All that Johnny Graphic ever wanted was to be a star news photographer. But the story that puts the twelve-year-old on the front page could well come with a horrible headline: BOY LENSMAN MURDERED BY GHOSTS! The year is 1935 and in Johnny’s world, spooks are very, very real. Most wraiths are friendly to the living. Some of them even have jobs. But a few ancient ghost assassins are on the warpath, out to kill Johnny’s sister Melanie—for reasons that the siblings don’t even begin to understand.
On assignment from the Zenith Clarion newspaper, Johnny journeys half-way around the world on a flying boat—along with best friend Nina Bain, Uncle Louie, and Melanie. Along the way, he has to unravel a deadly ghost conspiracy that threatens the lives of millions. Or die trying! An action-filled, 1930s ghost adventure for middle grade readers. (And anyone else who enjoys a spirited yarn!)
“Johnny Graphic and the Etheric Bomb is a novel drawing from the classic pulpy style of the 1930s, following Johnny Graphic, aspiring photographer, as he discovers ghosts covering every level of his desired career path. Finding ghosts friendly and hostile, he rushes to protect his sister from the latter, a task more difficult than he knows. Johnny Graphic and the Etheric Bomb is a strong pick for young adult readers, highly recommended.” –Children’s Bookwatch, a publication of the Midwest Book Review
“The nonstop action and off-kilter but still familiar world make for an engaging read. Although I get a slightly ‘boy book’ vibe from it, it’s full of proactive female characters, too. The plight of the ghosts adds depth to it—I hope that most readers will go from finding them spooky and sometimes funny to feeling sympathy for the difficult situation they’re in.” —Reads 4 Tweens
Fresh from saving the lives of millions of people in Johnny Graphic and the Etheric Bomb, Johnny and his friends are drawn into another rip-roaring ghost adventure… This time an army of monstrous bog zombies has appeared out of nowhere to ravage the northern counties of the Royal Kingdom. They’re rampaging, burning, and smashing everything in sight. And they’re capturing kids for reasons too horrible to even contemplate. Johnny, his best friend Nina Bain, and his sister Mel are summoned to help defeat the evil genius thought to be behind this nefarious plot–Percy Rathbone! The very same ghost who created the etheric bomb. Who nearly destroyed Johnny’s hometown. And who was the last person to see Johnny’s parents before they disappeared.
Cut off from all help in the grim, foggy northern wilderness, the young news photographer and his companions must fight for their very survival while they try to rescue the kids who have been taken. But Percy has something much more dangerous in mind. And Johnny has to stop him before it’s too late. The fate of the Royal Kingdom depends on it.