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

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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 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 ...

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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 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.

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423394754
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 6/20/2009
  • Series: Haunting of Derek Stone Series , #1
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Age range: 9 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 1.50 (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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2012

    Awesome book!

    Amazing story! It keeps you guessing... just beware the story doesn't end with this one book. There are four books in this series and you're going to want to read them all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    creepy story for tweens

    Tony Abbot is best known for writing "The Secrets of Droon"series, but I'm delighted to report he's turned his attention to an older audience. "The City of the Dead" is the first installment in "The Haunting of Derek Stone" series. Derek Stone is a 14-year-old boy whose dad and older brother are killed in a tragic train accident. About a month after the accident, Derek's brother comes home and is acting like a different person. Derek realises that the Dead are coming back to life and he's the only one who knows it.Set in the French Quarter of New Orleans and taking full advantage of its history, cemeteries, and bayous, this creepy ghost story has a unique premise and is perfect for 9-12 year olds who like good mystery.The second book in the "Derek Stone" series is called "Bayou Dogs".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2011

    This is an ok book

    I give this book a 4; because it doesn't keep my interest threw the whole book. The main idea of this story is a big mystery of an old train wreck, and a newer train wreck that is almost exactly the same .this book is a good book, but I shall not recommend it. I am reviewing this book for my book report. This book revolves around a kid named Derek Stone a young kid which survived a train crash but his brother didn't. His brother Ronny has something wrong with him which is a mystery they tend to find out. Ever since the train crash Derek here these weird voices. This book is a very good book report book, but it isn't something I would recommend for your free time. The settings of the book wasn't that good I mean they were in town one day then they were back to the crash site the next it was a little jumpy. The detail of the main characters is excellent in much detail of Ronny and Derek but there father had not much detail except for the fact he loves trains. This book was not for me, but I'm not sure if you would like to read this. This book was about this teenager that lived thru a train wreck and May weird things are happening. This is my evaluation of this book, but I hope you read this book and have a great time reading this. I recommend this for a book report, but I would not read this on my own time. That's my opium of the book, but what's yours?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2010

    awesome

    it was an awesome book

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  • Posted May 1, 2009

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    Reviewed by Angie Fisher for TeensReadToo.com

    Fourteen-year-old Derek Stone isn't a daydreamer. He prefers reality, the concrete stuff. So when he and his dad and brother are aboard a train that crashes into a deep, deadly ravine, Derek understands he is the sole survivor.

    Or is he?

    Derek's world is literally turned upside down after the wreck. Everything he thought he knew to be true begins to unravel, and he is unraveling with it.

    When he finds an old newspaper article about a train crash that happened in the exact same place seventy years ago, he's forced to delve deeper into the old Louisiana legends he'd never imagined himself believing.

    Dead people don't come back, but they have, and they are after him. He doesn't have time to wrap his head around it; he must act before it's too late.

    CITY OF THE DEAD is a quick read full of action and information that the reader will want to get a handle on before jumping into the following books in THE HAUNTING OF DEREK STONE series. Tony Abbott leaves many questions unanswered about the dead, the living, and Derek himself, so it will be easy to put this first book down and dive headfirst into BAYOU DOGS, the next book, to re-join Derek's adventure.

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