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Till Death Do Us Bark (43 Old Cemetery Road #3)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  1,126 Ratings  ·  130 Reviews
Where there's a will, there's a...scavenger hunt!

When a shaggy dog arrives at Spence Mansion, Seymour is overjoyed. His adoptive parents, Ignatius B. Grumply and Olive C. Spence, are less enthusiastic--especially when Secret, the dog, begins barking all night long.

Is it possible that Secret just misses his old companion, the late Noah Breth, whose children are fighting lik
Hardcover, 124 pages
Published May 2nd 2011 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Aug 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Well, Ignatius B. Grumply, Olive C. Spence, and Seymour Hope are back at it.

This time, Seymour brings home a dog, a night barking dog that keeps everyone awake, Seymour is told by Ignatius that he must attempt to find the owner of the dog - that's a stretch! Ok, so Seymour does try - only to discover that the dog's (named Secret) owner is the late Noah Breth, multi-millionaire, whose daughter (Kitty Breth) and son (Kanine Breth) have had little to do with their wealthy father, and each other, fo
Oct 04, 2011 rated it liked it
Ages 7-10. Book 3 in the 43 Old Cemetery Road series. Klise is back with her trademark mystery written in letters (a format which, unfortunately, most modern children can't connect to). Seymour Hope, now adopted by Ignatius Grumply and Olive Spence (a ghost), finds a dog and wants to keep him. The dog belonged to the recently deceased Noah Breth. His children, Kitty and Kanine, are fighting to get their paws on Noah's valuable antiques, but he liquidated them just before his demise, and the kids ...more
Amayah Hutchinson
Oct 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Till Death Do Us Bark is the third book in the 43 Old Cemetery Road series. This book is about a boy named Seymour Hope who finds a lost dog named Secret. When he finds out the dog belongs to a millionaire that has recently died, he keeps this secret from his parents Ignatius B. Grumply and Olive C. Spence(a ghost). The dog soon starts to become an issue in the family's household. Meanwhile, the children of the millionaire search around the town of Ghastly for their father's fortune. To the tow ...more
Beyonce King
Oct 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
The third book in this series is one of my favorites. Seymour takes in a shaggy dog that once belonged to an old man living in the town. His parents don't agree with it because its not there dog , it makes a mess, and it barks loud and keep up the town. He tries to prove to them what a good dog owner he would be. Eventually his parents add up to it.
While this is happening the man who owns the dog who died has a son and a daughter. He's trying to teach them the lesson he should have before he pa
Maybeline Tay
Sep 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-books
I just love the way she writes. There are no chapters but the story unfolds with the exchange of letters. And the names she gave her characters. So fitting and so very funny. A good read for both young and old.
Jul 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all ages
Recommended to Gmr by: NetGalley
In this third installment of the 43 Old Cemetery Road series, the fate of Mr. Noah Breth is our main event. He has joined the ranks of Ms. Olive C Spence, that is to say he has passed on to a better place and now the fortune he left behind is left to be claimed by his two undeserving and spoiled children....Kitty Breth and Kanine Breth (I kid you not, those are their names). To make certain that only the best of these two non-optimal choices gets their hands on the dough, he's hidden it in a sec ...more
Aug 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-book
The Klise sisters are back with the follow-up to 43 Old Cemetery Road: Dying to Meet You and 43 Old Cemetery Road: Over My Dead Body. Here we once again catch up with Ignatius B. Grumply, Seymour Hope and that wonderful ghost, Olive C. Spense - who have recently acquired a new pet, a dog named Secret.

When beloved town member Noah Breth dies, his children Kanine Breth and Kitty Breth head straight back to town in order to collect their father's fortune. But Noah had other plans... he realized his
Sue Morris
Mar 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-library, children
Seymour, Iggy and Olive are writing the next three chapters of 43 Old Century Road when a canine named Secret shows up in the yard. Seymour takes ownership of the dog, even after several in the town of Ghastly, has told him where the dog belongs. Secret’s master, Noah Breth, has died and Seymour does not think Secret has anyone to love him (and feed or play). Olive sees this as a problem since she already has a pet cat, Shadow. Everyone knows cats and dogs do not get along. Soon Shadow disappear ...more
Oct 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Kürze/In (Very)Short:

+ tolle Geschichte, wunderbare Illustrationen
+ lustig, charmant, unterhaltsam
+ dritte Buch der Serie

+ wonderful story, beautiful illustrations
+ funny, charming, entertaining
+ third book in the series

Meinung/My Opinion:

Der dritte Teil der Friedhofstraße 43 ist wieder wunderschön gestaltet und auch von der Erzählung her sehr schön.

