Dying to Meet You: 43 Old Cemetery Road

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Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media
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Hilarious look at a nontraditional family.

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Positive Messages

In general, the worst behavior displayed is some grumpiness and name-calling.


Some cartoon violence, including a chandelier crashing to the floor and accidentally injuring a person (the ghost apologizes later).


A man falls in love with a ghost.


Mild name-calling.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there's not much to worry about in this novel. The humorous look at ghost haunting is more likely to evoke giggles than fright.

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Kid, 11 years old October 21, 2013

My favorite book I read in my life.

Despite it's boring cover, I loved this book. When my dad got it for me from the library, I thought it would be boring. It turns out, it is very well writt... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old July 15, 2013


this book is THE BEST !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVED IT ........ I really want to read the next book...... I would RECOMEND THIS BOOK TO ANYBODY :) :D

What's the story?

Ignatius B. Grumply needs to finish a novel that has taken him decades to complete. He used to be a successful author, but a hard-core case of writer's block is keeping him from finishing his last book. He decides to rent an old manor in hopes that the peace and quiet will do wonders for his work. Unfortunately for him, he inherits a kid named Seymour, a cat named Shadow, and a ghost named Olive with the rental. Everyone in the house wants him gone, but he's grumpy enough to stay. Who will win this test of wills?

Is it any good?

Funny and filled with clever illustrations, DYING TO MEET YOU is a heartwarming and hilarious story. Kids will get a kick out of reading about Ignatius B. Grumply, the realtor Anita Sale, Grumply's publisher Paige Turner, and all the other quirky happenings and people in Ghastly, Illinois.

Written through notes, newspaper issues, and official letters, the novel moves along at a quick pace sure to draw in the most reluctant readers. Kids will dig Seymour Hope and the ghost, Olive C. Spence, and even warm to Grumply, who may want to think about changing his name.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about makes a family. Is every family like your family? What makes your family special? What makes your family kooky?

Book details

  • Author: Kate Klise
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publication date: April 6, 2009
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 9 - 12
  • Number of pages: 160
  • Last updated: July 13, 2017

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