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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Download the Activity Pack

This 12-page companion guide takes you into Mimi’s Chinese American ghost world with a series of fun activities. Use it to spark young readers’ imaginations or start 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)

Ask Your Local Library to Purchase So Not Ghoul

Please make a purchase request at your local library to help bring this bicultural tale to children everywhere.

  • 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

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