The best-selling author Ignatius B. Grumply is moving into the Victorian mansion at 43 Old Cemetery Road, hoping to find some peace and quiet so that he can crack a wicked case of writer's block.
But 43 Old Cemetery Road is already occupied--by an eleven-year-old boy named Seymour, his cat, Shadow, and an irritable ghost named Olive...and they have no intention of sharing!
I'm not usually a fan of epistolary books, but the letters and newspaper articles that make up Klise's book are charming and clever enough to move me past my prejudice. I didn't think a ghost haunting could ever be so adorable, but when Olive feels bad about causing a chandelier to fall on Mr. Grumply and then convinces him to go on a date with her...well, this is not an ordinary book.
Seymour, the boy abandoned by his parents. Olive, the ghost who steals and then returns library books. Mr. Grumply, the author who hasn't written in 20 years. Together they make up the strangest, and most delightful, found family.
Four out of five banging pianos.
Release Date: April 2009
Reading Level: Grade 4+
Where In Dunlap Public Library's Collection: BLUESTEM