Thembelani Ngenelwa. Thembelani Ngenelwa is a personable something guy who can't find a good job in Cape Town. Like many of his peers, he goes to Jo'burg in search of work and to catch up with old friends. After leaving a friend's house in an informal settlement one night, Thembelani and three companions are attacked by a group of gunmen. Running for their lives, the friends scatter in all directions, and Thembelani is chased after and shot five times at point-blank range, before being dragged over a railway crossing to die.
It's actually really interesting as where this book is set, Chicago, is where Fleming lives. For instance, White Cemetery the graveyard this book's set in , is just outside of her city! But enough of my rambling. Even though it's not made it into my favourites, it's still a likeable read. If this appeals to you, go for it - it'll only take a few hours out of your time anyway!
Jul 09, Sharon Tyler rated it really liked it. I would recommend it for older children, around eleven through middle and high school students due to the ages of the protagonists and spooky nature.
The frame of the story is one teenage boy's drive home. Mike is driving home, too fast and not paying enough attention to the road. A girl on the road brings him to a stop, and despite his mother's repeated phon On the Day I Died: Stories from the Grave by Candace Fleming is a middle grade and young adult book scheduled for release on July 10 A girl on the road brings him to a stop, and despite his mother's repeated phone calls, he drives her home. This encounter gets stranger, and brings him to the girl's grave to return her shoes.
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There he is surrounded by their graves, and ghosts, of teens that died far too young and need to tell the tales of how they died. Some tales have a supernatural leaning, others ironic, and others tragic. In the background there are historical facts offered in a way that will capture the imagination.
The stories are engaging and just creepy enough to give you goosebumps, but not to keep readers awake at night. Who doesn't love a good ghost story? On the Day I Died bundles short ghost stories in the frame of another. It works beautifully. The stories contain threads of real events, real places, and urban legends woven together to create a fascinating whole.
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I loved that the cemetery where the story telling takes place is real, and has stories about hauntings surrounding it. While most of the urban legends and historical locations are from the Chicago area, most are ones that can still resonate with readers that have never been near Chicago. Doesn't every area have a legend about a ghostly girl getting a ride home? In my area she leaves behind a shawl or jacket rather than her shoes, but the idea is the same. Despite the local history and landmarks of Chicago used, most of these stories could happen anywhere, if you believe in that sort of thing of course.
I highly recommend On the Day I Died to readers age eleven and older, including teens and adults.
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I think middle school and high school aged students that like scary stories and ghost stories will be very happy with this book. I felt nostalgic, thinking of the Goosebumps book series which is still going strong and television show which I have seen reappear that I fondly remember being first released. Those that like the Scary Story series of short story collections, will love this book.
Anyone that likes ghost stories, urban legends, and spooky tales will enjoy this collection. Feb 15, Jen V rated it it was amazing. Honestly, Candace Fleming can do now wrong when it comes to writing amazing books! I assumed it would be non-fiction but when I started reading, I realized it's a book of ghost stories!
I totally wasn't expecting this but the idea behind the telling of the stories was great and all the stories were captivating. I love that they are all set in or around Chicago. I dr Honestly, Candace Fleming can do now wrong when it comes to writing amazing books! I drive by the road that the White Cemetery is on on my way to and from work I'm always looking for scary stories for students that are at the same time quality stories.
So many of my students love to be spooked but I don't seek out ghost stories myself. I can't wait to tell them about this book! Jan 23, Vicky rated it really liked it. Or under a blanket with a flashlight? They are part and parcel of growing up. In this book, Ms. In this case, all of them have some basis on a factual incident — giving them a ghostly twist worthy of those campfires.
They are all tied together by Mike, a character caught and forced to listen to the ghosts as they tell their stories. Sure to stir the imagination and tickle the nerves, these are creepy, but fun stories and quick reads.
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Definitely recommended for ages 11 and up, especially for those who like to read ghostly stories. Jan 12, Evelyn devours and digests words rated it it was amazing Shelves: favourites , great-characterization , tortured-hero , ghosties , welcome-to-the-dark-side , young-adult , unique-story-lines , mind-fucked , cover-porn , publication.
https://cycmefermopo.tk Highly recommended for fans of the dark. I read this in a local library for hours on end. I wouldn't go home until dark. Let me tell you, this book is a piece of work. This is the kind of scary I've been looking for in a horror book. The setting? An abandoned teenager graveyard! If you ever pick up this book. Be prepared to face Psychopaths who just love ars Highly recommended for fans of the dark.
Sep 01, Cait S rated it it was amazing. I love stumbling across hidden gems because of challenges! I picked this one up just needing to read a book with a cemetery on the cover and I'm so pleased I did. Each story in this collection is gripping and creepy and well fleshed out in its own right. From beginning to end, every new thread added to the whole picture is unique and would be an interesting story all on its own.
Very short and fast but doesn't lack at all in details and great world building. Honestly nothing bad to say about this I love stumbling across hidden gems because of challenges! Honestly nothing bad to say about this one, just a great read. Jul 22, Richard Cardenas rated it did not like it. This is YA but it should be considered Middle-Grade. The first 5 pages were great but when the ghosts began telling their stories everything went to crap. The stories were so boring I wouldn't recommend this I was so close to slamming it on the ground I haven't been this pissed at a book since "The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer".
Jun 03, Kiki Lemke rated it liked it. This book was clearly for a younger audience I was 13 when I read it , but it was still very entertaining. The stories were creative and wonderfully weird. I might read it again sometime. Dec 12, 1 rated it really liked it. This book was amazing.
Mar 22, Ashley Marie Emerson rated it it was amazing. This book was such a fun, quick read and if you love ghost stories then you love it! This story is about a boy named Matt who while driving home one night sees a girl by the side of the road and pulls over to give her a ride home. Once he drops her off he realizes she has le This book was such a fun, quick read and if you love ghost stories then you love it! Once he drops her off he realizes she has left her new shoes in his car so he drives up to her house to return them only to find out she has been dead for over fifty years and her mother says every year on the anniversary of her death she finds a ride home and leave behind her shoes.
She then tells Matt he can go place them on her grave to which he does. Once at the graveyard he sees it is a graveyard full of teenagers. He then gets met by the ghosts of all the kids and they all want to tell him the stories of their deaths. The really fun part is reading about the different eras and all the landmarks and cities of Chicago that I have grown up to love. I especially loved getting to learn more about Chicago since the stories are based off of local tales! If you are a fan of ghost stories or Chicago then Im sure you will enjoy this as much as I did! Oct 25, Becky rated it really liked it Shelves: young-adult , suspense , ghost.
There are some truly eerie ghost stories in this book, but nothing too dark. It helps that you know the kids are going to die in each story so you're not too shocked when it happens. It was exactly what I was in the mood for and an appropriate book for the week before Halloween.
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