43 Old Cemetery Road #1: Dying to Meet You

43 Old Cemetery Road #1: Dying to Meet You

Dying to Meet You

This book doesn’t have any chapters in it. It’s a collection of letters and notes with a few newspaper articles thrown in here and there. You have to figure out who is who and what is going on by reading the letters the characters write to each other and by reading the newspaper articles that report the strange happenings at 43 Old Cemetery Road.

Ignatius B. Grumply is a crabby old author with writer’s block who has rented a creepy old house for the summer. He doesn’t know it, but a boy named Seymour is living on the third floor and a ghost lives in the attic – a bossy old lady ghost.

The old man is none too happy when he discovers the boy. Seymour isn’t too happy about the old man either. The two set up a few house rules to keep things from getting ugly:

Mr. Grumply’s Rules:

  • You will not bother me when I am writing
  • You will stay out of my bedroom and bathroom at all times.
  • You will not lurk in doorways or dark hallways.
  • You are not permitted on the second floor, which I have claimed as my own for the duration of the summer.

Seymour’s Rules:

  • You will not tell me what time I have to go to bed.
  • You will not tell me what to eat or when to eat it.
  • You will not play old man music on the stereo.
  • You’re not allowed on the third floor. No exceptions.

And this begins a tentative agreement to help the two get through the summer without all out war breaking loose. They agree to communicate by letter, which is fine, until the old man shoots some accusations at Seymour that are simply not true. The slamming doors, the loudly playing piano, the falling chandalier – none of that was Seymour, that was the ghost!  Mr. Grumply doesn’t believe a word of it and he isn’t at all interested in having a liar for a housemate.

Read the letters to hear them duke it out in writing – the letters are funny exchanges between these people who don’t care for each other at all…at first! Author: Kate Klise Series: 43 Old Cemetery Road

If you liked Dying to Meet You don’t miss the other 6 in  the 43 Old Cemetery Road series, and when you get done with those, try Billy Bones – he’s another ghost in hiding with a fun family. If you like how the story was told through letters try one of these: IndyPL Kids’ Blog Stories Told Through Letters
Over My Dead Body Till Death Do Us Bark The Phantom of the Post Office Hollywood Dead Ahead
Greetings From the Graveyard The Loch Ness Punster Billy Bones
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  1. I this book we are pushed to believe that Mr. Grimply is the villain. I believe that Olive C. Spence is truly the villain because all Grumply wans to do is get his work done. Sure he might be antisocial, but we all can be. Olive comes to terrorize Mr.Grumply beacause this is “her house” sure it’s her’s but she is dead and that dose not give her the right to make his life a livening nightmare.

  2. I think olive is scary beacause she’s always at the top of the house. I think I b grumply doesn’t want to make his new book. I also think olive is kind because she always makes food for Seymour.

  3. I think that I. B. Grumphly is Serious because he will not be late on with a book. And I think he is Anti-Social because he doesn’t talk to children . I also think he is careless because he doesn’t care if you need something .

  4. I think olive is scary because she was going to do something to grumply. I also think olive is also kind because she always makes food for Seymour. And that grumply doesn’t want to make his book because he was supposed to do it already.

  5. I think Mr. Grumply is grumpy because most of the time in the beginning he was not very happy. He also was lazy because he didn’t want to write the book at all. E.Gadds is desperate too because he wants his money in the beginning.

  6. Madeline i agree Grumply needs to be nicer and less bossy.I feel bad for ibg because he broke up with Olive C.Spence.Semour Is really nice and mean nice to olive and mean to grumpy.But now he is nice to Grumply.Grunply shouldnt take the credit it is mean to do that and selfish.Frank N.Beans Finally came up i like how he is a private investigator.Its really cool,anyways I will add more later.

  7. I think that all the characters in “Dying to Meet You” are all… very interesting.
    Mr. Grumply is very rude to everyone in his letters. Especially when he gave Seymour the house rules because he was extremely bossy about telling Seymour that he can’t do this and he can’t do that. He also was really rude when he wrote a letter to E. Gadds saying “thanks for nothing” at the beginning.
    Olive C. Spence is mischievous because she is intending to harm Mr. Grumply or “get rid of him” as the book says. M. Balm is very determined to find the book theif and is demanding the book theif to return the books to the library. I also think that Anita Sales is unselfish because she explains everything about the house on 43 Old Cemetery Road to Mr. Grumply (even the bad things about the house).

  8. I think the characters in “Dying To Meet You” are very different in their actions for example. Mr. Grumply is quite lazy because he was late to starting his 13th book, also he is grumpy because hates children even though he writes books for them.(strange right?), to add to the list is selfish he wants whats best for himself and doesn’t care about Seymour.

