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Dying to Meet You by Kate Klise
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bookshelves: 2011, ghosts, grade-3, grade-4, grade-5, humor, juvenile, haunted-houses-fiction, series-fiction, writers-fiction
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Dying to Meet You is book one of a new series, 43 Old Cemetery Road. It's terribly punny which some kids will get a kick out of (Paige Turner, anyone?). It's also a fun format for readers, too. There's no real chapters just a series of letters from alternating characters, "newspaper" excerpts, and drawings. It's a fast read from the author of Regarding the Fountain and Letters from Camp, Kate Klise.

I.B. Grumply, author of the Ghost Tamer series, has serious writer's block--as in 20 years of thought paralysis. He rents a dilapidated mansion which includes, per the rental contract, a young boy and his cat. It's also haunted by the original owner, a certain Olive C. Spence (get it?) who has vowed to reside in said house for all eternity or until one of her manuscripts gets published. This whole situation is something Mr. Grumply did not bargain for as he repeatedly tells his attorney, E. Gadds, and the property manager, Anita Sales.

I think 3-5 graders would enjoy this book and its' planned sequels.
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