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Tundra Book Group Fall 2022

Double O Stephen and the Ghostly Realm
By (author): Angela Ahn
Angela Ahn


Tundra Books



Product Form:



Juvenile: Age (years) 9 - 12, Grade (US) 4 - 7
Aug 30, 2022
$23.99 CAD


8.56in x 5.81 x 1.05 in | 0.94 lb

Page Count:

320 pages
Tundra Books
JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure / Pirates
Ghosts, pirates and family secrets — Stephen gets more than he bargained for when he seeks out adventure in the ghostly realm, for fans of When You Trap a Tiger.

Stephen loves pirates. What he doesn’t love is his name: Stephen Oh-O’Driscoll. He believes when his Korean mother and Irish father gave him this name, that it was just one cruel setup for being teased. Giving things the proper name is important, which is why Stephen thinks that it’s time to update the definition of “pirate.” They’ve got a bad rep, and maybe they deserve some of it, but Stephen still likes a few pirate traditions, like bandannas and eyepatches — he’s just not that into stealing things from people. He has the perfect new word: piventurate. A sailor who passionately seeks adventure. That’s what he wants to be. 

When he gets suspended from school for doing proper piventurate-in-training things (using sticks to practice sword fighting), his mother doesn’t let him sit around doing nothing, instead she takes him to a museum. At the museum everything changes. Stephen finds himself in a strange new place, face-to-face with a real pirate. A pirate ghost.  

Captain Sapperton needs Stephen’s help to cross to the other side, and his former ghost crew are intent on making sure Stephen follows through, whatever it takes. Stephen is about to discover the true meaning of piventurate, and much to his surprise, his adventure will not only take him farther into the ghostly realm, but also closer to home, where long-held family secrets reveal surprising ties to the spirit world.

A FUN ADVENTURE STORY: Stephen would love to experience adventure in his life, and he gets a little more than he bargained for. 

INCIDENTAL DIVERSITY: Stephen has a Korean mother and Irish father, but his mixed race identity only matters insofar as Stephen doesn’t like his hyphenated last name: Oh-O’Driscoll.

KOREAN WORDS WOVEN INTO THE STORY: Mudang and baksu mudang are people who can connect with spirits; kkwaenggari are a kind of small gong that can be used to summon the spirits. 

MOTHER-SON STORY: Stephen thinks of his mother as no-nonsense; she certainly doesn’t have time for his love of all things pirate-y, but he comes to see her in a new light. 

AMAZON LOVE FOR PETER LEE: Peter Lee’s Notes from the Field was an Amazon Prime Book Box selection for ages 9 to 12 in May 2021.

CRITICAL ACCLAIM: Angela Ahn’s first novel, Krista Kim-Bap, was a Bank Street Book of the Year, and Peter Lee’s Notes from the Field received a starred review from Shelf Awareness

ANGELA AHN is a former teacher and librarian. She is the author of several children’s books including Krista Kim-Bap and Peter Lee’s Notes from the Field. She lives in Vancouver, B.C. with her family.

Author Residence: Vancouver, British Columbia

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Author Website: www.angelaahnbooks.com

Author Social Media: @angelaahnbooks (Twitter) ; @writeahn (Instagram)

"Full of swashbuckling and supernatural fun. . . . [A] light, appealing, nonstop adventure." —Kirkus Reviews

"[A]n exciting and spooky novel. . . . Ahn leaves readers with a memorable message about self-awareness, engagement, kindness and empathy. Highly Recommended." —CM: Canadian Review of Materials

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