Plot: Effective worldbuilding drives this paranormal narrative for middle grade readers, the third of a series. Strong themes of friendship and grief trump the repetitiveness of the plot throughout the story.
Prose: Clear, exciting, and evocative, McCauley executes a well-written ghost story with an atmospheric setting.
Originality: While reminiscent of classic middle grade mystery adventures, McCauley provides a fresh and fun supernatural element.
Character/Execution: The main character is likable and comes across as a gifted hero who is mentored by his cranky teacher. He takes his gift seriously and strives to help others, all while grappling with his own personal struggles. Some encounters with spirits are cut short, leaving readers craving more.
Date Submitted: April 01, 2022
"Ghost Hunters: Spirit Fire is the third installment in the Ghost Hunters series, and a definite must read. If you’re looking for a ghost story that is more than just chills and thrills, Ghost Hunters is a series that will fulfill the need for deep stories packed full of heart."