Sunday, May 7, 2017
A Middle Grade Novel Study
I recently finished a course on writing a middle grade novel. In this blog post, DEAD BOY by Laurel Gale is under the microscope. Crow, the dead boy hero of this novel has problems. He is a living corpse and can't go to school because he stinks and is full of maggots. Worse, he's lonely. Then things pick up when a girl named Melody moves in next door. She finds Crow fascinating and wants to be his friend inspite of the interference of Crow's protective mother and the odor.
The main plot is when Crow learns how he became a living corpse and he and Melody try to figure out a way to reverse the spell that caused the problem.
Their having to rescue classmates who accidently get snared in the spell are sideplots.
This novel is suitably snarky.
Here's a sample: "Being dead stank. Cuts didn't heal. Hair fell out and didn't grow back."
Look at that face. Who wouldn't want to be Crow's friend?