The Ghosts of Ashbury High

The Ghosts of Ashbury High

Book - 2010
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Student essays, scholarship committee members' notes, and other writings reveal interactions between a group of modern-day students at an exclusive New South Wales high school and their strange connection to a young Irishman transported to Australia in the early 1800s.
Publisher: New York : Arthur A. Levine Books, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780545069724
0545069726
Branch Call Number: YF MOR NVD
Characteristics: 480 p. : ill. ; 22 cm

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julia_sedai
Aug 29, 2015

This is a continuation of Moriarty's other 3 books about Ashbury High/Brookfield, set near Sydney, Australia. Emily and Lydia are main characters in this one again. I really liked the storyline. I felt it was deeper than the other three books. There is also some historical fiction thrown in it. The entire thing is a parody of gothic fiction, and the students' attempts at writing gothically (to use Emily's word) are hilarious. I recommend this book if you have read the other 3 (Feeling Sorry for Celia, The Year of Secret Assignments, The Murder of Bindy Mackenzie).

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CAROWOZFAN
Oct 05, 2013

Good, interesting. I like the way it's written, very original!

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ACatNamedTofu
Mar 19, 2013

I like Jaclyn Moriarty's books a lot; you can just feel the Australian vibe coming off of the them. Different from the other Ashbury novels, but it's very funny and very good. And similar too...(IF anyone knows what happened to Sergio--he didn't appear in this one--I'd like to know.)

S_FORBES Aug 03, 2011

This book was....different. I thought it was interesting, but kept switching perspectives, and got confusing sometimes.

same as the one before. i rated it based on what i had a chance to read

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Riceyy
Jul 11, 2011

this book was unexpectedly disappointing. the format is all over and difficult to follow; emails, dialogue, essays and whatnot. the frequent changes in character perspectives were exhausting to follow and the overall story line was not even that intelligent. i expected this book to be much better but it lacked substance. the characters were either boring, shallow, and spoke unintelligibly. i would not recommend this book. :(

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Kekataag
Sep 27, 2010

Excellent book, very well thought out. It keeps you guessing for the first half, and in the second half it's all like "ohhhhh". It can get a bit confusing if you don't read it properly, but other than that, it's brilliant. Lots of psychological stuff about teens and many different formats throughout the book, eg letters, poems, blogs, etc.

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