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

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In this fifth volume from 43 Old Cemetery Road, the trio at Spence Mansion leaves Ghastly for Hollywood, California . . . and for a shot at stardom!

The film producer Moe Block Busters wants to make the 43 Old Cemetery Road story into a movie—and he promises it will be a sure-fire hit! Lured by the lights of Tinseltown, Ignatius B. Grumply, Olive C. Spence, and Seymour Hope pack their suitcases. But when they arrive in Hollywood, Olive has a sure-fire fit when she discovers how...

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Overview

In this fifth volume from 43 Old Cemetery Road, the trio at Spence Mansion leaves Ghastly for Hollywood, California . . . and for a shot at stardom!

The film producer Moe Block Busters wants to make the 43 Old Cemetery Road story into a movie—and he promises it will be a sure-fire hit! Lured by the lights of Tinseltown, Ignatius B. Grumply, Olive C. Spence, and Seymour Hope pack their suitcases. But when they arrive in Hollywood, Olive has a sure-fire fit when she discovers how quickly fame changes Iggy and Seymour. Even worse, Olive has been written out of the script! “Little old lady ghosts are so yesterday,” says Moe. “What America wants is a terrifying ghost named Evilo.” Well, if it’s Evilo they want, it’s Evilo they’ll get. And Olive knows just the femme fatale to help her scare Hollywood’s most despicable director half to death.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Another winner for this inventive series."
Kirkus
From the Publisher

"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: 9780547852836
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/2/2013
  • Series: 43 Old Cemetery Road Series , #5
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 98,305
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.80 (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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  • Posted March 28, 2014

    I love this series!  I read them every year with my students!  W

    I love this series!  I read them every year with my students!  We can not wait until the new one comes out.  They even get most of the names, and how they are a play on words.  Very enjoyable!

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