Misty Gordon and the Mystery of the Ghost Pirates
by Kim Kennedy
Misty's family has always been a little odd and Misty has been forced to live with that fact all of her life. Her parents are estate dealers. Basically, they check obituaries every day and then go to the homes of the recently departed to buy off their stuff for cheap and sell it at their Dearly Departed Antiques Store in town.
It's not something they do to get rich. There's really no money in the business at all. And because they are so broke, Misty has been forced to accept these hand-me-downs from the dead whenever she's needed something new. Her room is a mishmash of furniture from dead people. Her clothes aren't much better.
When the town's psychic finally kicks the bucket, Misty rides with her dad to the house to pick up some of the odds and ends... Mostly odds.
There's a strange vanity that locks when it feels like it. A diary that attacks people who try to read it. And a pair of glasses that can see more than the normal, average, everyday kind.
With her new possessions, Misty also finds out the secrets of her town and its oldest citizens.
Now she and her friend, Yoshi, must find the hidden treasure of a band of pirates and keep it from their descendants, or the whole town could be destroyed.
Final thoughts: There were some really good moments in this book. However, they were really just moments. The author has a good idea, but not a great style. The end just seemed to be crammed in without a lot of thought. I had to re-read a few passages over to try and clarify things because they went by so fast.