Walking with the Dead

Walking with the Dead

by LM Falcone
     
 

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In this frightfully funny novel by L. M. Falcone, Alex's father brings home an ancient Greek corpse as an exhibit for Oddities, the weird museum in their basement. After Alex peeks in the coffin, he starts having crazy dreams, gets struck by lightning and falls through a door into the night sky. Then things take a turn for the seriously weird when, after more than…  See more details below

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In this frightfully funny novel by L. M. Falcone, Alex's father brings home an ancient Greek corpse as an exhibit for Oddities, the weird museum in their basement. After Alex peeks in the coffin, he starts having crazy dreams, gets struck by lightning and falls through a door into the night sky. Then things take a turn for the seriously weird when, after more than 2000 years, the corpse wakes up! This lively cadaver needs help, so big-hearted Alex and his sidekick, Freddie, find themselves on a mission to the world of the dead. They dodge monsters, three-headed dogs, gorgons with snakes for hair -- and much worse -- all in an attempt to help a lost soul in serious trouble. How in Hades will the boys ever get home again?

Editorial Reviews

Quill & Quire
Walking with the Dead is a page-turning thriller for readers who like their stories to unfold at lightning speed ...
From the Publisher
Walking with the Dead is a page-turning thriller for readers who like their stories to unfold at lightning speed ...

The suspenseful journey through the netherworld is enlivened by welcome humor, and there is also a quiet message about personal responsibility and courage.

School Library Journal
Gr 6-8-Everything seems to be going wrong for 12-year-old Alex. He can't impress the girl of his dreams; Slug, the class bully, is demanding protection money; and his dad's Oddities museum is on the rocks. When his father adds a weird Greek mummy, Costas, to the rickety collection, Alex notices that it lacks the traditional gold coin that the dead need to pay Charon at the River Styx. The boy supplies one, but then retrieves it to pay off Slug. However, Costas needs the coin-and Alex's help. He was unjustly condemned for a murder he didn't commit and faces eternal punishment unless the crime can be undone. Alex and his friend Freddie travel to the Underworld, where they are faced with a labyrinth, the Minotaur, Medusa, and even Hades himself. Will the pair save Costas and themselves from becoming trapped forever? The suspenseful journey through the netherworld is enlivened by welcome humor, and there is also a quiet message about personal responsibility and courage. This exciting adventure will be best appreciated by readers with a basic grounding in Greek mythology.-Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A lightning strike and a reanimated corpse make for an unusually lively Halloween in this hilariously headlong caper. When the ancient Greek mummy in his father's basement museum of oddities gets up and begs for help, Alex and his more-loyal-than-bright sidekick Freddie not only find themselves tackling a brutal local bully, but also taking unexpected trips. First, they go to the Underworld for encounters with Charon, Hades and various monsters; then to Greece, on a mission to change the past by rescuing an infant prince. Stirring a few Dantean details and themes into her mythological tour, Falcone equips Alex with both a working cell phone, so that he can call home for background information, and an active conscience that may sometimes get him into pickles, but also keeps him in dogged pursuit of the Right Thing To Do. With plenty of misadventures along the way, Alex and Freddie surmount numerous challenges to their courage and cleverness, ultimately sending the restless shade on its way to the Elysian Fields, and returning to their own time-and a conveniently chastened bully-as heroes. A delight for Time Warp Trio fans. (Fiction. 10-12)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781553377092
Publisher:
Kids Can Press, Limited
Publication date:
03/15/2005
Series:
L.M. Falcone Ser.
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
520L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

L.M. Falcone has worked as a teacher, a private investigator and a screenwriter. Her writing credits include television's popular preteen series Are You Afraid of the Dark?, as well as the novels Walking with the Dead, The Devil, the Banshee and Me and The Midnight Curse. She lives in Toronto.

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