The Dead Boys-Royce Buckingham

  • Title: The Dead Boys
  • Author: Royce Buckingham
  • Released: 2010-09-02
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  • Pages: 208
  • ISBN: 0399252223
  • ISBN13: 978-0399252228
  • ASIN: 0399252223

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From School Library Journal Gr 5-8–In this tightly plotted suspense novel, Teddy meets several other 12-year-old boys in his new town, but there's something eerie about each one. Eventually he realizes that every kid died years ago under mysterious circumstances and that he may be the next target. The evil force behind their demise is a sentient sycamore tree with powers derived from nuclear waste, a kind of wild premise that actually makes for an appropriately creepy villain. Some readers will spot the hints about the dead boys' situation, uncovering bits of the truth along with or just ahead of the protagonist, as the well-paced tale moves deftly from mystery into high action. Ultimately he must endure each of the gruesome dangers that killed the ghostly kids, including rattlesnakes, scorpions, and the thorny, twisting tree that's behind it all. There's a nice mixture of cliff-hanger escapes, mystery exposition, and lighter moments provided by Teddy's narration. Though the hero's personality is not especially complex, the empathy he shows for the boys and his resourcefulness in defying the killer tree make him someone to root for. The climactic battle is appropriately suspenseful, leading to a satisfying and surprising conclusion.–Steven Engelfried, Wilsonville Public Library, ORα(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review The Dead Boy's Haiku

You'll never look at
arboriculture the same
way again. Creepy!
--emilyreads.com

"..positively delivers a frightening tale with good ambiance and lots of creepy moments, mysterious shadows, creaky windows and menacing elements that make this a successfully atmospheric read." - bookwormygirl.blogspot.com/

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"CREEPY! The Dead Boys is just that, CREEPY!...a perfect read for ages 10 and up who also enjoy a, 'quick-turn-the-page-to-see-what-happens-next kind of story. My only suggestion is to read this book indoors with all the lights on, and not under the big shady sycamore tree."
- Kathleen Hunter, Keen Readers pdf