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October 31, 2012

Blog Tour: The Girl’s Ghost Hunting Guide by Stacey Graham – Review and Ghost Hunting Guest Post

Hey all!  Thanks for stopping by the blog for our tour stop for

The Girl’s Ghost Hunting Guide by Stacey Graham

presented by Sourcebooks!

We’re so excited to have Stacey stop by the blog and gives us pointers on
how to get your ghost hunting groove on!

Ask any girl what the best part of a slumber party or camping trip is and she’ll tell you it’s the ghost stories. This bright, interactive journal is for tweens who are no longer content to watch movies or read about ghosts online, but are ready to jump into the paranormal fray themselves. With workbook pages, ghost stories, quizzes, sidebars, and interviews with ghost hunters, this illustrated guidebook gives girls the tools to safely explore the unknown using everyday household items- and helps them discover their own strengths using deductive reasoning.

The Girl’s Ghost Hunting Guide by Stacey Graham
Publication Date:  May 1, 2012
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

I couldn’t find a trailer, but here’s a Halloween Song!
Happy Halloween!
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Ladies, think back to when you were a kid, remember all those horror movies you would watch with your parent/guardian and the creepy shivers you would get? Do you remember how in your waking world you could tell yourself it wasn’t real but once it was time to go to bed every single bump in the night suddenly became the shuffling of a zombie? Every whoosh of air was a ghost moving through the air and every dream involved either being chased or a more dangerous version of Thriller, do you remember that?

Well considering that I’m the big chicken that I am, I still remember all of those things happening after every single scary movie that I see and to be quite honest when it comes to the realms of the supernatural—I like to have a bit of background knowledge. As a kid, I would watch shows about characters who uncover supernatural mysteries and have to admit that I secretly always wanted to be a paranormal investigator. Besides who knows, what with all the YA novels I’ve been reading lately, there might be a chance of getting a supernatural boyfriend… and I’m wandering away from the point of this review!

The Girls’ Ghost Hunting Guide is something I wish I had years ago to sate my questions about  the creepiest of all the supernatural entities: Ghosts! Duh, obviously! With such an adoringly cute ghost mascot and a totally creepy opening sentence I had a feeling that this middle grade read would be something that would have me interested and entertained. Do I take some of the things I learned seriously? Oh yeah. Am I going to become a paranormal investigator sometime soon because of this guide? Of course not! But I sure want to!

The guide revolves around (you guessed it) ghosts. How to find them, what they’re like, how to contact them and how to become a ghost hunter yourself. How fun! Right guys? It’s not just a how-to guide, there are also pages and mini chapters that are devoted to creepy urban legends, quizzes to test your knowledge and interviews from real world ghost hunters who give us insight into the career path of a professional Ghostbuster.

As I said before, I’m a big chicken and so when I read certain urban legends I’ll admit that sleeping became just a bit too hard. But just a little bit. In the past (for writing purposes) I would Google certain things that contact ghosts, one of them including a Ouija board that opens a portal of sorts into the otherworld and if one isn’t cautious you end up summoning the bad mojo. Like real bad. And in the guide, there is one way to contact ghosts that basically means ripping open a portal, I gotta admit that when I read that my eyes went wide and I hoped that if somebody does choose to do it they are careful as all heck because the bad mojo is…well… bad.

I’m a superstitious person, okay?

I would recommend The Girls’ Ghost Hunting Guide to young readers who have a lust for the supernatural and want to increase their knowledge. This is a story that should definitely be read before Halloween *ominous laughter*.

Getting your ghost hunting groove on

 

Forget the crunching of leaves under your boots this season, we have work to do! Ghost hunting isn’t for the meek but with a bit of research and sharpening our investigative skills, we’re on the way to finding out what’s bumping in the night and waking up the dog.

Field Guide to Ghosts:

  • Residual: You’ve backed into a time loop and may be seeing an event that happened years ago. This includes nightly knocking on the walls or doors, hearing furniture moving when it’s quiet, or even watching a pair of legs wander down a dusty road as I found during one investigation in Virginia. Just the legs. Good times, people. There is nothing to interact with so sit back and enjoy the show.
  • Intelligent: Recently I had a cold ghost sit on my lap. At least that’s what it felt like during an investigation as I watched flashlights turn off and on while we asked questions. The ghost was actively pursuing communication with the group and I knew we were witnessing actual phenomena.
  • Poltergeist: No, not a spooky movie about short people. This type of ghost is more of a manifestation of energy that gets a bit rambunctious. Fires, stones raining on the roof, and some instances of it chatting up households make it a nuisance.
  • Shadow People: A mass of black shadows moving across the wall, these give me the shivers. The ones in my house are bulky and man-shaped, they don’t play well with others.

Tips on doing your own investigation: 

  • Be prepared before you head out for the night. Your basic kit may include: flashlights, logbook/pen, digital voice recorder, watch, camera/video, and always bring your ID.
  • Always obtain permission from the landowner/homeowner before an investigation.
  • In your logbook, record: place/time/weather conditions/whom you’re with/what you saw and what time it took place
  • Try your hand at electronic voice phenomena (EVP)! A quick and easy way to see if a ghost is trying to get your attention; EVPs may be done in any area that you suspect has activity.
    • Once recording, speak your name, where you are, and the time into the recorder.
    • Start asking questions, leaving a pause between each one for a response.
    • Play back the recording before you leave the room in case the spirit world is trying to give you a high five.

Good luck, have fun and check twice under your bed at night. Those dust bunnies sound funny.

Stacey Graham is the author of the Girls’ Ghost Hunting Guide [girlsghosthuntingguide.com], the Zombie Tarot and multiple short stories. She is currently writing a book about true haunted objects; if you have a story you’d like to share and possibly be in the book, please contact her at stacey.i.graham[at]gmail.com. Please visit her website at stacey.i.graham.com, on twitter at @staceyigraham and on Facebook at facebook.com/authorstaceygraham

Want some tips on how to throw a spooktacular sleep over?  Read all about it HERE!

About the Author:

Stacey Graham has spent a good part of the last twenty years sitting in dark attics waiting to poke the paranormal and see if it giggles. When not wrestling ghosties, she enjoys reading Jane Austen and writing zombie poetry, humor, and ghost stories. She has been known to feed small armies of Girl Scouts with her granola recipes and is terrified of mice.

She lives on the tippy top of a mountain outside of Washington, D.C. with her husband and five daughters.

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2 Comments

  1. kimbacaffeinate
    10/31/2012

    This sounds like fun and perfect for my nieces!

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  2. jennrenee
    10/31/2012

    great guest post. this book sounds so cute. I added to my TBR. thanks for sharing.
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