The Ungrateful Dead by Rose Cooper
Age Range: 8 – 12 years | Grade Level: 3 – 7 | Series: Dead Serious #2 | Hardcover: 208 pages | Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (September 13, 2016)
About The Ungrateful Dead
Middle school is a life and death experience for Annabel Craven, a girl able to communicate with the spirit world with her phone. From the author of I TEXT DEAD PEOPLE!
All Annabel Craven wants is to be normal. But that’s hard to do when ghosts keep texting her. And keeping her secret from her nosy new stepsister isn’t going to be easy.
When a ghost girl named Harper begs Anna to help her rejoin the living, Anna warns her that it’s impossible. Once you’re dead, you can’t just start living again . . . or can you?
Includes morbidly-cute black-and-white illustrations!
“Goosebumps lite, featuring mean girls,machinations, and cell phones with unusual apps.”–Booklist
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Our Thoughts on The Ungrateful Dead
I read this book with my two oldest daughters (ages 8 and 6). My eight-year-old loved it. My six-year-old did not. It’s the second book in a series, so there were some things that didn’t make sense, but overall, we didn’t have much trouble jumping into the story.
Anna can communicate with dead people, but the most recent ghost she finds is refusing to stay dead. While trying to juggle her new life with a stepdad and new stepsister, she also has to deal with Harper, the ghost that won’t accept defeat.
As I read this to my kids, I realized that it’s geared too old for them. I had to edit some parts of the book because it was too scary or too grotesque for young readers. As far as the story goes, it was okay. I liked the idea of a girl who could text dead people and see ghosts when everyone else can’t.
While I was expecting something more along the lines of Monster High, this book is better suited for older kids that like books a little creepier than your average middle-grade novel. It’s best for kids in the 10-14 age range. Obviously, my own kids were too young for it.
Content: A few curses/Lord’s name in vain. Some scary/creepy situations (seances, Ouija board, etc), and some disturbing imagery (zombie loses body parts and reattached them, ghost sitting on her own dead body, that kind of stuff).
Where did I get this book? I received an advanced reading copy (ARC) from the publisher.
Miss A (6-year-old)
I don’t want to write a review because I didn’t like the book.
Miss K (8-year-old)
I like how The Ungrateful Dead is kind of crazy all over and the characters have to do a lot of problems all at once. I like how Anna can text dead people. At first, I thought the Ouija board was a board that gave you wedgies.
The book was a little bit scary. It scared me sometimes like when the lights went out and it went kind of crazy with Anna and Eden and Archer. Harper wasn’t really creepy, but she was quite sassy. The one part that was creepy was when Harper turned to dust.
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I Text Dead People by Rose Cooper
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