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City Of The Dead (The Haunting Of Derek Stone) by Tony Abbott
Cover Artist: Alex Eckman-Lawn
Review by Gayle Surrette
Scholastic Mass Market Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780545034296
Date: 01 January 2009 List Price $4.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

Derek Stone is a fairly normal fourteen-year-old -- slightly overweight, a good student, very level headed, and not into fantasy and make-believe. He and his father and older brother, Ronny, live in New Orleans. His father is a train buff and Ronny and Derek have been avoiding the yearly trek to a train convention. But this year they all go together. It's on the way home that Derek's life changes for ever. The bridge collapses and the train crashes. Derek's father and brother are missing and presumed dead. That is until, Ronney is brought home to the house by the police. Ronney is not acting like himself but then he's been on his own for weeks. If Ronney came back could his dad be alive also?

From official release/information:

Product Description: Could the road to the afterlife be a two-way street?
Derek Stone just turned fourteen. He's lived in the heart of New Orleans with his dad and older brother, Ronny, his whole life. He's a little overweight. He can't hear well out of his left ear. Oh, and he's on the run from the dead.

Derek never imagined that the dead could be anything but dead. But there's no denying it. They're back -- and they're after him. He just doesn't know why. And he doesn't have long to figure it out. (YA: RL5 009-013)

(Source: Scholastic)

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