Friday, May 27, 2011

As I make my way through the SSYRAs...

Dying to Meet You: 43 Old Cemetery RoadDying to Meet You: 43 Old Cemetery Road by Kate Klise
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

43 Old Cemetery Road Series: Dying to Meet You by the Klise Sisters; 2011-2012 Sunshine State Young Reader Award Winner; Interest and Reading Level: 3rd-5th grade.

    Written as a series of correspondences, and newspaper articles, Dying to Meet You is a Ghost Story like none you have ever read before!  The Klise Sisters' style reminds me of the successful partnership of Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake.  Like Dahl's works, this story tells of a remarkable child born to terrible parents.  Young Seymour Hope is a talented 11-yr old artist who is the son of Les and Diane Hope, inept Paranormal Scientists (as well as inept parents!).  His home, a rickety old Victorian in which he has been abandoned for the summer, is being rented out by hateful, has-been author, Ignatius B. Grumply.  The former owner of the home, the deceased, yet lovely Olive C. Spence also lives in the home, and is Seymour's best friend.  Grumply hates children and people in general.  Olive and Seymour dislike strangers being in their home.  Grumply has a novel to write and a deadline to meet.  Olive and Seymour have their own agenda.

    This is a very quick, yet enjoyable, read.  I would recommend this to ANY elementary school student.  Younger, more advanced readers will enjoy the story as will older, hesitant readers. The pace of the story is like that of a graphic novel.  Readers will not be bogged down in text- but will still experience a very full story with excellent vocabulary to learn.  Being the first of three installments (so far), this series will keep readers excited to continue reading.  I highly recommend!!!

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