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Children's Literature"People seem to think it's an easy life when you're dead," begins the fresh voice of young Harry's beyond-the-grave memoir. "But you can take it from me, it's no such thing." Killed one day in a twilight bike accident, Harry can find no peace in the "Other Lands," because he can't stop remembering the last quarrel he had with his older sister, and the final taunt he hurled at her, "You'll be sorry when I'm dead." So, after being processed by the cross attendant fussing with the computer terminal at "the Desk," Harry sets off with his new chum, Dickensian-era Arthur, for a spot of haunting back in the Land of the Living. But he doesn't know which is worse--discovering the extent to which his old schoolmates have forgotten him, or the extent to which his family has been devastated by his loss. The school-haunting scenes go on a bit too long (once Harry has confronted the shocking truth that his coat peg has not been maintained as a memorial to him, we are not all that surprised to find him confronting the parallel desecration of his desk). But Harry's chatty narration--in turns funny and almost unbearably sad--endears him to the reader. When he and Arthur are both finally freed to move on to the Great Blue Yonder--a mystical merging with the great "ocean of life, I suppose"--it makes for a deeply moving conclusion to this unusual story.