    Next we shift to Olive C. Spence she is very unique and a little daring she likes to play around with Mr. Grumply,next she is very caring she loves Seymour so much she cares for him and is basically his mom, also she is impulsive she does whatever wants whenever she wants, she super honest and tells Mr. Grumply tips to make “their” book better even though it’s Mr. Grumply’s book.

    Next is Seymour. Seymour is curious about whats going on in the mansion, to add he is VERY independent he wont let anyone help him. I guess its because he has been living alone for so long. Also he is very closed because he doesn’t really go anywhere except to eat and the 3rd floor.

  9. I think that Grumply is annoyed that Seymour is living with him for the duration of his stay at the manor. Grumpy is also even more annoyed that Seymour is trying to scare him off with his ghost stories.

  10. I think Olive C. Spence has a deep regard for Seymour so much that she will do anything to make him happy or do anything he urges to do.

  11. I think that Olive C. Spence is caring because she cares for and cooks for Seymour and also cares for his cat, Shadow. She acts like a mother to Seymour and his cat because Les and Diane Hope don’t accept Seymour for who he is so Olive has to care for them.

  12. I feel like Olive felt guilty because she has a little bit of a mother nature and that she will ask out Mr.Grumply on a date.

  13. I like dying to meet you because it shows a lot of action and it is scary.I like how the book shows emotions and really gives you character traits about the characters. I like how there is a lot of dialog in the book and it is written in a letter format.

  14. I like this book because it has letters instead of chapters. I like the different emotions and feelings it gives me. I find it interesting that they become a family at the end, because they didn’t like each other at the beginning. I think that 43 Old Cemetery road was a good house for him because he is dark and scary like the house. Seymour is interesting because he is curios and he uses his imagination a lot.

  15. Dying to meet you is a very…. let me put it this way…. more interesting, than you might expect. The plot is about a man named Mr. Grumply who moves into a random house called 43 Old Cementary road, but he doesn’t know that its haunted! Grumpy just thinks its a bad house with a random boy in it named Seymour Hope, who’s parents left him to move to France. Then Grumply sees,…. a ghost named Olive C. Spence. What does Grumply do next. Go to your local library and check it out and find out what really happens.

  16. DTMY is a very unique and strange book. Olive c. Spence the ghost living in the spence mansion is only seen by Seymour Hope a boy who’s parents abandoned him to move. Mr. Grumply a children’s book author wants to move into spence mansion so he may complete his book in the ghost tamer series.

  17. DTMY is a very unique and strange book. Olive c. Spence the ghost living in the spence mansion is only seen by Seymour Hope a boy who’s parents abandoned him to move. Mr. Grumply a children’s book author wants to move into spence mansion so he may complete his book in the ghost tamer series. If you say any of the characters names 5 times fast you can take a guess on what their job is.

  18. Dying To Meet You is a book about a house on cemetery road, haunted by Olive C. Spence.
    She had vowed to haunt that house until someone published HER book. She “lives” with a boy,
    by the name of Seymour Hope. His parents had abandoned him, because they “weren’t worthy
    parents.” Then, comes along Mr. Grumply, with a BIG case of writers block, who happens to be the FAMOUS writer of the Ghost Tamer Series. He considers buying the house… until he finds Seymour. What will happen next? Stay tuned!

  19. I agree with Cooper L., because I started to giggle when Grumply founded out that Olive was a ghost. Also, it was funny when Anita Sale warned Grumply about the house and he was like “ahh whatever” and then he regretted it. Plus the book gave me a break from reading a usual book format and gave me a letter format.

  20. This is one of my very favorite books I have ever read! I love the clever names such as Olive C Spence ( I love suspense ). I can tell how much work was put into this amazing book and all the brainstormed ideas to create a wonderful ,imaginative story.
    Olive .C. Spence( a haunting ghost) and Seymore Hope (a clever little boy), live in an elegant house on 43 old cemetery road. By looking at the house you would not want to live there, but after a while there were many memories made. When a grumpy old man came looking for a quiet place to live , he picked that house on 43 old cemetery rd. After all he was writing a ghost story. His name was I. B Grumply, (pretty self explanitory) Grumply dosen’t believe in ghosts so whenever Olive tries to haunt him he thinks its Seymore. He thretans to go up to Seymore’s room and spank him! Olive writes back,”If you lay a hand on Seymore you will regret it!” Of corse Grumply doesn’t believe her, lets just say he regrets it now. Similar events happen over and over such as random chandilers falling and things of that sort. Grumpy soon c comes to the conclusion that Olive is not Seymore and she’s not messing around. He soon be-friends Olive and that brings him amazing things. Grumply has an overdue book that he needs
    to write, and Olive helps him write like a professional. Olive soon figures out that Grumply was going to put her on his book as his “assistant”, when she did almost all the work! She refuses to keep helping him, and a day later he is desperate for her help. Luckily, the two soon make
    up. Grumpy finishes the book and Olive can finally go back to her grave in peace, but when Seymore and Grumply beg her to stay she changes her mind and decides to live with them for as long as she can. They all lived spookily ever after.
    Dosen’t it sound like an amazing story!!! If you haven’t already read it you should check it out! DTMY 43 old cemetery road signing off, thank you for reading.

