ghostgirl by Tonya Hurley

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Now I lay me down to sleep,

I pray the Lord my soul to keep.

And if I should die before I awake,

I pray the popular attend my wake.

Charlotte Usher feels practically invisible at school, and then one day she really is invisible. Even worse: she's dead. And all because she choked on a gummy bear. But being dead doesn't stop Charlotte from wanting to be popular; it just makes her more creative about achieving her goal.

If you thought high school was a matter of life or death, wait till you see just how true that is. In this satirical, yet heartfelt novel, Hurley explores the invisibility we all feel at some times and the lengths we'll go to be seen.

Praise for ghostgirl:

* Polished dark-and-deadpan humor, it's a natural fit with Gen Y, too." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

* "[Tonya] beats out witty teen-speak like a punk-band drummer, keeping the narrative fast-paced and fun yet thought-provokingly heartwarming. Goofy, ghastly, intelligent, electrifying." --Kirkus (starred review)

*"Tim Burton and Edgar Allan Poe devotees will die for this fantastic, phantasmal read." --School Library Journal (starred review)

* "Readers with a taste for black humor and satire will feast on Hurley's crisp, wise dialogue. Anticipate a well deserved cult following." --VOYA (starred review)

"Written with deadpan wit...this is a 'Wonderful Life'-like tale." -New York Post

"A sincere (and humorous) exploration of how we all feel invisible at one time or another...perfect read." -CosmoGirl

About Tonya Hurley

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New York Times bestselling ghostgirl author, Tonya Hurley, has credits spanning all platforms of teen entertainment including: creating, writing and producing two hit TV series, writing and directing several acclaimed independent films, developing a ground-breaking collection of video games and board games and creating and providing content for award-winning websites. Ms. Hurley lives in New York with her husband and daughter. Her Web site is
Published August 1, 2008 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 336 pages
Genres: Horror, Young Adult, Humor & Entertainment, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The only place social-climbing wallflower Charlotte Usher seems destined to go is Loserville until she chokes herself to death on a gummy bear in physics lab and passes from the world of the living to dead.

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BC Books

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I read a lot of YA books, but I tend to want to read BOY books rather than GIRL books.

Nov 04 2008 | Read Full Review of ghostgirl

Kidz World

Charlotte Usher is dead.

Aug 04 2009 | Read Full Review of ghostgirl

Attending Dead Ed and living in the dead dorm with other deceased teens do nothing to thwart Charlotte's designs on Damen, however, especially when she learns that a live person, the Goth younger sister of Damen's snotty girlfriend, can actually see and help her.

Aug 01 2008 | Read Full Review of ghostgirl


There was even one point in the story where a character alluded to a previous scene that was not included in the story and there was no background given or clues to what it could have been.

Aug 07 2008 | Read Full Review of ghostgirl

The British Fantasy Society

If you haven’t read any of the Ghostgirl series you will be unfamiliar with the world of the dead that Charlotte now inhabits, although to be honest, she has just as many problems as she had when she was alive with her Dead Ed classmates, Dead Ed handbook, the Dead Dorm and the Fall Ball to conte...

Aug 11 2011 | Read Full Review of ghostgirl


So Charlotte ends up living in a Dead Dorm with a group of teenagers who also have unresolved issues from their lives, and she’s required to attend a special class for the Dead.

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