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"Positively tailor-made for reading—or reading aloud—by flashlight," declares Kirkus Reviews in a starred review.

The phenomenally versatile, award-winning author, Candace Fleming, gives teen and older tween readers ten ghost stories sure to send chills up their spines. Set in White Cemetery, an actual graveyard outside Chicago, each story takes place during a different time period from the 1860's to the present, and ends with the narrator's death. Some teens die heroically, others ironically, but all due to supernatural causes. Readers will meet walking corpses and witness demonic posession, all against the backdrop of Chicago's rich history—the Great Depression, the World's Fair, Al Capone and his fellow gangsters.


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Published: Random House Kids an imprint of Random House Publishing Group on Jul 10, 2012
ISBN: 9780375898631
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This was the perfect book to read on the run-up to Hallowe'en night. Not that I celebrate Hallowe'en, but I like to use October to read a few spooky novels all the same! In the finest Goosebumps and Point Horror tradition, this is a great book to scare the kids whilst also sending a little nostalgic chill down the spine of any adults who might find themselves perusing its pages...On The Day I Died is really a book of short stories, set in a wider context to tie them neatly together so it still makes a coherent novel if you prefer to devour it whole. It begins with young Mike, making his way home late one night, being swept up in a bizarre set of circumstances which culminate in him sitting in a Chicago graveyard listening to a group of teenage ghosts telling their death stories. Each spirit gets their turn to talk about how they lived and died, their tales spanning from the mid-nineteenth century right through to 2012, and their deaths mostly occurring by supernatural (and ghoulishly unpleasant) means.What I found really interesting about this book is how firmly it is rooted in genuine Chicago history and culture, and within the horror genre as a whole. At the back of the book Fleming details her inspiration for each character's tale - old newspaper headlines, the criminal underworld, creepy old buildings, local mythology - and also mentions the old television series and classic horror stories that lent flavour to her stories. As a young teenager this section would have had me running to the library to see what kind of supernatural folklore exists around my own county!I think Fleming has really delivered a little something for everyone here. Sure, the segues between stories are a tad awkward, but Mike's presence pulls everything together, and the stories themselves are varied enough to cater to every taste. There are aliens and evil artefacts, moments of madness and spooky old buildings, walking corpses and all-consuming flames - all the things that give a reader of any age that sickly but strangely delicious urge to shudder. The age guidance on the book suggests that it is suitable for kids of 11+, and I'd have to agree; there are some very bloody, macabre and frightening moments, more akin to the slightly more YA-oriented Point Horror series than Goosebumps. My advice? Grab yourself a bowl of popcorn and a cushion, and read on... if you dare!read more
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Who doesn't love a good ghost story?This book is literal 'ghost' stories. The ghosts are the ones telling their stories to real live Mike Kowlaski. Yes, it happens late at night at an old run down cemetary.All the stories are skillfully bound together. Mike is the individual chosen to hear and repeat the stories of these sad ghosts, thereby allowing them to 'move on'. All the ghosts are teenagers from various periods in Chicago's history. Yes, one even lived in the 20's during the reign of Scarface himself. Capone makes a cameo in one of the stories. Kids are going to love this story!!Some of the stories are better than others. More than one may bring a tear to your eye, one or two may have you rolling your eyes, burt all are sad.The nine stories are spooky and delightful at the same time. Readers will enjoy this compilation of eerie stories from Candace Fleming.read more
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Grades 5 or 6 and up-- Mike is driving home late one night in the suburbs of Chicago when he sees a figure in the road and narrowly avoids hitting her. He gives her a ride home, but when he notices that she left her saddle shoes in the car, he goes up to her door, where her mother tells him that the girl he just gave a ride to has been dead for over 50 years. Each year on this date, she appears to someone as she walks along the road. Mike takes her shoes to the small local graveyard and when he reaches the section of the cemetery set aside for people who died in their teens, he is beset by a group of adolescent spirits who want to tell their stories. The nine stories that follow are suitably chilling to satisfy kids who can't get enough ghost stories. An afterword from Candace Fleming gives the historical context of each of the stories that are included in the collection. A fun and shivery read for upper elementary and middle school students.read more
