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From the imagination of Blink-182’s award-winning creator Tom DeLonge, the Strange Times crew first debuted in the graphic novel Strange Times: The Curse of Superstition Mountain. Now teamed-up with Geoff Herbach, the award-winning author of the Felton Reinstein Trilogy, DeLonge reveals the secret origin of how the five phantom hunters first banded together against the for From the imagination of Blink-182’s award-winning creator Tom DeLonge, the Strange Times crew first debuted in the graphic novel Strange Times: The Curse of Superstition Mountain. Now teamed-up with Geoff Herbach, the award-winning author of the Felton Reinstein Trilogy, DeLonge reveals the secret origin of how the five phantom hunters first banded together against the forces of darkness… Charlie Wilkins has it all. Pitcher on the baseball team, point guard on the basketball team, good jock friends and girls who just love him. Then his U.S. Air Force dad goes M.I.A. during a secret mission and Charlie falls into darkness. He quits basketball, pushes away his old friends who all seem so stupid. He stops talking. Nobody knows what he’s going through, because the government has forbidden the family from disclosing Dad’s predicament. Charlie turns into a loner, until an Earth Science assignment forces him to join a new, messed-up team. Wiz has a brain for science, a love for steampunk, and a total disgust for most human beings. Heavy-set, picked-on Riley has a home life Harry Potter wouldn’t trade for. Mouse and Mattheson are skateboard slackers with a keen interest in tacos and in building a model volcano that looks like a butt. With zero chemistry between them, Charlie can’t see how he’s going to pass this class. Will he be stuck, suffering, in eighth grade forever? The earth shifts. It seems impossible. A ghost girl reaches out to Charlie through the terrified skater boys. She’s being stalked by a vengeful spirit that shares a past with Charlie’s family. It soon becomes clear that the spirit is coming for him. He has to save the ghost girl and save himself. His only hope? The nerd Wiz, the loser Riley, the skaters Mouse and Mattheson who want to hook-up with the girl. But, seriously, she’s a ghost. Strange Times indeed…


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From the imagination of Blink-182’s award-winning creator Tom DeLonge, the Strange Times crew first debuted in the graphic novel Strange Times: The Curse of Superstition Mountain. Now teamed-up with Geoff Herbach, the award-winning author of the Felton Reinstein Trilogy, DeLonge reveals the secret origin of how the five phantom hunters first banded together against the for From the imagination of Blink-182’s award-winning creator Tom DeLonge, the Strange Times crew first debuted in the graphic novel Strange Times: The Curse of Superstition Mountain. Now teamed-up with Geoff Herbach, the award-winning author of the Felton Reinstein Trilogy, DeLonge reveals the secret origin of how the five phantom hunters first banded together against the forces of darkness… Charlie Wilkins has it all. Pitcher on the baseball team, point guard on the basketball team, good jock friends and girls who just love him. Then his U.S. Air Force dad goes M.I.A. during a secret mission and Charlie falls into darkness. He quits basketball, pushes away his old friends who all seem so stupid. He stops talking. Nobody knows what he’s going through, because the government has forbidden the family from disclosing Dad’s predicament. Charlie turns into a loner, until an Earth Science assignment forces him to join a new, messed-up team. Wiz has a brain for science, a love for steampunk, and a total disgust for most human beings. Heavy-set, picked-on Riley has a home life Harry Potter wouldn’t trade for. Mouse and Mattheson are skateboard slackers with a keen interest in tacos and in building a model volcano that looks like a butt. With zero chemistry between them, Charlie can’t see how he’s going to pass this class. Will he be stuck, suffering, in eighth grade forever? The earth shifts. It seems impossible. A ghost girl reaches out to Charlie through the terrified skater boys. She’s being stalked by a vengeful spirit that shares a past with Charlie’s family. It soon becomes clear that the spirit is coming for him. He has to save the ghost girl and save himself. His only hope? The nerd Wiz, the loser Riley, the skaters Mouse and Mattheson who want to hook-up with the girl. But, seriously, she’s a ghost. Strange Times indeed…

