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43 Old Cemetery Road #01: Dying to Meet Youby Kate Klise
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Sisters Kate and M. Sarah Klise (creators of the Regarding the . . . series) launched their lively 43 Old Cemetery Road series in 2009 with Dying to Meet You, the story of the churlish, child-hating sixty-year-old childrens book author Ignatius B. Grumply, who rents an old Victorian mansion in Ghastly, Illinois, for the summer . . . only to find it already inhabited. Enter eleven-year-old Seymour Hope and the vivacious, “old as dirt” writer-ghost Olive C. Spence. The ensuing tale of unlikely roommates is cleverly, seamlessly told in letters, newspaper articles, Grumplys work-in-progress “Ghost Tamer” manuscript, and winning illustrations by M. Sarah Klise. Alternately poignant and side-splittingly funny—and full of writing and publishing jokes—this charming title was nominated for nine state book awards and named a Junior Library Guild selection.
Dont miss the next books in the series, including Over My Dead Body (Book 2) and Till Death Do Us Bark (Book 3).
"This fresh, funny launch of the 43 Old Cemetery Road series introduces an eccentric cast with pun-tastic names. I.B. Grumply, a cranky children's book author with writer's block, rents a dilapidated Victorian mansion (from realtor Anita Sale) in the town of Ghastly in hopes of writing an addition to his Ghost Tamers series (publisher: Paige Turner). He discovers that the owners have left their son Seymour behind while — in one of several ironic twists — they tour Europe debunking the existence of ghosts. Seymour does indeed 'see more' than others: he has befriended Olive C. Spence, a feisty ghost who has vowed to haunt the house until she accomplishes what she couldn't in life — publish a book. As in the 'Regarding the...' series, written by these sibling collaborators, the story unfolds through characters' correspondence ('The man is impossible! I should've dropped THREE chandeliers on his head,' Olive writes Seymour about Grumply) as well as other documents, including illustrated pages from the local tabloid. Despite a slightly sappy denouement, the story is light enough for more tentative readers, with many humorous details to reward those who look closer. Ages 8 — 12." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Ignatius B. Grumply moves into the Victorian mansion at 43 Old Cemetery Road hoping to find some peace and quiet so he can crack a wicked case of writer's block. But 43 Old Cemetery Road is already occupied by eleven-year-old Seymour, his cat Shadow, and an irritable ghost named Olive. It's hard to say who is more outraged. But a grumpy old ghost just might inspire this grumpy old man--and the abandoned kid? Well, let's just say his last name's Hope.
Sisters Kate and M. Sarah Klise, the creators of the award-winning Regarding the . . . series, offer up this debut volume in a clever epistolary series told in letters, drawings, newspaper articles, a work-in-progress manuscript, and even an occasional tombstone engraving.
The creators of the Regarding the . . . series begin a clever new series set in a Victorian mansion occupied by an irritable ghost, told in letters, drawings, newspaper articles, and even an occasional tombstone engraving. Illustrations.
About the Author
KATE KLISE and M. SARAH KLISE have collaborated on several picture books and a number of popular middle grade novels, including Trial by Journal and Letters from Camp, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. Kate, who is a correspondent for People magazine, lives in Norwood, Missouri. Sarah, who is an art teacher, lives in Berkeley, California.
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