“Crow Darlingson may be dead, but he still loves air hockey, bowling, and drawing. Like other kids, his mother makes sure he finishes his homework, and he always looks forward to Halloween. But Crow Darlingson isn’t like other kids. He stinks. He’s got maggots. His body parts fall off at inopportune moments. And he hasn’t been able to sleep in years. Not since waking up from death. Despite the maggots, Crow is lonely. When Melody Plympton moves in next door, Crow finally has a chance at friendship and a shot at getting his life back from the mysterious wish-granting creature living in the park. But first there are tests to pass. And it means risking the only friend he’s had in years. Debut author Laurel Gale’s story about friendship fulfilled may be the most moving—and most macabre—yet.”
Dead Boy is an easy and fun read about Crow. It is loaded with magic, suspense, and wonderful characters. Crow and his friend Melody are likeable characters. While they have different views about life and death, they respect each other and their journey together is just great to read. The character development is what really brings this book to life. The emotions are realistic while keeping with the magical feel of the story.
Dead Boy has a great underlying message about the importance of friends and family. The book has a few twists and turns and some great action sequences that will keep readers engaged the entire time. The book is highly engaging and will definitely find a spot in the classroom. Highly recommended.