Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Johnny and the Dead by Terry Pratchett

How would you feel if you were able to see and speak to the dead every time you visited or got close to a cemetery? Johnny and the Dead is a mystery and a horror novel written by Terry Pratchet. This novel tells a
story of a fourteen year old boy named Johnny Maxwell who can see and communicate with the dead people in the cemetery near his house. I strongly recommend this novel to other people, especially to teens, because
the narrator is a fourteen year old and the book is really interesting. In the beginning of the story, Johnny, a fourteen year old boy, and his two friends named Bigmac and Yo-less are preparing a party for Halloween.
Johnny, Bigmac and Yo-less decide to go to the cemetery to visit their families. That was the time when all Johnny's nightmares started. As they got to the cemetery, Johnny started to hear soft voices everywhere. And
even worse, he saw a gray man standing in his own grave looking intensely into Johnny's eyes. Then he spoke to Johnny in a really angry tone of voice. Johnny ran out of the cemetery as his friends followed him. Johnny
told his friends but they didn't believe him so they went home as Johnny was shaking. At the end of this novel, after all the work that Johnny did to convince the department council to not sell the cemetery to other strange
people not belonging to Blackbury Town, he was unsuccessful. "It's ridiculous for a fourteen year old asking for something not really important and that will never be heard," said the department council to Johnny. Johnny felt horrible and responsible for what happened to the cemetery and to the dead now that they were moving to Alaska. It sounds crazy but it was the only solution the dead had. If you read the book, you will find out what happens to Johnny and the dead. Will Johnny suffer any consequences because of his failed promise? This story will  thrill you and give you an adventure that will keep you on the edge of your chair.
I strongly recommend this book to others, especially to boys who are 14 years old, because this story is narrated by a teenager who is fourteen years old. I recommend this book because it brings you to a world where dead and living people have to fight for what they own. Also because you learn a lot of new things. This novel is great. On a scale from 1-10, I would give this book on 8 because it was really good. It was a book that kept me really interested in it.

Evelia E.

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