Me & Death
An Afterlife Adventure
By Richard Scrimger
(Tundra Books, Paperback, 9780887767968, 192pp.)
Publication Date: April 13, 2010
The story of one boy’s experience with the (not so) sweet hereafter.
Fresh from having stolen a piece of fruit and taunting the grocer, Jim, a fourteen-year-old wannabe gangster, bully, and car thief, is run over by a car. What follows is a hilarious, bleak, and ultimately hopeful visit to the afterworld, courtesy of Richard Scrimger, one of the country’s finest writers.
This is an afterlife peopled with unforgettable characters that might be drawn from video games: angry Slayers, tearful Mourners, and scary Grave Walkers. Jim meets them all and is given the chance to return to earth with the extraordinary gift of knowing what happens when we die. Now he must deal with living demons, including a neighborhood torturer and a truly creepy older sister. With imagery from the mean streets as well as the arcade, Me and Death is thought-provoking, exciting, sad, and funny — sometimes all at the same time.
Richard Scrimger is the award-winning author of nine novels for young readers, three picture books, three books for adults, and a variety of columns, screenplays, and short stories. His first children’s novel,
The Nose from Jupiter, won the 10th Annual Mr. Christie’s Book Award. His latest adult novel, Mystical Rose, was a Globe & Mail book of the year. He has four teenaged children, a collection of speeding tickets, and, usually, a puzzled expression. Visit Richard at his website, www.scrimger.ca.
Praise for Into the Ravine:
“Scrimger is a deft and funny storyteller who understands early adolescent boys, their dreams, and their realities. . . . A funny, scary, exciting, and spot-on adventure.” — Booklist
Praise for A Nose for Adventure:
“A hilarious, exciting roller coaster of evasions, captures, and escapes . . . Snappy dialogue, humor, and clever plotting provide a rollicking adventure. . . .” — Booklist
Praise for From Charlie’s Point of View:
“From the mouths of these smartalecky characters come zinger after zinger, resulting in a laugh-out-loud-on-the-subway read . . . an undercurrent of emotion . . . will resonate with readers. . . .” — Time Out New York Kids