Gap Year in Ghost Town (Michael Pryor, A&U)
Anton is just a regular 18-year-old guy taking a gap year. He’s working at his dad’s second-hand bookshop, spending time with his best friend Bec, and getting some experience in the other family business—ghost-hunting. When a routine hunt goes awry, Anton is rescued by a sword-wielding British girl, Rani, on assignment from her ghost-hunting academy in London. But Anton and Rani aren’t the only ones out hunting, and not everyone has good intentions. Anton might need a little more than sarcasm and an epic comeback to get out of this one. Gap Year in Ghost Town is the Australian YA answer to Supernatural you didn’t know you were waiting for. Filled with snarky banter, ghostly intrigue and delightful characters, Michael Pryor’s latest novel is pure entertainment. Wildly sarcastic, big-hearted Anton may be the main character, but the city of Melbourne feels like it comes a close second. Pryor highlights Melbourne’s history and character to make a wonderfully spooky ghost-hunting setting. Perfect for fans of the ‘Lockwood and Co’ series and Anna Dressed in Blood, Gap Year in Ghost Town is ridiculously fun YA for ages 13 and up.
Meg Whelan is the children’s book buyer at the Hill of Content Bookshop