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This was the perfect book to read on the run-up to Hallowe'en night. Not that I celebrate Hallowe'en, but I like to use October to read a few spooky novels all the same! In the finest Goosebumps and Point Horror tradition, this is a great book to scare the kids whilst also sending a little nostalgic chill down the spine of any adults who might find themselves perusing its pages...On The Day I Died is really a book of short stories, set in a wider context to tie them neatly together so it still makes a coherent novel if you prefer to devour it whole. It begins with young Mike, making his way home late one night, being swept up in a bizarre set of circumstances which culminate in him sitting in a Chicago graveyard listening to a group of teenage ghosts telling their death stories. Each spirit gets their turn to talk about how they lived and died, their tales spanning from the mid-nineteenth century right through to 2012, and their deaths mostly occurring by supernatural (and ghoulishly unpleasant) means.What I found really interesting about this book is how firmly it is rooted in genuine Chicago history and culture, and within the horror genre as a whole. At the back of the book Fleming details her inspiration for each character's tale - old newspaper headlines, the criminal underworld, creepy old buildings, local mythology - and also mentions the old television series and classic horror stories that lent flavour to her stories. As a young teenager this section would have had me running to the library to see what kind of supernatural folklore exists around my own county!I think Fleming has really delivered a little something for everyone here. Sure, the segues between stories are a tad awkward, but Mike's presence pulls everything together, and the stories themselves are varied enough to cater to every taste. There are aliens and evil artefacts, moments of madness and spooky old buildings, walking corpses and all-consuming flames - all the things that give a reader of any age that sickly but strangely delicious urge to shudder. The age guidance on the book suggests that it is suitable for kids of 11+, and I'd have to agree; there are some very bloody, macabre and frightening moments, more akin to the slightly more YA-oriented Point Horror series than Goosebumps. My advice? Grab yourself a bowl of popcorn and a cushion, and read on... if you dare!
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Who doesn't love a good ghost story?This book is literal 'ghost' stories. The ghosts are the ones telling their stories to real live Mike Kowlaski. Yes, it happens late at night at an old run down cemetary.All the stories are skillfully bound together. Mike is the individual chosen to hear and repeat the stories of these sad ghosts, thereby allowing them to 'move on'. All the ghosts are teenagers from various periods in Chicago's history. Yes, one even lived in the 20's during the reign of Scarface himself. Capone makes a cameo in one of the stories. Kids are going to love this story!!Some of the stories are better than others. More than one may bring a tear to your eye, one or two may have you rolling your eyes, burt all are sad.The nine stories are spooky and delightful at the same time. Readers will enjoy this compilation of eerie stories from Candace Fleming.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Grades 5 or 6 and up-- Mike is driving home late one night in the suburbs of Chicago when he sees a figure in the road and narrowly avoids hitting her. He gives her a ride home, but when he notices that she left her saddle shoes in the car, he goes up to her door, where her mother tells him that the girl he just gave a ride to has been dead for over 50 years. Each year on this date, she appears to someone as she walks along the road. Mike takes her shoes to the small local graveyard and when he reaches the section of the cemetery set aside for people who died in their teens, he is beset by a group of adolescent spirits who want to tell their stories. The nine stories that follow are suitably chilling to satisfy kids who can't get enough ghost stories. An afterword from Candace Fleming gives the historical context of each of the stories that are included in the collection. A fun and shivery read for upper elementary and middle school students.
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Written almost like a collection of short stories....Mike is driving fast trying to get home before his curfew when he picks up a girl who brings him to the cemetery. There, Mike encounters a bunch of ghosts...all teenagers who share the stories of how they died so young to Mike.
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A nice frame for several ghostly tales suitable to the tween audience. Compelling writing makes several stories stand out. Great for a Halloween party live read.
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A teen is driving home one night, meets a ghost, and ends up listening to stories from other teen ghosts in this teen graveyard of how they died. Good for ghost stories. They are drawn together by the telling of the stories, but each story stands on its own as well. All are rooted in historical facts or lore, as well as urban legends. The stories vary widely, from historical to science fiction. For readers who can enjoy going back and forth.
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