Evan Munday is an illustrator - every chapter of The Dead Kid Detective Agency has at least one of his great illustrations. I mean it's still above sappy love triangles. These changes continue throughout the book. Also, pop culture references are all well and good but if you could keep them to a minimum in my book, that would be much appreciated. It was fresh and unique.
The days begin to pass by and afternoons are soon spent scribbling away on her horror novel in the graveyard. October is twelve, turning thirteen during the story, and starting high school young thanks to skipping a grade. Canadian history is a much moaned about topic among students, who find it too dull, too diplomatic, and lacking in drama. I really enjoyed the dire I loved the author's voice. Although it was strange that a living girl is solving mysteries with ghost kids, it actually was a win-win situation! Even reluctant readers will enjoy this one. There, entirely by accident, October raised the spirits of five children buried in the local cemetery.
Well, her dad did say go outside, didn't he? October finds solice in the cemetery behind her house and starts writing a horror novel This was a fun and interesting little story based around a misfit girl and five dead ghost kids. It would be better if October was in junior high, more relatable for the target reader. She spends most of her time in the Sticksville Cemetery, which borders her back garden, and just happens to be the home of five dead teenagers, each from a different era of the past. He works as publicist for Coach House Books and has just finished work on a graphic novel, Quarter-Life Crisis, set in a post-apocalytic Toronto. The mystery is also pretty interesting. The only people who can judge the correctness of a certain variety are those who created it to satisfy their own social needs. Soon October and her five dead friends find themselves in the midst of a nefarious murder plot, thick with car chases, cafeteria fights, sociopathic math teachers, real estate appointments, and a wacky adventure that might uncover the truth about a bomb that exploded almost 40 years ago.
October wonderful name is a primo heroine, resourceful, slightly demented, and unafraid of ghosts, murderers, or, worse than both, stuck-up teenage girls is anything more terrifying than a fifteen-year-old girl with a sense of entitlement? By turns dark, witty and just plain cool, the author even manages -- because the dead kids are from all different eras -- to slip in some actual history. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary electronic galley of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. There should be more in the series so I hope Evan Munday will add a little more depth. I also wasn't sure about the intrusive narrator. It is quirky and funny and October and the dead kids are like able characters. And it also stopped somewhere like midway through the story, instead of continuing through the end - though the end is where it would've fit more and I actually would've liked that bit to be fleshed out more.
I would highly recommend this title to tween readers who want something with a bit of edge and a lot of laughs. The Dead Kids' Detective Agency 2011 is the first in a proposed series. That's why I wanted to like this so badly. Her father, the depressed chemistry teacher still mourning his runaway wife. But somehow, October doubted her dad was anxious about what people would think of his clothes and hair. This is the story of October Schwartz, a thirteen year old girl that moves with her manic-depressive father to the town of Stickville where the latter is hired as a science teacher. On her first day, she meets her two new best frien The Dead Kid Detective Agency is the quirky story of a Goth girl named October.
It's an exciting, fun adventure. I found the Dead Kid Detective Agency to be a good introduction to a new series, which I will continue to read when the second book is published. Actually, I just thought it was cool it was set in Canada, 'cause so few fantasy type books seems to be. A veritable gaggle of other kids could already be seen congregating, conversing, and giggling inside the main corridor of the school. She spends most of her free time writing a horror novel in the cemetery that sits just beyond her backyard.
It was just so much fun to read! The beginning was boring because it just talks about her school. Mulling over the mystery while in the local graveyard, somehow she summons up a group of child-ghosts. And then I got to the next chapter and suddenly 'October said' was replaced with 'I said' and I this 'I' being me was suddenly confused. I liked the links to Canada and Canadian history; we don't see that enough, but there were too many clues and red herrings - it was kind of like October's book. Having skipped a grade, Originally posted on my blog:! A successful graphic artist, Mystery is always a popular choice among young readers, and as Kevin Sylvester as proved with his successful Neil Flambé series, mystery with a bit of humour and some spot illustrations is even better.
So she has two in real life who are pretty nice, but she isn't really nice to them. I hadn't read a children's book in a few years, probaby since my last children's literature exam. After the death of her beloved French teacher, October yes, that's the girl's name recruits the ghosts' help to find out what really happened. My favourite was Stacey because he would stand up for October when Ashley was mean to her. Ok, so lets just say that I was wrong about this book. This book is of course worthy of 5 stars. Naturally, she spends most of her time in the Sticksville Cemetery, which just happens to border her backyard.
After a bit of conversation, these dead children agree to, while they still walk on earth i. The Dead Kid Detective Agency is a witty introduction into a series for middle grade readers. The way she figured it, everybody was going to hate her. One is the number of similarities it shares with Gaiman's : The setting, the premise of solving a murder, the protagonist's ability to see and talk to ghosts. I honestly have no idea why they keep helping her out after all she does is complain about the murder and try bribing them with board games.
Then it all fall into place at the very end and the day is saved. Although many of the pop-culture references are likely to soar over the heads of younger readers i. It will be fun to see where the series goes from here. It took awhile to read this only because we me and my sixth-grader read aloud during his assigned daily reading time. Probably because the author is a man? So, although she's friends with a couple of fellow misfits at school, October starts spending her time in the cemetery - conveniently located through the gate in their backyard. When she accidently wakes up the ghost of five dead teenagers she is at first a little frightened but then they soon become her friends. Before they know it the kids including October's school friends, who don't know about the ghosts are knee-deep in murder plots, car chases, and searching for clues.