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City of the Dead (Haunting of Derek Stone) [Mass Market Paperback]

Tony Abbott
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 134 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks (Jan 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545034299
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545034296
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 13.2 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,961,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars City of the Dead 9 May 2009
By Tami Brady TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Something very odd is happening. One moment Derek, his brother Ronny, and his Dad were laughing and joking on board the train. The next moment there was a horrific accident. Ronny and Derek's Dad were missing and presumed dead.

That's not the strange part though. About a month after the accident, Ronny was found alive. Well, not really alive and not really Ronny. More like someone else inside Ronny.

I can't wait for the sequel of this book. The Haunting of Derek Stone only touched the surface of what is happening with these living dead beings and I'm eager to find out more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Dark and Dangerous Tale 30 Mar 2010
By Steven R. McEvoy TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book reads like a cross between Flatliners and the Crow but is written for a younger audience. It is dark and haunting and yet compelling to read and leaves the reader desiring the next book in the series. It is a ghost story set in a southern gothic milieu, in and around the New Orleans French Quarter. Our protagonist Derek Stone is a young man, who prefers fact to fiction and things that can be proved and quantified. His life is literally turned upside down when on a trip with his father and brother they are in a train wreck. Derek survives and is beginning to deal with the death of his brother and father when a month after the accident his brother is found. But something doesn't seem right about his brother.

Derek soon realizes that the world is not as orderly as he believed, and that the dead do not always stay dead. The dead are coming back and most of them seem to be after him. He is not sure how it happened or why, but he realizes that he is at the center of something very important, something that could matter to all who are still living. And yet we wonder: can a young man with so much stacked against him solve the puzzle in time?

Tony Abbot has written over 70 books for readers both young and young at heart. Most known for his Secrets of Droon series and his bestselling novels Kringle and Firegirl, this book was an interesting read; it raises questions, about the afterlife, souls and death. Abbot manages to capture our imagination and the book is so well-written it will compel you to read the rest of the series. It would be interesting to see how it did in general fiction with the four volumes published as a single book for adults. I believe it would garner a large fan base in that market also.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 1 May 2009
By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Fourteen-year-old Derek Stone isn't a daydreamer. He prefers reality, the concrete stuff. So when he and his dad and brother are aboard a train that crashes into a deep, deadly ravine, Derek understands he is the sole survivor.

Or is he?

Derek's world is literally turned upside down after the wreck. Everything he thought he knew to be true begins to unravel, and he is unraveling with it.

When he finds an old newspaper article about a train crash that happened in the exact same place seventy years ago, he's forced to delve deeper into the old Louisiana legends he'd never imagined himself believing.

Dead people don't come back, but they have, and they are after him. He doesn't have time to wrap his head around it; he must act before it's too late.

CITY OF THE DEAD is a quick read full of action and information that the reader will want to get a handle on before jumping into the following books in THE HAUNTING OF DEREK STONE series. Tony Abbott leaves many questions unanswered about the dead, the living, and Derek himself, so it will be easy to put this first book down and dive headfirst into BAYOU DOGS, the next book, to re-join Derek's adventure.

Reviewed by: Angie Fisher
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Dark and Dangerous Tale 30 Mar 2010
By Steven R. McEvoy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book reads like a cross between Flatliners and the Crow but is written for a younger audience. It is dark and haunting and yet compelling to read and leaves the reader desiring the next book in the series. It is a ghost story set in a southern gothic milieu, in and around the New Orleans French Quarter. Our protagonist Derek Stone is a young man, who prefers fact to fiction and things that can be proved and quantified. His life is literally turned upside down when on a trip with his father and brother they are in a train wreck. Derek survives and is beginning to deal with the death of his brother and father when a month after the accident his brother is found. But something doesn't seem right about his brother.

Derek soon realizes that the world is not as orderly as he believed, and that the dead do not always stay dead. The dead are coming back and most of them seem to be after him. He is not sure how it happened or why, but he realizes that he is at the center of something very important, something that could matter to all who are still living. And yet we wonder: can a young man with so much stacked against him solve the puzzle in time?

Tony Abbot has written over 70 books for readers both young and young at heart. Most known for his Secrets of Droon series and his bestselling novels Kringle and Firegirl, this book was an interesting read; it raises questions, about the afterlife, souls and death. Abbot manages to capture our imagination and the book is so well-written it will compel you to read the rest of the series. It would be interesting to see how it did in general fiction with the four volumes published as a single book for adults. I believe it would garner a large fan base in that market also.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 1 May 2009
By TeensReadToo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Fourteen-year-old Derek Stone isn't a daydreamer. He prefers reality, the concrete stuff. So when he and his dad and brother are aboard a train that crashes into a deep, deadly ravine, Derek understands he is the sole survivor.

Or is he?

Derek's world is literally turned upside down after the wreck. Everything he thought he knew to be true begins to unravel, and he is unraveling with it.

When he finds an old newspaper article about a train crash that happened in the exact same place seventy years ago, he's forced to delve deeper into the old Louisiana legends he'd never imagined himself believing.

Dead people don't come back, but they have, and they are after him. He doesn't have time to wrap his head around it; he must act before it's too late.

CITY OF THE DEAD is a quick read full of action and information that the reader will want to get a handle on before jumping into the following books in THE HAUNTING OF DEREK STONE series. Tony Abbott leaves many questions unanswered about the dead, the living, and Derek himself, so it will be easy to put this first book down and dive headfirst into BAYOU DOGS, the next book, to re-join Derek's adventure.

Reviewed by: Angie Fisher
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 6 Feb 2013
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I love this book!!! I'm reading it at school and I found it here! I wish you put it on the kindle fire. From Ava,
Andreas daughter
3.0 out of 5 stars it's great 11 Nov 2009
By Mrs. Duarte's Class - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Haunting of Derek Stone, City of the Dead is about a boy that just turned 14, his name is Derek. He lives with his dad and older brother Ronny his whole life. His mom left when he was little because she didn't want to be with Derek's dad because he wasn't around in the house much. He had to work and he didn't have time for them. Derek has trouble hearing well out of his left hear, Derek says that the dead are coming back. They want to find him and kill him. Derek must run and hide because the dead are coming for him and he doesn't have that much time to figure out why are they coming for him, he has to figure out and find the mystery of the dead or he`s going to be dead. Derek`s friends don`t believe him that his in a big trouble. Kids should read this book is a mystery it let`s you wonder what is going to happend you can even imagine it in your mind it let you think.
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!! 25 July 2014
By McKenna Young - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I LOVE this book but you know what would be cool? The author should make the same book but in each of the characters POV. I have read the other books of this series and i think that this is a great book and great series. Good job Tony Abbott!! I'm hoping that maybe he will make a fifth book for this series. That would be nice. I'm hoping.
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