The Dead Kid Detective Agency (The Dead Kid Detective Agency, #1)

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  • Paperback
  • 320 pages
  • The Dead Kid Detective Agency (The Dead Kid Detective Agency, #1)
  • Evan Munday
  • English
  • 11 February 2017
  • 9781550229714

About the Author: Evan Munday

Evan Munday is an illustrator whose work has appeared in books and magazines, including Toronto Life, This Magazine, Alternatives Journal and Broken Pencil, as well as the novel Stripmalling, by Jon Paul Fiorentino.He works as publicist for Coach House Books and has just finished work on a graphic novel, Quarter Life Crisis, set in a post apocalytic Toronto He lives in Toronto.


The Dead Kid Detective Agency (The Dead Kid Detective Agency, #1) Thirteen Year Old October Schwartz Is New In Town She Spends Her Free Time In The Sticksville Cemetery And It Isn T Long Before She Befriends The Ghosts Of Five Dead Teenagers, Each From A Different Era Of The Past They Form The Dead Kid Detective Agency, A Group Committed To Solving Sticksville S Most Mysterious Mysteries.

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10 thoughts on “The Dead Kid Detective Agency (The Dead Kid Detective Agency, #1)

  1. Maja (The Nocturnal Library) says:

    I hadn t read a children s book in a few years, probaby since my last children s literature exam That s why I wanted to like this so badly Unfortunately, there wasn t much to like October Schwartz is a 13 year old girl, and because she skipped a year in her old school, she s younger than all her classmates On October s third birthday, her mother packed two suitcases and left, never to be heard from again October and her clinically depressed father, who can t hold on to a job for very long, moved to a new town There, entirely by accident, October raised the spirits of five children buried in the local cemetery A very unlikely friendship formed between October and the ghosts, and together they decided to try solving the murder of October s French teacher, Mr O Shea This book has many, many flaws Evan Munday is an illustrator every chapter of The Dead Kid Detective Agency has at least one of his great illustrations Unfortunately, that also means that writing is not his most developed talent He made some mistakes he never should have made things any experienced author would see from a mile away I felt like all the humor was on the first 50 pages or so It was a very promising start, but after that, it was neither funny nor cute It would also seem that the author wasn t able to decide between 1st person and 3rd person narrative, so he used both the first three chapters are in third person, the fourth goes to first person without any reason that I can see, then back to third person it is These changes continue throughout the book It s a disaster I don t understand how or why it happened WARNING Sociolinguistics lecture ahead Feel free to go read something else Trying to write dialogues in the language of your intended audience is a pretty big risk I m obviously not a native English speaker, but I can identify all the traps hidden in the use of such language, and Evan Munday fell into every single one of them Firstly, when a non member of a certain group uses the group s language, it s rarely correct to begin with The only people who can judge the correctness of a certain variety are those who created it to satisfy their own social needs Seeing as the excessive use of the word like certainly isn t the only rule that applies here, Evan Munday made the wrong decision It should have been clear to him that such a variety of language, created to satisfy the needs of one closed group and or generation, is far complex than it seems at first glance Secondly, it s a variety that evolves with incredible speed even if, by some miracle, it is acceptable today, it certainly won t be tomorrow Here s an example Mr O Shea was, like, the only good teacher at this school, Stacey And he coached curling, which is, like, illegal if you re clinically depressed It s too risky, I said definitively He just wasn t Maybe he had, like, a totally different identity outside of school a clumsy, heartbroken failed saxophonist, theorized Stacey You never know I didn t have trouble finishing this because the story itself is not at all bad, but the writing is pretty disastrous The ending left things open for a sequel let s just hope it will be better next time.