30 review for Strange Times: The Ghost In The Girl

  1. 5 out of 5

    Annalisa

    Overall, I thought the story was fun and interesting. I liked the ideas and I liked all the characters. This book definitely read like it was geared towards a younger (middle school) audience, which I think it was meant to be intended for. Some things I find hard to judge due to that. Like the humor and dialogue might work really well for that age group. I don't want to speak for them. I don't feel like I should critic them based on who I am. I thought the content was enjoyable. I wish there was Overall, I thought the story was fun and interesting. I liked the ideas and I liked all the characters. This book definitely read like it was geared towards a younger (middle school) audience, which I think it was meant to be intended for. Some things I find hard to judge due to that. Like the humor and dialogue might work really well for that age group. I don't want to speak for them. I don't feel like I should critic them based on who I am. I thought the content was enjoyable. I wish there was more to the story in a lot of ways. It left me with questions I'd still like the answers too. I think it was a lot of fun.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Chris Greensmith

    It is rare that I don't finish a book, I just skim read my way to the end, but, I couldn't do it. It just seemed like it was trying to recapture that 80s, coming of age, teen adventure feel but it seemed too forced, it just put me off, sad times...0 🌟 It is rare that I don't finish a book, I just skim read my way to the end, but, I couldn't do it. It just seemed like it was trying to recapture that 80s, coming of age, teen adventure feel but it seemed too forced, it just put me off, sad times...0 🌟

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nathan McConville

    3.5 stars. Good read or a teen. I personally didn't like the conclusion. The story did have an ending, but didn't at the same time. I would have preferred it conclude that story and could move on to another in the future. 3.5 stars. Good read or a teen. I personally didn't like the conclusion. The story did have an ending, but didn't at the same time. I would have preferred it conclude that story and could move on to another in the future.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Gabe Hawkins

    A fun story that really captures the essence of being a ragtag group of misfits into the paranormal. The characters are all memorable, and they’re interactions and banter are well written. Most of the humor is juvenile, and though I over that kind of humor, it’s sometimes a little much. That aside, this was an interesting and quick read, and it should make a great film.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kate T.

    *3.5 stars Overall, it was an okay book. It honestly isn't in my genre of choice, but I gave it a shot. The characters were interesting but I feel as though there is a lot of backstory missing. Will there be a second book? *3.5 stars Overall, it was an okay book. It honestly isn't in my genre of choice, but I gave it a shot. The characters were interesting but I feel as though there is a lot of backstory missing. Will there be a second book?

  6. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Chamberlain

    Different writing style than I'm used to, but once I got past the first few pages I couldn't put the book down! Great from start to finish! Different writing style than I'm used to, but once I got past the first few pages I couldn't put the book down! Great from start to finish!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Smith

    A fun adventure with our "Dudes". Funny, exciting, & keeps you wanting more. A fun quick read & very excited to go on a new adventure soon with our boys! A fun adventure with our "Dudes". Funny, exciting, & keeps you wanting more. A fun quick read & very excited to go on a new adventure soon with our boys!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Cody

    Great idea, poor execution. Started off promising, but in the end was disappointing.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Adam Sortor

