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On the Day I Died: Stories from the Graveby Candace Fleming
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"Positively tailor-made for reading—or reading aloud—by flashlight," declares Kirkus Reviews in a starred review.
The phenomenally versatile, award-winning author, Candace Fleming, gives teen and older tween readers ten ghost stories sure to send chills up their spines. Set in White Cemetery, an actual graveyard outside Chicago, each story takes place during a different time period from the 1860's to the present, and ends with the narrator's death. Some teens die heroically, others ironically, but all due to supernatural causes. Readers will meet walking corpses and witness demonic posession, all against the backdrop of Chicago's rich history—the Great Depression, the World's Fair, Al Capone and his fellow gangsters.
"Dead men may tell no tales, but dead teenagers do. In this clever collection of ghost stories, 16-year-old Mike Kowalski discovers an abandoned cemetery for teenagers where nine 15- to 17-year-old ghosts tell him how they died. The stories span 100-odd years and give a colorful survey of Chicago through the decades and across classes ('Back in those days, Chicago was lousy with funeral homes, what with all them gangsters running around'). Fleming has been rightly praised for her children's nonfiction (Amelia Lost; The Great and Only Barnum), and underneath this group of chill-inducing tales lays a wealth of detail about Chicago's historical immigrant communities, criminal underbelly, the 1893 World's Fair, and more. (Sneaky!) They also span horror subgenres that include campy '50s science fiction, gothic ('Lily,' starring a lovelorn high school student in 1999, is a faithful homage to 'The Monkey's Paw'), and wry Hitchcockian suspense; Fleming brings plenty of humor, too. The genre-flipping and varied narrative voices prevent any sense of monotony. A welcoming and well-written introduction to many styles of horror. Ages 11 — 14. Agent: Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
CANDACE FLEMING's recent nonfiction includes Amelia Lost: The Life and Disapperance of Amelia Earheart; The Great and Only Barnum, a Washington Post Best Book and finalist for the ALA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults; and The Lincolns, winner of a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. She is also the author of The Fabled Fifth Graders of Aesop Elementary School, and The Fabled Fourth Graders..., a Bank Street Best Book of the Year. Her picture books include Imogene's Last Stand, a New York Public Library Pick for Reading and Sharing; and Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!, an ALA Notable Book. Learn more about the author and her upcoming titles at candacefleming.com.
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