Thursday, January 28, 2016

Dead Boy by Laurel Gale

This is actually a quite awesome book for children in grades 4-8.  Crow is dead.  He died in 4th grade, and he is rotting and has maggots and sometimes parts of his body fall off - an ear, eye, hand, but his mom sews them back on.  He can't go to school or go outside except for on Halloween and lives a lonely life until Melody moves in next door and becomes his friend.  Melody believes in magic and thinks that Crow is nice, as well as being proof that magic really exists.  Although his mother tries to keep him indoors, Crow longs for a more normal life and he sneaks out to see Melody and eventually, he learns how he died and became undead and he and Melody go to visit the magical Meera, a dangerous magical animal who is responsible for Crow's state of being.  They must be brave and strong to pass the tests required of them and be selfless friends as well.  I really enjoyed this book and I think kids will enjoy it too.  I received this book free to review from Netgalley.

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