  21. DTMY is an awesome, i like how it’s only notes, letters, and news papers. My favorite character is Seymour,and I.b. Crumply. my favorite part was when grumpily found out that olive was real.
    It really cracked me up when Frank .N. Beans went crazy and quit.I hope i’ll be able to read a 2nd book!

  22. This book was amazing! I love how it shows a great sense of humor, along with great deal emotions! I am also in love with the fact that Ignatius B. Grumply started out as an old grumpy man, and soon formed a bond with the people he thought he would hate the most in place he thought he would hate the most! It truly is a great book with an amazing meaning and wonderful story! Thank you Mrs. Horton for opening me up to this book, and giving me the grateful opportunity to read it! – Stormie G

  23. My goodness! What a sheer delight to have the author, herself, to comment on our entries. I can’t begin to tell you what my students learned through the Kid Blog section. Thank you for your wonderful series “43 Old Cemetery Road”. I have students running to the library to grab the next book(s). They simply cannot get enough of your books!

    Just wondering, too, but I am grading their blogs a few at a time. Am I in danger of their comments being taken down any time soon?

    Thank you for your attention and comments! So exciting!!!
    Mrs. Horton

  24. I think these kids are actually from Texas – the internet makes us all reading neighbors! 🙂

  25. Wow! What wonderful comments. I can hear Olive in the cupola right now, clapping her hands with delight. Even Iggy would have to smile if he knew how many fantastic readers there are in Indianapolis. Give my best to your fantabulous teacher, Mrs. Horton, and also say hello to my pal Carrie Waterson next time you see her at the Indianapolis Public Library.

    Your friend and fan,

    Kate Klise (www.kateandsarahklise.com)

  26. This book is great because it doesn’t just tell the story through chapters it tells it from letters which I think is ingenious! I loved the book and want to get the next book in the series. My favorite part of the book was the ending because I think it was really smart to collaborate on the book to be able to buy the house.

  27. Mr.Grumply is experiencing Writer’s block. He is renting an old house and hopes to write the 13th ghost tamer book. Mr.Grumply is sharing the house with Seymore Hope and Olive C. Spence. Mr.Grumply does not believe there is a ghost in the house. Strange things are happening and I.B Grumply finally believes Seymore. In the end, they all live happily together!

  28. This book I love it is about this boy named Seymore a author named I. B. Grumpley and a ghost called Olive. They are trying to live together in a house.Grumley is annoyed at Seymore while he is trying to write a book in the series called the ghost tamer.Olive doesn’t want Grumpley because she want to be only with Seymore and not Grumpley.

  29. This book is about a author named I.B Grumply. He wants to move to a calm place to write his new book, so he moves to 43 Old Cemetery Road. He finds a lot of weird things in his new move.

  30. This book is about a writer named Ignatius B. Grumply who moved into a victorian mansion with a twelve year old (Seymour) and a ghost (Olive C. Spence) and they first hate Ignatius but eventually they love him and he eventually finishes his firstbbook in over 20 years.

  31. DTMY is a very different book. It is formatted different, and the layout is unusual. I relished reading this curious book. l liked this book because you didn’t know what hold happen next. I was surprised that olive C Spence didn’t do alto of action in the beginning, but any way it was still a very good book.

  32. DTMY is a very uncommon book, and I don’t find these types of books every day. When I do find a book like this, I usually like the book. Mr. Gumply is a bit of a wierd name, but try to say Olive C. Spence 5x fast! So… Mr. Grumpy wants a place where he can be away from children and write his book, but the house is haunted by a ghost named Olive C. Spence and on the second floor is an 11 year old boy named Seymour, but Mr.Grumply doesn’t believe in ghost so Olive decides to have a bit of fun with him and Olive, Seymour, and Iggy (what Olive calls Mr.Grumply) team up to make a great book, but Mr.Grumply makes Olive mad and the book team is broken, but then Olive comes back and they finish the book and it is published and Olive says she is going to leave, Iggy and Seymour beg her to stay and she does and they like happily ever after.

  33. DTMY is very different from other books. It is formatted very differently than others. It has is own unique layout. I thought it wasn’t the best book but it was very interesting to read something different. I really relished reading a creapy/ mestory book. I was surprised that Olive C. Spence didn’t really make any action in the first part of the story, but even at that part it was interesting.

