Ting Ting the Ghosthunter

Thirteen-year-old Ting Ting has learned the ancient skills and art of ghost hunting from her adopted grandmother, Por Por, a famous ghost hunter. But Ting Ting is sick of capturing harmless ‘fat belly’ ghosts, and when a desperate plea for help comes for Por Por, Ting Ting decides to take matters into her own hands and prove that she is a true ghost hunter. But what Ting Ting discovers is much more dangerous than she had thought. Can Ting Ting conquer her own pride to save Por Por and the villagers before it’s too late?

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“(Age: 9-12) Recommended. Themes: Ghosts, Chinese mythology, Sorcery. Ting Ting the Ghost Hunter is the much awaited sequel to Gabrielle Wang’s Ghost in My Suitcase. These wonderful stories bring to life Chinese culture, ancient mythology and traditions, focusing on the belief in the supernatural and the art of ghost hunting.
Three years ago, a small Chinese lady Bao Min rescued a young girl from an orphanage, taking Ting Ting home to a place filled with kindness and love. Now trained in the special skills of ghost hunting, she travels with her grandma Por around Shanghai capturing problem ghosts. Snake whips, mingshen mirrors, a coin sword and brass bells are used to lure the spirits from their hiding spots.
Ting Ting is unhappy with her role just banishing “harmless fat-belly ghosts” and wants to step up to her grandma’s ghost hunting level. When her Por is summoned to Black Band Village for a special job, Ting Ting is left behind trusted to continue her home-schooling and to seal Bao Mansion protecting the house from spirits. She is very fearful of returning here because six weeks ago she was hurt while fighting her grandfather’s ghost.
When her Por disappears and doesn’t keep in touch, Ting Ting decides to travel to their Shanghai home and then on to the mysterious Black Band Village. Her journey high into the mountains demands courage, self-reliance, and use of her special skills and trust in the villagers who have been exiled by a den of ghosts.
Gabrielle Wang’s charming story opens up the world of Chinese culture and beliefs, magic, festivals, fantastic food and an insight into daily life. The characters are heartfelt and Ting Ting’s growth is encouraging to see. The author’s charming sketches throughout add to the excitement and understanding of their way of life. Ting Ting the Ghost Hunter is an evocative junior novel, filled with magical realism just right for readers from 9-12.” ~Rhyllis Bignell ReadPlus

“This sequel to the award-winning Ghost in My Suitcase is a powerful magic realism story for 10+ readers about ghost-hunting, finding yourself, Chinese mythology, family and culture”

Thirteen-year-old Ting Ting has learned the ancient skills and art of ghost hunting from her adopted grandmother, Por Por, a famous ghost hunter. But Ting Ting is sick of capturing harmless ‘fat belly’ ghosts, and when a desperate plea for help comes for Por Por, Ting Ting decides to take matters into her own hands and prove that she is a true ghost hunter. But what Ting Ting discovers is much more dangerous than she had thought. Can Ting Ting conquer her own pride to save Por Por and the villagers before it’s too late?

If you want to know where Ting Ting the Ghosthunter first began you need to go right back to The Pearl of Tiger Bay

This was my second novel published in 2004. In that story the ghost-hunting grandma known as Por Por first appeared. She was only a minor character but because she was such an interesting character, I wrote A Ghost in My Suitcase .

Then, on April 1, 2016, the artistic director of Barking Gecko Theatre Matt Edgerton wrote to me asking if he could adapt my novel for the stage. Well, this is every author’s dream so of course I said yes.

It was during the creative development sessions with the two artistic directors, Matt Edgerton and Felix Ching Ching Ho, the script writer Vanessa Bates and set designer, Zoe Atkinson that I realised how strong the character of Ting Ting was. She is the ‘mean’ girl in A Ghost in My Suitcase. But she has her own internal struggles to overcome. She definitely needed to be the star of her own book. And so Ting Ting the Ghosthunter was born.

Because I illustrated the cover for Ting Ting the Ghosthunter, I had to illustrate a new cover for A Ghost in My Suitcase.

Read about the development of the play of A Ghost in My Suitcase here

This is my new approach in creating a story. I now do a story board and for me it works really well.

 

PHOTOS FROM THE LAUNCH

Book launch at Readings Books Hawthorn

 

 

Amanda Ma is the wonderful actor who plays the role of Por Por in the play of A Ghost in My Suitcase
Jess Flint of Cake and Madness baked the wonderful cupcakes

 

With lovely fellow author Leanne Hall who launched my book.
My lovely children Ren and Lei Lei who help me so much with ideas and editing for all my stories. They’ve grown up doing this. I couldn’t do without their input.
Showing how the art of ghost-hunting is done.

I hope you enjoy my novel!

Gabi x

 

TING TING THE GHOSTHUNTER can be purchased online or from your local Australian bookshop


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