- Title: Dead Boy
- Author: Laurel Gale
- ISBN: 9780553510089
- Page: 266
- Format: Hardcover
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A darkly funny and literary debut novel about a dead boy named Crow who has a chance at friendship and a chance at getting his life backJust because you re dead doesn t mean you don t deserve a life.Crow Darlingson died in the 4th grade But he s still alive And growing, actually He can t eat or taste anything, his body parts sometimes fall off mom always sews them baA darkly funny and literary debut novel about a dead boy named Crow who has a chance at friendship and a chance at getting his life backJust because you re dead doesn t mean you don t deserve a life.Crow Darlingson died in the 4th grade But he s still alive And growing, actually He can t eat or taste anything, his body parts sometimes fall off mom always sews them back on, though , and he s only allowed to leave his house once per year, on Halloween.Crow s parents are separating, and despite their reassurances, he s pretty sure it s his fault After all, having an undead son can t be much easier than being one Sneaking out at night only makes things worse, but he can t resist the chance at a real friendship with Melody Plympton, the new girl next door, who loves mystery than she minds the stink of his flesh or the maggots that sometimes crawl out of his nose.Together they investigate the mysterious Meera a monster living in the nearby park Logic and fear tell Crow to stay away, but fuzzy memories lure him on When Crow and Melody venture into its underground lair, Crow s not just risking the half life he clings to He s also risking the only friend he s had in years.The importance of friendship is crystallized as Crow and Melody face tests of loyalty, courage, and honor in this macabre middle grade novel by a debut author.
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Crow is one of the Undead. No, not like a zombie or vampire! He died years ago while in the fourth grade, and, although a body part may occasionally fall off (to be sewn back in place by his dutiful and still-alive mother) and he smells of rotting flesh, Crow remains on earth. Allowed to leave the house just on Halloween, Crow leads a very lonely existence. Which explains why the boy chooses to slip out one night in the hopes of making one friend: Melody Plympton, newly moved in next door.Abando [...]
A cute middle grade mystery/thriller. There were a few parts that were a bit silly, but on the whole, this was a really enjoyable book. Great for folks who like middle grade fiction. Also, there's definitely a set up for a sequel, which I hope Ms. Gale will write.
Crow Darlingson is dead but appears to be alive. He can walk, talk, grow, do schoolwork but he doesn't eat or sleep. Ctow's parts fall off but his mom sews them back on. He stinks due to rotting and maggots crawl out of him. His parents have separated yet Crow still sees his dad every once in a while. Why is his dad living. In an apartment and not have Crow over? One day Crow sees people moving in next door. His next door neighbor includes Melody who sneaks over the fence one night. Why? Crow is [...]
'Dead Boy' by Laurel Gale proves that just because you're dead, that doesn't mean you don't need a few friends in your life.Crow Darlington is the title's dead boy. He's not sure how it happened, or why he's still walking around, but here he is. When he loses a body part, like an ear, his mom chides him and sews it back on. When he sneaks out one night and meets, Melody, the girl next door, they become friends. With Melody's curiosity, they start trying to figure out why Crow is dead, but undead [...]
Take a funnier, lighter version of Neil Gaiman and add some Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and you have Dead Boy, a wonderful story of, well, a boy who is dead, the friend who likes him anyway, some unbearable children who can't be avoided, and a magical creature who holds all their fates in its hands. Dead Boy had me guessing from the start and is delightfully unlike any other book I've read.
Review posted on KK's Books & Reviewsand Got Fiction?In Dead Boy we find out the main character Crow is dead, and his parents won’t let him go outside. They’re afraid that if people find out he’s dead, that he’ll get taken away and experimented on. But what they don’t know is that he’s sneaking out at night.Crow meets a friend during the day, so they plan to sneak out at midnight. Melody and Crow become really good friends, and she finds out he’s dead. But she doesn’t mind. A [...]
Every Few Chapters It's A Different Kind of Book, But They're All Good(No Plot Reveals, But Maybe Some Mild Spoilers.) This starts as a touching portrait of a home-schooled living-dead boy who just wants to go outside. It's sort of a younger version of Edward Scissorhands. It passes through some kid-friendly gross-out descriptions, and some family drama, (divorce, parental conflict and over-protecting), until it becomes a "friendship against all odds" kind of book.But then, when our hero Crow an [...]
Crow Darlingson is unlike most boys his age: he is dead well, that was until he became un-dead. Under the watchful eye of his mother Mrs. Darlingson, Crow does many of the things a typical boy of his age does, except that he is only allowed to leave his house one day of the year (Halloween) and he has no friends. Things are about to change, when a new next-door neighbor, Melody, befriends Crow and accepts his “condition”. As the two new friends explore the neighborhood, they uncover a sinist [...]
Crow Darlingson is no ordinary 8th grade kid. He actually died in 4th grade. Yes, died but undead. No, he's not a zombie, just dead and growing. His body is decayed and crawling with maggots and he stinks. His world is only his house with his mom staying with him. He desperately needed a friend and he wants to go out. So here comes a new girl next door - Melody.Disclaimer: I received this e-ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange of my honest review.I'm not a fan of zombie so I was kind [...]
When I first heard of Dead Boy, by Laurel Gale, I thought it would be one of those comical stories that would be a little gross and a lot of funny! Oh no, this story is dark, gross and funny. I am so happy I didn't wait to read it with my son. I don't think, even at 12 years old, that he'd have liked it. Me- I loved it! It was different. It's YA, but can be enjoyed by any age. This story was put together with a magical imagination that has you feeling bad, mad, angry and extremely hopeful for a [...]
