Monday, August 31, 2015

Dead Boy by Laurel Gale

Dead Boy

by Laurel Gale

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 back

Just 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 more 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.

This was a light read about a boy who died and the family who couldn't let him go.  It is also a story about friendship and treating others well, even when you don't like them. 
There is a lot of gross stuff about creepy crawlies and decaying bodies so if you're bothered by that stuff I might give it a pass or skim over those sections.
I think this would be a great book to give to young teens and middle grade students to help teach them about standing up to bullies and acting with honor.

**Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for sending me a free copy for review**