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The Phantom Isles by Stephen Alter
Review by Colleen Cahill
Bloomsbury USA Children's Books Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 1582347387
Date: February, 2007 List Price $16.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

Visiting a tropical paradise seems like a good idea to most people. What happens when a tropical island, or at least its ghosts, comes to stay in a small Massachusetts town? This is the premise of Stephen Alter's The Phantom Isles, a story of misplaced souls from the Ilhas dos Fantasmas that have been trapped in some of the books of the Carville Public Library for more than sixty years. When three middle school students unknowingly take the first steps to freeing the spirits, a lively adventure ensues.

From official release/information:

Book Description: The book is called The Compleat Necromancer, and when Ming, Orion, and Courtney read an incantation from its pages, they have no way of knowing they are about to conjure up the ghosts of an entire nation. Because the ghosts that the three friends summon aren’t just any ghosts. They were captured from an island in the middle of the Indian Ocean—the Ilhas dos Fantasmas—a place where the living and the dead once coexisted peacefully. Now confined to the pages of a few dozen library books in a New England town that’s thousands of miles from their home, the ghosts must rely on the children and a determined librarian to free them before they are lost forever. (Young Adult)

(Source: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books)

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