Winner of the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Children's Literature 2024
Twelve years ago, the boy and the girl lived. But one was supposed to die ...
July Chen sees ghosts. But her dad insists ghosts aren't real. So she pretends they don't exist. Which is incredibly difficult now as it's Hungry Ghost month, when the Gates of the Underworld open and dangerous ghosts run amok in the living world. When July saves a boy ghost from being devoured by a Hungry Ghost, he becomes her first ever friend. Except William is not a ghost. He's a wandering soul wavering between life and death. As the new friends embark on an adventure to return William to his body, they unearth a ghastly truth - for William to live, July must die.
Inspired by Chinese mythology, this resoundingly hopeful tale about friendship, sacrifice and the unseen world of ghosts is a dazzling heir to beloved Studio Ghibli classics.
The newest graphic novel by Remy Lai is about a girl named July, who can see ghosts. July keeps this to herself until hungry ghost month, when she begrudgingly befriends a little boy ghost after saving him from being eaten. July learns the boy isn’t exactly a ghost, but rather a wandering soul, and vows to help him. They join forces, and during a dumpling-studded adventure that leads them to the underworld, they learn that their lives, and perhaps deaths, are already intertwined.
I always enjoy Remy Lai’s books and while they are all hearty and unique, I think this one is her best and most accomplished yet. There are great characters, a fantastic story and lots of humour, too. The artwork is excellent, the book is full colour throughout, and it’s just the right amount of spooky for middle grade readers aged 9+. Highly recommended.
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