Subtitle: Volume 1
By: Lize Meddings
Genre: YFW - Comic strip fiction / graphic novels (Children's / Teenage)
Published by: Hachette Children's Books
Published: 27 Jan 2021
ISBN: 9781444957358


Ever felt anxious or alone? Like you don't belong anywhere? Like you're almost... invisible? Find your kindred spirits at The Sad Ghost Club. (You are not alone. Shhh. Pass it on.) This is the story of one of those days - a day so bad you can barely get out of bed, when it's a struggle to leave the house, and when you do, you wish you hadn't. But even the worst of days can surprise you.

When one sad ghost, alone at a crowded party, spies another sad ghost across the room, they decide to leave together. What happens next changes everything. Because that night they start The Sad Ghost Club - a secret society for the anxious and alone, a club for people who think they don't belong. For fans of Heartstopper and Jennifer Niven, and for anyone who's ever felt invisible.

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The Sad Ghost Club is a sensitive, insightful and easy to read graphic novel dealing with themes of anxiety, self-doubt and self-acceptance, loneliness and friendship.

Our ghost is sad. The ghost is trying to do well at school, but sometimes it easier not to want to leave the house and face the world. It is easier to just turn invisible. Like when you’re invited to a party. Should you go? What if…?

But an encounter with another sad ghost might just change our ghost’s life...

With themes of engagement, self-doubt, loneliness and hope, The Sad Ghost Club will reverberate strongly with many secondary students who may also find themselves struggling. The graphic novel format draws you in to the story, and so it will also be a great book for more reluctant readers.

Reviewed by Rob