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Get the Ghost Squad Paperback!
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  • Barnes & Noble Young Reader Pick October 2021

  • Ignyte Award for Best in MG 2021

  • An NPR Best Book of 2020

  • Good Morning America Summer Reading Squad Selection

  • Publisher's Weekly Flying Start 

  • A major motion picture in development! 

  • Read the first chapter of the upcoming Witchlings at the end of the paperback!


For Lucely Luna Ghosts are more than just the family business 

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

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.

praise for ghost squad

"A peppering of pop culture references—a nod to Ghostbusters, a clowder of cats named for Goonies characters—add humor, but it’s the personal touches, such as Lucely’s opinionated, ever-present ancestors; her dedication to those she loves; and an emphasis on Latinx food, love, and folklore, that gives this debut its distinctive spirit." --
Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"A feel-good, phantasmagorical adventure that readers won't want to miss." -- Booklist

"A warmly spooky middle-grade debut." -- Kirkus 

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