The Ministry of Ghosts by Alex Shearer

The Ministry of Ghosts

Written by Alex Shearer

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A spooky funny mystery with ghost-hunting, useless adults and tea! Thruppence and Tim don't know what they're getting themselves into when they ring the bell at the house with dusty windows and a tarnished name plate to enquire about the advertised 'Saturday Person'. What could be so difficult about an unspecified Saturday job? Well, had that name plate been properly cleaned, Thruppence and Tim might not have been so keen to enter...


The Ministry of Ghosts by Alex Shearer

Pressured by the stern Minister Beeston from the Department of Economies, the Ministry of Ghosts has been given three months to prove the existence or non-existence of ghosts, or else it will be shut down! As it seems that children are particularly magnetic to ghosts and supernatural beings, Thruppence and Tim are added to their ghost-catching team. And although neither of them are scared by talk of ghosts or monsters, they couldn't have imagined the truth behind what they will find...


Two strong characters, with a lot of humour, and a twist at the end - great fun to read -- Diana Barnes School Library Association

About the Author

Alex Shearer was born in 1949 in Wick, in the far north of Scotland and enjoyed writing from an early age. He went on to write several TV series including the 1990's sitcom The Two of Us, and numerous stage and radio plays.

More recently he has started writing for children. His Wilmot stories have been adapted for TV by Yorkshire television, and his children's novel, The Greatest Store in the World, was screened as a feature length TV film on Christmas Eve 1999 by the BBC.His recent novel 'The Speed of the Dark' was shortlisted for the 2002 Guardian Fiction Prize.

He lives in Somerset and is married with two grown-up children.

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256 pages
Interest Age: From 9


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Hot Key Books

Publication date

2nd October 2014




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