Synopses & Reviews
In Ghastly, Illinois, the news is grave, indeed. Dick Tater from the International Movement for the Safety & Protection Of Our Kids & Youth (IMSPOOKY) is concerned that 11-year-old Seymour Hope is living in the Spence Mansion "without the benefit of parents." Ignatius B. Grumply tries to explain that Seymours in a lovely living arrangement with himself and the ghost of Olive C. Spence. But Dick Tater is not convinced. He commits Grumply to the Illinois Home for the Deranged, sends Seymour to the Ghastly Orphanage, and announces his plan to exhume the body of Olive C. Spence. And just in time for Halloween! In this second volume from 43 Old Cemetery Road, the Klise sisters take readers on a riotous romp through a hilariously haunted town that, in the end, feels just like home sweet home.
The fourth book in the hilarious Regarding the . . . series overflows
with toilet humor
Poor Principal Walter Russ. He's desperate
for designer Florence Watersand#160;to renovate the school's disgusting basement bathrooms, and the stress is causing him to get, ahem,
all clogged up. Luckily, during their stressful summer-school internships, the sixth gradersand#160;discover the perfect way for everyone to relax: by enjoying an ancient Roman spa and bath buried in the school's basement!and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Includes a classroom activity.
When a clogged cafeteria sink uncovers smelly secrets and a famous fountain designer goes missing, these sixth-grade kids know just what to do: take a class trip to China, of course.
Geyser Creek Middle School's cafeteria sink is clogged, and the smell is . . . well, P-U-trid. Of course, the savvy students in the sixth-grade class know just who can create a fabuloso new sink--Florence Waters, who designed the school's OTT (over-the-top) water fountain. But the famous fountain designer (and, more important, their good friend) has gone missing! Undeterred, these kids follow their hearts and noses all the way to China to find Florence . . . and sniff out a few stinkers
along the way.
Told in letters, newspaper articles, and BEAN-mails, this story is guaranteed to make you laugh until beans fly out your nose!
The news from Ghastly, Illinois, is graveand#8212;and thatand#8217;s something to laugh about! The International Movement for the Safety and Protection Of Our Kids and Youth (IMSPOOKY) dictates that Seymour cannot live in the mansion at 43 Old Cemetery Road and#8220;without the benefit of parents.and#8221; Ignatius B. Grumply tries to explain to Dick Tater, the head of IMSPOOKY, that he and Seymour are in a lovely living arrangement with the ghost of Olive C. Spence. Dick Tater is not convinced. But this clever trio canand#8217;t be broken up as easily as he imagines . . .
Book two in the new mildly spooky, dreadfully clever graphic series by the Klise sisters.
The hilarious third book in the REGARDING series will LEAF you begging for more!
Principal Walter Russ just wants a simple proposal to trim the overgrown trees outside Geyser Creek Middle School. So how does he end up with a wedding
(rather than a weeding
) proposal from designer Florence Waters?and#160;Meanwhile, a student camps out inand#160;a weeping willow tree behind the school; the sixth-grade class exploresand#160;its roots;and#160;and aand#160;culinary rivalry develops in the cafeteria. A surprise event saves the day (and the trees, too)!and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Includes tips on planting a tree and creating a family tree.
The seventh graders at Geyser Creek Middle School are beeyond stressed. They're preparing for a spelling bee and a horrible standardized test called the BEE (Basic Education Evaluation). Plus, this year the hunt for their honeys has become all-important. It's a good thing they have Honey, a bee that spells (yes, really!), as their class pet--and one fabulous teacher named Florence Waters. Sweet!
About the Author
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 new series told in letters, drawings, newspaper articles, a work-in-progress manuscript, and even an occasional tombstone engraving.
"Kate Klise fleshes out the plot with back stories on the house, Seymourand#8217;s catastrophic, absent parents and Oliveand#8217;s haunting of the house. Suspense intrudes when Seymourand#8217;s parents reappear and decide to demolish it. Everywhere they look, readers will find comedy, even in the headers on the letters and character names. Of course itand#8217;s all going to come out magnificently in the end, thereby setting up the next book in the planned series. A quirky, comedic romp."--Kirkus"This epistolary graphic mystery may take genre-bending into the realm of genre-pretzeling, but it still delivers an unlikely story with a great deal of likability."--Booklistand#160;"The fun here is in the narrative equipmentand#151;letters, e-mails, newspaper extracts, floor plan, cast list, etc., and in the embedded jokes, such as Cliff Hanger (the editor of The Ghastly Times) and Frank N. Beans (the private investigator) . . . young mock-gothic fans will nonetheless be eager to revisit 43 Old Cemetery Road in the anticipated sequels."--Horn Bookand#160;"This first title in a new series will appeal to readers, especially reluctant ones, as it moves quickly and leaves its audience eager for book two, which is announced in this ghastly and fun tale."--School Library Journaland#160;"This fresh, funny launch of the 43 Old Cemetery Road series introduces an eccentric cast with pun-tastic names . . . the story is light enough for more tentative readers, with many humorous details to reward those who look closer."--Publishers Weeklyand#160;". . . a frothy little confection, whose enjoyability comes as much, if not more, from the format and side jokes . . . as from the main plot.and#160; The story is a pleasant example of the supernatural sitcom . . . an engaging and easy-going read.and#160; Illustrations, mostly vigorous line portraits drawn by and#145;Seymour,and#8217; add additional invitation to the accessible pages.and#8221;--The BulletinKATE KLISE and M. SARAH KLISEand#160;have collaborated on several picture books and a number of popular middle grade novels, includingTrial by JournalandLetters from Camp,an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. Kate, who is a correspondent forPeoplemagazine, lives in Norwood, Missouri. Sarah, who is an art teacher, lives in Berkeley, California.www.kateandsarahklise.com