    What a ride!!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Aria

    - Full disclosure: I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. - I seriously hope this book has yet to undergo final editing, b/c it needs it desperately. Overall, the story line itself is acceptable, particularly as a YA piece. Probably the publishers were trying to avoid this encapsulation, but it might be summarized as a ghostbusters for young teen boys. Mostly 11-13 year old males is who I see enjoying this book. --- So, a group of kids are thrown toget - Full disclosure: I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. - I seriously hope this book has yet to undergo final editing, b/c it needs it desperately. Overall, the story line itself is acceptable, particularly as a YA piece. Probably the publishers were trying to avoid this encapsulation, but it might be summarized as a ghostbusters for young teen boys. Mostly 11-13 year old males is who I see enjoying this book. --- So, a group of kids are thrown together in school for a project that leads them to spend time together. Events get underway that leave them in the end as friends, that have grown to know themselves a bit better. Possibilities exist here to explore the lives of the other kids in future books. That said, this book needs major work. The writing perspective is all over the place, making it confusing for the reader. (He's 1st person and now he's 3rd person omnipotent again, and why is this guy now suddenly talking to me the reader as if we know each other? What is even happening here?) The characters and conversational content present as relatable only to an incredibly small group, and among that group, the speaking manner is likely to be off-putting. Even 6th graders know that if you basically repeat, like, probably most anything, or all of of what you really pretty much are saying, if you are saying anything really at all, then basically you are pretty much going to get really a lot of red ink pretty much all over your papers, really. Basically saying the same thing really in pretty much the same sentences that are like, right after each other in basically the same paragraph pretty much will not really be, like, a great idea kind of thing to, like, do. Basically. Finally, what was probably the most annoying thing outside of this books inability to even approach the Bechdel test (the mention of which would likely garner a sadly lame joke out of one of these characters' assumption that Bechdel must be a gross girl thing) was the insistence on continuing to call me, the reader, Pal. Firstly, who says that? Gangster characters in black and white films, and people over 50 years of age call other people, "Pal." No kid in the salable market is going to respond to being called Pal with anything other than that creeper vibe you get when older people become way to familiar with you, way too quickly. You don't know me, and we are not friends. It's straight up uncomfortable, and every time it happened it was not only off-putting, as stated, but made me want to put the book down and turn on something noisy to make that feeling go away. Honestly though, there is no need for the character to be addressing the reader at all. It's inconsistently done, and over-intimate. If the male main character is at the stage where girls are still gross (and I think for this age market they are past that and into the stage where the opposite gender is a source of confusing fascination) it just seems weird as heck that he is so comfortable coming right up to the reader and sitting on our laps as if we were old chums, to use the same old-as-hell parlance. (See what I mean? What modern middle school kid would use, "chums," conversationally? Presumably the same one that over-shares with strangers and calls them, "Pal.") To sum, my problems with this story lie not in concept, but in execution. This seems a first-draft, and needs to be entirely re-written. Age-appropriate language is a must, repetitious verbiage needs to be sorted in a major way, and for the love of all that it is printable, please decide what voice, what person, what point-of-view the main character is occupying before the next draft is underway. With these things addressed, this book should be a good tale for the very limited market niche to which it will appeal. If one is re-writing on such a level though, widening that market seems like a no-brainer. All in all, Pal, it has good possibility, but is nowhere near ready for the marketplace at this stage.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Connie

    FTC Disclosure: I received this book free from Goodreads hoping I would review it.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ben

    Strange Times: The Ghost in The Girl chronicles the formation of the Strange Times crew… a group of 8th graders who started off working on a science project for school and ended up becoming a bad-ass supernatural fighting squad. For me, the characters… Charlie, an ex-jock loner who narrates the story, Wiz, a nerd, Mouse and Matheson, two skater punks and Riley, the over-weight new guy… are what really make this story. Their dialogue is hilarious and the relationships they develop throughout the Strange Times: The Ghost in The Girl chronicles the formation of the Strange Times crew… a group of 8th graders who started off working on a science project for school and ended up becoming a bad-ass supernatural fighting squad. For me, the characters… Charlie, an ex-jock loner who narrates the story, Wiz, a nerd, Mouse and Matheson, two skater punks and Riley, the over-weight new guy… are what really make this story. Their dialogue is hilarious and the relationships they develop throughout the book are actually heartwarming and sincere. They evolve from despising each other to being willing to sacrifice their own lives to save each other… cussing and swearing and farting the whole time. Their adventure revolves around trying to save a ghost girl from the clutches of an evil demon-like spirit, but that is really only the top layer of this multi-facet story. We eventually learn how Charlie has a connection to the supernatural events taking place in southern California with the climax taking place in a crypt in the basement of a spooky mansion next to an old graveyard while a great earthquake rocks the region, releasing all kinds of evil creatures. The boys have to find a way to stop this evil while keeping their underwear clean… or even on. Mixed with some spooky scenarios and funny hijinks, The Ghost in The Girl is fun, sci-fi/fantasy/horror romp. If you enjoyed the likes of Monster Squad, Goonies or Stand By Me, you will enjoy following the Strange Times crew on this and future adventures. If Tom Delonge and Geoff Herbach can keep up the chemistry between the characters and continue to involve them in the strange and unusual, there’s no telling how far this franchise can go.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Brian

    I received this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway. While admittedly I am not the target audience for this book, I had a couple of problems with it. For a book aimed at younger readers, I was bothered by the language used by the characters throughout the book. I realize that many would say that the language is realistic, that eighth grade boys use that kind of language, and I concede that point, however, it doesn't help that they are encouraged by television, movies, and books aimed at that tar I received this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway. While admittedly I am not the target audience for this book, I had a couple of problems with it. For a book aimed at younger readers, I was bothered by the language used by the characters throughout the book. I realize that many would say that the language is realistic, that eighth grade boys use that kind of language, and I concede that point, however, it doesn't help that they are encouraged by television, movies, and books aimed at that target audience. Just a pet peeve of mine. I also felt the characters were not developed as well as they might have been, as though the author felt that would add too many pages to a book aimed at young readers. Overall, I enjoyed the story.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Adcock

