Croak by Gina Damico

15 Feb

Croak

Croak by Gina Damico

Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Co, New York
Copyright: 2013

I have been reading a lot of first time authors lately.  Not because I planned, but because when I read about the author (after reading the book) I have found new people to follow.  And mourned the fact that this is the first, and there may not be another by the same author yet. (sigh)

Croak is a coming-of-age book.  DON’T STOP READING.  Just because Lex is a juvenile delinquent is no reason to send her to live with some weird uncle.   It’s not that unreasonable to bite someone in high school, is it?  But Lex is sent away from her twin sister to spend the summer with her Uncle Mort.  Mort doesn’t run a farm, like she thought, but runs another family business.  Mort is a Grim (reaper) and Kills people with a capital K.

Lex is going to use her rage and anger to become another Killer – someone who takes the souls from the dead bodies.  But someone is killing people (small “k”).  Can Lex go about her business and ignore it or does she need to know what’s happening?  And has Lex endangered herself too?

Croak is an amazingly fast read.  It’s fun and so is the After Life.  You won’t know until you visit it.

Woodland MS got this book as part of winning the Top Ten YALSA Book Award in 2013 and getting 18 books instead of 10!  YEAH!

Recommended: Grades 7 & up.

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