Dying to Meet You (43 Old Cemetery Road Series #1)

Dying to Meet You (43 Old Cemetery Road Series #1)


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ISBN-13: 9780547398488
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 09/06/2010
Series: 43 Old Cemetery Road Series , #1
Pages: 147
Sales rank: 101,606
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: 730L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

KATE KLISE and M. SARAH KLISE  have collaborated on several picture books and a number of popular middle grade novels, including the Regarding The . . . series, Trial by Journal and Letters from Camp, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. Kate, who is a correspondent for People magazine, lives in Norwood, Missouri. Sarah, who is an art teacher, lives in Berkeley, California.

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"Kate Klise fleshes out the plot with back stories on the house, Seymour’s catastrophic, absent parents and Olive’s haunting of the house. Suspense intrudes when Seymour’s parents reappear and decide to demolish it. Everywhere they look, readers will find comedy, even in the headers on the letters and character names. Of course it’s all going to come out magnificently in the end, thereby setting up the next book in the planned series. A quirky, comedic romp."—Kirkus

"This epistolary graphic mystery may take genre-bending into the realm of genre-pretzeling, but it still delivers an unlikely story with a great deal of likability."—Booklist "The fun here is in the narrative equipment—letters, e-mails, newspaper extracts, floor plan, cast list, etc., and in the embedded jokes, such as Cliff Hanger (the editor of The Ghastly Times) and Frank N. Beans (the private investigator) . . . young mock-gothic fans will nonetheless be eager to revisit 43 Old Cemetery Road in the anticipated sequels."—Horn Book "This first title in a new series will appeal to readers, especially reluctant ones, as it moves quickly and leaves its audience eager for book two, which is announced in this ghastly and fun tale."—School Library Journal "This fresh, funny launch of the 43 Old Cemetery Road series introduces an eccentric cast with pun-tastic names . . . the story is light enough for more tentative readers, with many humorous details to reward those who look closer."—Publishers Weekly ". . . a frothy little confection, whose enjoyability comes as much, if not more, from the format and side jokes . . . as from the main plot.  The story is a pleasant example of the supernatural sitcom . . . an engaging and easy-going read.  Illustrations, mostly vigorous line portraits drawn by ‘Seymour,’ add additional invitation to the accessible pages.”—The Bulletin

