City of the Dead (The Haunting of Derek Stone #1)

City of the Dead (The Haunting of Derek Stone #1)

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by Tony Abbott, Nick Podehl
     
 

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

Derek Stone just turned fourteen. He's lived in the heart of New Orleans with his dad and older brother, Ronny, his whole life. He's a little overweight. He can't hear well out of his left ear.

Oh, and he's on the run from the dead.

Derek never imagined that the dead could be anything but dead. But

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Overview

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

Derek Stone just turned fourteen. He's lived in the heart of New Orleans with his dad and older brother, Ronny, his whole life. He's a little overweight. He can't hear well out of his left ear.

Oh, and he's on the run from the dead.

Derek never imagined that the dead could be anything but dead. But there's no denying it. They're back -- and they're after him.

He just doesn't know why.

And he doesn't have long to figure it out.

Excerpt from CITY OF THE DEAD:

I'll tell you straight: the dead are coming back.

You won't believe it, of course. You'll say it's crazy. It's impossible. It's whatever.

Fine. I get it. Most of the time I don't believe it myself. But it's happening, and it affects all of us.

If you're smart, you'll listen and be afraid.

If you're really smart, you'll run.

And you'll do it now, because pretty soon there won't be anywhere to run to.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Meagan Albright
Books of dark material, books where children are suddenly orphaned or lost, are classic tropes in children's literature in part because they allow children to be the heroes or heroines of the story and give them a more active role in the adventure that is their lives. City of the Dead claims its place among the darkness with a well-written, solid first title in the series, "The Haunting of Derek Stone." The main character, a 14—year-old boy named Derek, is given not only enough flaws to be likeable and relatable (he's a little overweight, he can't hear well out of his left ear), he's also given a tragic turn of events in his life that makes his story instantly compelling. Surrounded by grief, pursued by the dead, Derek doesn't have much time to figure out his connection to the dead, and find out why zombies are after him. Reviewer: Meagan Albright
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—Fourteen-year-old Derek survives a horrific train wreck, but his father and older brother Ronny are killed. When Ronny shows up a month after his death, with no explanation, their uncle, who is taking care of Derek and the estate, accepts him immediately. But it's soon apparent to Derek that Ronny is not who he seems to be. Investigating the fact that there was a similar disaster 70 years ago at the same place involving a train full of murderers and thieves introduces Derek to the idea of translation, or dead souls possessing the bodies of the more recent victims. The book's title refers to one of the large cemeteries in New Orleans. The first title (Scholastic, 2009) in the series by Tony Abbott ends with a cliffhanger. Nick Podehl does a good job with Derek's first person narration, lending an immediacy and urgency to the story. What secrets lie ahead in the City of the Dead? Though it occasionally veers off into territory where suspension of disbelief becomes a heavy burden, this should be a good match for reluctant readers.—Charli Osborne, Oxford Public Library, MI

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781423394754
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
06/20/2009
Series:
Haunting of Derek Stone Series, #1
Edition description:
Unabridged
Sales rank:
1,474,600
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.10(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range:
9 - 11 Years

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