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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 710L (What's this?)
  • Series: 43 Old Cemetery Road (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (May 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547400365
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547400365
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #453,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Note from the Author

Dear Amazon Readers:

I never really know where my stories come from. I only know where I come from, and that’s from a family of morbidly curious people.

One of my aunts told me that my grandparents used to take their three daughters to the Greyhound bus station on Friday nights. They’d watch the passengers coming and going, and make up stories about them. Of course this was in Peoria, Illinois, in the pre-TV era, when entertainment was largely a do-it-yourself proposition.

Still, I think the world can be divided into two camps of people: those who come and go and get on with the business of life—and the rest of us whose business it is to wonder what other people are doing and why and with whom.

The 43 Old Cemetery Road series (so numbered because I was 43 years old when I started writing the first book, Dying to Meet You, and couldn’t remember a three-digit address) is full of faces and places I’ve wondered about over the years. Spence Mansion--home to Ignatius B. Grumply, Seymour Hope, and the ghost of Olive C. Spence--is based on an actual house in Peoria that my sister (and illustrator) Sarah and I rode by on our bikes hundreds of times as a kids. We never knew who lived there--I still don’t--but I’ve wondered about that place for decades. If I were ghost, I know I’d want to hang my hat (or opera glasses) in an old Victorian like that house.

And who wouldn’t want to write their Last Will and Testament in limericks as Noah Breth does in Till Death Do Us Bark? I’ve always loved reading obituaries, especially those of eccentric old millionaires. They’re the ones who can afford to do the really loony things the rest of us only dream about doing.

I consider reading obituaries part of my job as a writer--and as a person, too. I think we have an obligation to be interested in one another; to wonder, as my grandparents wondered, about other people’s lives.

So for me, writing fiction is only a small step from watching people at a Greyhound station. The only difference is that the bus station is my desk, and I have to create the passengers and follow them to their final destination, spying all the while, without getting kicked off the bus.

--Kate Klise

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Book three in the 43 Old Cemetery Road series finds Seymour taking on an abandoned Irish wolfhound that barks around the clock, much to the dismay of his adoptive parents. While searching for the dog’s owner, Seymour encounters the ghost of Noah Breth, an eccentric millionaire who converted his fortune to rare coins in an attempt to teach his unpleasant children a lesson. The Klise sisters have their formula down to a science: a heavily illustrated, comedic/ghostly mystery revealed in a series of letters and documents by a quirky cast whose pun-filled names are truly groanworthy. Another adventure is promised. Grades 3-6. --Kay Weisman

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The illustrations work very well with the written word and I really enjoyed the story.
Lori Katz
Usually, the first book in a series is my favorite because you are learning about everything for the first time.
C. Maynard
The Klise sisters have done it again with their 3rd installment in the 43 OLD CEMETERY ROAD series.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Bayne VINE VOICE on May 5, 2011
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This is book 3 in the 43 Old Cemetery Road series. I read book 2 and loved it and was excited to see this one come out. This continues the story of Seymour Hope, Ignatius B Grumply, and Olive Spence (a ghost). The story is a compilation of letters, newspaper articles, and even a menu from the Ghastly Gourmand, a local restaurant. The town of Ghastly's beloved multi-millionaire died, and his greedy, bickering children come to town to get his fortune. In the meantime, Seymour has found a lost dog (formerly owned by the multi-millionaire), their cat, Shadow, has disappeared, and Olive and Iggy disagree about how to raise Seymour. There are secrets, lies, and rare coins that keep popping up around town.

OK, this sounds like an odd description for a children's book, but it works really well! There are so many puns (M. Balm, Shirley U. Jest, Mac Awbrah) and the illustrations are so well done. The characters are well defined and the writing almost sparkles. There are life lessons (letter writing is good, lies are bad, and be glad you can still change who you are because it's hard when you're a ghost) and limericks (you'll have to read them yourself).

I love this book and I love this series. I can't wait until the 4th one (Phantom of the Post Office) comes out.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michele Kingery on November 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Seymour, Olive and Ignatius have worked hard to overcome obstacles and keep their little family together, but adding a dog to the mix (especially one that barks all the time) may prove to be too much. So Seymour takes Secret and disappears.

Secret's owner and Ghastly's eccentric millionaire, Noah Breth has just passed away and left a cryptic will written in limericks for his two miserable children to squabble over. Neither of them could care less about their father or each other. Once they were a family, but that doesn't seem to be the case now. In the meantime, Olive and Ignatius search for their missing son.

Again, Kate and M. Sarah Klise have constructed a wonderful story out of letters, newspaper articles, legal documents and delightful drawings. The mystery of a lost coin thickens the plot.

Will Seymour and Secret return to Spence Mansion? Will Ignatius lighten up on his dislike of dogs? Will Olive's cat pose a problem? Will Olive, Ignatius and Seymour reunite in time to meet their fans' demands for the next three chapters of "43 Old Cemetery Road"?

Will flaring tempers, angry words and feuding get in the way of everyone's happiness?

Read the book and you'll find out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Book 'Em Blog on June 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Enjoyed this third installment - add in the illustrations, and this is a winning hit for younger readers, especially boys.

Klise has created an interesting dynamic between the living and the not-so-living in this first novel. The story unfolds through letters, newspaper articles, and illustrations. I really enjoyed how these three elements worked together to create a solid read, and interesting, read.

In the third installment of the 43 Old Cemetery Road series, readers are treated to the ultimate conflict: greed among siblings. This novel is a treasure hunt, and it's not just for the characters. Through limerick, the hunt is on for a fortune - a literal fortune - and the finding of what it means to truly love each other.

I really enjoy this series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kara Lynn Russell VINE VOICE on July 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I love this series and the latest installment was not a disappointment. Although stories have been told through correspondence, newspaper stories and such before, no does it better than sisters Kate and M. Sarah Klise. Til Death Do Us Bark is told through letters (that's right, old fashioned letters not emails, texts or instant messages) newspaper stories, recorded conversations and even the menu from the local cafe. Puns and word play abound, especially in the names of the characters like the recently deceased Noah Breth.

Teachers who still present units on letter-writing could incorporate these stories into their lesson plan to liven things up. Fans of this style of story telling might also enjoy the Klise sisters books about the Dry Creek Middle School, starting with Regarding the Fountain.

Although Til Death Do Us Bark is filled with fun and humor, it does manage to put a bit of a message in as well, about the evils of lying and keeping secrets, but also about the grace of second chances.

I hope the Klise sisters will keep this series going for a long time!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Runa VINE VOICE on June 27, 2011
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Have I mentioned my never-ending love for these sisters in a while? No? Well, it always needs repeated. I am a 20 year old senior in college. I was introduced to their books in the 5th grade. How is it that they are still two of my absolute favorite writers? I'm pretty sure I'm no longer in their target demographic. So, this particular series. You may recall I wasn't the greatest fan of the first book in the series. The second one was a huge improvement. And then came this. Seriously, Klise sisters, how do you do this? This surpassed any and all expectations. It's the same epistolary story pattern that the two of them have worked hard to perfect, and perfect it they have. We still have an abundance of plot twists, endearing characters with funny (and punny!) names, and in the end, a story that truly resonates with people of all ages and walks of life. Never stop, Klises, never stop.
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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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