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Dying to Meet You 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
devereuxa on LibraryThing 10 months ago
i didn't really like this book. it was pretty slow and i didn't really like how it was written in letters. it did not have a lot of action.compared to other books written i letter form it would be o.k.
BrynDahlquis on LibraryThing 10 months ago
While not as good as some of their previous books (Letters From Camp, Trial By Journal), Dying To Meet You is probably one of the most charming books I've ever read. That's the first word that comes to mind: charming.All in all, it's a very cute book with a lovely plot and lovely characters and an equally lovely ending.
amygatt on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I thought this book was quirky and heartfelt in a very amusing way. The format was very fun (I liked the letters and drawings a lot) and I found it very funny that Olive made no secret about taking books out of the library and food from the grocery store. This book felt very creative and non-traditional, which I appreciated. I also liked that all three main characters got what they needed in very non-traditional ways at the end of this book. This was a very fun and fast read, and I agree that this would be a great book for reluctant readers. I would recommend this to 3rd and 4th grade readers, male and female as well as to reluctant readers in older grades.
RebeccaS on LibraryThing 11 months ago
All Ignatius B. Grumply wants is peace and quiet so he can finally rid himself of writers block, and complete the 13th book in his children¿s book series. Little did he know when he rented the Victorian mansion at 43 Cemetery Road that he wouldn¿t be the only resident at the estate. The owners left him in charge of their 11-year-old son, Seymour, and his cat, Shadow. Also living in the house is an irritable ghost by the name of Olive C. Spence, who does not like I.B. Grumply one bit. The antics of these unlikely characters is told through a series of letters, newspaper articles, and drawing. This was a very witty book, and had fun playing on the names of the characters. The story was written in a series of letters that read fast and were surprisingly detailed and interesting.
ChristianR on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Kate Klise has written another highly entertaining book for young readers. Ignatious B. Grumply, who is quite grumpy, is an author of children's books who has had writer's block for twenty years. He moves into a spooky house for the summer to concentrate on his very overdue next book, but discovers he's living with an eleven year old boy, his cat, and a frustrated author who also happens to be a ghost who died 97 years earlier.
bookwormygirl on LibraryThing 11 months ago
When Ignatius B. Grumply rents the Victorian mansion at 43 Old Cemetery Road hoping to find some peace and quiet so he can finally rid himself of his dreaded writer¿s block - little did he know what a task it would become.For starters, 43 Old Cemetery Road is already occupied - Seymour Hope is an 11 year old boy whose parents (the owners of the house) have left behind while touring Europe. Seymour and his cat Shadow are residing in the house and have no intentions of letting anyone else move into the place - much less the grouchy, I.B. Grumply. Also living in the house is an irritable ghost named Olive C. Spence - who¿s rather put out by Mr. Grumply¿s moving in. It's hard to say who is more outraged... but a grumpy old ghost just might inspire this grumpy old man- and the abandoned kid?The story is told in a series of letters, e-mails, newspaper clippings and a few drawings (done by one of the main characters). I fell in love with this short little story and devoured in about an hour tops. The characters are quick and witty. The illustrations were just amazing - I loved all the little details (especially when Olive was in the picture and you¿d see her glasses floating around). The word play and the characters names [i.e. Anita Sale (realtor); M. Balm (librarian); E. Gadds (attorney)] were quirky and just impressively clever.I fell in love with the Klises¿ style and their sense of humor. I found this to be a very unique and engaging read with a bit of a mystery (but nothing too scary). It is great for all ages - but is definitely geared towards a young crowd. Best part of it all, more books coming soon.
asomers on LibraryThing 11 months ago
While I think there are major gaps in the plot of the story, this would be a great book to use with lessons on letter writing. The entire story is told with correspondence between the major characters. The unusual format will appeal to reluctant readers.
razzbelly on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Very cute epistolary novel for children.
coachncheern on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Thsi book is written as a collection of letters instead of dialogue. A writer with writer's block rents a haunted house from a selfish couple who leaves their son as part of the rental. He is assisted in writing his novel by a literary ghost who haunts the house. The story evolves with the continuous written correspondence among the characters. The author uses a play on words for the characters' names and within the writing to add plenty of humor. I was chuckling throughout the entire book. This was the first book in a series.
shelf-employed on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Here¿s a new genre for you ¿ ¿graphic epistolary mystery!¿ Not sure what that is? Fans of Kate Klise¿s, Regarding the ¿, series will know and so you will you after reading this first in a new series, 43 Old Cemetery Road. Kate Klise and her sister, illustrator M. Sarah Klise, return to their signature format of illustrated, mystery novels written in the form of letters.Similar to their previous collaborations, Regarding the Fountain, Regarding the Sink, and subsequent titles in that series, Dying to Meet You unfolds through a series of letters. This time, penned by a boy, a ghost, a real estate agent, a literary agent, a writer, and a lawyer, the letters seek to unravel the story of the peculiar circumstances regarding the old Victorian mansion at 43 Old Cemetery Road. Writer, Ignatius Grumply, has rented the mansion for the summer but is unaware that it is already inhabited by the young boy, Seymour Hope and a ghost, Olive C. Spence. Humor abounds in the simple black and white sketches, the characters¿ names (Anita Sale, real estate agent, Fay Tality and her dog Mort), and of course, in the epistles,"P.S. I recognize the name Olive C. Spence. Isn¿t she the woman listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for receiving the most rejection slips in history? If memory serves, she wrote something called graphic epistolary mysteries ¿ or some such unmarketable nonsense."Sometimes profound, "All I¿m saying is that your life is a story, and that you are the main character of that story. Is your story a comedy or a tragedy? Is it dull? Or is it a compelling, spine-tingling drama? ¿each of us is the author of his or her ownlife,...if you're telling me that you've changed, I'm pleased at your authorship."but mostly light-hearted, the new 43 Cemetery Road series will appeal to 4th-6th graders, boys, and especially fans of the Regarding the¿ series.
