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TV Series Review

Being the new kid is never easy. But maybe Ruben has it harder than some.

After Ruben’s grandma passed away, Ruben’s mom moved them in with his Grandpa Ernesto to keep the grieving man company and help run the family bookstore. Ruben hates it there.

The city is loud, there’s nowhere to skateboard, he has no friends and every time he tries to hang out with his grandpa, a classmate named Chevon--who apparently adopted Ruben’s grandpa as her own--is there.

And to make matters worse, Ruben has started seeing mysterious messages left by a supernatural being. But he’s not the only one.

Chevon, Curtis (a popular kid from school) and Donna (Curtis’s little sister) can all see these messages too. And after a little hesitation, they begin to pay attention to them. Seems that this mysterious message-maker—an entity they call Ghostwriter—has a mission for them. He (or she) needs their help, it seems, and that’ll require them to read not just the clues he leaves, but pay attention to actual books, too. Because with Ghostwriter around, they have a habit of coming to life.

Spooky, but Adorable

With chairs moving on their own, storybooks coming to life, and words appearing out of nowhere, Ghostwriter can be a bit spooky, and families with an aversion to supernatural themes should be advised. But the kids aren’t scared. This friendly ghost is designed to get kids interested in reading. Moreover, the characters Ghostwriter releases are adorable and help Ruben and the crew learn some valuable lessons—such as being kind to one another and supporting your friends.

Ruben and Chevon suspect that Ghostwriter could be the ghost of Ruben’s grandma. After all, Grandpa Ernesto said that she would always be with them, especially in the bookstore where she loved to spend time. But what could Ghostwriter possibly need their help for?

It’s a mystery that has yet to be solved and one that kids of all ages can try to figure out as they watch the series play out.

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Episode Reviews

Nov. 1, 2019: “Ghost in Wonderland, Part 1”
Nov. 1, 2019: “Ghost in Wonderland, Part 2”



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Isaac Arellanes as Ruben Reyna; Amadi Chapata as Chevon Redmond; Hannah Levinson as Donna Palmer-Moreno; Justin Sanchez as Curtis Palmer-Moreno; Jay Santiago as Grandpa Ernesto; Nicola Correia-Damude as Amy Reyna; Pay Chen as Principal Fong; Michael Brown as Mr. Saunders






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Emily Baker

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