Cobweb ghosts are so inconvenient—especially grumpy ones with bad breath. Don’t they know silence is golden?
Johnny Strong is the expert; he hasn’t spoken in two years. Not one word to anyone except the ghost. The main purpose of life is to avoid people and not get noticed. Friends? He doesn’t need them; and certainly nobody wants him despite what the ghost says.
Until a new boy appears at Windybank—Finn Lyons, teenage wizard. He eats frogs, concocts potions, and is always hungry. Not only does Finn stand up for Johnny; he actively seeks his company and soon becomes part of life.
First love; family and words; a heady mix to go in the potion but how will it all turn out?
Hubble bubble; Johnny Strong’s in trouble! Silence is not always golden in this sweet, zany story of the purest magic at Christmas.
Genre: Fantasy, Contemporary
Cis boys: Johnny, Finn
Gay: Johnny, Finn
Homoromantic: Johnny, Finn
White: Johnny, Finn
Johnny – elective mutism, depression, possible PTSD
Finn – unspecified mental and physical health issues secondary to emotional abuse
Trigger Warnings: history of emotional abuse, family deaths, mild self-harm, depression, brief suicidal ideation
Ownvoices: Al Stewart is gay