Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 6 - 8Grade 7n/a6.660945
Now I lay me down to sleep,

I pray the Lord my soul to keep.

And if I should die before I awake,

I pray the popular attend my wake.

Charlotte Usher feels practically invisible at school, and then one day she really is invisible. Even worse: she's dead. And all because she choked on a gummy bear. But being dead doesn't stop Charlotte from wanting to be popular; it just makes her more creative about achieving her goal.

If you thought high school was a matter of life or death, wait till you see just how true that is. In this satirical, yet heartfelt novel, Hurley explores the invisibility we all feel at some times and the lengths we'll go to be seen.

Praise for ghostgirl:

* Polished dark-and-deadpan humor, it's a natural fit with Gen Y, too." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

* "[Tonya] beats out witty teen-speak like a punk-band drummer, keeping the narrative fast-paced and fun yet thought-provokingly heartwarming. Goofy, ghastly, intelligent, electrifying." --Kirkus (starred review)

*"Tim Burton and Edgar Allan Poe devotees will die for this fantastic, phantasmal read." --School Library Journal (starred review)

* "Readers with a taste for black humor and satire will feast on Hurley's crisp, wise dialogue. Anticipate a well deserved cult following." --VOYA (starred review)

"Written with deadpan wit...this is a 'Wonderful Life'-like tale." -New York Post

"A sincere (and humorous) exploration of how we all feel invisible at one time or another...perfect read." -CosmoGirl
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published on August 1, 2008 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0316113573
ISBN-13: 9780316113571
8 Book Reviews
  • wiccanbat666
    wiccanbat666over 3 years55 stars
    I found this book when I was in middle school, but I was never able to read it because the library decided to get rid of it! I was so happy when I found it on Amazon and was able to buy it. I'm loving it so far and can't wait to read the other books in this series.
    • alyeul
      alyeulabout 5 years55 stars
      My mom bought me this book and I decided to start reading. I really liked the suspense and action. Tonya Hurley really is a great author. This book is about a girl who dies after choking on a gummy bear. Then she tries to get connected to the living world. In the process Scarlet becomes Damen's girfriend.
      • ifeelbookish
        ifeelbookishover 7 years44 starsFeatured
        All Charlotte wants is to be liked. She is a social outcast that is desperate for someone, anyone to at least notice her. Throw in Charlotte's crush, a gummy bear, Physics class, and that's the end of Charlotte as we know it, literally. At the end of Physics class, Charlotte unbelievably chokes on a gummy bear just when Damien her crush, actually notices her. Tragic, isn't it? Well, she ends up in "DeadEd", a class for dead students to "graduate" which simply means to move on. This book is an amazing story of the constant struggle for popularity, and the lengths we'll go to achieve that. Hurley's debut novel really amazed me. It seemed really ironic in the beginning, but as the story progressed I became more engrossed with the story. I love the illustrations, and especially the cover. The story was actually really thought-provoking with a dark twist. Overall, I really liked it, and I can't wait to read the whole series. Lastly, I think this is quite a mature read so I would recommend this to 14+. ~ifeelbookish
        • headream100
          headream100about 8 years55 stars
          I just read this book today, and I admit that there are a minimum amount of curses and swear words. However, it was a great book. I really recommend this book to girls who hate gummy bears but like to read about creepy stuff and popularity with a hint of tween romance. I am now reading the next book!
          • Lol over 8 years
            Going to read it
            • lizzy2013
              lizzy2013over 8 years55 stars
              this book was amazing and interesting and fun to read. i recommend this book to everyone. GREAT BOOK!
              • funnyabout 9 years
                I have the second book, and I really want to read the first one. Where can I buy this book!! Really want it!
                • gummy_gurl
                  gummy_gurlalmost 10 years
                  this book is a great book, it is funny and adventuruous and also really creepy but exciting and cool for anyone to read..