Während Olivia, Ignaz und Severin sich streiten, ob sie nun eine Hund haben sollen oder nicht, verursacht der verstorbenen Millionär Noah Schmöll
terry reynolds
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
It is very good
Jan 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The Klise sisters have done it again -- paired the fresh and whimsical illustrations of Sarah with the mirthful word play of Kate, culminating in a fun romp with the residents of Ghastly, Illinois, America's favorite ghost town. 43 Old Cemetery Road, also known as Spence Mansion, is home to 11 year-old Seymour Hope, who illustrates the books written by Mr. Grumply, a famous author, and Olive C. Spence, a "ghost" writer. Mr. Grumply and Olive have adopted Seymour, and he's happy living with them. ...more
Olivia L.
I recently read a book called Till Death Do Us Bark, by Kate Klise. This is the 3rd book in the series. I really liked it because dogs are so lovable, and I love dogs. By the cover and title you can tell that there is a dog is in the book, (who is by the way is super cute!) This is such a great book because instead of telling the book through chapters, the author was creative. Kate told the story through letters/notes the characters were writing to each other. And newspapers, and even in some of ...more
Karla Nellenbach
Jan 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Seymour Hope lives in a haunted house with his parents Ignatius B. Grumply and Olive Spence (a ghost) and Olive's cat, Shadow. Their peaceful cohabitation becomes anything but when a dog follows young Seymour home. Mr. Grumply and Olive are less than thrilled when Seymour begs them to allow him to keep Secret (the dog), especially since Secret thinks he needs to bark from sunset till sunrise every single day. Even with their distaste of the dog, Seymour's parents grudgingly allow the boy to keep ...more
Chase Panno
May 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: yal-read
In this story Seymour, an adopted kid, receives a dog named Secret that came to his house one day. His adoptive parents don't like the dog being around because it barks all night long. Seymour researches and finds that Secret used to belong to Noah Breth, a well-known millionaire in town who recently died. Noah wants to teach his ungrateful children a lesson, so he converts all his money into rare coins. As Noah's children continue to fight, Seymour is on a mission to find out where Noah has hid ...more
Feb 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
I love this book. Not only light but also a fun reading. The book format and the illustration inside are great.The characters were interesting. Olive C. Spence got my big attention. She was different from any other characters.

The story is told through letters, drawings, announcement on the board, invitatio, local newspaper, even a meeting transcription. Some of them made me giggle and the other was touching. I was amazed with the way they arranged all of them and made the story run well.

As you c
I love this series, and this is my favorite book yet! This one introduces us to Secret, the late Noah Breth's dog - and an Irish Wolfhound dog, to boot! The Irish Wolfhound is one of my most favorite breeds, so I loved that the dog the Klise sisters used in this story was one of them. :)

Noah's children, Kitty and Kanine Breth, were incredibly entertaining to read about, from their great names to the antics they got up to - and the letters they wrote - to try and get their hands on their father's
Apr 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Fun-filled romp through Ghastly Illinois that had me laughing until my sides ached!

This was such a cute book. The main characters are Mr. Grumply (an aged, widowed writer), Olive (a ghost writer in the literal sense), and Seymour (a little boy that they adopted). The book is written in letters, newspaper articles, and limericks.

Olive & Grumply like the fine art of letter writing. So they insisted that ALL communication take the form of letters. So when Seymour finds a dog and wants to ask i
Jul 01, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, nook, children
3rd Installment of the ghastly entertaining 43 Cemetery Road series

Noah Breth has passed away, and his children Kanine and Kitty Breth are fighting over his estate. Noah, knowing that his children cared only for his money, has hidden his wealth and leaves them limericks and clues to solve, and someone is leaving rare coins in various places in town. The Spence Mansion is in an uproar because Seymour Hope has found a a new dog - Noah's dog, Secret - and wants to keep it. The dog's presence soon b
Jennifer Lavoie
I really enjoyed the first two books in the series, but I adored this one even more. I liked the messages that readers learn in the end, about small things making a big difference. It had such a fantastic message, and some of the jokes in it were more complex as well! I definitely think adults would enjoy this book. There were some things that kids just would not get. But maybe it was written to entertain adults reading to children? It is a possibility.

