Gabrielle Wang‘s title and vibrant cover entice you to want to read her latest book Ting Ting the Ghosthunter.
“This sequel to the award-winning Ghost in My Suitcase is a powerful magic realism story about ghost-hunting, finding yourself, Chinese mythology, family and culture”
Ting Ting’s adopted grandmother Por Por is a famous ghost-hunter who is teaching thirteen year old Ting Ting the ancient skills and art of ghost-hunting. Ting Ting chose her name because it meant ‘Thunderbolt’ and she wants to strike the ground and make the ghosts tremble. She is getting tired of capturing harmless da duzi or ‘fat belly’ ghosts and wants to be a famous ghost-hunter.
When her grandmother mysteriously disappears on a ghost-hunting job,Ting Ting ignores the warning from the Yi Jing and takes it upon herself to find Por. When Ting Ting arrives at the remote Black Band Village she finds a dangerous ghost enemy with a frightening plan and learns a hard lesson when she thinks the enemy is weak and she is strong. Ting Ting will need to trust others, believe in her true self and call upon all of her ghost-hunting knowledge and skills if she is to save Por and the villagers. Can Ting Ting prove herself to be a true ghost-hunter?
When you have finished the book, look closely at the front cover. Can you see clues about the story that Gabrielle has included in her illustrations? She has also included exquisitely detailed black and white sketches throughout her book that give you little snapshots along the way.
Gabrielle has left me wondering if she has a new story in mind for Ting Ting and Little Cloud…
Writing and Illustration Workshop with Gabrielle Wang
This is a fabulous opportunity if you are 8 -12 years old and would like to develop your writing and illustrating skills in a workshop with Gabrielle.
Where: The Little Bookroom
When: Monday, September 24th (school holidays)
Time: 3.00pm – 4.00pm (NOTE THE TIME CHANGE)
You can find more information and book your place HERE.
Happy reading and ghost-hunting!