On the Day I Died: Stories from the Grave

On the Day I Died Stories from the Grave Positively tailor made for reading or reading aloud by flashlight declares Kirkus Reviews in a starred review The phenomenally versatile award winning author Candace Fleming gives teen and older t

Positively tailor made for reading or reading aloud by flashlight, declares Kirkus Reviews in a starred review The phenomenally versatile, award winning author, Candace Fleming, gives teen and older tween readers ten ghost stories sure to send chills up their spines Set in White Cemetery, an actual graveyard outside Chicago, each story takes place during a different ti Positively tailor made for reading or reading aloud by flashlight, declares Kirkus Reviews in a starred review The phenomenally versatile, award winning author, Candace Fleming, gives teen and older tween readers ten ghost stories sure to send chills up their spines Set in White Cemetery, an actual graveyard outside Chicago, each story takes place during a different time period from the 1860 s to the present, and ends with the narrator s death Some teens die heroically, others ironically, but all due to supernatural causes Readers will meet walking corpses and witness demonic posession, all against the backdrop of Chicago s rich history the Great Depression, the World s Fair, Al Capone and his fellow gangsters.

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  1. I have always been a storyteller Even before I could write my name, I could tell a good tale And I told them all the time As a preschooler, I told my neighbors all about my three legged cat named Spot In kindergarten, I told my classmates about the ghost that lived in my attic And in first grade I told my teacher, Miss Harbart, all about my family s trip to Paris, France.I told such a good story that people always thought I was telling the truth But I wasn t I didn t have a three legged cat or a ghost in my attic, and I d certainly never been to Paris, France I simply enjoyed telling a good story and seeing my listener s reaction.Sure, some people might have said I was a seven year old fibber But not my parents Instead of calling my stories fibs they called them imaginative They encouraged me to put my stories down on paper I did And amazingly, once I began writing, I couldn t stop I filled notebook after notebook with stories, poems, plays I still have many of those notebooks They re precious to me because they are a record of my writing life from elementary school on.In second grade, I discovered a passion for language I can still remember the day my teacher, Miss Johnson, held up a horn shaped basket filled with papier mache pumpkins and asked the class to repeat the word cornucopia I said it again and again, tasted the word on my lips I tested it on my ears That afternoon, I skipped all the way home from school chanting, Cornucopia Cornucopia From then on, I really began listening to words to the sounds they made, and the way they were used, and how they made me feel I longed to put them together in ways that were beautiful, and yet told a story.As I grew, I continued to write stories But I never really thought of becoming an author Instead, I went to college where I discovered yet another passion history I didn t realize it then, but studying history is really just an extension of my love of stories After all, some of the best stories are true ones tales of heroism and villainy made incredible by the fact they really happened.After graduation, I got married and had children I read to them a lot, and that s when I discovered the joy and music of children s books I simply couldn t get enough of them With my two sons in tow, I made endless trips to the library I read stacks of books I found myself begging, Just one , pleeeeease while my boys begged for lights out and sleep Then it struck me Why not write children s books It seemed the perfect way to combine all the things I loved stories, musical language, history, and reading I couldn t wait to get started.But writing children s books is harder than it looks For three years I wrote story after story I sent them to publisher after publisher And I received rejection letter after rejection letter Still, I didn t give up I kept trying until finally one of my stories was pulled from the slush pile and turned into a book My career as a children s author had begun.

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  1. It was a bizarre, crazy, page turning compilation of short stories Any librarians, parents, teachers etc that have or know reluctant readers may want to suggest they read this book.

  2. Read This Review More Like It On My Blog This is a creepy love letter to Chicago, its history and to teens who love to hear things go bump in the night Though I am slightly too old to be really creeped out by this collection of ten, often vastly different, stories of death and often weirdness exception Edgar s story was deceptively creepy and a nice ode to Edgar Allan Poe , I greatly enjoyed this unique frame for short stories I m not going to lie, the introduction the first few pages and Mike s [...]

  3. 2.5 out of 5On the Day I Died Stories from the Grave is a collection of middle grade horror paranormal short stories Although I did not find the stories particularly creepy or that interesting I might be too old though, haha , they are fairly well written, nicely narrated by a full cast if you happen to listen to an audiobook , and I really enjoyed the author s note about the inspirations for the stories in this book.