  34. Dying To Meet You is very unusual, the way it is formatted, but I like it. It lets my experience a book like that. I am very curious why Olive C. Spence didn’t have a lot of action in the beginning, and it was just I B Grumply and Seymour just talking about the rules in the house. and even though it is like that is was a pretty good book.

  35. Mr.Grumply needs to com down he needs to work on his book and why is he so mean. It’s so crazy and Olive C. Spence is nice and tries her best to take care of Seymour Hope. I wonder whats going to happen next

  36. Dear Students of Mrs. Horton’s ACE ELA Class:

    I am so very impressed with some of your comments. So many of you have expressed your enthusiasm for this book. It does my heart good to hear that you are pleased with my selection for your mystery genre. Thankfully, it is part of a series and there are many books for you to read in succession.

    Also, you are very well-read. Most of you have made certain that your sentences are complete and are connected to the story or are in response to a classmate’s comment. Olive C. Spence would be pleased!

    Keep up the good work!
    Mrs. Horton

  37. The book Dying To Meet You is about a guy named I.B.Grumply and he is looking for a house to
    rent this summer to write his book there. I.B.Grumply wanted a house where there is no children,
    but it turns out that there is a kid named Seymour Hope living there that is friends with the gost
    that also lives there named Olive C. Spence. Then Seymour Hope toled Olive C. Spence that he is
    starting not to like I.B.Grumply so Olive C. Spence droped a shandolear on I.B.Grumply. Then Olive C. Spence asked I.B.Grumply on a date. Then at the end I.B.Grumly fell in love with
    Olive C. Spence and wrote a book with her.

  38. DTMY is about a writer named Ignatius B. Grumply renting a house on 43 Old Cemetery Road. little does he know Old Cemetery Road is haunted by a ghost named Olive C. Spence, and to top that off there is also a little boy named Seymour Hope.

  39. 43 Old Cemetery road is a mysterious story that you can’t stop reading. I loved how at the end everybody was happy at the end and lived happily ever after(without the Hopes). Olive C. Spence haunted the house with her good friend Seymour Hope and her cat Shadow. One day a very Grumpy man named I.B Grumply rented the house for the summer to work on his book. Grumply was having a very hard time right the 13th book of the Ghost Tamers Series. Finally Olive C Spence helps him and they finish the book. Grumply wrote it, Olive reviewed it , and Semyour Illustrated it. They made lots of money and lived happily ever after.

  40. The house on 43 Old Cemetery Road is haunted by a ghost named Olive C. Spence. Along with Seymour Hope and his cat Shadow. Mr. Grumply rents the house for the summer. Little does he know it is haunted. When attempts to write the 13th book in the Ghost Tamer Series it doesn’t work. Slamming doors are interrupting his work. Is the house really and truly haunted? Read more to find out!

  41. DTMY is about a famous author, Mr. Grumply, that moves into a haunted mansion. But what he doesn’t know that already living there is a ghost, Olive C Spence, a boy, Seymour Hope, and a cat, Shadow. At the end they all become friends and they live there without any troubles.

  42. Dying to Meet You is a very interesting book, with a interesting layout, but there are many questions I don’t understand at all, such as how Olive had been with Seymour since he was a baby because he probably wasn’t born in the house and his parents hadn’t bought it until later. I think the author should add a page at the end of the book that answers some of our questions.

  43. Dying to Meet You is a very good book. When Mr. Grumply goes to Spence Mansion in hopes of writing his 13th book, he is surprised to find he has a roommate, Seymour Hope, and his cat, Shadow. But little does he know, there’s more than the two of them in the house. Olive C. Spence,
    ghost and failed writer teams up with Mr. Grumply through the event of a falling chandelier. Unfortunately, he runs Olive off. Can he and Seymour get her back?

  44. Mr.Grumply is a writer with a bad case of writers block who rented a old house for the summer. He hopes to be able to write the 13th book in the Ghost Tamer series. Unfortunately the house is already occupied by Seymour Hope and a ghost named Olive C. Spence. Mr.Grumply refuses to believe that a ghost lives in the house yet he keeps seeing strange things happen. Is the ghost real? He will soon find out!

  45. Well DTMY is a very good book because it is interesting when Mr.Grumply and Olive C. Spence join forces and try to make a book but, Mr.Grumply said she was just helping and she wasn’t COwritting and she thought that was really mean so she just hid from him. Olive only told seymore because she did not want him to think she was hiding from him but, she told seymore not to tell Mr.Grumply.

  46. 43 Old Cemetery Road is very intresting book with an unusual format,and I don’t understand how Seymor could see Olive C. Spence as a baby,because babies can’t even think and Ms. Spence said you have to believe in ghost’s to see them.

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