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Stories Told Through Letters

Stories Told Through Letters

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Dying to Meet You

Dying to Meet You is an epistolary story. It doesn’t have any chapters in it. It’s a story told through 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 discovers the boy first and is none too happy. Seymour isn’t too happy about sharing the house with the old man either. 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!

If you like Mr. Grumply and Olive and Seymour, you might like some of these epistolary stories too.

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Chapter Books:

Absolutely Normal ChaosAbsolutely Normal Chaos Thirteen-year-old Mary Lou grows up considerably during the summer while learning abot romance, homesickness, death, and her cousin’s search for his biological father.


Daddy Long LegsDaddy-Long-Legs Orphaned Judy Abbot,who dreams of escaping a life of drudgery at the John Grier Home, accepts a wealthy benefactor’s offer to pursue an education in exchange for regular letters about college life.


Dear Hank Williams

Dear Hank Williams In Rippling Creek, Louisiana, in 1948, eleven-year-old Tate writes letters to her favorite country singer, sharing her dreams of becoming a singer and revealing that her mother is in prison.


Dear Max

Dear Max As Max – who is almost ten – and his favorite author, D.J. Lucas, exchange letters, the two writers help each otehr with their new books and develop a special friendship.


Dear Mr Henshaw

Dear Mr. Henshaw In his letters to his favorite author, ten-year-old Leigh reveals his problems in coping with his parents’ divorce, being the new boy in school, and generally finding his own place in the world.


Doodlebug

Doodlebug: a Novel in Doodles Moving is tough. But the hardest thing of all about the move that Doreen “Dodo” Bussey’s family is making is that she suspects it might be because of her. Her mother gives Dodo a blank notebook, which she uses to chronicle the move and the first days in a new city.


Letters From Rifka

Letters from Rifka In letters to her cousin, a young Jewish girl chronicles her family’s flight from Russia in 1919 and her own experiences when she must be left in Belgium for a while when the others emigrate to America.


Letters to Leo

Letters to Leo In a series of letters to her new dog, fourth-grader Annie Rossi relates her daily exploits and remembers her mother.


Love From Paddington

Love, from Paddington Told through Paddington‘s letters to his aunt Lucy back in Peru, this new novel offers Paddington‘s own special view on some of his most famous tales, from stowing away on a ship, to working as a barber.


Love Ruby Lavender

Love, Ruby Lavender When her quirky grandmother goes to Hawaii for the summer, nine-year-old Ruby learns to survive on her own in Mississippi by writing letters, befriending chickens as well as the new girl in town, and finally coping with her grandfather’s death.


Middle School Is Worse Than Meatloaf

Middle School is Worse Than Meatloaf Ginny starts out with ten items on her to-do list for seventh grade, but notes, cartoons, and other “stuff” reveal what seems like a thousand things that go wrong between September and June, both at school and at home.


The Popularity Papers

The Popularity Papers It’s summertime, and Julie and Lydia are going on a road trip! After all the ups and downs of their first year in junior high, they’re looking foward to seeing the sights and getting some new perspective on their quest for popularity. Novel appears in the form of a scrapbook.


PS Longer Letter Later

P.S. Longer Letter Later Twelve-year-old best friends Elizabeth and Tara-Starr continue their friendship through letter-writing after Tara-Starr’s family moves to another state.


Regarding the Bees

Regarding the Bees The seventh graders at Geyser Creek Middle School are preparing for a spelling bee and a horrible standardized test called the BEE, and try to smuggle their mascot — a bee that spells — into the local spelling competition.


Stuck in the Middle of Middle School

Stuck in the Middle of Middle School: a Novel in Doodles Doreen has vowed to make her new middle school work for her, but it is still a challenge given her ADHD, her younger sister’s growing populariy, and tensions between her parents. GOod thing Doreen has her doodle journal!


Unusual CHickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer

Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer Through a series of letters, Sophie Brown, age twelve, tells of her family’s move to her Great Uncle Jim’s farm, where she begins taking care of some unusual chickens with help from neighbors and friends.


Pictures Books:

CLick Clack Moo Cows That Type

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type When Farmer Brown’s cows find a typewriter in the barn they start making demands, and go on strike when the farmer refuses to give them what they want.


The Day the Crayons Quit

The Day the Crayons Quit When Duncan arrives at school one morning, he finds a stack of letters, one from each of his crayons, complaining about how he uses them.


Dear Peter Rabbit

Dear Peter Rabbit In a whimsical tale that unites popular fairy-tale characters as they exchange a series of letters, Pig One invites Peter Rabbit to a housewarming party, Goldilocks and Baby Bear plan a reunion, and Goldilocks (Mr. McGregor’s daughter) meets up with Little Red Riding Hood.


First Year Letters

First Year Letters The children in Mrs. Sarah Jane Hartwell’s class write letters to her.


The Jolly Postman

The Jolly Postman A Jolly Postman delivers letters to several famous fairy-tale characters such as the Big Bad Wolf, Cinderella, and the Three Bears. Each letter may be removed from its envelope page and read separately.


The Quiet Place

The Quiet Place The story of young immigrant Isabel, who misses her family and friends back in Mexico while decorating a large box as a place of quiet contemplation and encountering new experiences, including a first snowstorm and a kind teacher.


With Love Little Red Hen

With Love, Little Red Hen A series of letters describe the actions of Goldilocks, Peter Rabbit, the Three Pigs, Little Red Hen, and other storybook characters when Little Red Hen and her chicks become the target of the unsavory Wolf and his cousin, Fer O’Cious.


