The Death of Yorik Mortwell [NOOK Book]

Overview

Inspired by the artwork of Edward Gorey, Windblowne author Stephen Messer delivers a mock-Gothic tale about poor Yorick (alas!), son of the Gamekeeper at venerable Ravenby Manor, who meets an untimely demise—in chapter one! Worry not, dear reader, for Yorick returns in ghostly form, intent on revenge. In the course of his hauntings, however, ghostly Yorick discovers that all manner of otherworldy creatures inhabit the manor grounds, and that he has a part to play in saving not only his still-living orphan sister ...
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Overview

Inspired by the artwork of Edward Gorey, Windblowne author Stephen Messer delivers a mock-Gothic tale about poor Yorick (alas!), son of the Gamekeeper at venerable Ravenby Manor, who meets an untimely demise—in chapter one! Worry not, dear reader, for Yorick returns in ghostly form, intent on revenge. In the course of his hauntings, however, ghostly Yorick discovers that all manner of otherworldy creatures inhabit the manor grounds, and that he has a part to play in saving not only his still-living orphan sister but also the manor and everyone in it.

For every young reader who enjoyed the dour dalliance of A Series of Unfortunate Events, here is Stephen Messer's playful homage to the poor orphans of Charles Dickens, the bleak poetry of Edgar Allen Poe, and the exaggerated characters of Roald Dahl.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—When spoiled Master Thomas of Ravenby Manor throws a rock at orphaned servant Yorik Mortwell, the 12-year-old falls from a tree and dies. Now a ghost, Yorik quickly acquires a new master, the Princess of the Aviary Glade, who demands that he haunt Ravenby—"You're a ghost and you've got to haunt something"—and to spy on it. Upon returning to the estate, Yorik goes in search of his servant sister, Susan. He encounters a pack of demon-hounds, Master Thomas, and the Yglhfm, evil Dark Ones that sit on shoulders whispering and wreaking havoc. Yorik must find how to defeat them. Full-page, macabre illustrations appear throughout. Lemony Snicket, Harry Potter, and Neil Gaiman enthusiasts will appreciate this engaging, eccentric adventure.—Krista Welz, North Bergen Public Library, NJ
Kirkus Reviews

A ghost story that attempts to combine the macabre with the heroic fails to find its footing.

Yorik was dead to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. Having been knocked to his death by his feudal landlord's spoiled son, our hero leaves behind his destitute little sister, Susan. She finds employment with the manor's servants, while Yorik likewise finds afterlife employment with the strange silver-haired Princess of the Aviary Glade. Given the task to haunt his former tormentor, Yorik instead discovers that all is not well at Ravenby Manor. Something evil has escaped, and it is slowly but surely taking over the inhabitants. It's up to one seemingly helpless ghost to find a way to stop the threat before it harms his still-living sibling. To be an odd book is not a bad thing, but there is something so overwhelmingly peculiar about Messer's mix of fantasy genres (pseudo-Gothic meets the standard saving-the-world format) that the entire kerfuffle comes off as hopelessly overblown. This is helped not at all by its deus ex machina ending.

With illustrations by the appropriately dour Grimley, this is a mix of two talents who together yield a less-than-superior product. Some art not seen. (Fiction. 9-12)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375899287
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 9/27/2011
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 192
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 670L (what's this?)
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Late at night, through a hidden window, the ghost of STEPHEN MESSER can be seen typing away in his study, high up in the haunted manor he shares with his wife in Durham, North Carolina. In a past life, Stephen was the author of Windblowne. Visit Stephen online at stephenmesser.com.

GRIS GRIMLY can best be described as a storyteller. Through his distinctive style and wide selection of media as an author, illustrator, fine artist, sculptor, and filmmaker, he has captivated a variety of loyal collectors. Primarily known for his dark yet humorous children's books, Gris continues to haunt the imaginations of both young and old. Visit him online at madcreator.com.

From the Hardcover edition.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2011

    GRIS GRIMLY ITS AN AWESOME ARTIST !

    Anything by Gris Grimly its a work of art ! I own almost of his books and I highly recomend this book to everybody !

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted September 14, 2014

    Greystorm

    One more time silverstream push

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    Posted September 13, 2014

    Starkit and fawnkit

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    Posted September 14, 2014

    Silverstream and co

    SILVERSTREAM pushed again but this time a tiny little brown she kit came out. THE KITS started to play with a moss ball.

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    Posted September 6, 2014

    Fiercefire are you on

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    To feircefire

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    Can i rp silverkit?!

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    Sunpelt and Pebblekit ooc

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