Never fear, it’s not MacBeth that is haunted (and she doesn’t like being called a PC). There’s a Ghost in My PC is the title of a work in progress for Scholastic. Here’s what happens:
It’s a catastrophe—Madhu is about to turn 13 and her mother wants to buy her a new computer!
Oh yes, you read right, a brand new shiny computer. But for Madhu, a new PC equals a full-scale disaster. Unknown to anyone else, Madhu’s battered second-hand laptop is very, very special indeed. It can get online without an Internet connection; no virus will ever dare to enter it; and the software keeps itself updated. Oh, and it has an erratic sense of humour and is in the habit of having long and frequent conversations with Madhu.
For between the motherboard and the megabytes resides Viru—the ghost of her dead neighbour—and Madhu’s best friend. What will happen to Viru if she gets a new computer?
What with coming up with a plan to save Viru, reconciling Cousin Kavitha with her mother, and finding out what Amma’s new friend from work is really up to—is it any wonder that Madhu can hardly sleep at night?
This book is based on the short story “Virus Here” from The Puffin Book of Spooky Ghost Stories (Puffin, 2009), and takes place two years after Madhu comes into possession of her haunted PC.