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On the Day I Died by Candace Fleming

On the Day I Died. By Candace Fleming. Random House Children’s Books, 2012. 208 pages. $16.99

“WHITE CEMETERY. That was what the words on the metal archway read…Taking a steadying breath, Mike stepped through the gates onto consecrated ground.” Mike, after a close brush with death, finds himself in a cemetery for teens that have met untimely ends. One by one, nine ghosts tell their stories, trusting that Mike will understand since he had almost entered their realm. The short stories are strong enough to be sustained individually, and together, resonate as a collective whole. Candace Fleming is a master storyteller regardless of the format and in these stories draws upon her Chicago roots. The author’s note, giving specific locations and historical references for the stories, is not to be missed. The utter eeriness of these tales will thrill and chill those readers who have outgrown Mary Downing Hahn’s ghost stories. Suitable for 5th to 8th grade.

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