  4. Before I start my proper review, I need to point out a little something about this book On The Day I Died is a collection of short stories within one story Now, I know that barely makes any sense so I ll try to make what I m saying a tad clearer The book starts off with Mike, a teenage boy rushing home late one night as it s past his curfew After a series of events leads him to a graveyard, he meets a group of ghosts who, one at a time, go on to narrate the story in first person behind each of t [...]

  5. On the Day I Died Stories from the Grave by Candace Fleming is a middle grade and young adult book scheduled for release on July 10 2012 I would recommend it for older children, around eleven through middle and high school students due to the ages of the protagonists and spooky nature The frame of the story is one teenage boy s drive home Mike is driving home, too fast and not paying enough attention to the road A girl on the road brings him to a stop, and despite his mother s repeated phone cal [...]

  6. Honestly, Candace Fleming can do now wrong when it comes to writing amazing books I recently read The One and Only Barnum and had Amelia Lost on my list of books to read, too, when I requested this from NetGalley I assumed it would be non fiction but when I started reading, I realized it s a book of ghost stories I totally wasn t expecting this but the idea behind the telling of the stories was great and all the stories were captivating I love that they are all set in or around Chicago I drive b [...]

  7. Who hasn t sat around a campfire telling ghost stories Or under a blanket with a flashlight We ve all heard them the ones like the ghostly hitchhiker or the haunted insane asylum They are part and parcel of growing up In this book, Ms Fleming has taken nine stories, all of which I m familiar with, and given them a new spin In this case, all of them have some basis on a factual incident giving them a ghostly twist worthy of those campfires They are all tied together by Mike, a character caught an [...]

  8. Highly recommended for fans of the dark.I read this in a local library for hours on end I wouldn t go home until dark.Let me tell you, this book is a piece of work This is the kind ofscaryI ve been looking for in a horror book.Stories from the Grave is actually like a collection of short stories narrated by different dead people and in different point of views The setting An abandoned teenager graveyard If you ever pick up this book Be prepared to face Psychopaths who just love arsonAngry gargoy [...]

  9. I love stumbling across hidden gems because of challenges I picked this one up just needing to read a book with a cemetery on the cover and I m so pleased I did Each story in this collection is gripping and creepy and well fleshed out in its own right From beginning to end, every new thread added to the whole picture is unique and would be an interesting story all on its own.Very short and fast but doesn t lack at all in details and great world building Honestly nothing bad to say about this one [...]

  10. This is YA but it should be considered Middle Grade.The first 5 pages were great but when the ghosts began telling their storieseverything went to crap The stories were so boring I just can t I wouldn t recommend this I was so close to slamming it on the ground I haven t been this pissed at a book since The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer.

  11. Kids who haven t read many horror stories might enjoy this than I did Since so many of the stories were based on previously told horror stories, they were familiar to me and so I really didn t get much out of them I enjoyed reading the last two pages where the author told about the Chicago history and geography that she based these short stories on than the stories themselves.

  12. There are some truly eerie ghost stories in this book, but nothing too dark It helps that you know the kids are going to die in each story so you re not too shocked when it happens It was exactly what I was in the mood for and an appropriate book for the week before Halloween.

  13. 3.5 StarsOriginally posted at Random Musings of a Bibliophile.Everyone knows the story Teenager in a car on a lonely road stops to pick up a girl alone, shivering, scared, just wanting a ride home She gets out of the car and leaves something behind Teenager, in this case a boy named Mike, turns around and takes her belongings saddle shoes back to her house There her mother opens the door and tells him her daughter is dead and has been for years, but every year someone shows up with a pair of sad [...]

  14. Rating 3.5 StarsI miss reading ghost stories and I didn t realize just how much I missed it until I read this book When it comes to ghost stories I m a pretty big fan, despite my low scary tolerance I mean, the last book I read I got creeped out by a 9ft tall serial killing cookie, that s where my bar is set For me, On the Day I Died was definitely creepy, but in the most refreshing way This book is a series of connected short stories that follow Mike, just your average teenage boy, who ends up [...]

  15. In the end, I d recommend this book because there s a wide audience for ghost stories However, I didn t like it much On the Day I Died contains ten chapters, nine of which are self contained stories from different ghosts about how they died It s got a little bit of almost everything but not the trendy vampires and zombies And though that might actually be a selling point, for me it was distracting The first story drew me in because it was fairly realistic and reminded me of some famous Chicago C [...]

