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Hollywood, Dead Ahead (43 Old Cemetery Road) Hardcover – April 2, 2013


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Series: 43 Old Cemetery Road (Book 5)
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (April 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547852835
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547852836
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.2 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #340,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Another winner for this inventive series."
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About the Author

Kate Klise is the author of many punny and funny middle grade novels, including all of the books in the popular 43 Old Cemetery Road series. She has also written a number of picture books and young adult novels. Ms. Klise lives in Norwood, Missouri. For more information about Kate, visit www.kateandsarahklise.com.



M. Sarah Klise illustrates picture books and middle grade novels with a graphic twist. She also teaches art to children and adults in the Bay Area in California. For more information about Sarah, visit www.kateandsarahklise.com.


More About the Author

KATE KLISE is an author of many genres. She has written picture books, as well as middle-grade novels, all illustrated by her sister, Sarah. She has also written two young adult novels and is a freelance reporter for People magazine. Kate lives and writes in Norwood, Missouri. www.kateandsarahklise.com

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By a vote of two to one, ghostly Olive C. Spence and eleven-year-old Seymour Hope persuade reluctant Ignatius B. Grumply to sign on the dotted line.
Dienne
Such fun books for both genders...kids will love them (adults too!)...highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Bayne VINE VOICE on March 19, 2013
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Is it sad that the favorite series of a 40+ year old reader is one meant for the fourth through ninth grade set? The letter writing crew is back for a 5th installment of their adventures, and this time they've gone to Hollywood to star in a movie version of their hit series. But of course, this is Hollywood, and everything is changed, power is brokered, backs are stabbed (not literally though there is a shark tank that...), and general mayhem ensues. This book is actually kind of dark for this series, with attempted murder and lots of cynicism. Well, I guess there has always been a dark undercurrent - the word "cemetery" is in the title of the series after all.

Everything good is back for this installment - name puns that reflect the characters (Hugh Briss the handyman who says he can do anything with one hand tied behind his back; Ivana Oscar, the aging Femme Fatale who wants an Oscar; Phillip Rubbish who makes movies that are, well, rubbish...). The story is told through letters and newspaper clippings, and while it's probably good for grade schoolers, it's a fun read for adults as well. In fact, this kind of reminds me of Sponge Bob in the way that while it's technically G-Rated, there's another level that you can read into it that makes it really fun for grown ups too.

Hopefully there will be more installments of this hysterically creative series!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Heidi Grange on April 16, 2013
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I love this series! I love the humor and wordplay (lots of punning, the names alone say it all: Moe Block Busters, Hugh Briss, Ivana Oscar, etc) I know this series won't be everyone's cup of tea, but I thoroughly enjoy these stories told entirely through letters, memos, newspaper articles, photos, ads, and anything else the author and illustrator can think up. There isn't a whole lot of depth here, these are mostly stories that are light and easy to read, yet each book does have a theme. This one focuses on how easily fame can corrupt and how things are often not how they seem to be. Olive, the ghost, is especially enjoyable to read about as she has to bring Iggy and Seymour back to their senses and save Ivana Oscar from an evil plot as well as fix the mess that Mo Block Busters has made of her and her collaborators story. Can it be done? Of course it can be done, if Seymour, Iggy, and Olive have anything to say about it. Full of heart and humor, I highly recommend this series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nancy on April 16, 2013
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43 Old Cemetery Road by Kate Klise. I remember buying the first book in this series for my granddaughter several years ago. To this day she knows when a new one is going to be released and just my luck it is usually around her birthday. She is not a bookworm so anytime a book can spark this much interest in a child it's a winner. We both loved it. Wonderful writing and illustration. Read one and your hooked. These books are fun for both boys and girls age 8 and up. Once I explained some of the puns and play on words she got the hang of it and was very proud of herself. I hope everyone starts with the first book so you can get to know the characters as this is an on going saga sort to speak. But no matter where you start if you have a child or grandchild they are going to love it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brittany Moore VINE VOICE on May 2, 2013
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I just thought I'd share how much I am still loving this series. Each book is just as delightful as the last. The illustrations and the format just make these such quick and enjoyable reads. If you like quirky middle grade fiction, these are books for you. I highly recommend these for reluctant readers or kids who enjoy graphic novels. There's lots to keep the attention of kids who aren't huge fans of reading (and ones who love to devour stories).

In this novel they are casting the movie of 43 Old Cemetery Road and the family is excited, because they figure now they will be famous. Unfortunately Hollywood thinks that the family isn't quite right for the parts of themselves and some of them need huge makeovers. They do get to meet someone very interesting though, that turns out to be a great edition to their family. This was a fun and fast and delightful read.

First Line:
"Welcome to 43 Old Cemetery Road!"

Favorite Line:
"Look at Olive cut your long hair with her death claws."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fritosgirl VINE VOICE on May 1, 2013
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I've been a fan of this series since its debut. I would recommend this book series to pretty much anyone. It's a great series for reluctant readers or readers who are used to 'comic' type books like Wimpy Kid. It's also a great series for those who like supernatural tales that aren't meant to be scary. It has a great deal of tongue in cheek that will entertain the older reader, as well. As this is a series of books, I would highly recommend to read the books prior to this first. It's not a book you can 'jump' into without prior knowledge of the previous stories. Hollywood, Dead Ahead follows the trio from Ghostly, IL to the Hollywood where a major movie producer has decided to create the 43 Old CEmetery Road movie. However, things don't exactly go as planned! This series, told in letters, articles, and comics, is fantastic and highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hedera Femme VINE VOICE on May 3, 2013
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This is the third book I have read in the series (also read "Over My Dead Body" and "Phantom of the Post Office"), and I liked it the most out of all of them. It had a bit less of the hokey puns and cheesy stuff, but kept the formula of using dialogues written in different typefaces, a local newspaper, letters, and illustrations, and the reader has the benefit of seeing multiple perspectives, all quite humorous and filled with plays on words and names. While it helps to read some of the other books for context and to understand the characters better, it is not dependent on them, so it works as a stand-alone book. Lots of fun, and very pro-books!
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