The Wrath of the Grinning Ghost (Johnny Dixon)

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On a trip to Florida with his father, Johnny Dixon visits a fortune-teller and receives an eerie premonition. Inside the crystal ball, Johnny sees a ghost-white face with long white hair and black eyes like puddles of oil, which screams, “The universe shall be mine!” Back home, Johnny’s father falls unconscious, gravely ill in a way the doctors cannot understand. Johnny and his friend Professor Childermass investigate and soon realize that the spirit of Nyarlat-Hotep wants to use Major Dixon’s body to destroy the world. To stop this fearsome demon, Johnny and the professor must join forces with Brewster, an otherworldly falcon, and fight Nyarlat-Hotep in its own, unearthly realm. Can they locate an ancient book and defeat their deepest fears in time, or is Johnny’s father lost and our world doomed forever? Readers will shiver at the multiple worlds of suspense in this twelfth book in the Johnny Dixon series.

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John Anthony Bellairs(19381991) is an award-winning American author, perhaps best known for hisfantasynovelThe Face in the Frost.He is also the author of manygothicmysterynovels for children and young adults, including The House with a Clock in its Walls (which received both the New York Times Outstanding Book of Award and the American Library Association Children's Books of International Interest Award), The Lamp from the Warlocks Tomb (which won the Edgar Allen Poe Award), and The Specter from the Magicians Museum (which won the New York Public Library "Best Books for the Teen Age" Award.

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While vacationing with his father in Florida, 13-year-old Johnny finds an old, enchanted book and receives a mysterious warning from a local fortuneteller. Back home, Johnny consults his cantankerous old friend Professor Childermass. When Johnny's father becomes gravely ill, Johnny and the professor investigate and discover that the spirit of Nyarlat-Hotep, using the body of the pirate Damon Boudron, is attempting to overpower Johnny's dad in order to destroy the world. With the help of Brewster, the other-worldly falcon last seen in John Bellair's Trolley to Yesterday (1989), Johnny, his friend Fergie, and Childermass travel to Brewster's realm to destroy Boudron. Strickland's story is eerie, suspenseful, and true to the personalities and writing style of Bellairs, who began the Johnny Dixon series. As usual, the forces of good and evil figure prominently in the tale, and Johnny's friend Father Higgins assists the trio's return to the real world. This is good reading for adventure enthusiasts as well as for series fans. Kay Weisman

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