Bayou Dogs (The Haunting of Derek Stone Series #2)

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Tony Abbott combines the best of the action, suspense, and humor that has made DROON a hit for almost a decade -- and takes it to the next level in this spooky new middle grade series.

Could the road to the afterlife be a two-way street?

Derek's brother Ronny isn't himself.
No, really.
Ronny's body has been taken over by the long-dead soul ...

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Overview

Tony Abbott combines the best of the action, suspense, and humor that has made DROON a hit for almost a decade -- and takes it to the next level in this spooky new middle grade series.

Could the road to the afterlife be a two-way street?

Derek's brother Ronny isn't himself.
No, really.
Ronny's body has been taken over by the long-dead soul of a man named Virgil Black. Lucky for him, Virgil is one of the good guys. Not all of them are.
In fact, a Legion of evil souls is staging a serious comeback. And they're staging it at Bayou Malpierre, the site of Derek's most horrible nightmare.
That nightmare is about to get even worse. . . .

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Children's Literature - Renee Farrah
Book two of "The Haunting of Derek Stone" series catches up with Derek during an adrenaline-fueled game of cat and mouse. As ghost Virgil Black guides Derek through the husk of his dead brother Ronny's body, the two get closer to discovering why the dead are hunting Derek. A girl who awakens from a coma provides valuable information, while a chance meeting with a man named Smitty Fouks brings a message to Derek giving him no choice but to return to his least favorite place, the swampy Bayou Malpierre. The bayou is home to a near-death experience for Derek, and the home of a peculiar boy named Waldo whose sunny cherub-like tendencies are anything but angelic. Considering the plot, the book is surprisingly light at times. It does not involve zombies, but rather two souls trying to exist in the same deceased body through a process called translation. It is a quirky adventure complete with humor and a touch of dark wonder. As clues appear and conspiracies multiply, the reader's mind will search for answers in one direction only to be pleasantly swept away by intriguing plot twists. Reviewer: Renee Farrah
School Library Journal
Gr 5–7—The living dead continue their hot pursuit of Derek Stone in Tony Abbott's sequel (2009) to The City of the Dead (2009, both Scholastic). Derek and his brother Ronny leave their native New Orleans for Bayou Malpierre. Derek must confront his worst nightmares in this rural Louisiana swamp, while he prepares to battle the zombie army that a train crash unleashed. This fight with the zombies is personal, for the spirit of Virgil Black has possessed Ronny's body. Eerie string music and slow, lumbering piano notes open and close each disc, creating a perfectly creepy mood for this tale. Nick Podehl reads at a slow pace that captures the sticky climate and laid-back lifestyle of south Louisiana. However, his attempts to read in a regional accent fall flat on Southern ears. For example, Podehl says "fye-ah" for "fire" and describes how Derek looks at photographs from "be-foe-ah the Civil Woe-ah." Still, the action-driven story is sure to be a hit with middle school zombie and horror fans, making it a strong choice for audiobook collections.—Mary Landrum, Lexington Public Library, KY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545034302
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2009
  • Series: The Haunting Of Derek Stone Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 530L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Tony Abbott
Tony Abbott is the author of more than seventy books for young readers, including the bestselling The Secrets of Droon series and the novels Kringle, Firegirl (winner of the 2006 Golden Kite Fiction Award), and most recently The Postcard. He lives and writes in Connecticut with his wife, two daughters, and their Corgi, Comet.
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  • Posted May 1, 2009

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    Reviewed by Shyanne for TeensReadToo.com

    Derek Stone was just your normal 14-year-old kid until he was in a train crash. Now, the souls of dead beings have crossed into the bodies of the new crash victims and taken over.

    In the world of the dead there has been a war raging - and now the dead want to bring it over into the world of the living.

    The rift is breaking and the dead are crossing into deceased bodies from the living world. They are all after Derek Stone, and he must do everything he can to escape them.

    He has the help of a young man by the name of Virgil Black. Virgil wants to be dead and at peace, but with the war this is not possible. Instead, Virgil crossed into the body of Derek's brother, who died in the crash.

    A few of the other crossovers are good allies, but not all. Many are on the bad side of the war and want the rift to be torn forever.

    With the help of Virgil, Derek must try to reach his destination before the crossed-over dead do. A destination that holds a surprise for him that will unravel even more everything he thought he knew.

    BAYOU DOGS is the second book in THE HAUNTING OF DEREK STONE series, following CITY OF THE DEAD. Readers will be pleased with this second installment.

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