The Accidental Afterlife of Thomas Marsden

The Accidental Afterlife of Thomas Marsden

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What if you found your own grave--and it wasn't empty? Discover the dark delights of faeries and fortune-tellers in this gently spooky book from the author of Flights and Chimes and Mysterious Times , sure to appeal to fans of Coraline .

Grave robbing is a messy business.

A bad business. And for Thomas Marsden, on what was previously an unremarkable spring night in London, it becomes a very spooky business. For lying in an unmarked grave and half covered with dirt is a boy the spitting image of Thomas himself. This is only the first clue that something very strange is happening. Others follow, but it is a fortune-teller's frightened screams that lead Thomas into a strange world of spiritualists, death, and faery folk. Faery folk with whom Thomas's life is bizarrely linked. Faery folk who need his help.

Desperate to unearth the truth about himself and where he comes from, Thomas is about to discover magic, ritual, and the uncanny truth that sometimes the things that make a boy ordinary are what make him extraordinary.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2016.
Copyright Date: ©2015.
ISBN: 9781442498846
Characteristics: 247 pages ;,20 cm.


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samcmar Oct 22, 2018

This is such a wonderful fall read. It's a spooky middle grade story about a kid who "died" but finds out it should have been a different kid who looked similar. It's a story of mistaken identity that is full of adventure. This is a very atmospheric read with a ghoulish cast of characters. A perfect middle grade read to get you ready for Halloween!

ChristchurchLib Sep 21, 2015

"The note on the body ends with a warning: "Tell no one!" As grave robbers in Victorian England, 11-year-old Thomas and his father have dug up a lot of bodies, but this one is unusual - not only because of the note, but because it looks just like Thomas, right down to his birthmark. Determined to find the truth about the identical boy, Thomas is soon tangled up in a bizarre mystery involving faeries, spirits, séances, and secrets. Like Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book, this creepy yet whimsical fantasy oozes with atmosphere and suspense." Kids' Books September 2015 newsletter

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