  2. Heidi says:

    Three Stars An entertaining mystery for middle grade readers It is the first day of high school for the plucky, precocious, semi goth girl, October Today she is starting at her new school in Sticksville and she is especially nervous because she is only thirteen, a year younger than her peers She hopes that no one will learn her actual age Anxiously, she shoulders her backpack and meanders past the old cemetery adjacent to her house While others may be a little jittery living next door to the graveyard, October is intrigued by the crumbling headstones and tranquil atmosphere Alas, school calls head down she ducks through the congested halls hoping to go unnoticed and somehow endure the day No such luck sandwiched beside her locker is the resident queen bee, Ashley and her swarm of drones Ms Popular sneers her direction and immediately dubs her zombie tramp So much for coasting through her debut at Sticksville October withstands the day and she even makes a couple of friends She might just survive after all The days begin to pass by and afternoons are soon spent scribbling away on her horror novel in the graveyard Then her favorite teacher Mr O Shea is killed in an untimely accident, crushed by the lift in the auto shop October has a nagging suspicion that his death was no accident Somehow she manages to accidentally summon five ghosts and The Dead Kid Detective Agency is born The question is was her teacher murdered and if so by whom Can the dead kids and October solve the crime What I Liked The tone of this book will appeal to the middle grade readers It is slightly sarcastic and witty An abundance of funny aside commentary will surely generate some snickers There are plenty of humorous illustrations dotted throughout the pages It has definitely been awhile since I read a book with pictures Leading me to wonder, why aren t adult books illustrated I like the visual depictions of the scenes The characterization in this book is fun October is adventurous, resourceful, a bit of an underdog and she has a quick wit The five ghosts are all from unique time periods and ethnic backgrounds It was fun watching them navigate in our time and experience them trying to learn the ropes of modern day technology I enjoyed the depiction of some of her teachers, as we know educators are varied and often eccentric Mr Santuzzi was especially funny with his bad clothes, suspicious hair was it a toupee or not and military style of teaching Meeting her teachers certainly gave me flashbacks to my own school days The plot keeps you guessing I honestly spent most of the book trying to figure out the mystery The story will lead you to one suspect, only to steer you on a detour to another There are some twists and surprises along the way A lively, little mystery And The Not So Much I struggled with this book being labeled as a middle grade novel While some parts would appeal to the younger crowd they were many aspects that led me to believe that this was suited for a mature reader For instance the book is set in high school, which of course presents many issues that are pertienent for that age group It would be better if October was in junior high, relatable for the target reader One plot revolves around a terror cell in Quebec that operated during the late 1960 s that in my opinion is subject matter that is a little over the head of younger readers There was a scene that involved some teenage drinking and smoking, again material for an older reader or preferably not at all This book starts out with a first person narration, October s view point but the author couldn t seem to make up his mind, he switches to third person narrative and then it is back and forth, which is distracting Then there were these diary entries from a frenchman in the late 1960 s The first time one popped up I was definitely confused After awhile it made sense as to why they there written into the plot but I do not feel that it integrated smoothly into the story Personally, I was a somewhat bored with the journal pages The story presented several intriguing story lines, such as the mystery surrounding the disappearance of October s mother when she was three The early introduction of the missing mother indicated that it would be a story line followed to the end Instead it is left hanging at the end of the novel for completion in a future book If the author was not going to finish the story line then why bring it up in the beginning He also introduces each of the dead kids and discusses the strange circumstances surrounding their deaths Not one of the ghosts knew the specifics of their demise It is hinted that this will be answered in future novels but I wanted at least some answers in this book The Dead Kid Detective Agency is a witty introduction into a series for middle grade readers While the book does have a few problems it is still an enjoyable read However, I think it is best suited for older middle grade readers It is quirky and funny and October and the dead kids are like able characters It will be fun to see where the series goes from here.Favorite Quotations The air was crisp and a bit cold for early September, like a Granny Smith apple left in the freezer by accident The boy looked like he d been slapped across the face with a glove full of nickels Her mouth hung open like an expectant mailbox My high school social status, to this point on life support, was now officially dead I thought I had honed my skills at sneaking out of the house to, like ninja level Do boring people need therapy For my reviews visit my blog

  3. Beka says:

    Though the concept was interesting enough, this whole book felt like slogging through mud It took much longer than it should have to read just because there was so much verbage to wade through Also, though the author tried making the protagonist an underdog to root for emphasizing multiple times that she s misunderstood, slightly overweight, a 13 year old starting high school, missing mother, depressed father, etc , what he really created was a rebellious teenager who lies to everyone who loves her, mistreats all her friends, and disobeys her father with near disastrous consequences I will NOT be reading any of the sequels.

