Book View: Ghoulish Song

Book View: Ghoulish SongGhoulish Song by William Alexander
Series: Zombay #2
Published by Margaret K. McElderry on March 5th 2013
Pages: 176
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A brave girl flees a ghoul while trying to save her town in this lively, fast-paced companion to National Book Award winnerGoblin Secrets.Kaile lives in Zombay, an astonishing city where goblins walk the streets and witches work their charms and curses. Kaile wants to be a musician and is delighted when a goblin gives her a flute carved out of bone. But the flute’s single, mournful song has a dangerous consequence: It separates Kaile and her shadow. Anyone without a shadow is considered dead, and despite Kaile’s protests that she’s alive and breathing, her family forces her to leave so she can’t haunt their home.


Kaile and her shadow soon learn that the troublesome flute is tied to a terrifying ghoul made from the bones of those who drowned in the Zombay River. With the ghoul chasing her and the river threatening to flood, Kaile has an important role to play in keeping Zombay safe. Will Kaile and her shadow be able to learn the right tune in time?


Set in the delightful and dangerous world of Goblin SecretsGhoulish Song is a gripping adventure laced with humor and mystery from National Book Award–winning author William Alexander.

Short & Sweet: I fell in love with the first novel set in this world – Goblin Secrets – and was excited to find this new novel. I love the world set up, with the goblins as performers and almost magical beings. I love the mix of technology and magic intertwined and how it really brings a magical setting to the novel. Kaile becomes separated from her shadow thanks to a magic flute given to her by a goblin and finds herself cast out as a ghoul and on her own. The flute brings her to another group, one whose task it is to keep the river from overtaking the town. Kaile proves to be a brave and resourceful girl who grows throughout the book. I really enjoyed her character and the task set to her. 

Final Verdict: A great story set in a wonderful world. I like that it was a separate story from the first but with all of the same magical elements. 

Kristen

Kristen is the co-blog owner of The Book Monsters. Kristen is an Elementary School Library Media Specialist in the Chicago suburbs who loves reading. Why else would she be a librarian?

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