Dying to Meet You (43 Old Cemetery Road Series #1)

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In this story told mostly through letters, children's book author, I. B. Grumply, gets more than he bargained for when he rents a quiet place to write for the summer.

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Overview

In this story told mostly through letters, children's book author, I. B. Grumply, gets more than he bargained for when he rents a quiet place to write for the summer.

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Publishers Weekly

This fresh, funny launch of the 43 Old Cemetery Road series introduces an eccentric cast with pun-tastic names. I.B. Grumply, a cranky children's book author with writer's block, rents a dilapidated Victorian mansion (from realtor Anita Sale) in the town of Ghastly in hopes of writing an addition to his Ghost Tamers series (publisher: Paige Turner). He discovers that the owners have left their son Seymour behind while-in one of several ironic twists-they tour Europe debunking the existence of ghosts. Seymour does indeed "see more" than others: he has befriended Olive C. Spence, a feisty ghost who has vowed to haunt the house until she accomplishes what she couldn't in life-publish a book. As in the "Regarding the..." series, written by these sibling collaborators, the story unfolds through characters' correspondence ("The man is impossible! I should've dropped THREE chandeliers on his head," Olive writes Seymour about Grumply) as well as other documents, including illustrated pages from the local tabloid. Despite a slightly sappy denouement, the story is light enough for more tentative readers, with many humorous details to reward those who look closer. Ages 8-12. (Apr.)

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Children's Literature - Joyce Rice
Ignatius B. Grumply is the author of a children's fiction series about ghosts. Although Mr. Grumply's publisher has advanced him $100,000 for his next book, he seems unable to get started. In fact, he has had trouble getting started for more than ten years. That is why, in desperation, Mr. Grumply begins a correspondence with Anita Sale, a realtor. Anita assists Mr. Grumply in finding a quiet, restful location to spend his summer where he can again begin writing. Once Mr. Grumply's attorney and friend, E. Gadds, reviews and signs the lease agreement on Mr. Grumply's behalf, Mr. Grumply is ready to move in and start writing. In his haste, Mr. Grumply has failed to see that the lease contract also contains a clause about a certain young man and his cat, who have already set up residence in the house. When "Iggy" Grumply, as he becomes known, discovers the young man, Seymour, he is indignant that changes be made to the arrangements. It will be Seymour, his cat Shadow, and an unseen friend, however, who will become the muse for Iggy's newest title. This is a delightful tale, with shadings of the "Lemony Snicket" series, with the pencil drawings, introductions of characters on the front flap, and similar warnings about beginning the tale all included in the opening pages. Upper elementary students will be captivated with these characters and will await the sequel with true devotion. The richness of the writing and illustrations of the Klise sisters is a winning combination. This would be a great Christmas gift for the six to ten year old crowd, to share in a read-aloud and to read alone, under the covers with a flashlight. Reviewer: Joyce Rice
School Library Journal

Gr 4-6

When former best-selling children's author I.B. Grumply moves into a Victorian mansion in Ghastly, IL, to write the latest installment in his "Ghost Tamer" series, he is hindered by more than just his overwhelming case of writer's block. He is dismayed to find the mansion already occupied by an 11-year-old boy named Seymour Hope, his cat, and Olive C. Spence, a ghost living in the cupola who is unhappy because she never managed to publish her books in her lifetime. Similar to the Klises' other offerings, the story is successfully told through letters, newspaper clippings, drawings, and related devices. Although Grumply has written ghost tales, he himself is a nonbeliever, and Olive and Seymour attempt to convince him. They then collaborate on a book about their own experiences, including the possibility of the demolition of the mansion, a ghost who falls in love with the occupant of her house, and Seymour's parents and their lack of responsibility for his care. This first title in a new series will appeal to readers, especially reluctant ones, as it moves quickly and leaves its audience eager for book two, which is announced in this ghastly and fun tale.-Michele Shaw, Quail Run Elementary School, San Ramon, CA

Kirkus Reviews
Plenty of fun lurks in this ghost-story comedy when a dried-up, unsociable writer, I.B. Grumply, rents an old house already occupied by Seymour Hope, an abandoned boy, and his best friend, Olive, an active and bossy lady ghost. All told through letters, newspaper articles and other documents, the story also stars M. Sarah Klise's whimsical line drawings, which add substance to the plot. Readers learn that Mr. Grumply's writer's block has continued until he's penniless; he'll have to open up and make friends with his new roommates if he wants to produce that next bestseller. Kate Klise fleshes out the plot with back stories on the house, Seymour's catastrophic, absent parents and Olive's haunting of the house. Suspense intrudes when Seymour's parents reappear and decide to demolish it. Everywhere they look, readers will find comedy, even in the headers on the letters and character names. Of course it's all going to come out magnificently in the end, thereby setting up the next book in the planned series. A quirky, comedic romp. (Fiction. 8-14)
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"Kate Klise fleshes out the plot with back stories on the house, Seymour’s catastrophic, absent parents and Olive’s haunting of the house. Suspense intrudes when Seymour’s parents reappear and decide to demolish it. Everywhere they look, readers will find comedy, even in the headers on the letters and character names. Of course it’s all going to come out magnificently in the end, thereby setting up the next book in the planned series. A quirky, comedic romp."—Kirkus

