Published by Lion Forge
Summary: Marjorie Glatt is only 13 years old, but since her mother died, her father has been overwhelmed by grief, and Marj is trying to keep the family laundromat running. The building is in a prime location, and the evil Mr. Saubertuck wants to buy it and turn it into a luxury spa. Meanwhile, a ghost named Wendell wanders off from the ghost world and ends up in the laundromat, where he unknowingly gets into mischief and causes problems for Marj. When the two finally meet, Wendell is contrite and wants to help her. It turns out the ghost world has something that Marjorie needs, and when she and Wendell combine efforts, they turn into an unstoppable force for defeating Saubertuck. There are a lot of emotional ups and downs for both girl and ghost, but fortunately, there’s a happy ending for all the deserving parties. 240 pages; grades 4-7.
Pros: Graphic novel fans will enjoy this story that combines the middle school angst of Raina Telgemeier with the supernatural elements of the Amulet series. The muted pastels of Marj’s story contrast interestingly with the dark, blue-toned hues of the ghosts’ world.
Cons: Marj’s life seems unrealistically wretched for a 13-year-old.