The addition of the new ghost, Noah Breth,
Jaime Leroy
Jan 10, 2012 rated it liked it
In this third installment of the 43 Old Cemetery Road series, Seymore Hope has found a dog and wants to keep him. His adoptive father is fine with it as long as he does everything in his power to make sure the dog does not belong to anyone. His adoptive mother, a ghost named Olive C. Spence, disapproves as she has always been a cat person—or cat ghost. When Seymore finds out that the dog belonged to a now-deceased man, he neglects to tell his adoptive parents and has them believe no one knows wh ...more
Jun 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Have I mentioned my never-ending love for these sisters in a while? No? Well, it always needs repeated. I am a 20 year old senior in college. I was introduced to their books in the 5th grade. How is it that they are still two of my absolute favorite writers? I'm pretty sure I'm no longer in their target demographic. So, this particular series. You may recall I wasn't the greatest fan of the first book in the series. The second one was a huge improvement. And then came this. Seriously, Klise sist ...more
Oct 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
3rd in the 43 Old Cemetery Road series. Written in a combination of letters and newspaper articles, this fun book will be appropriate for about late 3rd grade/early 4th grade and up. Seymour Hope lives with his adoptive parents, author Ignatius B. Grumply and co-author (and ghost) Olive C. Spence. And then a dog, Secret, wanders into his life and Seymour wants to keep it. Pretty quickly he finds out it used to belong to Noah Breth, a recently deceased eccentric millionaire.

This basic situation l
Ashley Brooke
Apr 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Ghastly, Illinois is a place I would very much like to visit. It's as much a character in the 43rd Old Cemetery Road books as the old Mr. Grumply, the young Seymour, and resident ghost, Olive. Like the first two books, 'Till Death Do Us Bark' is told in newspapers articles, letters, and illustrations. While I prefer the first two books to this one, 'Till Death Do Us Bark' was still a fun read. The charm and style of these novels will never get old.

The story was more Seymour centered than past n
Mar 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Conflict abounds in this third novel of the 43 Old Cemetery Road series. Noah Breth, Ghastly Illinois' millionaire dies and his 2 feuding siblings, Kitty and Kanine Breth come to town to claim his fortune. Meanwhile, Seymour finds a dog and asks Olive and Iggy if he can keep it. Olive, being a cat person, says absolutely not. Iggy, being a dog person, says find out if he belongs to anyone first. This leads Olive and Iggy into conflict. And when Seymour lies to them about the dog, they diasgree o ...more
Jun 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
Told in letter, limericks, and newspaper articles, Till Death Do Us Bark is another volume of the 43 Old Cemetery Road series. A dog follows Seymour home from the library, but the whole town knows that the dog once belonged to Noah Breth, who has unfortunately passed away. Seymour intends to keep the dog for himself and not give him back to Noah's greedy children, Kitty and Kanine. The Breth children have descended upon Ghastly, IL to collect their father's fortune, only to find limericks and ri ...more
May 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE this series! In this 3rd installment the town of Ghastly has a mystery to solve! Millionaire Noah Breth passes away and leaves a trail of limericks for his 2 selfish kids to follow to find his fortune. It'll take the whole town to figure this mystery out and at the center of this adventure is Secret the dog, the late Noah's faithful companion and Seymour's newest friend. Relationships are tested when Ignatius and Olive find that Seymour has been keeping secrets from them and the two find ...more
Anna Francesca
Oct 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was a cute book that I could see recommending to upper-elementary-aged students for fun reading. My biggest challenge was that took me a bit to realize that Kitty and Kanine were humans. Readers had to suspend disbelief in the idea of Seymore (the protagonist) living with an author and the ghost of his deceased wife. Character names that were generally punny also required a willingness to take the tale in a tongue-in-cheek way. I enjoyed the method of conveying the plot via letters, newspap ...more
Sep 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ncbla
This book made me laugh out loud several times because of its clever puns and word play. Even the names of some of the secondary characters are plays on words; for instance, there's an antiques dealer named Mac Awbrah and a restaurant owner whose name is Shirley U. Jest. The story is told through letters, limericks, newspaper articles, and other documents such as a dead man's will. Everything revolves around the death of a wealthy man who hid his money in a clever fashion, prompting everyone in ...more
Jan 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
I do love the epistolary style of these books. And the characters have grown on me. Who knew from the beginning of book one that Mr. Grumply would actually turn out to be pretty cool?

Without giving too much away ... this one pulls in a new character. So that was kind of fun.

I read this in arc form (e-book arc form even) so the exact wording may change. But I liked this quote from page 86 just like it is so I hope it doesn't change.

"'What happens when you mess up?'
'Well, you learn your lesson. Y
Jun 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this third installment - add in the illustrations, and this is a winning hit for younger readers, especially boys.

Klise has created an interesting dynamic between the living and the not-so-living in this first novel. The story unfolds through letters, newspaper articles, and illustrations. I really enjoyed how these three elements worked together to create a solid read, and interesting, read.

In the third installment of the 43 Old Cemetery Road series, readers are treated to the ultimate
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Catherine "Kate" Klise is an American author of children's literature. Many of her books are illustrated by her sister, M. Sarah Klise. Their popular Regarding series is presented in a scrapbook style format, with letters, journal entries, and related ephemera telling the story. She is also known for her picture
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