Monday, December 8, 2008
Portable Ghosts is an engaging new story by Margaret Mahy who, once again, shows how to make a primary school novel individual, stylish and always readable. Ditta is twelve. Her nine-year-old geek sister keeps hogging Dad's computer, and there's a ghost in the library. Not only that, but Ditta's friend, Max, is slinking when he ought to be bouncing, and Old Man Baldy never, but never, stops talking. Then there's the moaning, seething floor and a mysterious book. This tasty plot concoction may draw young readers, but I hope they, as well as their elders, will relish the stylish telling of the tale.