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The Empty Grave: Lockwood & Co., Book 5

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Rousing finale to scary ghost series sure to satisfy fans.

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Fans of the series' other four books will be thrilled with this action-filled, all-questions-answered, and even kind of sweet and touching finale. It's more action-packed than previous installments, with Lockwood & Co. threatened not just by the usual slew of creepy ghosts (La Belle Dame was a really fun one), but also by the bigwigs in their whole lucrative ghost hunting industry. The henchmen sent to keep the small agency quiet have their hands full when Lockwood comes up with his many schemes to fight back. With this search for the truth and a way to bring powerful people to justice, there's even more to root for in The Empty Grave.

And we're also rooting for the great characters here. Lucy and Lockwood's relationship has always been devoted but distant -- think Mulder and Scully from the X-Files -- and both inch closer toward something new. Everyone rallies around the bumbling but brilliant George when he's injured -- including someone very unexpected. Quill Kipps, the guy everyone used to love to hate, is now a valued member of the team. And even Lucy's sardonic Skull ghost in a jar seems to have a softer side. Each of these little personal moments with the characters, plus a lot of humor, draw a big heart around an already compelling end to a fantastic mystery series.

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