Book #116 Read in 2015Dead Boy by Laurel GaleThis would make a good Halloween read aloud for upper elementary students/read for middle schoolers. Crow was dead but his parents wished him backbut he's not quite alive. His mother won't let him go outside or go to schoole is worried what people would think when they smell him (it isn't a nice smell) or see maggots come out of his ears. Crow just wants to have friends. He finally gets one when Melody moves into the house next door. Crow and Melody g [...]
Crow has learned a lot of things since he died, such as just how smelly dead things are, what it feels like to pick maggots out of your ear, and the history of several Chinese dynasties. He's also learned just how boring and awful it is to be stuck inside by yourself all the time. When Melody moves in next door, Crow finally has a reason to disobey his mother and go outside. Maybe he should have listened to her, though because there are some scary things out there. I loved this story. The charac [...]
This is a fun and mysterious adventure story.Crow is being homeschooled because he is dead and he smells.In fact Crow smells so bad that the neighbors moved away.Luckily, the new neighbors who move in, having gotten a good deal on the house, include a girl around Crow's age of eleven years. Melody doesn't know any other kids, so wants to be Crow's friend.This is a story about friendship, loyalty, magic and good vs evil or right and wrong.I found it suitable for middle school through high school. [...]
A young dead boy named Crow goes on an transformative adventure to find his humanity and discovers along the way that magic is real, people are complicated, and that some wishes are best left unfulfilled. There is a little bit of Crow in any child walking the halls of middle school--the trick is being brave enough to let him out.I plan to read this book to the 6th grade class when school starts. Great book with valuable lessons presented in a unique and memorable story.
This is a cool book. Crow is isolated, smelly, and wants a friend who can overlook his problems with maggots. He's smart, thoughtful, and a great match with Melody who sees conspiracies everywhere. The two face trials that are dangerous and take their wits and courage to face. (I really liked the trials as they had almost a mythological feel to them.) A great book with a good - albeit not beating - heart and interesting characters!
A lot of heart for a book about a corpse kid!
Wonderful--rich with trial and friendship and what is truly valuable.
What a cute and wonderfully heart felt storyabout a boy who is dead but not a zombie. I love it. It was great from beginning to end. Meet Crow (great name btw) who is dead, and has to stay inside because the heat makes him smells and more maggots come. The maggots are super annoying they can crawl out of your ear at any time. He just wants a friend and thinks he meets one when he meets the girl next door. She will change his life. This story has so many good moral and value stories in it I am ma [...]
In October, I read nothing but horror and horror-related books. This past month, I kept mostly to classics: Jaws by Peter Benchley and We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson. For my third and final book, I decided on something a little lighter. Dead Boy by Laurel Gale is horror in premise only: a dead boy come back to life.First, a basic plot breakdown. Crow Darlingson is dead. with none of the perks. He spends his time not in the grave but in his house - mostly in his room. He [...]
Dead Boy by Laura Gale is an amazing book. It is an amazing book because there is a boy that is dead but his body is still alive. He is kind of like a zombie. He can’t go out and play, he can’t go to school, and can’t find friends. He finally finds a friend, a girl next door that just moved in. He is scared of what she thinks of him, but in the end she doesn’t really care. One day they sneak out and go to a hole beneath a garage and meet a weird figure that could make wishes. He never ge [...]
Oh what a wonderful book! I just loved this coming of age story. Lots of Adventure! Crow was an 11 yr old boy that was dead. This story follows him and his new neighbor Melody on an epic journey to find the answers to some very hard life questions and to maybe even change a few things. I don't want to say anymore so I do not spoil it but it was a great read this Halloween season. I would recommend this to everyone!
A thoroughly enjoyable dark tale of a living dead boy. Cursed, magic and mystery, plus some truly engaging characters make this a great read. The peripheral characters-at least the middle school students-werr definite caricatures of stereotypes, but they served to contrast Crow's and Melody's personalities.
started off with potential, interesting idea, an alive dead boy who's rotting but can interact with the world. but i just couldn't get in to it. just not my cup of tea I guess.
Surprisingly charming! This book has many more dimensions than it first would appear!
Entertaining read and kept me on my toes.
Title: Dead BoyAuthor: Laurel GalePage Count: 256Genre: Middle Grade, fantasy, paranormalRating: 4 Stars! Blurb: Crow Darlingson died in the 4th grade. But he’s still alive. And growing, actually. He can’t eat or taste anything, his body parts sometimes fall off (mom always sews them back on, though), and he’s only allowed to leave his house once per year, on Halloween.Crow’s parents are separating, and despite their reassurances, he’s pretty sure it’s his fault. After all, having an [...]
Definitely dark humor here, but with a positive message of friendship, loyalty etc. Crow died in 4th grade, but now he's an "undead" 11-yr old. He smells bad, parts fall off of him and have to be reattached, but worst of all, he has to stay home all the time with his mom so he has no friends. Then a girl named Melody moves in next door and they become friends. She figures out that he's dead, but it accepts it all very calmly. /// Crow and Melody go to a local park one night and break into a buil [...]
Cute but didn't care for the magic and annoying tweens.
Dead Boy by Laurel Gale is a middle grade novel that is currently scheduled for release on September 29 2015. Crow Darlingson died in the 4th grade, but he’s still alive and growing. He can’t eat or taste anything, his body parts sometimes fall off (mom always sews them back on, though), and he’s only allowed to leave his house once per year, on Halloween. His parents are now separated, and he blames himself, and is chafing at being confined. Sneaking out at night only makes things worse, [...]
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