Hollywood, Dead Ahead (43 Old Cemetery Road Series #5)

Hollywood, Dead Ahead (43 Old Cemetery Road Series #5)

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by Kate Klise, M. Sarah Klise
     
 

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The fifth book in Kate and Sarah Klise's 43 Old Cemetery Road series is a lighthearted gothic epistolary novel told through letters, newspaper articles, transcripts, and drawings, in which the trio at Spence Mansion get an exciting offer—from Hollywood!See more details below

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The fifth book in Kate and Sarah Klise's 43 Old Cemetery Road series is a lighthearted gothic epistolary novel told through letters, newspaper articles, transcripts, and drawings, in which the trio at Spence Mansion get an exciting offer—from Hollywood!

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"Another winner for this inventive series."
Kirkus
Children's Literature - Claudia Mills
In this fifth installment in the Klise sisters' delightful "43 Cemetery Road" series, the creative team of Ignatius B. Grumply, Seymour Hope (age eleven), and Olive C. Spence (who happens to be a ghost) cannot resist the siren song of Hollywood when Moe Block Busters, Founder and President of Buster Boy Entertainment, approaches them with a movie deal for their 43 Cemetery Road book. They do not bother to read the "simple" 429 page contract they are sent: "Oh, just sign the silly thing, Iggy. They want to make a movie of our book. How complicated can it be?" So they are taken aback upon discovering that they have signed away all rights, in perpetuity, without compensation, for a project that ends up bearing no resemblance to their original book. But they are better off than aging screen star Ivana Oscar who does not realize that her contract contains a "death clause" obligating her to die while making the film—for publicity reasons, of course. Told entirely through letters, newspaper clippings, postcards, movie advertisements, mug shots, and airplane boarding passes, this fast-paced, hilarious satire on Tinseltown's temptation and treachery should be gobbled up as happily as a delicious tub of fresh-popped movie theater popcorn. Reviewer: Claudia Mills, Ph.D.
Kirkus Reviews
This fifth hilarious excursion to Seymour Hope's address in Ghastly, Ill., takes the little, idiosyncratic family to Hollywood when an unscrupulous movie mogul decides to film their stories. Young Seymour and ghost Olive can't wait to become movie stars, while crotchety Ignatius remains cautious. Pushed into it by majority rule, Ignatius signs the lengthy contract, only to learn later that he has signed away all rights to the trio's books, past and future, for no compensation whatsoever. When they arrive in Hollywood, everything goes wrong. Ignatius becomes consumed with his image makeover, especially his new teeth. Seymour auditions to play himself in the movie and wins the part, but Olive fumes because the movie company ignores her (she is invisible, after all). They find an ally in Ivana Oscar, the 92-year-old former star tapped to play Olive when Ivana learns that her contract demands her death in order to boost profits for the film. As always, the comedy depends on deliberately awful puns, especially in the characters' names, such as Moe Block Busters, Hugh Briss and Phillip D. Rubbish. M. Sarah Klise's exuberant drawings contribute half of the book's content. Kate Klise delivers the text in the form of letters, memos and newspaper articles, with humor stuffed into every corner. Another winner for this inventive series. (Humor. 8-12)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780544336612
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
10/07/2014
Series:
43 Old Cemetery Road Series, #5
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
133,736
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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