The Wrath of the Grinning Ghost
"Gravely ill." The haunting words keep repeating themselves over and over in Johnny Dixon's brain. After all the tests, doctors still can't find any earthly reason why Johnny's father lies unconscious. Could it be that Johnny's own tangles with the malevolent creature have caused his father to be its latest victim?
To save Major Dixon, Johnny and his friends Professor Childermass and Fergie Ferguson must not only enter into battle with the fearsome fiend, they must fight it in the realm of its own unearthly world. Can the rescue Johnny's father? Or will they all die, leaving the earth in peril from the demon's rage?
"As with Bellairs' own writing, Strickland succeeds in creating a plot with horrifying enemies defeated through the ordinary courage and goodness of Johnny and his mentor." - BooksForKidsBlog
About the Book
This is twelfth and final book in the Johnny Dixon series.
Originally titled The Grinning Ghost, Strickland says that after a conference with the editor he changed the title from The Fate of the Grinning Ghost to The Wrath of the Grinning Ghost, becasue, "let's face it -- the ghost is quite mad, in two senses of the term."
Strickland says to research this book, he and his wife flew to Boston. "We traveled up to Haverhill and, as usual, made nuisances of ourselves by poking and prying and asking all sorts of weird questions. Mr. Gorey reportedly liked the story a great deal and thought it was one of the best I had done."
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