13 days of midnight /

by Hunt, Leo [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2015.Edition: First U.S. edition.Description: 327 pages ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9780763678654; 0763678651.Other title: Thirteen days of midnight.Subject(s): Fathers -- Death -- Juvenile fiction | Magic -- Juvenile fiction | Ghost stories | Young adult fiction | Fathers -- Death -- Fiction | Magic -- Fiction | Ghosts -- Fiction | Young adult fictionSummary: When Luke Manchett's estranged father dies suddenly, he leaves his son a dark inheritance: a Host of eight unique, powerful, and restless spirits. Unfortunately, Luke has no clue how to manage them, which the ghosts figure out pretty quickly. Armed with only his father's indecipherable notes, and a locked copy of "The Book of Eight", Luke struggles to adapt to his new role as a necromancer. --From dust jacket flap.
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In a devilishly dark and funny debut, a teen finds himself the unwitting beneficiary of eight enslaved and angry ghosts seeking bloody vengeance. <br> <br> When Luke Manchett's estranged father dies unexpectedly, he leaves his son a dark inheritance: a collection of eight restless spirits, known as his Host, who want revenge for their long enslavement. Once they figure out that Luke has no clue how to manage them, they become increasingly belligerent, and eventually mutiny. Halloween (the night when ghosts reach the height of their power) is fast approaching , and Luke knows his Host is planning something far more trick than treat. Armed with only his father's indecipherable notes, a locked copy of The Book of Eight, and help from school outcast Elza Moss, Luke has just thirteen days to uncover the closely guarded secrets of black magic and send his unquiet spirits to their eternal rest--or join their ghostly ranks himself.

When Luke Manchett's estranged father dies suddenly, he leaves his son a dark inheritance: a Host of eight unique, powerful, and restless spirits. Unfortunately, Luke has no clue how to manage them, which the ghosts figure out pretty quickly. Armed with only his father's indecipherable notes, and a locked copy of "The Book of Eight", Luke struggles to adapt to his new role as a necromancer. --From dust jacket flap.

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Sixteen-year-old British teen Luke Manchett thinks hes got it made when his estranged father suddenly dies. Dr. Horatio Manchett had been the host of the popular ghost-hunting TV show Nightwatch, and Luke will inherit six million poundsif he just signs the creepy goatskin contract proffered by lawyer Mr. Berkley. Luke doesand quickly regrets his decision when it turns out he has also inherited his fathers necromantic power, the secret to his success. The eight archetypal spirits (each more dangerous and disturbing than the last) of his fathers Host arrive to serve Luke. With the help of necromantic text The Book of Eight and Elza Moss, an ostracized schoolmate whos able to see ghosts, Luke learns that the Host will be at full strength on Halloweenonly thirteen days awayand will attempt to kill him in a mutiny. Given the Faustian bargain trope, Mr. Berkleys true identity will likely come as no surprise to readers, but the way Luke resolves his dilemma and the details of Dr. Manchetts own bargain will. The frequent dark humor of Lukes narration is balanced by moments of true suspense and satisfyingly complex relationships between Luke and his parents, Elza, the Host, and even his dog (whose touching perspective is revealed in an unexpected way). katie bircher (c) Copyright 2015. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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