The Ungrateful Dead by Rose Cooper (MG Review)

Book Review, Halloween, Middle Grade
The Ungrateful Dead by Rose Cooper. Middle School is hard enough without having to deal with zombies and ghosts! Ages 10-14.

The Ungrateful Dead by Rose Cooper. Middle School is hard enough without having to deal with zombies and ghosts! Ages 10-14.

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

Dena (mom)

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.

No Rating

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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    Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase
    December 15, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    I like how you do these reviews with your kids! I have a feature called Kiddo’s Corner Reviews on my blog where my 7-year-old son reviews books, and it’s a lot of fun! I’ll definitely have to check out more of your reviews! And thanks for stopping by my blog! New follower via Twitter and Bloglovin! 🙂

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      Dena at Batch of Books
      December 15, 2016 at 2:43 pm

      Thanks! I don’t always get the kids to participate in writing a review, but I try to include them as much as possible. They read all the books with me (except the YA books). I didn’t see your Kiddo’s Corner section. I’ll have to check that out the next time I’m on your blog!

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    Adriana Garcia
    December 16, 2016 at 2:37 am

    I always think that kids books should be loved for all ages but I’m like your dix year old – I don’t think I would like this. I don’t like the idea of kids texting in general maybe because I got a cell when I was going to college. We live in a weird world.

    I find it inspiring that you read such long books to your kids. I don’t know why I always assumed parents only read picture books to their kids. I would personally read Harry Potter to them as soon as I thought they could appreciate it.

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      Dena at Batch of Books
      December 17, 2016 at 11:47 am

      My kids won’t get cell phones until they’re in high school, at least. The problem is that we don’t have a landline, so a cell phone becomes necessary as they get older.

      I wasn’t sure how long reading books to my kids would last, since I always just imagined reading picture books to them, too. But they still like having me read to them, and I still like reading to them, so it’s all good. It just takes us a LONG time to finish a book.

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