    So, I won this book for free on Goodreads in a giveaway. The short and to the point review is right below! So, this story just did not click with me. I didn't finish it either, got to pg 50 and just decided that I was not going to continue it. To me, the characters were boring and for a prequel novel thats only 270 pgs long, there just wasn't enough character development into the 'origins' of the characters in the short time that the novel gives it. Therefore, if you were a fan of the first book, So, I won this book for free on Goodreads in a giveaway. The short and to the point review is right below! So, this story just did not click with me. I didn't finish it either, got to pg 50 and just decided that I was not going to continue it. To me, the characters were boring and for a prequel novel thats only 270 pgs long, there just wasn't enough character development into the 'origins' of the characters in the short time that the novel gives it. Therefore, if you were a fan of the first book, you'll like it. If this is your first jump into the series, you might find yourself wondering if you're watching a cheech n' chong film. However, don't get me wrong. Despite my disappointment, I tip my hat off to the author for putting something out there. Bravo to you, Mr. DeLonge. Your book didn't click with me, but I'm sure there are others who will have different opinions.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Boyd Johnson

    The book has a good story and fills in how this group formed and why. The story is a little rough in the very beginning and made me wonder if it was going to be a rough read. But once I got to chapter 3 it started to take off and once it gets going it turns into a very good read. The story and the take on the paranormal and ghost’s is kind of different but in a good way and makes you want to know where it is all going. About the only thing I think the Author could have changed is to maybe cut back o The book has a good story and fills in how this group formed and why. The story is a little rough in the very beginning and made me wonder if it was going to be a rough read. But once I got to chapter 3 it started to take off and once it gets going it turns into a very good read. The story and the take on the paranormal and ghost’s is kind of different but in a good way and makes you want to know where it is all going. About the only thing I think the Author could have changed is to maybe cut back on some of the slang used in the book. Sometimes it seems like he is forcing it in and trying too hard to use it. But his story is really good and makes you want to keep moving forward and find out how it ends. Overall it is a really good story and a good fast read and makes what to see where the story goes next.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    Strange Times is a fun and quick read directed at a young teen audience. At times the writing suffers, and can even be confusing or redundant, but the overall story is entertaining and worth a read. The premise is simple – a group of middle school boys form a Scooby-doo-esque crew – and there is just enough charm and heart to leave the reader excited about what adventure they will have next as the book comes to a conclusion.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Ferus

    I thought this book was entertaining. It was funny, a bit juvenile, but it's the portrayal of 8th grade boys, so it's suppose to be! The story is told as if you were sitting down with someone and they are telling you an epic story of an event that happened to them. Because of this (or maybe because of the graphic novel, which I haven't read) I feel like the book lacks details. You know that characters are fat, skinny, young or old but that is pretty much all you get. Even the places that the boo I thought this book was entertaining. It was funny, a bit juvenile, but it's the portrayal of 8th grade boys, so it's suppose to be! The story is told as if you were sitting down with someone and they are telling you an epic story of an event that happened to them. Because of this (or maybe because of the graphic novel, which I haven't read) I feel like the book lacks details. You know that characters are fat, skinny, young or old but that is pretty much all you get. Even the places that the book takes you, I feel like it gives you just enough detail to get by. I would have liked to have had more description. In summary, it's funny, entertaining and a quick read. I enjoyed it.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Received a ARC book from Goodreads for an honest review .... I did not like this book and did not finish due to I could not get by the swear words for this age group. Is this needed to tell the story ? Book needs to be rewritten with appropriate language. I would not recommend this book.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Kidwell

    From a science project to a crazy supernatural adventure! This is a fun read! Great book for young adults.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Holland

    I adored this book. Thought it was bloody brilliant. To begin with I thought it was crap but after reading a chapter or two I legit fell in love with it

  21. 4 out of 5

    Thomas

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jim Ody

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kristin Leishman

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

  25. 4 out of 5

    Martin Veritas

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jason Holland

  27. 5 out of 5

    Josh

  28. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

  29. 5 out of 5

    Michaela

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jenna Lynn

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