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"Positively tailor-made for reading—or reading aloud—by flashlight," declares Kirkus Reviews in a starred review. The phenomenally versatile, award-winning author, Candace Fleming, gives teen and older tween readers ten ghost stories sure to send chills up their spines. Set in White Cemetery, an actual graveyard outside Chicago, each story takes place during a different ti"Positively tailor-made for reading—or reading aloud—by flashlight," declares Kirkus Reviews in a starred review. The phenomenally versatile, award-winning author, Candace Fleming, gives teen and older tween readers ten ghost stories sure to send chills up their spines. Set in White Cemetery, an actual graveyard outside Chicago, each story takes place during a different time period from the 1860's to the present, and ends with the narrator's death. Some teens die heroically, others ironically, but all due to supernatural causes. Readers will meet walking corpses and witness demonic posession, all against the backdrop of Chicago's rich history—the Great Depression, the World's Fair, Al Capone and his fellow gangsters.From the Hardcover edition....

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On the Day I Died: Stories from the Grave Reviews

  • Charlene
    2019-05-14 04:01

    It was a bizarre, crazy, page turning compilation of short stories. Any librarians, parents, teachers etc... that have or know reluctant readers may want to suggest they read this book.

  • Jessie(Ageless Pages Reviews)
    2019-04-25 01:37

    Read This Review & More Like It On My Blog!This is a creepy love-letter to Chicago, its history and to teens who love to hear things go bump in the night. Though I am slightly too old to be really creeped out by this collection of ten, often vastly different, stories of death and often weirdness (exception: Edgar's story was deceptively creepy and a nice ode to Edgar Allan Poe), I greatly enjoyed this unique frame for short stories. I'm not going to lie, the introduction/the first few pages and Mike's initial experience with a ghost reminded me greatly of Supernatural's pilot episode (woman in white appears mysteriously, "take me home"), but On The Day I Died quickly emerges as a fun, entertaining and weirdly awesome combination of horror and the supernatural; one of Candace Fleming's own unique invention.From tales of "grow your own aliens" (David, 1941 - 1956) to a more modern form of horror (neglect and abuse - Tracy 1959-1974) the ghosts of each child in White Cemetery each set out to tell their individual tales of woe to Mike, an unwitting participant in this yearly tradition. Though On The Day I Died focuses more on humor, the supernatural, creative forms of evil, etc. than on individual characterization for each ghost, the wide variety of the stories and their respective nature of death is more than enough to involve readers of all ages. Though this book's setting and each child is centered around Chicago, the various nods to other cultures (East Indian fakirs and a Sumerian death chant!) add a nice variety to several of the stories.The shifts from Mike's POV (third-person omniscient) to the ghosts (told in first person) are not my favorite, but it works here. This is a deftly-handled short story collection, and if some stories (Lily [1982-1999], Scott [1995-2012]) lack the punch of others (Edgar [1853-1870], Evelyn [1877-1893], Rich [1965-1981]), all are still fun, creative and very enjoyable to read.

  • Agnė
    2019-05-13 20:01

    2.5 out of 5On the Day I Died: Stories from the Grave is a collection of middle-grade horror/paranormal short stories. Although I did not find the stories particularly creepy or that interesting (I might be too old though, haha), they are fairly well-written, nicely narrated by a full cast (if you happen to listen to an audiobook), and I really enjoyed the author's note about the inspirations for the stories in this book.

