by Doug TenNapel


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Imagine Garth Hale's surprise when he's accidentally zapped to the spirit world by Frank Gallows, a washed-out ghost wrangler. Suddenly Garth finds he has powers the ghosts don't have, and he's stuck in a world run by the evil ruler of Ghostopolis, who would use Garth's newfound abilities to rule the ghostly kingdom. When Garth meets Cecil, his grandfather's ghost, the two search for a way to get Garth back home, and nearly lose hope until Frank Gallows shows up to fix his mistake.

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ISBN-13: 9780545210287
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 07/01/2010
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 91,989
Product dimensions: 6.46(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.67(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Doug TenNapel was raised in the town of Denair, California. In 1994, he created the popular Earthworm Jim. Doug's graphic novel GHOSTOPOLIS was a 2011 ALA Top Ten Great Graphic Novel for Teens, and his follow-up, BAD ISLAND, is a 2012 ALA Great Graphic Novels for Teens as well as one of School Library Journal's Top 10 Graphic Novels of 2011. Doug lives in Franklin, Tennessee.

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Ghostopolis 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Ghosts roam among the living on Earth, and it's up to Frank Gallows to go and catch them. However, Frank isn't exactly the best guy for the task - he's lazy and messy and usually eats food in people's fridges after a successful catch. Nevertheless, he still gets the job done. That is, until he accidentally transports his ghost horse AND a human boy named Garth to Ghostopolis. Now, it's up to Frank and his mysterious ex-fiance, Claire, to go back and return Garth to Earth. There's one small problem: Master Vaugner controls Ghostopolis and won't let Garth - a boy who seems to have as much power as himself - go. So, not only does Garth have to get through mummies, zombies, and skeletons alongside his loyal bone-horse, Skinny, but he also has to fight a powerful dark master in order to return to his mother. Doug TenNapel writes an intriguing story about the afterlife and where ghosts come from. His graphic novel is full of eye-catching illustrations and witty jokes that pull the reader in from the first line. GHOSTOPOLIS is recommended for anyone who's up for a quick and fun read; this book won't disappoint.
bigman21 More than 1 year ago
This novel was very very good. I was hooked on the book after only two pages. It seemed like the more I read the better it got.The artwork is nice and the plot was great.also the book was very entertaining. Someof my favorite parts was when Garth was able to ride the unrideable horse who he called Skinny. I liked it because out of all the people in ghostopolis who lived there for years could never ride the horse.Then Garth,some newbie comes and is able to ride it the first day he comes.Another part I liked was the end when Garth faught vaugner.I like it because a little boy like Garth faught a man twice as old as him and he still won.I was disapointed that Garth had to go throgh all that and be scared just because of some lazy gost hunter.Other than that I would definitely recomend this book to outhers. Also im looking forward to reading more books by Doug TenNael such as Bad Island, and Power Up.
Mateo_ortiz More than 1 year ago
I liked this book, its a really interesting reading book i would recommend this book to a friend because of the mystery and its great plot. Also the book looked a bit freaky because of its cover and its Title "Ghostoplis" i thought it was going to be a book about freaking (like i said) but it turns out it had a twist to it its sad also because the boy Garth went to the spirit world and met his Grandfather, a man his mom never wanted to talk about. that was a really good twist to the book in after all i loved the book and i would recommend it to a friend
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I fell in love wit this book, I read it at the Library, and now i want to buy it so i can read it over and over and over and over again OMG I LOVE IT SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In this book by Doug TenNapel, A boy called Garth Hale has been zapped to the underworld by a washed old ghost wrangler called Frank gallows.He finds out that he has a special ability.Soon the leader of ghostopolis wants to take his power so that he could have more power over ghostopolis.but now, he finds his grandfather ghost cecil and both try to try and find a way to get garth back to earth. then gallows gets to ghostopolis with his ex fiancee Claire to rescue garth and fix his mistake. If I had to recommend this book to a friend,I would because it is a long comic book. Also their is little reading.what I like about this book is that you could look at the book and create your own dialogue.Also if you like this book, you could also read tommysaurus rex, monster zoo and creature tech.
raydc More than 1 year ago
I think ghostopolis is an awesome book. I recommend my friends to read this book because it is like some type of story where a kid gets send to another world that's among the dead. What I liked about the book is that it has action and its among the dead and its kind of funny and kind of like a rescuing thing in the book. I think the characters in the book made me fill like I was in the book. I liked the ending because at the end the kid comes back home with his mom and seems like they lived happily ever after. My favorite part is when the bad guy dies because know they don't have to worry about any troubles or battles any more.
