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One day, while taking a shortcut through an old cemetery, 12-year-old Johnny Maxwell discovers he can see the spirits of the dead, who are not happy about having their cemetery levelled to make space for an office building. As Johnny gets to know them, he finds out that there are several remarkable people spending their afterlife there and he decides that it is important to keep the cemetery intact for them. He becomes involved in trying to save it, taking on both the city council and the big corporation, which has bought the land. At the same time he tries to make the afterlife more pleasant for the spirits. His friends, of course, think he's crazy. Things become complicated when both the big corporation and the spirits take matters into their own hands.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 20% Tone of book    -   humorous or laughable FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy story on current Earth Inner Struggle    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   coping with mental/magical powers

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a kid


Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed How much dialogue?    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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