Yours Truly Goldilocks

Yours Truly, Goldilocks Presents the correspondence of Goldilocks, the three pigs, Baby Bear, Peter Rabbit, and Little Red Riding Hood as they plan to attend a housewarming party for the pigs and avoid the evil wolves in the forest.

 

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The Eyeball Collector

The Eyeball Collector

The Eyeball CollectorHector Fitzbaudly leads a privileged life. He lives in a mansion with his father, wears stylish, expensive clothes and goes to the best school. He and his father are free to spend as much time and money as they wish on their magnificent butterfly collection.

One night, Hector’s father receives a mysterious guest…and from that night forward Hector’s life begins to unravel. The mysterious man knows something about Hector’s father. Hector’s father is willing to pay a steep price to keep the man quiet.

The stress of the secret extracts an even bigger price when Hector’s father drops dead from a heart attack and leaves Hector to deal with the fact that their fortune is actually gone. Turned out into the street, Hector  sets off on his own. He has nothing…except a burning desire for revenge against the mysterious one-eyed guest that Hector blames for his father’s death and for the loss of his father’s fortune. The one-eyed man might be smart, he might be devious, he might have a sinister plan, but Hector is smart too. He can be devious. He can come up with a plan.

Hector follows the one-eyed man to the home of Lady Mandible. Lady Mandible hires Hector to live at the mansion and raise butterflies, giving Hector the opportunity to sneak around at night hoping to find out more about the one-eyed man. Hector discovers some unsavory information about “Lady” Mandible. She collects all kinds of gruesome art and she paints some pictures herself…with blood!

Creepy enough for you? How about this: her guest, the one-eyed man, well, he collects eyeballs. Glass ones, but still…eyeballs. If you like the deliciously macabre (that means shockingly offensive), then you’ll love reading about Lady Mandible. She’s Cruella DeVil without the puppies, and she’ll stop at nothing to get exactly what she wants.

Hector gets quite a dose of sinister and has to decide what to do with his desire for revenge. Should he play the same game as Lady Mandible and the Eyeball Collector…or is there a sweeter revenge? Author: F.E. Higgins

The Eyeball Collector is a gothic story. That means the mood of it is dark and gloomy; very mysterious with strange events and people. F.E. Higgins wrote The Black Book of Secrets and The Bone Magician & The Eyeball Collector. These are not sequels of each other..but characters and places are shared between all the books. If you like them, try The Wolves of Willoughby Chase or The House With the Clock in its Walls. But read early. With the lights on. 
The Black Book of Secrets The Bone Magician The Wolves of Willoughby Chase The House with a Clock in its Walls
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The Mysterious Benedict Society

The Mysterious Benedict Society

The Mysterious Benedict Society“Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities?” When this unusual ad appears in the newspaper, lots of children show up to take a series of mysterious tests, but just four succeed: brilliant orphan Reynie, Sticky (everything he sees, hears or reads…sticks), Kate (with her bucket of tools) and tiny, brilliant Constance. The children learn that an evil genius is secretly broadcasting subliminal messages to the world and it is up to them to stop him. There are clues to follow and puzzles to solve and codes to understand. They have no choice but to turn to each other. No magic, just smart kid power and a lot of heart. Author: Trenton Lee Stewart

#1 The Mysterious Benedict Society on CD, eBookeAudio
#2 The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey on CD, eBookeAudio
#3: The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner’s Dilemma on CDeBookeAudio

The Mysterious Benedict Society Web Comic Used With Permission:

Unshelved strip for 1/31/2014

@bookblrb: Four peculiar kids made it through the test. Now they’re the world’s last hope.

Don’t miss the Society’s other adventures..and try Kiki Strike: Five delinquent Girl Scouts, a million hungry rats, one secret city beneath Manhattan, and a butt-kicking girl superspy – that’s Kiki Strike!
The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner's Dilemma Kiki Strike Inside the Shadow City Kiki Strike: The Empresses Tomb
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The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey

The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey

The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey

It’s been several months since the Society (Reynie, Kate, Sticky & Constance) had their first adventure in The Mysterious Benedict Society, and frankly, they’re bored! Nothing is going on until they each get an invitation from Mr. Benedict for a surprise reunion. Excited to be together again, the children happily head to Mr. Benedict’s house. When they arrive, his house is surrounded by policeman – something terrible has happened! Mr. Benedict and Number 2 have disappeared. The first clue, a ransom note delivered by carrier pigeon:

“I write to report that your friends are in grave danger…If you hope to see either of them again, you will give me exactly what I wish, and without delay…We shall all be most unhappy if you delay.” L. Curtain

The kids find out that Mr. Benedict had devised an elaborate, puzzle-filled, international scavenger hunt for them as a surprise. While out planting clues, Mr. Benedict and Number 2 were kidnapped by evil Mr. Curtain. And it isn’t just Mr. Benedict and Number 2 that are in danger, it’s all of us! Aided by some clues and puzzles that Mr. Benedict left behind, the kids begin to piece together where Mr. Benedict and Number 2 might have gone before they disappeared. By following the scavenger hunt clues, the kids use their unique talents to attempt a rescue before it is too late. Another great adventure full of clever clues and mind bending puzzles solved by four friends who find out once again how great their friendship is. Author: Trenton Lee Stewart

Coming Soon, The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner’s Dilemma: October 13, 2009.

#1 The Mysterious Benedict Society on CD, Downloadable eBook and eAudio
#2 The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey on CD , Downloadable eBook and eAudio
#3: The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner’s Dilemma on CD, Downloadable eBook and eAudio

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