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The Accidental Afterlife of Thomas Marsden
by Emma Trevayne


Overview - What if you found your own grave--and it wasn't empty? Discover the dark delights of faeries and fortune-tellers in this gently spooky book from the author of Flights and Chimes and Mysterious Times , sure to appeal to fans of Coraline .  Read more...

 
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Overview
What if you found your own grave--and it wasn't empty? Discover the dark delights of faeries and fortune-tellers in this gently spooky book from the author of Flights and Chimes and Mysterious Times, sure to appeal to fans of Coraline.

Grave robbing is a messy business.

A bad business. And for Thomas Marsden, on what was previously an unremarkable spring night in London, it becomes a very spooky business. For lying in an unmarked grave and half covered with dirt is a boy the spitting image of Thomas himself. This is only the first clue that something very strange is happening. Others follow, but it is a fortune-teller's frightened screams that lead Thomas into a strange world of spiritualists, death, and faery folk. Faery folk with whom Thomas's life is bizarrely linked. Faery folk who need his help.

Desperate to unearth the truth about himself and where he comes from, Thomas is about to discover magic, ritual, and the uncanny truth that sometimes the things that make a boy ordinary are what make him extraordinary.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781442498822
  • ISBN-10: 144249882X
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
  • Publish Date: July 2015
  • Page Count: 256
  • Reading Level: Ages 8-12
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.7 pounds


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Fantasy & Magic
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-08-03
  • Reviewer: Staff

In the grave-robbing business with his father in Victorian London, 11-year-old Thomas Marsden is constantly being told to "find his bones." One night, he comes frighteningly close when he digs up the grave of a boy who looks just like him. In the grave he finds a note that reads, "My name is Thistle," and tickets to a séance the following night. After additional unexplainable things take place, Thomas learns that he is a changeling—"something in between" a human and faery—and although he was born from magic, he has inherited none. Thomas now carries the burden of saving the faeries from Mordecai, a phony spiritualist using them to speak to the dead. Shifting attention between Thomas and the captive fairies, Trevayne (Flights and Chimes and Mysterious Times) creates a highly entertaining twist on a fairy tale. Full of hidden messages, midnight graveyard escapades, unlikely friendships, magic, and deceit, it's an engaging tale of one boy's efforts to find himself and his way back home. Ages 8–12. Agent: Brooks Sherman, Bent Agency. (July)

 
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