Monday, August 15, 2016
The Ministry of Ghosts by Alex Shearer
The staff decide they need to hire weekend persons to help them prove the existence of ghosts, or they'll end up working at the Department of the Sewers. Thruppence and Tim apply to their advertisement in the window and begin ghost hunting. They have three months to find proof of spirits, or the Ministry will be shut down forever.
This is a very unconventional book. The main characters are not introduced until mid way through and the whole story is told by an omni-present narrator.
When I first started reading I was drawn into the story by the odd happenings at the Ministry of Ghosts. The four employees are all very detailed and have distinctive characteristics. The villain, Mr. Beeston, is also well-written, giving the reader a sense of immediate dislike for him and his bull headed ways. However, as I read on and on about their doings, I began to wonder where the story was going. I started to wonder if perhaps the Ministry itself was the protagonist. When Thruppence and Tim arrived I thought we were going to go places. Though the two of them are fun together, there is only one real adventure in a graveyard, and I wanted so much more.
Now, without giving the ending away, I was not satisfied. When they finally find their "evidence", I could only think, why wasn't there any more around? There should have been more "evidence" about, and why didn't they end up searching for more? Why not make the Ministry a fully running office?
So, I'm afraid I'm half and half with the story. It was fun, and I think most kids will be surprised at the ending, however I wanted more. On a side note, I learned from experience that the writing on the cover of the book glows in the dark! 3 stars!