Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Dying to Meet You

Dying to Meet You: 43 Old Cemetery Road
Bluebonnet Book

Klise, K. (2009). Dying to meet you. New York, NY: Sandpiper.

Author, Ignatious B. Grumply,  moves into an old Victorian house at 43 Old Cemetery Road for the summer.  But, someone else is there too...

He has already been paid by the publisher to write the promised 13th Ghost Tamer book. He has had writer's block for years though.  He thought staying somewhere for the summer would inspire him.  However, at his new address, he finds that there is a young boy, Seymour Hope, and his cat living on the third floor.  And why is he making sooo much noise?   He must write this book!

Rising Action:
Even though he didn't read it, Mr. Grumply has signed the contract that the boy's parents have written which gives the renter guardianship of the boy, so Seymour must stay.  As Ignatious B. Grumply tries to get along with the boy and his cat and still write his book, he finds that there is also a ghost living there. A very noisy ghost!  Olive C. Spence was a writer, though never published, who built this house.  She is a friend of Seymour and wants to help Mr. Grumply write. It is still her life's (or afterlife's) goal.   Mr. Grumply has come to realize that he isn't capable of writing anymore because he has such a sour attitude.  He starts to discuss the idea of her help and friendship sneaks in. 

When they finally proceed with their plan, Ignatious B. Grumply is raved about.  But, he does not give Olive C. Spence the credit she deserves.  She decides to "vacate the premises" and quit helping.

Falling Action:
Ignatious realizes how much he misses their dinners, their stories, their laughter and their writing together.  He decides that his writing career doesn't matter as much as their friendship. He realizes he has never been that happy before.

They all decide to live in the old house together as their own kind of family.  They also do some great writing!

Literary Qualities:
    1)  This book uses precise vocabulary which enables great fun with all of the play on words.
    2)  It also used dialogue in a variety of ways.  Each character is represented with their own font.  The entire book is written in letters, emails, and newspaper columns.  Great fun to read!

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