Ghost Squad (Hardcover)

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"Lucely knows ghosts are real. After all, most of her favorite family members are ghosts! But when she and her friend Syd accidentally-on-purpose cast an unauthorized (aka seriously misguided) spell in the cemetery, they’re suddenly facing down ghostly powers of a decidedly UNFRIENDLY kind. Luckily, Syd’s grandmother is secretly a member of an ancient coven and has more than one trick up her sleeve. Arming her newly formed squad with ghost repelling Razzle-Dazzlers AND a Spectral Master 4000, she leads them back into the night to reckon with the paranormal mess they’ve made in this wildly entertaining supernatural adventure. Who needs Ghostbusters when you’ve got the Ghost Squad!"

— Meghan


A New York Times bestseller!

Coco meets Stranger Things with a hint of Ghostbusters in this action-packed supernatural fantasy.

For Lucely Luna, ghosts are more than just the family business.

Shortly before Halloween, Lucely and her best friend, Syd, cast a spell that accidentally awakens malicious spirits, wreaking havoc throughout St. Augustine. Together, they must join forces with Syd's witch grandmother, Babette, and her tubby tabby, Chunk, to fight the haunting head-on and reverse the curse to save the town and Lucely's firefly spirits before it's too late.

With the family dynamics of Coco and action-packed adventure of Ghostbusters, Claribel A. Ortega delivers both a thrillingly spooky and delightfully sweet debut novel.

About the Author

Claribel A. Ortega, New York Times bestselling author of Ghost Squad and the Witchlings series, and Pura Belpre and Eisner Award-winning author of the graphic novel Frizzy, is a former reporter who writes middle grade and young adult fantasy inspired by her Dominican heritage. When she's not busy turning her obsession with eighties pop culture, magic, and video games into books, she's co-hosting her podcast Bad Author Book Club and coaching authors on how to navigate publishing. Claribel has been featured on BuzzFeed, NPR, Good Morning America, and Deadline. You can find her on social media at @Claribel_Ortega and on her website at

Praise For…

Praise for Ghost Squad:

A New York Times bestseller

An NPR Best Books of 2020

A Good Morning America Summer Reading Squad pick

Winner of the 2021 Ignyte Award for Best Middle Grade Novel

"Ghost Squad is a charming adventure full of girl power and heart. Young readers will want to be best friends with Lucely, Syd, and Chunk!" —Zoraida Córdova, author of The Way to Rio Luna and the Brooklyn Brujas series

"Ghost Squad manages to be both creepy and heartwarming, fulfilling a need for stories that are both deeply relatable and culturally specific. Highly recommended for kids looking for a spooky read, a whole lot of feelings, and a story they'll not soon forget." —Mark Oshiro, author of Anger is a Gift and The Insiders

"Dark humor, mystical vibes, and pop-culture references abound in this action-packed ghost hunt. Shoutouts to Ghostbusters, Hocus Pocus, The Goonies, and the like crop up continually as debut author Ortega expertly weaves a feel-good, phantasmagorical adventure that readers won't want to miss." —Booklist

"While it's undeniably a ghost story, Lucely's love for her family, both corporeal and spirit, carries the narrative, giving it warmth and depth. A warmly spooky middle-grade debut." —Kirkus Reviews

"A fast-paced adventure rooted in Dominican mythology and packed with action, humor, and originality." —School Library Journal

"A high energy yarn, interwoven with Dominican culture and mythology, that is pleasantly spooky with a Ghostbusters vibe that rarely falters. Readers will appreciate this lively entrée to supernatural literature." —Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Ortega takes Hispanic folk traditions and weaves them into an artful narrative set in modern times. A recommended read for those who like ghostly adventures." —School Library Connection

Product Details
ISBN: 9781338280128
ISBN-10: 1338280120
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: April 7th, 2020
Pages: 256
Language: English