Stanly’s Ghost

Publisher: Salt Publishing

Review

The third and final book in the Bitter Sixteen trilogy concludes the adventures of reluctant Welsh superhero Stanly Bird. At the end of Ace of Spiders, we left Stanly in the strange otherworld populated by horrifying monsters that had been slipping through into normal reality. Stanly’s Ghost brings Stanly back to fight the evil Angel Group for the second time, but a lot’s changed while he’s been gone, and it looks like the baddies might not be the baddies anymore.

One of the strengths of this excellent teen series is Stanly’s rich friendship group. Mohamed refers to cult TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer frequently, and it’s evident that he knows the power of positioning a superhero within a supportive community, a la the Scooby Gang, to create a rounded story with believable characters that power the action along. Added to Mohamed’s (by now) trademark razor sharp dialogue and frame-by-frame action, this makes a trilogy with a huge amount of heart.

Share this page with your friends

More books like this

How to Be Invisible

Author: Tim Lott

A strange encounter with a moustachioed man in a dusty bookshop offers a cryptic answer to Strato Nyman's troubles

Read more about How to Be Invisible

Bitter Sixteen

Author: Stefan Mohamed

Funny, sharp and totally original, Bitter Sixteen is the beginning of a trilogy about a tremendously appealing smart-mouthed Welsh superhero (and his talking dog sidekick). Half action thriller, half coming-of-age story, with a wicked sense of humour.

Read more about Bitter Sixteen