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Ghostwriter - Season 1
He Is A Ghost, And He Writes To Us . . . Ghostwriter! Jamal Is Just An Ordinary Kid In Brooklyn, Playing On His Computer, When He Begins Receiving Strange And Mysterious Messages. Who Or What Is Trying To Communicate With Him By Manipulating Letters And Words? It Must Be A Ghostwriter! Luckily, Jamal Is Not Alone. Lenni, Alex, Gabby, Tina And Rob Can Also See Ghostwriters Messages! The Teens Team Up To Solve A Rash Of Mysteries Plaguing Their Neighborhood. What Is A Thabto? Who Burned Down Mr. Brinkers Store? Why Is Everyone At The Community Garden Getting Sick? Following The Clues And Solving These Mysteries Puts Them Closer To Helping Ghostwriter Figure Out Who He Is. Developed By The Childrens Television Workshop, The Creative Force Behind Sesame Street, Ghostwriter Aired On Pbs Between October 1992 And February 1995. Created To Improve Literacy And Writing Skills, The Shows Intelligent Blend Of Thrilling Adventure And Friendship Captured The Imagination Of A Generation Of Readers. !Bonus Features *Ghostwriter Casebook
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Anyway, here's why the show is so cool. The only way these kids can communicate with the ghost is by writing it notes. Thus, part of the show focuses on how to put what you want to say into a clear and concise sentence or short paragraph.
While kids are being entertained with the mystery, they're also learning how to write clearly. Taking the thoughts in your head and putting them into words is a valuable skill to learn. As a lawyer who reads a lot of what people write, it's also not a skill many people have.
I'm buying this set for my 7 and 8 year olds.
Aside from that, it was also an entertaining show. My friends and I have enjoyed watching the first season. Talk about star power: Samuel L. Jackson as Jamal's Dad?! Also featured are Max Wright from ALF, Mark-Linn Baker from Perfect Strangers, Dule Hill from Psych, Spike Lee...need I say more?!
Just to give a heads-up, both cases with 5 episodes (Ghost Story and Into the Light) are on this season. All the other cases span four episodes.
I hope anyone who buys this can relax and take a trip back in time when teenagers were not boozing it up on the Upper East Side or going loco in 90210. Sit back, relax and go to a time when Cross Colors ruled, bodegas were great places to hang out and you could always communicate to your friend by writing to Ghostwriter!
Here is how each episode breaks down. The fact that this is a mystery series means that every story contains multiple chapters (almost like a book), which are divided into 4-5 episodes. This opening season has 8 stories, each containing 4 parts (one story bears a fifth). Multiply 8 x4, +1, and you get a total of 33 episodes. (I am not quite sure what the bonus features hold [according to Amazon, it states "Ghostwriter Casebook"], so I'll have to wait until I receive my own copy of the DVD to verify its content) Except for the final episode of each story, viewers are presented with cliffhanger endings so as to be held in suspense, and adequately prepared for what seemingly lies ahead. I recall watching Ghostwriter every Sunday night for three years (the length of the entire series) on my local PBS station, and it prepared me for what lay ahead academically at my school. In fact, I must say my desire to (continue to learn how to) read and write on a daily basis was heavily inspired by this t.v. show! Therefore, I recommend it for ANYBODY in school--student, teacher, administrator, parent. This series defines learning in the utmost form! Go grab your own personal copy on Tuesday, June 8, 2010--right in time for summer!
Unfortunately there is a limited amount of good programming available for kids these days, and this is definitely something I'm going to show my own children one day. So definitely would highly recommend purchasing it!
I'm really hoping they will bring the other seasons on DVD too!!!!!!!! It feels incomplete only having season one! :)