Dead Boy

Dead Boy

by Laurel Gale


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Fans of Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book will embrace this darkly funny novel!

Crow isn't like the other kids. He stinks. He’s got maggots. His body parts fall off at inopportune moments. (His mom always sews them back on, though.) And he hasn’t been able to sleep in years. Not since waking up from death.
But worse than the maggots is how lonely Crow feels. When Melody Plympton moves in next door, Crow can’t resist the chance to finally make a friend. With Melody around he may even have a shot at getting his life back from the mysterious wish-granting creature living in the park. But first there are tests to pass. And it will mean risking the only friend he’s had in years.
Debut author Laurel Gale’s story about friendship fulfilled may be the most moving—and most macabre—yet.
Praise for Dead Boy
“A stinky, creepy tale for anyone who’s ever felt like an outsider.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Gale takes readers on a dark and surprisingly funny journey. . . . A great recommendation to middle grade fans of dark humor.” —School Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553510089
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 09/29/2015
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 5.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Dead Boy is Laurel Gale’s first novel. Gale says, “I wondered what it would be like for a ‘live’ dead boy to try to make friends. I had no idea what would happen next, so I kept writing to find out.” Like Crow, Gale resides in the Nevada desert. She lives with her husband and a band of furry monsters that might actually be ferrets. You can visit Laurel online at

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Dead Boy 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
19269684 More than 1 year ago
When I first heard of Dead Boy, by Laurel Gale, I thought it would be one of those comical stories that would be a little gross and a lot of funny! Oh no, this story is dark, gross and funny. I am so happy I didn't wait to read it with my son. I don't think, even at 12 years old, that he'd have liked it. Me- I loved it! It was different. It's YA, but can be enjoyed by any age. This story was put together with a magical imagination that has you feeling bad, mad, angry and extremely hopeful for a little, dead boy! The story is about a boy named Crow. He's dead. He's stuck in his house, day in and day out, because the world outside wouldn't understand him. He's lonely. His mother homeschool's him, and does her best to hold to a sense of normalcy. He's a non brain-eating zombie. Actually he east nothing at all, since he no longer has any taste buds and because of what food does to his stomach. It's not until he meets Melody that he truly craves for more in life! He wants to be outside more and do more and feel more- so he takes a chance on Halloween night. He does something that takes them on an adventure, unlike any other. And you want him to succeed. You find yourself hoping for him. The story was written with such an elegant simplicity, it can be read by anyone. For the full review: *The Pug List is next! **Book is from my personal library, for an honest review.
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GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
Crow Darlingson is dead but appears to be alive. I would not consider him a zombie because he can walk, talk, grow, do school work but not eat or sleep. Crow's parts fall off or split, but his mom sews him back together. He stinks because he is rotting and maggots crawl out of him so he is not allowed to leave the house. His parents have separated yet Crow still sees his dad every once in a while. Apparently, Crow died when he was in the fourth grade and somehow, his parents wished him back to life, but the wish did not bring him back as a living, breathing, warm-blooded human. One day as Crow was watching out his window, sees people moving in next door. His next door neighbour, Melody, sneaks over the fence one night to meet him. She is fascinated with Crow, especially when she finds out Magic is involved. Her mother disappeared when she was young and she is positive that magic took her away. One night they sneak out and go to the park where they get scared by a monster/creature. On Hallowe'en they end up back at the park and purposely seek out the creature. This takes Crow and Melody on an adventure that will having you holding your breath at times! It is creepy and scary and they learn lessons along the way. Will they pass the test and get their wishes? This is a story about how difficult it can be to be yourself regardless of the situation you are in. It teaches about loyalty, unselfishness as well as having to stand up for yourself. I enjoyed the gentle creepiness of the book describing Crow. Don't be scared to read this book! It is a wonderful read and Middle Graders and even Young Adults will enjoy Crow's and Melody's adventures. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.