  • Rachel Sh
    2019-05-19 21:43

    Before I start my proper review, I need to point out a little something about this book. On The Day I Died is a collection of short stories within one story. Now, I know that barely makes any sense so I'll try to make what I'm saying a tad clearer. The book starts off with Mike, a teenage boy rushing home late one night as it's past his curfew. After a series of 'events' leads him to a graveyard, he meets a group of ghosts who, one at a time, go on to narrate the story (in first person) behind each of their deaths.One thing I pride myself on is that, given the chance and if the book appeals to me, I will read a horror/paranormal/ghost book. I love scaring myself silly with horror movies so I suppose that's why I don't mind so much with those types of books. However, I will warn you in advance; do not read this book after your family has gone to bed! It's not terrifying as such - it is recommended for eleven year olds and up after all - but if you have an overactive imagination (like myself) then every creak upstairs turns into the boogeyman coming after you! ;3 Each of the stories were unique and likeable, but if I were to pick a favourite, it would probably be either Gina's or Evelyn's. Admittedly, those aren't the creepiest stories (Johnnie's probably wins that round) but, for some reason, I really enjoyed them. The ending to Evelyn's story, although sad, was a little touching too. As was Lily's. But I'd be here all day if I were to go into detail about each one. Instead I'll just tell you that each narrator has an individual voice and an unusual story to tell. You'll want to read this book first-hand to know where I'm coming from though! ;) And just to intrigue you even more... I hope you get your happy ending, Lily!Oh yes, another thing that might interest you. Each of these ghost stories contains a little truth. At the end - in 'A Note from the Author' - Fleming goes on to tell us facts about the parts of each story that were based on the truth. 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.So with Halloween just around the corner, On The Day I Died is the perfect read for after your trick-or-treating. ;) With unique, unusual stories and a bunch of individual, different voices, this book would be perfect if you're stuck in the house bored. 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! :)

  • Sharon Tyler
    2019-05-11 01:46

    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 2012. 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 phone calls, he drives her home. This encounter gets stranger, and brings him to the girl's grave to return her shoes. 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. 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. 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.

  • Jen V
    2019-04-30 19:41

    Honestly, Candace Fleming can do now wrong when it comes to writing amazing books! I recently read The One and Only Barnum and had Amelia Lost on my list of books to read, too, when I requested this from NetGalley. 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 drive by the road that the White Cemetery is on on my way to and from work...actually that's kind of creepy and I'm sure I'll think about it all the time now! 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! Thanks to Random House for providing the ARC to me through NetGalley.

  • Vicky
    2019-05-20 02:35

    Who hasn’t sat around a campfire telling ghost stories? Or under a blanket with a flashlight? We’ve all heard them – the ones like the ghostly hitchhiker or the haunted insane asylum. They are part and parcel of growing up. In this book, Ms. Fleming has taken nine stories, all of which I’m familiar with, and given them a new spin. 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. Definitely recommended for ages 11 and up, especially for those who like to read ghostly stories.

  • Evelyn (devours and digests words)
    2019-05-02 23:53

    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 ofscaryI've been looking for in a horror book.Stories from the Grave is actually like a collection of short stories narrated by different *dead* people and in different point of views. The setting? An abandoned teenager graveyard!If you ever pick up this book. Be prepared to face... Psychopaths who just love arsonAngry gargoylesThe DementedCursed ObjectsSci-fi Monsters 5 super stars for this!

  • Cait S
    2019-05-06 01:53

    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 one, just a great read.

  • Richard Denney
    2019-05-03 23:49

    This is YA but it should be considered Middle-Grade.The first 5 pages were great but when the ghosts began telling their storieseverything went to crap. The stories were so boring... I.... just can't. 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".

  • Joseph
    2019-05-19 01:57

    Kids who haven't read many horror stories might enjoy this more than I did. Since so many of the stories were based on previously told horror stories, they were familiar to me and so I really didn't get much out of them. I enjoyed more reading the last two pages where the author told about the Chicago history and geography that she based these short stories on than the stories themselves.

  • 1
    2019-05-18 21:59

    This book was amazing.

  • Becky
    2019-04-26 22:58

    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.

