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Constable & Toop /

by Jones, Gareth P.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Amulet Books, [2013]Description: 391 pages ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9781419707827 :; 1419707825 :.Other title: Constable and Toop.Subject(s): Ghosts -- Fiction | Future life -- Fiction | London (England) -- History -- 19th century -- Fiction | Great Britain -- History -- Victoria, 1837-1901 -- FictionSummary: In Victorian London, an undertaker's son who can see ghosts and is haunted by their constant demands for attention must decide whether to help when a horrible disease imprisons ghosts into empty houses in the world of the living.
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Something mysterious and terrible is happening throughout Victorian London: Ghosts are disap­pearing. When this reaches the attention of the Ghost Bureau, the diligent but clueless Mr. Lapsewood, a paranormal paper-pusher, is sent to investigate, and what he discovers is grave. The Black Rot has arrived--a voracious spiritual infestation whereby empty haunted houses suck in unsuspecting ghosts and imprison them. Lapsewood's investigation weaves through the plotlines of several other memorable characters--both living and dead--including an undertaker's son who can see ghosts, a serial throat-slasher reminiscent of Jack the Ripper, an evangelical exorcist, and many more. The living and dead must work together if they hope to destroy the Black Rot--before it destroys both the ghost and human worlds.<br> This highly atmospheric and bitingly funny ghost story by successful British author Gareth P. Jones will delight fans of Eva Ibbotson and Neil Gaiman.<br> <br> Praise for Constable & Toop <br> STARRED REVIEWS <br> "Jones has crafted a menacing, spooky Victorian London full of criminals and unfinished business, which is well balanced by the biting satire and buffoonery of the Bureau. Add to that a cast of fascinating, well-wrought characters--from the smarmy and threatening Jack, to the precocious, pot-stirring aspiring journalist, Clara--and it's a winning combination of macabre atmosphere, whimsical antics, and heartfelt, earnest friendship. " <br> -- Booklist , starred review<br> <br> "This story is sure to tickle the funny bone and satisfy the taste for some gruesome adventure while appealing to both girls and boys. A fun read that includes intrigue, murder, mystery, and a young damsel who rescues them all."<br> -- School Library Journal , starred review<br> <br> "Both spine-chilling and raucously funny, this ghostly Victorian mystery knits humor and horror into a lively supernatural escapade for confident readers."<br> -- Library Media Connection , highly recommended<br> <br> "Jones is interested in giving readers more than spooky thrills; his characters have moral heft and are concerned with issues such as culpability, whether people can be considered good if they have done bad things, and the importance of living life to its fullest."<br> -- Kirkus Reviews<br> <br> " British author Jones offers a witty take on Victorian ghost stories that mixes dark humor and satire with an almost traditional boy's adventure format."<br> -- Publishers Weekly <br> <br> " It is part mystery, part adventure, and thoroughly delightful."<br> -- VOYA <br>

Originally published in London by Hot Key Books, 2012.

In Victorian London, an undertaker's son who can see ghosts and is haunted by their constant demands for attention must decide whether to help when a horrible disease imprisons ghosts into empty houses in the world of the living.

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<opt> <anon I1="BLANK" I2="BLANK">Sam glanced at his uncle. He had no desire to reveal his gift to him. He tried to ignore the ghost but she continued to go on. 'They say you're a Talker. You can hear and see us. They say you'll help us. Please help me. I must tell my Tom not to marry her.' Sam disliked the maudlers and the mopers most of all, always coming to him, begging for help. At least this one was pretty. A few years older than Sam, twenty perhaps, but even in death he could see she had been a beauty. He shifted his eyes to indicate that he would speak with her outside, then poured a ladleful of soup into the bowl and placed it back in front of his uncle. 'You shouldn't listen to your old man,' said Uncle Jack. 'We used to be as thick as thieves, me and him. I don't know what he's said about me before, but every story has two sides. Most have more.' 'He's never mentioned you,' replied Sam honestly. Jack swallowed a mouthful of soup. 'This tastes better now, lad. You'll make someone a good wife some day.' He laughed. 'Oh, there you go again with your sulky looks. It was a joke.' The lady in the nightdress sniffed. 'And pay no attention to her, neither,' added Jack in a hushed voice. 'I'll bet her chap's better off with the sister than with that moaning old trout.' Excerpted from Constable and Toop by Gareth P. Jones All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.</anon> </opt>

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Horn Book Review

In this ghoulish Victorian pot-boiler, young Sam Toop--an undertaker's son who can communicate with ghosts--finds his services required when the Black Rot begins to infest London's haunted buildings. Who has been exorcising London's amiable ghost population, and why? A fast-paced mash-up of the grislier edge of Victorian London--mourning practices, spiritualism, haunted buildings, and serial murderers. (c) Copyright 2014. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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