Books Inc. Palo Alto proudly welcomes critically-acclaimed author Remy Lai in celebration of her newest middle grade graphic novel Ghost Book!
Remy will be in conversation with local graphic novelist Nidhi Chanani.
Perfect for fans of Spirited Away, Coco, and Ghosts comes a contemporary fantasy graphic novel about a girl who can see ghosts and befriends a boy who is stuck between the worlds of the living and the dead--an instant classic from the award-winning creator of Pie in the Sky
Twelve years ago, the boy and the girl lived. But one was supposed to die.
July Chen sees ghosts. But her dad insists ghosts aren't real. So she pretends they don't exist. Which is incredibly difficult now as it's Hungry Ghost month, when the Gates of the Underworld open and dangerous ghosts run amok in the living world. When July saves a boy ghost from being devoured by a Hungry Ghost, he becomes her first ever friend. Except William is not a ghost. He's a wandering soul wavering between life and death. As the new friends embark on an adventure to return William to his body, they unearth a ghastly truth--for William to live, July must die.
Inspired by Chinese mythology, this dark yet resoundingly hopeful tale about friendship, sacrifice, and the unseen world of ghosts is a dazzling heir to beloved Studio Ghibli classics.
"Absolutely gorgeous and a completely unique adventure. Remy Lai is a master storyteller!" --Christina Soontornvat, two-time Newbery Honor Winner
"Spooky, spellbinding and full of heart!" --Kayla Miller, bestselling author of Click
"A deliciously spooky, funny adventure. I adored this story of friendship, loss, love, and dumplings! July Chen is a kid I would gladly follow to the Underworld and back." --Jessica Townsend, bestselling author of The Nevermoor series
* "Lai navigates profound questions of fate and friendship via Chinese mythology in this playful graphic novel ghost story [with a] richly imagined underworld." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review
"A delightful balance of spooky, sweet, and funny." -- Kirkus
"Fans of Lai's other works, as well as Kat Leyh's Snapdragon, and Emma Steinkellner's The Okay Witch series will enjoy this modern ghost story with a hopeful ending." -- School Library Journal
Remy Lai studied fine arts, with a major in painting and drawing. She was born in Indonesia, grew up in Singapore, and currently lives in Brisbane, Australia, where she writes and draws stories for kids with her two dogs by her side. She is the author of the critically-acclaimed Pie in the Sky, Fly on the Wall, and Pawcasso.
Nidhi Chanani likes to dream kind and creative dreams. She's the author of the graphic novel Pashmina and the bilingual board book Shubh Raatri Dost/Good Night Friend, as well as the illustrator of the picture book I Will Be Fierce. Nidhi draws and dreams in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, child, and cat. Find more of her work at everydayloveart.com.