Tuesday, September 25, 2012

A new book from Ken Catran


Dead Harry by Ken Catran, Scholastic NZ

Along with the title, a pair of suspended eyeballs and a set of false teeth on the front cover give some idea what to expect. It’s a ghost story mixed up with a thriller, but I suspect the author had his tongue firmly in his cheek the whole time so you could also call it a spoof. Sam’s friend Harry suddenly ends up dead – and naturally he comes back to haunt Sam. Initially this is very disconcerting for both parties, but as time goes by Harry discovers some of the joys of being supernatural – such as detaching your eyeballs. However there are suspicious things going on, and Sam and Harry eventually discover a dastardly plot involving war criminals and heaps of money, not to mention a few people who aren’t what they seem (I can’t say more without giving away the plot). Okay, it’s all pretty far-fetched, but it’s good fun and intermediate-aged boys should enjoy it, especially the ghostly bits.

ISBN 978 1 77543 051 3 RRP $19.50 Pb

Reviewed by Lorraine Orman

1 comment:

Yoshi Nakayama said...

I have read this book I thought it was great. Keep up the good writing!