Children's fiction

Greta and the Ghost Hunters by Sam Copeland

This story is short and packed with many hijinks(a word that best fits the situations described here.
Our lead protagonist is the odd daughter who does not take after her pretentious parents. Her brother, at the time of the narrative, is too young to fall under any category. Her grandmother is bedridden in the attic and talks to and about Greta’s dead grandfather. Her grandmother is to be relocated to an old age home, something that Greta firmly opposes.
After a near-death experience, she can see and communicate with the ghosts in the house. When she decides to use them to convince her parents to leave things the way they are, things backfire. Exorcists/ghost hunters start to make their appearance. There are some deeper issues tackled, one of them being the reluctance of our leading lady to step outside after her accident.
There are pieces of this that were more entertaining than others. It was funny in stages, although I am not sure which ages would appreciate this conversation between loss and grief hidden behind some fart jokes more and which ages would just chuckle at the latter part while ignoring the rest. I felt like I would have liked it more if it had been shorter. I read a sporadic amount of children’s books and, like quite a few, enough to recommend to my nieces and nephews. I am not sure I would be especially recommending this, even if I do think it has its audience.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

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