BY-EDWIN More than 1 year ago
I would recommend this book to my friends because this book is very interesting. This book is about Frank Gallows capturing all the ghost that did not want to go to the afterlife and decided to stay on earth. Garth has an incuralble disease and he thinks he is going to die. Garth was sent to Ghostoplis by mistake so he is trying to find a way back to earth. Frank Gallows sent him so he made a promise to Garth's mother to bring him back to earth. Frank Gallows and his ex-girlfriend went to bring him back they had a difficult time doing it there were many people after Garth especially Vaugner. Garth meets his grandfather in Ghostopolis that he never meet and told him why and Garth's mother never again talked. Garth destroyed Vaugner and Franks ex was crowned queen of Ghostopolis. Garth got back to earth and he brought back the earrings that his grandfather did not let Garth's mother use. Garth's mother said that she forgave his father. I am glad that Garth was able to come back to earth.
EGHunter01 More than 1 year ago
*Engaging. *Fascinating. *Energetic. *You could probably read this graphic novel in one sitting.
AngelaCinVA on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was an OK read, but not great. Other graphic novels that I read for the challenge had more depth to the story and the characters. That said, it was fun and makes a great choice for YALSA's Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers List.
baxterclaus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
was nonplussed by this book. The drawings seem initially promising (that horse looks cool, right?), but mostly don't deliver. The book lacks intensity, and is told in a lazy manner, ignoring realistic details. The tepid moral lessons were mainly told in tacked-on side vignettes to the main plot. The final lesson of this book is no more complex than "sick kids get better" (misleading) and/or "good wins out over evil" (uninteresting). I'm not sure if the images inspired the text or vice versa; either way they deserve each other. Not terrible, just pedestrian.
eangers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ghostopolis is a graphic novel nominated for 2 Eiser awards in 2011: Best Publication for Teens and Best Lettering.This graphic novel by Doug TenNapel follows the story of a dead beat ghost wrangler, Frank Gallows and his career crushing mistake that lands a young boy with a terminal illness into a ghost world. Garth, the aforementioned young boy discovers he has great powers in the ghost world, and has quite an adventure trying to make his way back to the living. This quirky tale features skeletal velociraptors, mummified squirrels, secret passages and of course ghosts. The story line is a classic tale of good vs. evil, and seems to lack depth in character back stories and plot details. The art is outstanding and truly showcase the author/illustrator's strength in drawing, rather than following all leads in a storyline. For this reason, I feel that a graphic novel was a perfect medium for the author to use, but was a bit disappointing as far as potential outcomes. It felt as though the book was lacking guts, and relied a bit heavily on humour and aesthetics rather than a solid storyline. Some characters could have been shaped out more fully to understand their motives and a back story would have been appreciated in many of the villian's cases. All in all, This graphic novel was an easy read, and is near impossible to put down once you start. Filled with bathroom humour and life truths, it fills the needs of young readers to be entertained and perhaps learn some life lessons along the way. The conclusion was satisfying with room for improvement, but seems to already be in line for a movie- to be released 2013.
mjmbecky on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Despite what looks to be a light-hearted ghost story, with historical figures and skeletal remains of animals, this graphic novel had a few twists that gave it heart. The story centered on the little boy named Garth, who also faced a sad future not counting his accidental trip to the spirit world. In the spirit world, Garth got a chance to meet up with his grandfather, a man his mother never wanted to talk about. Together, the two try to figure a way to get young Garth back to his mother. To this mix we add in a quirky, crime-fighter sort of guy, Frank Gallows, who asks his former sweetheart to help him go to the spirit world to save Garth. There's only one problem, they used to be engaged and might just have unresolved issues! This fast-paced, action-filled graphic novel is light and fun to read, but has several funny messages tucked away in its pages. We get to see problems resolved and relationships mended. There are some funny historical figures inserted into the story that feel out of place but add a funny twist to the main action in the story. After all, it's all about getting a young boy back out of the spirit world, so wouldn't he get a chance to meet a few historical figures along the way? Altogether, this was a fun, comical ride through the spirit world and back again.
