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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.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 760L (What's this?)
  • Series: 43 Old Cemetery Road (Book 4)
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547519745
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547519746
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T. Adlam TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 6, 2012
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I should make it clear going into this review that I've not read the prior three books in this series, but there weren't any references to information from prior books which wasn't clearly explained going into this book. In fact, the book starts off with a brief introduction to all the characters we'll meet and a little bit of background. So, '43 Cemetery Road' neophytes need not be afraid of this book.

That out of the way, this was a quick, charming, and fun book to read. Although there is a ghost (and a phantom), the story is anything but frightening. When the Ghastly, Illinois post office is slated to be closed to make room for a new technology called VEXT-mail, the residents of Spence Mansion--who also pen the 3-chapters-at-a-time best-selling book '43 Cemetery Road'--begin receiving cryptic messages from a fan using P.O. Box 5. We then get to watch the mystery unfold through letters, instant message transcripts, and newspaper clippings as they try to uncover the identy of the post office phantom.

What's especially great about this story is that it shows the benefits of both old-fashioned letter-writing and newer technologies like cell phones and text messaging. It also sends a good message about what friendship truly means and being tolerant of other peoples' sensibilities. I also enjoyed the tie-in to the 'Phantom of the Opera' and the gentle nudge for kids to pick up and give it a read.

Although this wouldn't fall into the realm of comic book or graphic novel, the illustrations were a wonderful inclusion. I especially loved the changing expression of the VEXT-mail veil instant messaging smilies. Tiny details such as those made it a treat to get through, but the arrangement of some of the newspaper excerpts were difficult to read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bernard Farrell VINE VOICE on May 8, 2012
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Our nine-year-old son who claims not to like reading didn't put this one down until he was more than halfway through and then only when he was called to dinner. Definitely kept him interested. A funny, silly and smart book that tells a complex story with creative characters. You're never quite sure what's around the corner. The book is written in the form of a series of correspondence of different sorts, low tech and high tech. Funny illustrations and a mix of type styles from one to the next, so it's visually very interesting. Big plug for the value of a posted letter and the post office! My son and I both loved it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dotzkidz on August 22, 2012
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Even though this is fiction...the title caught my eye. I couldn't put the book down once I started to read....how amazingly fitting to today's situation...talk of closings and hour-reducing.....in part, due to email! The authors' style was captivating and brought laughter to my heart and a smile to my face! Will definitely buy more of their titles.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Fuehrer on December 28, 2012
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I got this for my daughter for Christmas. She only knew about the other books so when I saw this, I knew it would thrill her. She was beyond shocked when she opened this present!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miss Darcy VINE VOICE on October 24, 2012
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My daughter loves everything about this series, from the zany names (such as Wy Fye) to the engaging illustrations. She had so much fun reading the names out loud to me and puzzling over what each means. Using correspondence to tell a story can be gimicky, but these authors pull it off very well. Because it feels like a "nontraditional book," there is a greater chance of hooking in reluctant readers, which teachers and parents all know can be quite a challenge. Giving this book to children is like handing them brownies made with prunes instead of oil. They'll be getting something good for them (practice reading) while simply feeling like they've received a treat.

We literally had to go to the library for the rest of the series the day after this arrived. My daughter could not wait to read more about these characters and their spooky capers. There's really no higher recommendation than that!

Adults who love this style should go back and read 84 Charing Cross Road, which is strictly made up of nonfiction correspondence. Kids who like the humor in this book will probably enjoy the Jigsaw Jones series as well. The Bad Kitty series would appeal to kids who like the graphic touch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By nekko1 VINE VOICE on October 21, 2012
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My pun loving daughter loved this book. The format is so different from the usual fiction she reads. It has a conversational tone, like the narrator is a friend sharing secrets. Lots of very visually amusing illustrations.

Currently, young people's literature is very focussed on ghosts, vampires, ghouls and the ilk so this book gives the younger reader a taste of current literature's trends without being the least bit scary.

It is a quick little read - would have preferred a long book with a plot that had a little more meat but it is a fun read almost any kids between 8-11 would enjoy
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nancy on September 17, 2012
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I purchased the first book of this series for my Granddaughter a few years back. She loved it. I have since purchased all the books in this series as well as other's written by Kate Klise and illustrated by M. Sarah Klise. They are so much fun. Full of puns that we can talk and laugh about. This is the only series she reads over and over again. Just wonderful. I recommend this for both girls and boys around the age of 7. Just can't get enough of her. Delightful!
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