose themselves in rivers, and read your thoughts through rain. It's a satisfying and often surprising fantasy world that children will no doubt enjoy coming back to again and again. - Booktrust, Great Books Guide 2022

One of 'Waterstones best children's books of 2021' - Waterstones

'Fantasy fans will dive headlong into this imaginative, action-packed debut' - The Guardian

Smartly wrought worldbuilding aptly engages with themes of identity and equity while conjuring an atmospherically gritty London that's at once singularly inventive and reminiscent of works by Joan Aiken, Charles Dickens, and Philip Pullman. It's a thoughtful and well-built fantasy that's also rollicking good fun - Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

Charles Dickens, Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials, and Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book rolled into one. Mann creates empathy for Luke, who shows clear hope and compassion for others during this evil time. The quick-witted humor and fast pace keep the entertainment factor high. Thrilling. - Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

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“Supernatural, brave fun!”

I’ve spent the past week slowly reading this because I’ve been really enjoying it! I’ve just finished it and it is BRILLIANT. It tells the story of Luke, a young boy from London, who lives in a London where children... More

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“Good Debut”

Thank you to the publishers for this early review copy.
Firstly, I love the cover and this instantly pulled me into the book.
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