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reason for Reading: I'm always intrigued by stories that take place in the "afterlife".Frank Gallows is a ghost wrangler. He hunts down ghosts who've escaped the afterlife and sends them back but after 30 years on the job he's losing his touch, bored and plain grumpy with life. Sent to track down a night mare, the skeletal horse is on the run. As she goes through a wall, Frank shackles her and hit's the send button. Problem: on the other side of the wall the skeletal mare had en-caged a human boy, Garth, and he ends up in the afterlife with her. As headquarters sets up a team to rescue him, Frank and his ex-girlfriend, a ghost, go after him themselves. They find Ghostopolis, the city centre of the afterlife, greatly changed and dominated by Vaugner, an evil, powerful human-type being. Garth, Frank and Claire must find a way back to the mortal world and since Vaugner is trying to stop them at every turn they must first stop him.I found the story a little hard to get into as it starts right away with the action and it takes a bit to figure out what is going on. Plus the artwork was a little startling, the artist's depiction of people are on the ugly side of ugly. Once the plot became clearer, I started to enjoy the book and once the artist had the opportunity to add action scenes with non-human characters to the illustrations, I became more comfortable with the style and even enjoyed it by book's end.The story has several layers to it: a grown man with the behaviour of a child learns to grow up on the inside, a man who can't express his love outwardly makes the ultimate sacrifice to earn the love he craved and power and the begetting of power for power's sake can only lead to evil in the end, to name a few. Then there is the basic plot which is both exciting and fun. The book is quite dark though, death being the main theme here; my 10yo certainly couldn't handle it. Along the way Garth and company meet killer insects, skeletal armies, zombies, mummies and some other very strange characters. There is humour added to lighten up the darkness mostly in the form of sarcasm and wit, though there is some outright grossness to make you laugh (or cringe) too such as the delicacy of tarantula on a stick and an ancient fortune telling wolf who is blind and tells the future through smells and happens to "toot".At well over 200 pages there is a lot of story and characterization to be found in this simple story of good vs. evil and redemption for those who seek it.
KarenBall on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Frank Gallows is an agent for the Supernatural Immigration Task Force who gets fired because he's once again screwed up... except that this time, his mistake involves accidentally sending a kid into the spirit world with a skeletal Nightmare. Garth is the kid -- who's also been diagnosed with a deadly disease. In the spirit world, Garth meets Cecil, his grandfather's ghost, who helps him search for a way home to his mother. Garth develops supernatural powers, which draws the attention of Vaugner, evil ruler of Ghostopolis, who wants to control all of the power in the spririt world. Garth is on the run, until Frank Gallows shows up to fix his mistake and get Garth home again, with the help of his beloved girlfriend... who's a ghost. The twists at the end are great, and the artwork is colorful and expressive. Loved it! 6th grade and up.
zzshupinga on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Frank Gallows is a washed up ghost hunter going about his daily job sending ghosts back to the ghost world. Garth is your average kid. Likes playing, like hanging out with skeletal horses...and oh yeah he's slowly dying of an incurable disease. And then the two worlds collide and Frank accidentally sends Garth into the ghost world. Garth must navigate the ghost world with the help of his grandfather Cecil's ghost until he can figure out his way back home. Frank teams up with his ex-fiance Claire Voyant to bring Garth back....and to hopefully not die in the process.This book is a rollicking good story with something for everyone. Not only will the young readers relate to Garth and the struggles he goes through in the ghost world, but older readers will be able to recognize a bit of themselves in Frank and Claire. Doug masterfully weaves through two different worlds shows us a different way of looking at death and our own lives. You can't help but be touched by the story and captivated by the characters, even the secondary characters such as the Bone King and Joe. And even though there is a religious undertone to the story, it isn't off putting or overbearing, even for someone that isn't extremely religious. Instead it makes the story so much more powerful.The artwork is done in Doug TenNapel's normal fantastic style, this time with the added bonus of color! Each character is unique, even the skeletons, making it easy to identify who is who and to connect with them. They draw you into the story and make it easier to understand why Garth feels the way that he does and why in the beginning he seems to have given up. Same with Frank. The colors are rich and vibrant and are perfectly matched to the characters.I highly recommend this book (or any of Doug's works actually.) It's got a little bit of something for everyone.
brandyccross on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ghostopolis is a fictional graphic novel by Doug TenNapel. The novel is about a young boy named Garth who accidentally gets sent into the after life. Garth is diagnosed with an unidentified incurable disease and has given up all his hope. Frank Gallows is the washed out, ghost hunter that has accidentally sent Garth into the afterlife, and is on the adventure to try and save Garth. There is a classic battle of good versus evil within the graphic novel.Ghostopolis has several layers to its meaning and there is a lot to absorb. You watch Frank Gallows transform from a man with immature behavior to a grown individual who can finally accept himself fully. The simple message behind the novel is the battle between good and evil. You watch the heroes triumph entirely over the evil forces throughout the book. There is a good bit of humor to keep readers engaged in the story behind the pictures. You also watch Garth accept the incurable disease he has as he finds his own son in afterlife, and he accepts that he might make it into an adult life.I actually really enjoyed the graphic novel Ghostopolis. I had never read a graphic novel until then, but this book made me want to look into graphic novels at my own reading level. I would love to use not only this book in a classroom of my own, but other graphic novels to help children get through reading. Ghostopolis is a novel that can reach out to the kids that feel slightly different and can help readers comprehend stories to their level. I think Ghostopolis has positive messages throughout and it was a great read.
sjiwenxuan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Frank Gallows is a ghost hunter and he hunts ghosts to send back to the afterlife. When he is hunting a bone horse he puts on the cuffs and presses the button send. Frank doesn't know that he is sending a living boy also because the boy is inside the ribs of the horse. The boy gets sucked to the afterlife and has a huge adventure. At the end the boss of Frank finds out that he was there before and allows him to come back to his work.