  • Brandy Painter
    2019-05-02 23:42

    3.5 StarsOriginally posted at Random Musings of a Bibliophile.Everyone knows the story. Teenager in a car on a lonely road stops to pick up a girl alone, shivering, scared, just wanting a ride home. She gets out of the car and leaves something behind. Teenager, in this case a boy named Mike, turns around and takes her belongings (saddle shoes) back to her house. There her mother opens the door and tells him her daughter is dead and has been for years, but every year someone shows up with a pair of saddle shoes. There are variations of the story, but is a common one and it is with this premise that Candace Fleming begins her book On the Day I Died: Stories From the Grave.Mike, needing to be sure, takes the shoes to the cemetery where, sure enough, he finds a grave covered in years of saddle shoes. And he finds ghosts. Nine of them ready to tell him their death stories if only he will listen. All of them died in their teens and all of them need to have their say before moving on. This is the premise for the collection of tales Fleming has combined here.The tales themselves are varied. What I like about this book is how wonderfully typical of camp fire stories it is. Each story is as different as the character voicing it. There are predictable tales, absurdly corny tales, chilling tales, and tales that are based on old stories. Not all of them have the same affect, just like ghost stories told at a slumber party will have a different affect based on who is telling them. I love the nod that Fleming has given to this age old tradition. I think it might be a dying art. So yes, there is a sense in which all of these are familiar, and some are downright silly, but I really enjoyed it. Partly for those very reasons. I liked the Edgar Allan Poe reference, "The Monkey's Paw" story being included, the utter campiness of some of the other stories. The way Fleming grounded each one in Chicago history is also fascinating. The Author's Note here is interesting in and of itself. The stories of Gina and Edgar were my favorites and, I think, the most creepy.On the Day I Died is the perfect read to enjoy on a chilly rainy October day. I can also see putting it to good use in a Creative Writing class. As it is not too terribly gruesome it would make an excellent October read aloud for the older end of the MG spectrum. Whatever you might want to with it, if you are a fan of good old fashioned ghost stories this is a must read.

  • Jessica-Robyn
    2019-04-30 01:39

    Rating 3.5 StarsI miss reading ghost stories and I didn't realize just how much I missed it until I read this book. When it comes to ghost stories I'm a pretty big fan, despite my low "scary" tolerance. I mean, the last book I read I got creeped out by a 9ft tall serial killing cookie, that's where my bar is set. For me, On the Day I Died was definitely creepy, but in the most refreshing way. This book is a series of connected short stories that follow Mike, just your average teenage boy, who ends up having his own Medium moment when he walks into a Chicago grave yard full of teenage ghosts who all want to tell him the story of the strange and sometimes fantastical events that lead to each of their deaths. The manner of death, the time period, and the overall tone of the writing changed with each story giving each ghost their own unique perspective. I have to say that overall this book is pretty consistent and solid. The way Fleming writes each story perfectly fits the format. This lady knows how to structure a short story and I ended up enjoying her writing a lot more than I expected to. The ghost stories were both incredibly original and creative while still harkening back to the classic ghost stories that we all tell around the campfire or during a spooky sleepover. It remains true that some of the short stories are better than others, but even the most average were still really enjoyable. If Candace Fleming writes another YA novel I would definitely read it. The only thing that kept this from being a four star read for me was the fact that for all the originality and fantastic writing we see in the ghost stories the connecting through story of Mike's night in the graveyard was woefully underwritten. Although the end of Mike's story was satisfying, throughout the book it lacked the spark and liveliness of the ghost stories. It was jolting to go from wonderful characterization and dialogue to the choppy and out of place Mike story line. It felt like Mike was a plot device rather than a person, which took away from the overall tone of the book.However, I would still definitely recommend this to any and all lovers of classic ghost stories. Despite the 200 page count the way the book is formatted it takes hardly any time to read (I think I was done in about 2 hours) and it is well worth it. I picked this up on a whim because I had been studying at the library and needed something light and easy to read while I waited for my ride and I am incredibly happy that I did.

  • Rebecca
    2019-04-21 23:50

    In the end, I'd recommend this book because there's a wide audience for ghost stories. However, I didn't like it much. On the Day I Died contains ten chapters, nine of which are self-contained stories from different ghosts about how they died. It's got a little bit of almost everything (but not the trendy vampires and zombies). And though that might actually be a selling point, for me it was distracting. The first story drew me in because it was fairly realistic and reminded me of some famous Chicago Catholic school fires. The next story I found so laughable and ridiculous I almost quit reading the book. "Johnnie" is a poorly written tale about a 16-year-old street-wise thug from the '30s. The dialogue had him sounding like the Bowery Boys or East Side Kids and then Fleming would follow with a sentence like, "Eagerly, I'd slide my nimble fingers..." The whole chapter, told from the viewpoint of a single individual, vacillated between '30s gangster speak and educated, well-spoken dialogue. It took me completely out of the story.I did better with those chapters that had an element of realism than those that had more supernatural plot lines. Here's the thing though, 5-8th graders might very well love the chapters I didn't. They will not be as critical of dialogue, etc. that I was. And ghost stories are just simply entertaining. They don't have to be "good" literature. I would submit most of them aren't. But they have a way of sticking with us. Also, they're kind of like potato chips--you can't read just one. Even when you tell them, someone will say, "Well, have you heard the one about...?"I think most middle-schoolers will like this group of scary, but not truly terrifying, tales.

