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Sunday, May 9, 2010

Review: Me & Death (Scrimger)

Title: Me & Death: An afterlife adventure
Author: Scrimger
Genre: Death, Fiction, Ghosts
Pages: 187
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

So, we're back to dead people books. As main characters go, fourteen-year-old Jim is actually a pretty bad kid. He bullies kids, kicks cats, and steals cars. So why is it that I was actually rooting for him as the book went along?

As Jim is chasing another kid, he runs into the street and is hit by a car. While in a coma, he travels to the afterlife where he is visited by three ghosts who show him his past. Each ghost wants Jim to understand that he has been a pretty crappy human being, but it is possible to change. After his travels with the ghosts, he wakes up in the hospital a new person. Now, if only he'll take the opportunity he has been given to change his ways.

Sound familiar? I'll grant you that this book is definitely a nod to "A Christmas Carol" by Dickens. However, the author creates an interesting backstory into Jim's life and why he might have been such a bad kid. And the ending will surprise you!

1 comment:

Elizabeth said...

Mrs. Yusko,

How do the young people like this book? Do they get it, or is it something you have to be a little older to appreciate?

Thanks,

Liz

 

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