Over My Dead Body
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September/October 2022 Kids Indie Next List
— Emma Butler, The Briar Patch, Bangor, ME
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Fans of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina will love diving into the mysterious and witchy world of award-nominated creator Sweeney Boo. Enchanting full-color illustrations will be sure to charm readers as they explore the halls of Younwity's Institute of Magic and the forbidden forest that lies beyond.
In the days leading up to Samhain, the veil between the world of the dead and the living is at its thinnest.
One day, everything was exactly as it was supposed to be. And the next, the closest thing Abby ever had to a sister, Noreen, was just… gone.
Distracted by the annual preparations for the Samhain festival, Abby’s classmates are quick to put Noreen’s disappearance aside. The Coven will find her, Abby’s friends say. They have it under control.
But Abby can’t let it go. Soon a search for answers leads her down a rabbit hole that uncovers more secrets than Abby can handle. As mounting evidence steers her toward the off-limits woods that surround the academy, she begins to see that Noreen’s disappearance mysteriously has a lot in common with another girl who went missing all those years ago…
Praise For Over My Dead Body…
Spooky, mysterious, and also full of heart, this graphic novel is an enchanting story of friendship and found family. An exciting fantasy full of mystery and witchcraft. — Kirkus Reviews
Boo capably juggles the mystery’s intrigue with interpersonal drama in this eerie mystery that sits well within the magic school canon. — Publishers Weekly
The star attraction here is the glorious artwork, with well-placed shadows and vivid splashes of dramatic hues. Boo has an eye for how colors can interact to tell as much of a story as the text itself, and these startling, almost cinematic illustrations are the truly memorable elements. — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
HarperAlley, 9780063056305, 240pp.
Publication Date: August 30, 2022