The Phantom of the Post Office (43 Old Cemetery Road Series #4)

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The letter-loving trio at Spence Mansion has something to grieve about—Ghastly's post office is about to close, which will cut off their connection to their fans. A new invention called VEXT-mail is threatening to replace not only letters, but books, hair dryers, and even garage door openers! Could the mysterious occupant of P.O. Box 5 and his seemingly sinister plan save the doomed post office? Will he strike down Ghastly’s beloved ghostwriter in the process? In this fourth book in the award-winning 43 Old ...

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Overview

The letter-loving trio at Spence Mansion has something to grieve about—Ghastly's post office is about to close, which will cut off their connection to their fans. A new invention called VEXT-mail is threatening to replace not only letters, but books, hair dryers, and even garage door openers! Could the mysterious occupant of P.O. Box 5 and his seemingly sinister plan save the doomed post office? Will he strike down Ghastly’s beloved ghostwriter in the process? In this fourth book in the award-winning 43 Old Cemetery Road series, eleven-year-old Seymour Hope and his new friend, Wy Fye, must solve this postmortem mystery . . . before it's too late!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sarah Maury Swan
In Book Four of the "43 Old Cemetery Road" series, eleven-year-old Seymour Hope and his adoptive parents, Olive C. Spence—a ghost writer—and Ignatius B. Grumply—an elderly, but living writer—are sent warning letters about the imminent demise of their local post office. Olive died of a broken heart many years earlier, not because of lost love, but because she never got a book contract from a publisher. Weston Peece, Olive's one friend when she was alive, always believed in her. He was also the town mail carrier and became increasingly dejected when he couldn't give Olive the piece of mail she most longed for—an acceptance letter. But Olive and Ignatius are now a successful writing team sending their serialized novel through the mail to their loyal fans. What will they do if the Post Office closes? At first things do not go in our heroes' favor, of course. The Post Mistress, Sue Perstishus, is to be replaced by a special electronic veil through which the wearer will get all the information she could ever want, or not want. No need for mail or email or phones or anything but the VEXT-mail veil. Unfortunately, well perhaps fortunately, the darn thing doesn't work well. Sal U. Tayshuns, the Postmaster General, comes to Ghastly to straighten things out, which means firing Sue and demolishing the Post Office building. In the meantime, Seymour develops the flu and ends up in the hospital along with M. Balm, the librarian's niece, Wynonna Fye. Wy teaches totally un-tech-savvy Seymour about modern gadgets. The character names are delightful and the plot has all kinds of punning twists to it, not to mention hit-you-upside-the-head allusions to "The Phantom of the Opera." If nobody else, librarians and postal workers will enjoy reading the book. Reviewer: Sarah Maury Swan
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780544022812
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/2/2013
  • Series: 43 Old Cemetery Road Series , #4
  • Pages: 135
  • Sales rank: 90,506
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.50 (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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