So Not Ghoul


“A pun-tacular ghost story.”


“A luminous picture book that embraces the beauty of biculturalism.”

School Library Journal

“A fun, ghostly spin on trading blending in for standing out.”

Kirkus Reviews


On her first day haunting a new school, all Mimi has to wear are old Chinese gowns from her great-great-great-great-great-ghost-grandmother. She wants to look horrifying and rattle chains with the cool American ghouls at school, but her ghost ancestors insist she dress and behave like a good Chinese ghost. Desperate to fit in and find a middle haunting ground between her cultures, she plans a ghastly new look. But she questions whether her haunt couture is a fabulous fright or a grave mistake when her family finds out, and another ghoul at school appropriates her Chinese fashion.

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  • Author: Karen Yin
  • Illustrator: Bonnie Lui
  • Publisher: Page Street Kids
  • Release date: August 2, 2022
  • ISBN-10 (book): 1645675572
  • ISBN-13 (book): 978-1-64567-557-0
  • Age: 4 to 8

Download the Activity Guide

Cover of the activity guide has the book cover, credits, synopsis, and author and illustrator bios.

This 12-page companion guide takes you into Mimi’s Chinese American ghost world with a series of fun activities. Spark imaginations and conversations!

  • Maze
  • Learn Mandarin
  • Ghostly Word Search
  • Match Game
  • Paper Ghoul (paper doll and outfits)
  • Paper Chain (paper necklace)
  • Origami Friends (ghost and cat)
  • Mean Ghouls (talk about bullying)
  • Make New Friends (group activity)

Request a Signed Bookplate

Photo of a bookplate for So Not Ghoul. A white ghost cat with a blue flame over his crown, the author's red Chinese seal and her autograph, the illustrator's autograph.

If you purchased an unsigned copy, you can request a free So Not Ghoul bookplate and paste it inside!

This bookplate, which features the ghost kitty who appears in the story art, is signed by both me and the illustrator, Bonnie Lui.

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