book58lover on LibraryThing 11 months ago
A "graphic epistolary mystery" about a washed up writer who moved into an 'abandoned' house inhabited by a child and his ghostly friend. It was a quck read for me as an adult but a young child would have to negotiate the differing type face to understand who is the voice at the time. Not a book to read aloud but a good reader would like it.
JuliW More than 1 year ago
Ignatius B. Grumply, an author who hasn't written a new book in more than 20 years, rents an old Victorian house in Ghastly, Illinois for the summer in hopes of finishing a book. It will be the 13th book in his Ghost Tamer series. He's really got to finish it, as he owes back rent, copious amounts of attorney fees and has spent a $100,000 advance from his publisher. He believes a summer of peace and quiet in a big rambling house will help him conquer his writer's block and churn out a book. Boy, is he ever wrong. When he gets to Ghastly, he finds his house inhabited by a little boy, his cat....and a ghost. Turns out the contract he signed to rent the house included care of little Seymour Hope and his cat Shadow. You see, his parents think he is .... well, crazy....because he says he is friends with a ghost in the house named Olive. And, they are big-wig scientists going on a tour of Europe to present proof that ghosts don't exist. What could be more embarrassing to them than a son who says he is friends with a ghost? Needless to say, Grumply is grumpy that he has to share his house with a boy. And the boy and ghost are grumpy that they have to share with Grumply. This book is filled with letters written between all the characters over that magical summer. Can Grumply make friends with his housemates, and write his book?? I think this is one of the most charming and fun children's stories I've ever read! The concept is creative and cute. The illustrations are just as much a part of the story as the text itself. This was fun to read!! There are seven books in this series and I will definitely be reading them all. I think the cutest thing about the story is that all the names are puns: Olive C. Spence, Anita Sale (a real estate agent), Seymour Hope (the little boy) and his parents Les and Diane Hope, Frank N. Beans (private Investigator) and I.B. Grumply. Too cute! Definitely 5 star rating from me.....what a hoot!! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
very-good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think that this book is the only book that I actually sat down and read. I could not put the book down. This is a book that I think everyone should read.  I liked the funny names that they gave all the characters and how the ghost, Olive, helps Seymour.   
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Daughter just loved starting this series, we are just started book #3 and can't wait to continue. Thanks for making her love reading again.
Openbooksociety_dot_com More than 1 year ago
Brought to you by OBS reviewer and parent Angie Dying to Meet You is a wonderful introduction into the supernatural genre for young readers. This story is written as a series of letters so it’s a quick read and easy to pick up and put down when one has to do homework or chores or just wants to read “Just one more page before lights out, PLEASE?!?” Our story finds Ignatius B. Grumply in need of some solitude to work through is writers block and finish his next novel. But the house he’s chosen to rent comes with some… stipulations. Specifically he must share it with 11-year-old Seymour whose parents have left him while they’re on an adventure. But Seymour isn’t the only resident left at the house. What happens in this book is a fabulous story of acceptance and tolerance. The author weaves puns and witty come backs into a delightful tale of love and friendship in an unlikely place. Read this one with your kids. You won’t be sorry. This review and more at openbooksociety dot com
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iluvswimmingC4 More than 1 year ago
Dying to Meet You is a wonderful story, however it is told through a series of letters which has no details. It is a very easy and short read though!
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
When Ignatius B. Grumply rented out the house on Cemetery Road for the summer to finish his book, he agreed to keep an eye on the owner's son, Seymour Hope. He got a surprise he wasn't expecting: a live-in ghost who used to write books and who loves to cause trouble. With the noise, his writer's block, and the late night goings-on throughout the house disrupting him, Ignatius is having a hard time finishing his book. A non-believer in ghosts, he instead believes that it is the boy who is making all of the noise and threatens to kick him out. With his parents nowhere to be found and his home at stake, Seymour is determined to show the cranky writer that he is not a disruptive influence and that ghosts really do exist. With the help of his ghost friend, Olive C. Spence, they'll fight to break down the walls of Ignatius' disbelief. Will they succeed? And will Ignatius ever finish his book? A humorous tale filled with adventure and a grumpy but lovable ghost. The story is entertaining and unique. The characters are memorable, likable, and well-developed. Readers who like ghost stories, realistic fiction, and adventure will enjoy reading DYING TO MEET YOU.
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Naishee More than 1 year ago
That is the question asked to Iggy by O.C.S in this thrilling novel. Told through letters, we are introduced to a motley crew of adorable characters who are so easy to love. The story which makes quick and sweet execution for a memorable summer read that will defiantly offer everyone a little piece of funny delight.
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