Emily Bones

Age 10

448 pages

138 x 220 mm


  • Children's Novel Fantasy

Gesa Schwartz, Felicitas Horstschäfer

Emily Bones

The Town of Ghosts

Thirteen-year-old Emily thinks she is dreaming when she finds herself in a grave one night, but it is not a dream. To her horror, she discovers that she has died and is now compelled to spook around as a ghost at the Parisian cemetery Père Lachaise. However, it is out of the question for her to settle for that, because she did not die a natural death, and so from now on Emily has one goal only: she wants to find her murderer and get the life back that he stole from her. However, she soon realises that it is much more dangerous even for a ghost than she could ever have imagined…

She is supported by the manic Cosimo. From him she learns that she has not got the slightest chance against her murderer until she learns to master her newly gained powers. On the contrary, he will do everything to track her down beyond the protective cemetery walls and will steal the last remains of her vitality: her memories. Should he succeed, she would be drawn into the realm of the dead and become a slave to the sinister ruler Draghar. Emily is already brought to her limits shortly into her training, but she does not let herself be deterred from her goal and finally succeeds in scouting out the trail of the dead beyond the cemetery. Together with the vampire Balthasar, she manages to send some of them back to their world and finally she finds the trail of her murderer. In a wild fight, she ultimately succeeds in getting behind Draghar’s secret and confronts him again, side by side with Balthasar. This time she manages with her new-found power to overcome the Prince of Darkness and to expel him back into his world, in order to get her life back. But does she really want her life back?


  • A page-turner with an atmospheric setting
  • The first children’s book by the successful author of young people’s books Gesa Schwartz
  • A story that Tim Burton would film