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by Laurel Gale

DEAD BOY by Laurel Gale

"I wondered what it would be like for a live dead boy to try to make friends.

I had no idea what would happen next, so I kept writing to find out." - Author

Fans of Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book will embrace this darkly funny and literary novel about a dead boy named Crow who has a chance at friendship - and a chance at getting his life back.

Crow Darlingson may be dead, but he still loves air hockey, bowling, and drawing.

Like other kids, his mother makes sure he finishes his homework, and he always looks forward to Halloween.

But Crow Darlingson isn't like other kids. He stinks. He's got maggots. His body parts fall off at inopportune moments. And he hasn't been able to sleep in years. Not since waking up from death.

Despite the maggots, Crow is lonely.

When Melody Plympton moves in next door, Crow finally has a chance at friendship and a shot at getting his life back from the mysterious wish-granting creature living in the park. But first there are tests to pass. And it means risking the only friend he's had in years.

Debut author Laurel Gale's story about friendship fulfilled may be the most moving - and most macabre - yet.

Crown Books for Young Readers

September 2015

Age range: 8-12

256 pages

Electronic manuscript available

"This is all about that sticky transition from childhood to adolescence and the realization that adults don't have all the answers. Rotting guts and decaying limbs are pretty icky, but they are really just a vehicle for recognizing how awkward it can be in one's own skin.

A stinky, creepy tale for anyone who's ever felt like an outsider." - Publishers Weekly