Shawn Speaks with Claribel Ortega, Author of ‘Ghost Squad’

Ghost Squad is a middle grade/young audiences (depending on their tolerance for the spooky) novel that does so many things right: remixes the “kids on bikes” trope, prioritizes adventuring for black and brown girls, and how adventuring doesn’t end when you get older.


Ghost Squad understands the importance of inter-generationality, and gives us a uniquely spooky story — all of this set within the context of the folklore of the Dominican Republic. While this book is aimed at MG/YG audiences, all ages can (and will) enjoy it. My 12yo daughter and I read it for our Daddy/Daughter book club and we both fell in love.

Please enjoy my conversation with Claribel Ortega. And cop the book here.