By Stacey Graham
Available now from Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
This is a super cute book for young girls who love ghosts. (Although clearly aimed at girls, there are some young boys who would probably enjoy it too if they're willing to look past the pink.) Stacey Graham clearly knows her ghost hunting!
Now, I love ghost stories but I'm not a big believer in ghosts. Therefore, I liked features like the urban legends and recipes best. I loved the chapter on how to write and tell your own ghost stories. There are also interesting facts about things like gravestone iconography and the history of mediums. So yes, even skeptical ghost lovers can enjoy THE GIRLS' GHOST HUNTING GUIDE.
For those who really do want to hunt ghosts, Graham provides a great deal of practical information. I liked that she stressed safety - always use the buddy system and never, ever trespass. I also liked her photography tips. You don't want to think you photographed a spirit only to find out that it was your hair blowing across the lens or the reflection of your rhinestone bracelet. There are also interviews with professional ghost hunters to show that girls can make a career out of this hobby.
Sourcebooks did a wonderful job of packaging this guide. The graphics are adorable and the layouts are clean and colorful. THE GIRLS' GHOST HUNTING GUIDE is printed on nice, heavy stock so that it won't get bent in your bag when you go looking for ghosts.
If you're an aspiring ghost hunter or happen to know one, I advise picking up a copy of THE GIRLS' GHOST HUNTING GUIDE. It's a fun introduction to the field with a bibliography that will point the way to girls interested in diving deeper with their paranormal studies.