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Life with the Dead
on May 6, 2015
I went in knowing that this was a "retelling" of The Jungle Book, and found it clever than instead of animals, our main character is raised by ghosts.
After baby Bod's family is murdered, he is taken in by the dead from the graveyard next door. Bod's provided with certain abilities and a mentor named Silas who can accompany him in and out of the graveyard, because his bones don't reside there. But what will happen when Bod grows up -- when he meets a girl and has to face that he is alive?
This book was sad, very sad. Yes, kids grow up and have to leave the nest but in Bod's case where there is no such things like phone calls between the living and the dead, the reality is harsh. Aside from the murder mystery part, the book was filled with tiny adventures inside the graveyard that made it a little tedious to read at times (hence my 3 star rating) but nevertheless necessary to get to know the characters.