"This epistolary graphic mystery may take genre-bending into the realm of genre-pretzeling, but it still delivers an unlikely story with a great deal of likability."—Booklist
 

"The fun here is in the narrative equipment—letters, e-mails, newspaper extracts, floor plan, cast list, etc., and in the embedded jokes, such as Cliff Hanger (the editor of The Ghastly Times) and Frank N. Beans (the private investigator) . . . young mock-gothic fans will nonetheless be eager to revisit 43 Old Cemetery Road in the anticipated sequels."—Horn Book
 

"This first title in a new series will appeal to readers, especially reluctant ones, as it moves quickly and leaves its audience eager for book two, which is announced in this ghastly and fun tale."—School Library Journal
 

"This fresh, funny launch of the 43 Old Cemetery Road series introduces an eccentric cast with pun-tastic names . . . the story is light enough for more tentative readers, with many humorous details to reward those who look closer."—Publishers Weekly
 

". . . a frothy little confection, whose enjoyability comes as much, if not more, from the format and side jokes . . . as from the main plot.  The story is a pleasant example of the supernatural sitcom . . . an engaging and easy-going read.  Illustrations, mostly vigorous line portraits drawn by ‘Seymour,’ add additional invitation to the accessible pages.”—The Bulletin

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789866807558
  • Publisher: Ye Ren/Tsai Fong Books
  • Publication date: 3/28/2010
  • Series: 43 Old Cemetery Road Series , #1
  • Pages: 223
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 8.34 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Kate Klise is the author of many punny and funny middle grade novels, including all of the books in the popular 43 Old Cemetery Road series. She has also written a number of picture books and young adult novels. Ms. Klise lives in Norwood, Missouri. For more information about Kate, visit

www.kateandsarahklise.com.

M. Sarah Klise illustrates picture books and middle grade novels with a graphic twist. She also teaches art to children and adults in the Bay Area in California. For more information about Sarah, visit

www.kateandsarahklise.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2013

    very-good book

    very-good book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2013

    I think that this book is the only book that I actually sat down

    I think that this book is the only book that I actually sat down and read. I could not put the book down. This is a book that I think everyone should read.  I liked the funny names that they gave all the characters and how the ghost, Olive, helps Seymour.   

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2012

    Daughter just loved starting this series, we are just started bo

    Daughter just loved starting this series, we are just started book #3 and can't wait to continue. Thanks for making her love reading again.

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  • Posted July 20, 2012

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    Brought to you by OBS reviewer and parent Angie Dying to Meet Y

    Brought to you by OBS reviewer and parent Angie

    Dying to Meet You is a wonderful introduction into the supernatural genre for young readers. This story is written as a series of letters so it’s a quick read and easy to pick up and put down when one has to do homework or chores or just wants to read “Just one more page before lights out, PLEASE?!?”

    Our story finds Ignatius B. Grumply in need of some solitude to work through is writers block and finish his next novel. But the house he’s chosen to rent comes with some… stipulations. Specifically he must share it with 11-year-old Seymour whose parents have left him while they’re on an adventure. But Seymour isn’t the only resident left at the house.

    What happens in this book is a fabulous story of acceptance and tolerance. The author weaves puns and witty come backs into a delightful tale of love and friendship in an unlikely place.

    Read this one with your kids. You won’t be sorry.

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  • Posted August 2, 2011

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    Great Story, But Not Enough Details

    Dying to Meet You is a wonderful story, however it is told through a series of letters which has no details. It is a very easy and short read though!

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  • Posted October 14, 2010

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    Reviewed by Kira M for Teens Read Too

    When Ignatius B. Grumply rented out the house on Cemetery Road for the summer to finish his book, he agreed to keep an eye on the owner's son, Seymour Hope. He got a surprise he wasn't expecting: a live-in ghost who used to write books and who loves to cause trouble. With the noise, his writer's block, and the late night goings-on throughout the house disrupting him, Ignatius is having a hard time finishing his book. A non-believer in ghosts, he instead believes that it is the boy who is making all of the noise and threatens to kick him out. With his parents nowhere to be found and his home at stake, Seymour is determined to show the cranky writer that he is not a disruptive influence and that ghosts really do exist. With the help of his ghost friend, Olive C. Spence, they'll fight to break down the walls of Ignatius' disbelief. Will they succeed? And will Ignatius ever finish his book? A humorous tale filled with adventure and a grumpy but lovable ghost. The story is entertaining and unique. The characters are memorable, likable, and well-developed. Readers who like ghost stories, realistic fiction, and adventure will enjoy reading DYING TO MEET YOU.

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  • Posted October 6, 2010

    BEST BOOK EVER READ IT 5 TIMES AND WILL READ IT 10 TIMES MORE!

    LOVE THE BOOK MY DAUGHTER READS EVERYDAY! :)

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  • Posted July 9, 2010

    Will You Believe?

    That is the question asked to Iggy by O.C.S in this thrilling novel. Told through letters, we are introduced to a motley crew of adorable characters who are so easy to love. The story which makes quick and sweet execution for a memorable summer read that will defiantly offer everyone a little piece of funny delight.

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