  16. In the synopsis, the author is described, amongst other things, as versatile and that is certainly one of the adjectives I would wholeheartedly attach to her This versatility is especially evident in On the Day I Died It is quite difficult to develop different and distinct voices in one book and Fleming achieves it about ten different times in the same novel The collection of stories all have one theme but are populated by teens from various times in history with very different social positions [...]

  17. A Unique Collection of Stories On The Day I Died is a unique and extremely creative collection of death stories The author does a fantastic job of giving the reader eight distinct tales I enjoyed the different settings, voices, and delivery of each story You may be thinking, I don t read short story collections Well, you need to pick up this one The group is joined in a fun way and I zoomed through the entire book quickly I wanted to find out what they all had to say and also discover what the e [...]

  18. Wow What a great book for middle graders and teens These short stories are weaved together with the overall story of narrator Such wonderful variety, amazingly all written by the same author Each short story is tole in the first person by a different ghost I loved every story and found myself wishing there were ghosts to talk They were all so colorful and inventive Some stories will harken back to other tales like The Monkey s Paw and The Yellow Wallpaper I listened to the audiobook, which was [...]

  19. Driving home late one night out past his curfew, teenager Mike Kowalski is in a hurry to get home, when suddenly a girl appears in his headlights Dripping wet and cold on a deserted road he can t just leave her so he offers her a ride home Only home turns out to be a cemetery and the girl, Carol Anne, has been dead since 1956 Buried in a special section reserved for teens, she is joined by eight other youthful ghosts who gather round to share with Mike the stories of their last day on earth Set [...]

  20. Two things made this book extra fun First was the way the stories, each told by the ghost of a different child or teenager, are linked by the structure A teen ends up at a graveyard at night, under mysterious circumstances, and ends up hearing the stories of all these ghosts Each story is distinct, with it s own type of mystery or creepiness, but the stories flow from one to the next in a way that makes sense Fleming clearly put thought into ordering and structuring her stories to create a sense [...]

  21. In On the Day I Died Stories from the Grave , Candice Fleming tells about how 16 year old Mike Kolwalski ended up in a grave yard for teenagers On that night, Mike was told death stories from a group of kids who had felt as if everyone had forgotten about about them There was a blare of a horn the squealing of tires Colin shouting, Drew as he shoved his brother out of the way and then a sickening thump Page 113 I would recommend this book to young adult readers who are interested in scary, creep [...]

  22. I did not much care for this particular book mainly from the way it jumped genres within the setting Supernatural, natural, sci fi, horror they just did not blend together very well in this particular presentation Another detriment was that three of the stories were practically plagarized Edgar, The Monkey s Paw, and the opening story with the girl in the white dress I did enjoy some of the individual stories, such as the one about the twins and the mirror, and the grow your own aliens, but the [...]

  23. IF YOU WANT TO READ THIS BOOK DON T WANT SPOILERS DON T READ THIS REVIEWThis book was good, the ideas behind each story weren t really that bad My only problem was that the stories were told by pre mentioned characters, and since it says in the book that they were dead, I already knew what to expect later on I really liked how the author took ideas from already known stories and has given them a new spin This book is a collection of short stories, and because of that it didn t get boring There w [...]

  24. Solid creepy fun Originally started reading this thinking it would make a good booktalk for middle schoolers, but it took me too long to get through the talking book Since it s short stories, there s no narrative throughline to pull you along And reads a little like a sampler of I can write historical fiction I can write sci fi I can write romance All with a creepy twist Good enough I finished it, though And the hook is pretty awesome.

  25. Found this in our Young Adult section at work, thought it looked interesting It was OK Many of the stories have factual tidbits as the author set the book in and around Chicago However, many of the tales sounded just like hundreds of other ghost stories I ve read over the years Nice nod to some literary works, though, specifically Charlotte Perkins Gilman s The Yellow Wallpaper.

  26. LOVED IT Every last page of it Based on true stories, these ghost stories and creepy and chilling The idea of tying all these stories together through retelling them to Mike in the dark cemetery was pure genius Kids are going to eat this one up for sure I read the ebook arc that was generously provided to me by Random House through NetGalley.

  27. I have noticed that many stories in this book closely resemble episodes from The Twilight Zone A pact with the devil, vengeance seeking corpses, mobsters, wish granting monkey paws, etc Despite all of this, I really enjoyed this book.

  28. I liked how the books was a collection of many stories inside of a larger one Though I personally didn t find the book scary, maybe children would It was an interesting read.

  29. Very Similar to goosebumps stories Only not nearly as creepy as it claims One or two I really enjoyed.

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