Sisters Kate and M. Sarah Klise (creators of the Regarding the . . . series) launched their lively 43 Old Cemetery Road series in 2009 with Dying to Meet You , the story of the churlish, child-hating sixty-year-old children's book author Ignatius B. Grumply, who rents an old Victorian mansion in Ghastly, Illinois, for the summer . . . only to find it already inhabited. Enter eleven-year-old Seymour Hope and the vivacious, "old as dirt" writer-ghost Olive C. Spence. The ensuing tale of unlikely roommates is cleverly, seamlessly told in letters, newspaper articles, Grumply's work-in-progress "Ghost Tamer" manuscript, and winning illustrations by M. Sarah Klise. Alternately poignant and side-splittingly funny--and full of writing and publishing jokes--this charming title was nominated for nine state book awards and named a Junior Library Guild selection. Don't miss the next books in the series, including Over My Dead Body (Book 2) and Till Death Do Us Bark (Book 3).
In this story told mostly through letters, children's book author I. B. Grumply, gets more than he bargained for when he rents a quiet place to write for the summer.