  • Nafiza
    2019-04-21 19:37

    In the synopsis, the author is described, amongst other things, as versatile and that is certainly one of the adjectives I would wholeheartedly attach to her. This versatility is especially evident in On the Day I Died. It is quite difficult to develop different and distinct voices in one book and Fleming achieves it about ten different times in the same novel. The collection of stories all have one theme but are populated by teens from various times in history with very different social positions and ways of talking, thinking and other expression. Fleming stays true to the characters she creates and I felt that this was one of the reasons this collection is such a success.Another factor that makes this collection of short stories so readable is that it encapsulates in its few pages an entire universe, a whole story. Sometimes, some short stories feel like short glimpses, very fragmentary and leaves the reader frustrated by its shortness but Fleming tells a whole story that feels complete on its own. These are poignant reflections that let readers glimpse the fickleness of life, of the inevitability and unfairness of death and more than that, it shows readers to take enjoyment in their lives. There are no obvious morals or preaching in the stories which I appreciated. The stories feel like you are in a house with many windows and you open one window to one different life and one character before closing it and then opening another one.I liked this one a lot. I recommend it to anyone who likes something chilly, something interesting and something that leaves you wanting to read more.

  • Jenna Anderson
    2019-05-03 03:38

    A Unique Collection of Stories On The Day I Died is a unique and extremely creative collection of death stories. The author does a fantastic job of giving the reader eight distinct tales. I enjoyed the different settings, voices, and delivery of each story. You may be thinking, “I don’t read short story collections.” Well, you need to pick up this one. The group is joined in a fun way and I zoomed through the entire book quickly. I wanted to find out what they all had to say and also discover what the entire night meant for Mike, the only living character of this book. Parents, teachers, and librarians will need to decide if this title is appropriate for young readers. The description states it is recommended for ages 11 and up. Some of the stories are quite raw, scary, and gruesome. I think it would be well tolerated by kids aged 13 and older. Don’t let the bright cartoon-colored cover fool you. Some of these stories are very creepy. They are all about someone’s death. A fun read. I am so glad I picked this one up. The author has a talent of writing wonderful scenery and action sequences. Well done. ~ This title was received as a review copy via NetGalley and Random House Children's Books

  • April
    2019-05-07 19:33

    Wow!! What a great book for middle graders and teens!! These short stories are weaved together with the overall story of narrator. Such wonderful variety, amazingly all written by the same author. Each short story is tole in the first person by a different ghost. I loved every story and found myself wishing there were more ghosts to talk. They were all so colorful and inventive. Some stories will harken back to other tales like "The Monkey's Paw" and The Yellow Wallpaper. I listened to the audiobook, which was a real treat and a smorgasbord of narrators. Each one was a delight to listen to and really added to the effect of stories coming from different characters. All of the accents and pacing was spot on, blending beautifully to create this unique book.This book would definitely be great for any young readers who are into supernatural tales that are light on gore and heavy on creativity! If you know somebody who loves R.L. Stine or The Outer Limits\Twilight Zone, this is the perfect book to recommend!

  • Vernon Area Public Library KIDS
    2019-05-17 04:01

    Driving home late one night; out past his curfew, teenager Mike Kowalski is in a hurry to get home, when suddenly a girl appears in his headlights. Dripping wet and cold on a deserted road – he can’t just leave her – so he offers her a ride home. Only “home” turns out to be a cemetery and the girl, Carol Anne, has been dead since 1956. Buried in a special section reserved for teens, she is joined by eight other youthful ghosts who gather ‘round to share with Mike the stories of their last day on earth. Set in Chicago and spanning over a century, On the Day I Died, is at turns macabre and darkly humorous. Each chapter details the story of another teen who died a tragic, and often grisly, death. Against a backdrop of Chicago landmarks, such as the haunted White Cemetery, Chicago State Asylum, Our Lady of Angels, and featuring Al Capone, On the Day I Died is recommended for students in grades 5-9 who like a good ghost story.Reviewed by Laura Lieske, Youth Services, Vernon Area Public Library

