A children's author I.B. Grumply, who hasn’t written a book in many years, moves into a Victorian mansion in Ghastly, IL, to write the latest installment in his "Ghost Tamer" series, he is hindered by more than just his overwhelming case of writer's block. He is dismayed to find the mansion already occupied by an 11-year-old boy named Seymour Hope, his cat, and Olive C. Spence, a ghost living in the cupola who is unhappy because she never managed to publish her books in her lifetime.
Grumply does not believe in ghost but writes has written ghost tales. Olive and Seymour attempt to convince him. They then all work together on a book about their own experiences, including the possibility of the demolition of the mansion, a ghost who falls in love with the occupant of her house, and Seymour's parents-who left him alone!
This book is for the reader who wants a spooky and funny tale. Good news—this is the first book in the series