khallbee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
With just the right balance of barf jokes, action sequences, and moments of real emotion, boys ages 8-14 will love Ghostopolis. This one-off graphic novel follows the story of terminally-ill Garth as he travels through a limbo-like afterlife with a skeletal horse he calls "Skinny". Pursued both by would-be rescuers and agents of the evil ruler of Ghostopolis, Garth discovers great powers while trying to find his way back to the world of the living. As an adult female, I must admit I was more interested in the romance between living ghost-hunter Frank Gallows and his spectral guide Claire than Garth's voyage of discovery. Gallows closely resembles TenNapel's stock protagonist from his more adult graphic novels-- sad sack Dr. Ong of Creature Tech and Hugh Randolf from Power Up-- whereas Garth needs a bit more fleshing out. His unspecified "incurable" disease is the only unique aspect of Garth personality, and his abbreviated friendship with his grandfather-as-a-little-boy is likewise superficial. What the story suffers from most, however, is its berevity. Like in Creature Tech and Power Up, TenNapel tries to squish what could easily become a multi-volume series into a single edition--a feat he can only accomplish by taking shortcuts in characterization and plot. The world-building he does in Ghostopolis seems particularly rushed, as very little time is given to the god-like Tuskegee Airman who built Ghostopolis and now shepherds lost spirits into the world beyond. TenNapel's characteristic style of illustration takes a while to get used to, as well. His dark, jagged lines and tall, thin figures with huge hands run the risk of being called "ugly" but lack nothing in expressiveness or individuality. Garth's careworn mother and Frank, with his slumping shoulders and 5-o'clock-shadow, hint at life experiences not explicitly addressed in the story.
Nbrowne on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is another one of my favorite book it's when a poor dying kid (not dead yet) finds himself in the middle of a horses skeleton and whats even worse is that a ghost catcher is on the other side with an afterlife teleporter thingy so he is now in the afterlife with no one that is going to help him get out! it's a great thrilling story you'll love it.
4sarad on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really need to stop reading graphic novels. Once again I thought that the story had promise, but I just wasn't getting enough! I wanted more back story on each of the characters and their worlds but got none. I hate superficial reads... I want to know more about the characters!
abbylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I unexpectedly loved this book! When Garth, a boy with a terminal disease, is accidentally sent to the afterlife by a burnt-out ghost detective named Frank Gallows, he discovers that an evil overlord has taken over the afterworld and only Garth has the powers to bring him down. The frequent humor (both in the text and the illustrations) lightens up a book that explores themes of loyalty, corruption, and forgiveness. This is a story with a lot of laughs and a lot of heart. Don't miss it!
wingedpotato on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another winner from TenNapel (of Creature Tech and Tommysaurus Rex). The depth of themes in this book made it much more than just a "kiddie" book.
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I picked this book up at the library on a whim and I am so glad I did. This was a wonderful story with some great illustrations. The story is meaningful, fun, and quirky all at the same time.Garth is a kid with problems, he has a life-threatening condition that no doctor can solve. Imagine his surprise when he is accidentally zapped into the Ghost world by an accident prone ghost hunter. While there Garth learns he has fantastic powers and ends up facing off against Ghostopolis's evil ruler. Garth learns a lot about his family's past and about himself while he is there. Now Garth needs to figure out how to get back.I loved the idea behind this story. How cool that Garth gets zapped into a ghost world and finds out that he has super hero like abilities there? I also loved Garth's faithful skeleton horse, that horse was awesome and added a lot of fun to the story.The story is suprisingly complex and creative. I was drawn into it right away and had to read the whole thing in one sitting because I just could not put it down. This is one of those graphic novels that will appeal to a broad range of ages. Depending on the age of the reader different messages can be taken from the book. At the most basic level it is a fun and engaging story about the adventure of a boy in a ghost world; on a more complex level is explores questions behind death and what happens after life.The drawings were very well done. I never had trouble following them or figuring out what was going on. The characters were drawn very expressively...even the horse made out of bones had a ton of personality. So, I just really enjoyed it.Overall this was an absolutely fantastic graphic novel. The idea is creative, the characters very engaging, and the story complex and interesting. It is one of those books that will appeal to a large age group. Young kids will love the adventure aspects of the story, older kids and adults will be drawn in by the whole mystery of death subtheme. If you love fantasy graphic novels or paranormal graphic novels definitely give this one a is exceedingly well done.
gvandevel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Frank Gallows is a ghost hunter and he hunts ghosts to send back to the afterlife. When he is hunting a bone horse he puts on the cuffs and presses the button send. Frank doesn't know that he is sending a living boy also because the boy is inside the ribs of the horse.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago