Ghost Hunt by Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson

Ghost Hunt by Jason Dawes and Grant Wilson is due out this September for young readers and contains not only short stories, but also a guide the Ghost Hunters use on every investigation, plus activity pages.  If you haven’t seen this show on television, you are missing out on one of the originals and best investigative teams examining the paranormal.  They never go into a case believing the ghosts are there, but enter homes with the assumption that noises and events mostly have logical explanations.

In this chapter sampler, readers get a glimpse into the short stories (based on investigations done by the TAPS team) available in the full book.  In each of the short stories, kids are at the center of the haunting activities.  This angle will help young readers see themselves in the stories and relate to the characters, but the prose does not condescend to readers in the way that some stories of this nature would, but it does explain some of the technology used in the investigations.

From ‘Pennies from a Ghost,’ “The sound grew louder, louder, LOUDER.  A deep throaty rumble.  Like thunder, Scott thought.  But it wasn’t thunder.

Without warning, a burst of light appeared on the wall across from the boys’ beds.  Scott heard Jerry make a strangled sound.  The light flickered.  It seemed to hover in the same place.”  (page 5 of the sampler)

Young readers will be engaged by the ghost stories and investigations, and will have a fun time working through the TAPS steps in the guide from the interview to the sweep of the house and the collection and analysis of evidence.  The guide also includes a glossary of terms used in the book and the guide to help readers not only understand the investigative techniques, but also expand their vocabularies.  Overall, Ghost Hunt would be a fun addition to the bookshelves of young paranormal fans.

***Thanks to Anna from Diary of an Eccentric for passing along her extra copy to me.

This is my 44th book for the 2010 New Authors Reading Challenge.


  1. Ghost Hunters is one of my favorite go-to “too tired to pay attention to anything substantial” shows. I didn’t realize they’d put together a book, though.

    While I do appreciate that they try to debunk as best they can, they’re still pretty credulous at times. I’m thinking of one of the Ghost Hunters International episodes where they’re at an old prison in the middle of the Costa Rica jungle, and they hear a noise! In the night! And it’s caught on tape! And they’re all “That sounds exactly like a woman whimpering! Clearly that’s paranormal!” And I’m all “…no, that sounds exactly like a túngara frog, which are not exactly rare in a tropical rainforest.”
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  2. This one sounds like a lot of fun. I’ve been told over and over again to watch Ghost Hunters, but I have yet to pick it up. Perhaps it’s time to start watching.
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  3. My kids are crazy about anything ghost, so they would probably love this book! Thanks for sharing it with us. I know I will be grabbing a copy soon!
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  4. I have watched the Ghost Hunters show for years. Now my kids have started watching it too. I think the have as much fun watching the investigators “debunk” things as they do when there really is a ghost.
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  5. Sounds creepy enough for October!

  6. I have chapter sampler, too, and The Girl and I were lucky to meet both Jay and Grant at BEA. I’m sure I’ll end up buying the full book for The Girl, as she’s really into paranormal stories and would love the ghost hunting activity section.
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