  4. colleen the convivial curmudgeon says:

    2.5This book had some nice things about it it dealt with clinical depression and mental illness pretty well, and had some nifty Canadian history lessons Actually, I just thought it was cool it was set in Canada, cause so few fantasy type books seems to be Well, at least the ones I ve read.But I just never really connected with any of the characters much, and the mystery itself was pretty eh It kinda seemed to be about October and her weirdness and school and mean girls and stuff all of which was handled fairly well, but none of which was all that great.Also, it was bugging me that it kept changing from first person narrative to third person limited About halfway through, or , the third person becomes sort of relevant in that we follow the dead kids instead of October, but for most of the book both the first person and third person parts solely follow October, so it just seemed pointless much of the time.Also, the voices of the two narratives were very similar Both sort of addressed the audience and tried to be witty in the same way though the third person narrative was direct about it.Then there were some chapters from the diary of Henri someone, and while it does become relevant to the story, it was kind of weirdly thrown in in random places And it also stopped somewhere like midway through the story, instead of continuing through the end though the end is where it would ve fit and I actually would ve liked that bit to be fleshed out .All in all a sort of decent read, but nothing to write home about I doubt I ll continue the series Younger kids might like it if they re not distracted by the author s attempt to use hip and cool vernacular that has probably long gone out of fashion by now It sounded like the way I talked in high school almost 20 years ago than how I hear my niece speak nowadays.

  5. Emily says:

    This book was good The beginning was boring because it just talks about her school At the part where the teacher dies it gets better because October is trying to find out who did it and why I kept reading because I was curious to find out I liked the charaters too My favourite was Stacey because he would stand up for October when Ashley was mean to her This book was great and I could not put it down

  6. Sarah says:

    boutofbooksI will give this a 3.5 because it s a first effort, but at the same time, it really did seem like a first effort.I liked the links to Canada and Canadian history we don t see that enough, but there were too many clues and red herrings it was kind of like October s book.I also wasn t sure about the intrusive narrator I think I would have preferred one point of view.

