Author: Gale, Laurel
Eleven-year-old Crow Darlingson has been dead for two years, forced to stay in the house with his overprotective mother except when he can sneak out, but new neighbor Melody Plympton offers a chance at friendship and, perhaps, getting his life back.
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Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 4.30
Points: 7.0 Quiz: 180283
Kirkus Reviews (07/01/15)
School Library Journal (07/01/15)
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School Library Journal - 07/01/2015 Gr 4–7—Crow Darlingson died in the fourth grade, but thanks to a special wish, he is able to live on, albeit in a rather unconventional way. Though his mind and spirit are willing, his flesh is weak and decomposing. Gale takes readers on a dark and surprisingly funny journey. Learning about Crow's loneliness at being homeschooled while maggots crawl out of his ears and nose is actually touching, and the gross-out details of his decaying body will only invite middle grade readers to pull this book off the shelf. Crow faces many challenges, besides body parts suddenly falling off, that will resonate with readers, such as dealing with his parent's divorce and trying to make friends. When he sneaks out at night to befriend the girl next door, Crow finds himself investigating a mystery that could turn deadly for him and his newfound friend. VERDICT A great recommendation to middle grade fans of dark humor.—April Sanders, Spring Hill College, Mobile, AL - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.