  • Jess
    2019-04-22 02:57

    Two things made this book extra fun. First was the way the stories, each told by the ghost of a different child or teenager, are linked by the structure. A teen ends up at a graveyard at night, under mysterious circumstances, and ends up hearing the stories of all these ghosts. Each story is distinct, with it's own type of mystery or creepiness, but the stories flow from one to the next in a way that makes sense - Fleming clearly put thought into ordering and structuring her stories to create a sense of build-up. The other extra fun thing was the fantastic level of historical detail, and the way Fleming combines this with the ghost story element. While some historical settings were familiar, Fleming always did something fresh with them, and the variety of times added to the sense of richness in the collection. Overall, it's a great blend of light horror, mystery and historical fiction. Recommended to fans of any of these genres.Source: ARC from NetGalley

  • Hannah Hicks
    2019-04-26 01:50

    In "On the Day I Died: Stories from the Grave", Candice Fleming tells about how 16 year old Mike Kolwalski ended up in a grave yard for teenagers. On that night, Mike was told death stories from a group of kids who had felt as if everyone had forgotten about about them. "There was a blare of a horn. . . the squealing of tires. . . Colin shouting, "Drew!" as he shoved his brother out of the way and then. . . a sickening thump." Page 113. I would recommend this book to young adult readers who are interested in scary, creepy, and in some cases a little gory. Don't all movies these days say to live your life to the fullest??? For these children that quote is just a laughing matter. Why was it so important for these kids to tell there stories? Is Mike putting himself in danger for the sake of ghosts? Read at your own risk!

  • AdriAnna
    2019-05-03 02:45

    I did not much care for this particular book mainly from the way it jumped genres within the setting. Supernatural, natural, sci-fi, horror.... they just did not blend together very well in this particular presentation. Another detriment was that three of the stories were practically plagarized (Edgar, The Monkey's Paw, and the opening story with the girl in the white dress.)I did enjoy some of the individual stories, such as the one about the twins and the mirror, and the grow-your-own-aliens, but the overall compilation just didn't fit together well.

  • Seba Elmquist
    2019-04-30 03:35

    IF YOU WANT TO READ THIS BOOK/DON'T WANT SPOILERS DON'T READ THIS REVIEWThis book was good, the ideas behind each story weren't really that bad. My only problem was that the stories were told by pre mentioned characters, and since it says in the book that they were dead, I already knew what to expect later on. I really liked how the author took ideas from already known stories and has given them a new spin. This book is a collection of short stories, and because of that it didn't get boring. There was always one new story and they were all connected.

  • Raina
    2019-05-16 21:54

    Solid creepy fun. Originally started reading this thinking it would make a good booktalk for middle schoolers, but it took me too long to get through the talking book. Since it's short stories, there's no narrative throughline to pull you along. And reads a little like a sampler of "I can write historical fiction!" "I can write sci-fi!" "I can write romance!" All with a creepy twist. Good enough I finished it, though. And the hook is pretty awesome.

  • Traci
    2019-04-21 19:47

    Found this in our Young Adult section at work, thought it looked interesting. It was OK. Many of the stories have factual tidbits as the author set the book in and around Chicago. However, many of the tales sounded just like hundreds of other ghost stories I've read over the years. Nice nod to some literary works, though, specifically Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper".

  • Susan
    2019-05-02 20:49

    LOVED IT! Every last page of it! Based on true stories, these ghost stories and creepy and chilling. The idea of tying all these stories together through retelling them to 'Mike' in the dark cemetery was pure genius! Kids are going to eat this one up for sure! I read the ebook arc that was generously provided to me by Random House through NetGalley.

  • Tom
    2019-05-19 02:36

    I have noticed that many stories in this book closely resemble episodes from "The Twilight Zone". A pact with the devil, vengeance-seeking corpses, mobsters, wish-granting monkey paws, etc. Despite all of this, I really enjoyed this book.

  • Megan
    2019-05-05 00:57

    I liked how the books was a collection of many stories inside of a larger one. Though I personally didn't find the book scary, maybe children would. It was an interesting read.

  • harlequin {Stephanie}
    2019-05-17 20:36

    Very Similar to goosebumps stories. Only not nearly as creepy as it claims. One or two I really enjoyed.