  7. K says:

    Nitpicky Reviews The Dead Kid Detective AgencyI picked this up from the library on a whim since I like mysteries and it sounded interesting enough And well that is about the only reason I had for picking it up Which is a shame because the mystery was one of my bigger issues with the book But I m getting ahead of myself, obligatory summary thing is always first and foremost Obligatory Summary ish Thing We have the wannabe author, occasionally plucky, goth protagonist, October Schwartz Her father, the depressed chemistry teacher still mourning his runaway wife Together they move to Sticksville and get tangled up with mean girls, a zombie tramp and boy with a girl s name, an overly nice, horror loving, French teacher, and the death or rather murder of said French teacher Oh and minor detail, the ghosts of dead kids like to put on plays in the cemetery behind October s house.With all that I thought it had potential, and the first chapter geared me up for some humourous narration to boot And then I got to the next chapter and suddenly October said was replaced with I said and I this I being me was suddenly confused Now I love some good POV swaps, when it is done right But I have never read a book that jumps between third and first person, especially not while focusing on the same character events Now I think I know why While neither was terrible, the narrator which slowly ran out of humour steam was still superior and made me wish the author had stuck to that While October s voice was not terrible, it was fairly similar to the narrator with most of the over the top ness stripped out Not helping matters was that it went on to alternate between these two for the rest of the book Also, pop culture references are all well and good but if you could keep them to a minimum in my book, that would be much appreciated.Strike number one, the POV switches.I was willing to overlook the ever so slightly jarring third person first person jumps if the story was worth it Like the narration, it started out promising We get October, a few tidbits about a missing mother, see creepy yet comforting to October cemetery front and central, and a whacky school And then we get of the foremost and latter and none of the middle I was interested in reading about a murder mystery, not so much October dealing with highschool, friends who aren t really friends, and mean girls But that is actually the majority of the book save for a few bumbling ghost interludes I have a special place in my heart for school dramas, it sits right beside boiled spinach and Shakespeare essay alright, so it isn t that bad I mean it s still above sappy love triangles I can add that as a pro for this book, almost zero romance.Strike two, too much school, too little murderous murders and interesting detective ghosts.All things considered though, the school drama wasn t appalling and I was willing to wade through it in order to sink my teeth into a good mystery There was just one problem, what mystery Alright so the obviously so nice French teacher gets crushed by his car in the school auto shop October is sad Police say accident, some teachers say suicide October instantly changes her mind to murder Great There isn t a real reason why except for the he would never kill himself which I assume is why the Police said it was an accident Okay, so there is how did he get in without a key Perfect, why don t you find some evidence now No Just going to get mad at teachers, let mean girls verbally abuse you, and occasionally order around some ghosts to snoop for you Fine Brief interlude from mystery complaints October s friends aren t really friendly So she has two in real life who are pretty nice, but she isn t really nice to them Then there are the ghost kids, who she does nothing but order around for the few minutes a night she spends with them I honestly have no idea why they keep helping her out after all she does is complain about the murder and try bribing them with board games They aren t overly nice to her either Somehow they are all super duper bestie friendies at the end though Go figure End of brief interlude from mystery complaints So then we get to the investigation Which basically consists of October going to school and randomly picking new suspects while the dead kids bust up houses at night for proof Brief interlude number two So the dead kids I have to assume they were part comic relief, part making up for October s lack of investigation There was the annoying, insulting one, the one who agreed to help for no reason every time, the one who fought with most of the others, and then the two who didn t do overly much except get lost and stare at one of the other ghosts Their investigating consisted of trashing houses, occasionally pulling a poltergeist stunt, and joyriding There were also loose rules about when they could go out and what they could or could not do Over all, they weren t my favourite and considering they are an integral part of the story that s not a good thing end of brief interlude number two There isn t much besides that We get a diary, possible alternate identity of murder victim, and a slew of teachers who may be connected to that identity view spoiler Surprise The murderer is the one teacher who doesn t show a connection until the end hide spoiler

  8. Raygun ∆ Gothic says:

    Did Nancy Drew ever have to cope with a disapproving and clinically depressed father There is some nifty Canadian history in here as well as vocabulary which sounds weird to the American ear e.g., washroom, pop machine Sticksville Central, The school in this book is dominated by almost all male, mustachioed teachers even though 60% of secondary teachers in Canada are women statcan.gc.ca Probably because the author is a man October attempts to solve the murder of her favorite teacher by employing a group of ghosts she accidentally raised when reading from a book she s writing title Two Knives, 1000 Demons Working with ghosts has certain advantages Ain t breakin and enterin if you just walk through the walls One odd choice is the unseen narrator, who sometimes asserts various personal commentary on events without introducing themselves.Another odd choice is the time period I can t tell when this story is set because of mentions of leg warmers, Ghost Busters, The Cure, Nine Inch Nails, Morissey, etc.October is 13 years old, but in ninth grade.

  9. Dania says:

    Oh this book kept me laughing throughout I love the relationship between October Schwartz and the 5 dead kids as follows Cyril Clark, Morna MacIsaac, Tabetha Scott, Kirby LaFlamme and Derek Running Water Although it was strange that a living girl is solving mysteries with ghost kids, it actually was a win win situation I love how October was constantly alert on the possible killers of Mr O Shea, not becoming like the cliche protagonist in mystery novels who seem to believe the suspect is the person where ALL the evidence leads to, a.k.a the most evil person PHEW I think that October solving the mysteries of the dead kids will be interesting Excited for the next books

  10. Staci says:

    Barely started Not in the mood for it.