The Ghosts of Gribblesea Pier by Deborah Abela

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Aurelie Bonhoffen has grown up in the circus. She's been a juggler, the back end of a cow, and played a dead girl on the ghost train at Gribblesea Pier, her parents' run-down amusement park. She adores her family, especially her uncles Rolo and Rindolf, but when she turns twelve she stumbles onto a remarkable secret. Her family members have two chances at life--they can become ghosts! It's hard to accept that her favorite uncles are ghosts, but when Aurelie's new friend at school reveals a dangerous plot to demolish the pier, the secret helps her confront the greatest threat her family has ever faced.

 

About Deborah Abela

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Deborah Abela has written and directed for children's television programming in Australia, where she lives. She is the author of the Spy Force series.
 
Published October 11, 2011 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 239 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books. Fiction

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Aurelie, refreshingly capable of embracing her unusual way of life and surrounded by a cast of quirky kin, faces incessant bullying at school, mostly from a pair of smarmy classmates, abetted by Rufus, the misguided (bullied as well as bullying) son of the obsequious mayor, Finnigus Bog.

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