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Gr 6-9-Middle-schooler Conor O'Neill has a tendency to believe his grandfather's stories from Irish mythology and folklore despite the rest of his family's clear disdain for such tall tales. Teased for being afraid of everything, he is forced to face his greatest fears when a banshee shows up in his bedroom one night, looking to escort a family member to the underworld and earn her own mortality. The two become cautious friends as the banshee, named Ashling, decides to follow him to school with both humorous and disastrous consequences. When Conor makes the brave choice to head to the underworld and rescue a family member from death, he starts to respect himself. At times wildly funny, and at times creepily spooky, Texting the Underworld merges a realistic setting with fantasy, seamlessly creating a touching story full of suspense, action, and excitement.-Sharon McKellar, Oakland Public Library, CAα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journal. LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Conor O’Neill is a middle-schooler growing up in a large Irish family in South Boston. He has a distaste for math problems, a prized new cell phone, and a problem that’s out of this world: a banshee named Ashling, who has shown up to wait for the family’s next death, although she doesn’t know whose it might be. Conor suspects the likely mark: his grandfather Grump, keeper of the family’s Irish lore. Booraem manages to pack a lot of energy into this very modern story about ancient traditions surrounding death. Conor faces challenges by drawing on the strength of his family ties and a little help from his best friend Javier, who helps him solve ancient riddles using twenty-first-century techniques. As Conor learns what he is made of, readers will relish the quirky cast of supporting characters from the underworld, and they may well realize that there’s more to life after death than they might have first imagined. Grades 5-8. --Erin Downey Howerton
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: HL590L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Dial Books (August 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803737041
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803737044
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,014,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kenzie on September 6, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I don't review Middle Grade as often as I should and I constantly fear that I'm missing out on books as good as these. Texting the Underworld captures a part of the paranormal that typically gets ignored : the Banshee.

I could definitely tell that the demographic was aimed at someone younger than me, so it's not one of those cross-generational novels that appeal to everyone. Still, it's a book I would recommend for my sister's fifth grade classroom, or give as a gift to my younger cousins.

It's hard not to relate paranormal books to other paranormal books that are out right now. So, while I can't compare it to other middle grade novels, I can say that Texting the Underworld, reminded me a lot like The Georgina Kincaid series, except for it's target audience.

What makes it especially great, in my personal opinion, is how I don't think it will be labeled as a "boy" or "girl" book. The cover doesn't give much away, but certainly appeals to the generation that has grown up with smart phones. It is easily enjoyable for either gender and I appreciate how the marketing has chosen not to make it go one way or the other.

Conor is a strong main character, with realistic faults for his age. More than that, I loved the way Booraem chose to show how time can change a person, to the point that both people can be nearly unrecognizable to each other, without losing the essence of a person. While I feel like that is something adults have learned, it's harder to express in books for children, who have only been alive for a decade.

For me, the female characters stole the show. Ashling and Glennie were both vibrant and outgoing, the latter's brattiness more amusing than frustrating.
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I found the book very entertaining and amusing throughout the life and death (really) challenges facing Connor, who just wants to read maps and hang out with his friend Javier. There is a really great tour of the afterlife too.
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TEXTING THE UNDERWORLD was page-turning incredible! Take a scared-of-his-shadow kid like Conor and give him spiders, a falling out with his best friend, a trip to the Underworld, a banshee who shows up to kill a member of his family, this same banshee who follows him to school, dreams that don't make sense. Give him all that and a little more. And what do you get? A book you can't put down.

Also, Ms. Booraem has quite the way with words. For eg.: "Conor sank down on his bed, legs spaghettified." Spaghettified???? Brilliant!!

And the fantasy. Wow. Even jelly beans are useful in the Underworld!

Conclusion: Heartily recommended! Here's the link to my full review: [...]
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My eleven-year-old niece asked me to buy her this book. It was on a summer reading list for middle school. She said she liked it a lot because it was pretty interesting. At first she thought it was going to be literally just about texting the underworld, but she was pleasantly surprised to discover that the adventure was very intense. She says she gave it four stars because she thinks it could have been a little better, but she doesn't know how.
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I have 11 grandchildren so I try to include 5 juvenile reads per month in my busy schedule. They help me to keep in touch with my grandkids interests and also serve as excellent resources for my grandkids to pick as reading assignments. I will recommend Texting the Underworld to all
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