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The Midnight Club Hardcover – Feb 1994


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  • Hardcover: 211 pages
  • Publisher: Perfection Learning (February 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0780791819
  • ISBN-13: 978-0780791817
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 9.9 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)

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Christopher Pike is the author of more than forty teen thrillers, including the Thirst, Remember Me, and Chain Letter series. Pike currently lives in Santa Barbara, where it is rumored he never leaves his house. But he can be found online at ChristopherPikeBooks.com. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This is one of my all-time favorite books! Normally I'm not a fan of Christopher Pike but this particular book is incredibly insightful and full of heartbreaking and heartwarming stories.
Ilonka is a patient at a hospice for teens and 20-somethings, Rotterham Home, she has made friends with other patients Kevin, Sandra, Anya and Spence. Every night at exactly midnight the five of them gather in the library to tell stories. Basically, telling stories is the only fun they can have, in a hospice, everyone is waiting to die. Each one of the five friends has a different form of fatal cancer. Then, they discover that one of the members of their club is leaving the hospice to go back to normal life!
At the same time, Ilonka begins to have dreams of past lives, she remembers vividly life in Ancient Egypt, Asia and medieval Europe. The strange thing is that all the lives are connected to Kevin, a member of club Ilonka felt that she always knew from the first time she met him. Kevin's continuing story revolves around an angel and the misguided woman he loves, a story which is strangely parallel to the lives that Ilonka remembers.
Then, one of the members of the midnight club dies, but not before they tell Ilonka a true story which begins a mystery and the ultimate resolution to the sad stories that plague Ilonka's past.
Absolutely touching and revealing story. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone under the age of 14 though, this books should really not be in a children's catagory. I recommend it to anyone 14 to 114! This is just such a fabulous, fantastic story! Christopher Pike really hit on a timeless story with this book!
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Rotterham Hospice in Washington State is a stately seaside mansion that once belonged to an oil tycoon. Rotterham Hospice is for teens suffering from terminal illnesses.
Ilonka, Anya, Kevin, Spencer and Sandra form The Midnight Club a club. They meet in the library and tell scary stories, as a way to briefly escape their tragic reality. During one meeting, the teens make a pact that the first one to die has to make contact with the others. Ilonka knew Kevin in a past life and her stories revolve around her memories of that life. She loves Kevin but he has a girlfriend named Kathy, a cheerleader in perfect health who visits him at the hospice. One day Ilonka tells Kathy the truth about Kevin's illness namely that he won't ever be coming home. It breaks them apart but Kevin isn't angry with her for doing it and discloses that he remembers those lives in her stories.
Anya dies and her personal belongings disappear like in a story Ilonka told about her past life in India, could it be a sign?
The Midnight Club is both tragic and romantic with an air of mystery and suspense. The ending is a real tearjerker!! Highly recommended!
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By Sabrina on May 27 2001
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I read this story for the first time so long ago, and to this day I still find it inspiring. The story starts by introducing us to a group of teenager's all dying from some terminal disease. This group gets together to tell these beautiful, and somewhat quirky stories about life and death. All the while the main character of the group, Ilonka, has been in agony over her feelings for Kevin, another group member. Here they are both at deaths door but Ilonka keeps having this sense of deja vu. She feels as though she knows Kevin, and not only from the hospice where they've just met, but also through the many stories she shares with the group. She realizes they're not just stories, but the many lives they have lived together. Each member harbours unmistakable fear about dying, yet they all ponder over one final question, What happens when they finally do die? So they make a pact so that the first to die will come back and give the group a sign if there's life after death. It turns out to be one sign that they realize has more of a profound meaning then they first anticipated, but it's one that they all depend on in the end.
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By "carriegilley" on March 10 2001
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I must agree with the review posted by the reader from Iowa City, this is definently a book for all ages. It touches many senses, mostly love. Although it may sound depressing or morbid to read about teens in a hospice waiting to die, you find as you read, it is neither. You find yourself loving each character more and more with every turn of the page, and knowing they will live eternally in your mind and heart after the book is over. Their strength and bravery is touching and commendable, and after reading this novel, you will see what is really important in life is love and making the most of each day. The dramatic portrayal of each character is amazing. The stories told by the midnight club are also very memorable, with that notable Pike twist, and horror. Over all, this book is wonderful, and touching, it will leave you with a sense of warmth, and love, and a life lesson.
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By Anthony Manno on Dec 4 2003
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Deals with both uplifting and dark messages about death. Pike has successfully woven several short stories into one awesome novel...as a group of friends gather at midnight to tell many stories about love, revenge, anger, and acceptance. One night during a meeting, they make a pact. The first to die (yes, it sounds depressing--but it is actually very heart-felt) has to try to come back and tell the others about the afterlife. Ten years later, and still my favorite Pike book. My copy has ink throughout...highlights and notes. This is how I read all the Pike books--hoping to find some philosophical message that my mind either understands or will think about until it gets the point. Part of my entertainment in reading is that I just may have to learn something...and rethink my own beliefs. Pike is really good at doing this.
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