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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi Childrens; New Ed edition (29 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552551066
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552551069
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.4 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Terry Pratchett is the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. In all, he is the author of fifty bestselling books. His novels have been widely adapted for stage and screen, and he is the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, as well as being awarded a knighthood for services to literature. Worldwide sales of his books now stand at 70 million, and they have been translated into thirty-seven languages.

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"Marvellous story . . . funny, poignant, angry, outrageous and moving . . . Terry Pratchett is simply the best there is" (Vector)

"A humorous book, full of puns and asides, wittily and skilfully written... a delight of a book for any fluent teenage reader" (School Librarian)

"A lovely, funny, witty, sometimes wise book, exciting and entertaining and always highly readable" (Junior Bookshelf)

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The second hilarious fantasy novel about Johnny Maxwell from master storyteller Terry Pratchett.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Jan 2006
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Johnny and his band of quirky pals are back in "Johnny and the Dead," the second book of Terry Pratchett's "Johnny Maxwell" trilogy. Pratchett was surer this time around, endowing this hilarious sequel with quirkier dialogue and stories, and snappier writing.
Johnny Maxwell sees dead people. (Yes, like the little boy in "Sixth Sense.") For whatever reason, he sees the dead in their graveyard -- not really ghosts, but not alive either: a crabby former soldier, a distant relative of Einstein, a sprightly suffragette who died in a freak mishap, and a staunch Communist who STILL doesn't believe in life after death. All in all, they are a fairly harmless bunch.
But a massive, mercenary, progress-obsessed corporation has just bought the graveyard for fivepence, and it will soon be razed for new construction. The only people more dismayed than the living inhabitants of Blackbury are the dead ones. So as the dead break their bonds to "unlive," Johnny and his friends will try to save the graveyard from... a fate worse than death?
Yes, it's the sort of bizarre, slightly twisted plot that only Terry Pratchett could cook up, and then pull off. And yes, the same could be said of "Only You Can Save Mankind." But by the time he wrote this -- pre-Discworld -- Pratchett had obviously grown into his skills.
In particular, the Big Message in this book is more subtle -- that money and progress aren't worth anything if they destroy the past. Despite that heavy moral, the handling of it is light and entertatining, such as when the dead Communist calls up a radio talk show host and speaks frankly about being "vertically challenged.
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By G. Munday on 16 Sep 2008
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Johnny is a down to earth young boy who likes hanging out with his friends after school. But his life takes a definite change in direction when he realises, to his horror, that he can see and talk with the dead. As a cold-hearted council planning department is looking to build on top of the cemetery, it seems that Johnny's new-found `gift' couldn't have come at a better time, as he and his friends - dead and alive - try to find ways of keeping the cemetery open.

As Pratchett has made another humorous take on one of the ultimate taboos, this book can be used as a means to boost children's confidence and also unpack those common fears of ghosts and the supernatural. Through referencing various cultural values, the book is convincing and funny, but is unlikely to win any `non-believers' of this author's work.

This is clearly for higher Key Stage 2 readers, but would make a great end of year show that all ages could enjoy and gain something from.
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I already had this as a hardback but wanted the kindle version, and it never disappoints. It is meant for a slightly younger audience than Sir Terry's Discworld novels, but that doesn't mean he talks down to his audience. Topics such as wave/particle theory get a mention - although not in a scholarly way - and a regular character makes a cameo appearance, but I defy (in this the anniversary year of the start of World War I) not to be affected by the Blackbury Pals. Read it - then go and read all his other books!
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Johnny and the Dead is, without a doubt, one of the finest short novels that I’ve ever read – Pratchett has this knack for characterisation, and whilst he’s more well-known for his Discworld series, you’d be a fool to pass up a chance to read one of the books in his Johnny Maxwell trilogy.

This particular novel tells the tale of young Johnny Maxwell, who finds out he can speak to the dead and ends up acting as their figurehead in a campaign to stop their cemetery from being destroyed. While it might sound morbid, Pratchett deals with a dark subject matter with his trademark sense of humour, and it’s a delight to see how the ghosts of the past interact with the (comparatively) present day. Pratchett released this back in the early nineties, but the world hasn’t changed much – saying that, I would’ve loved to have read about the ghosts’ first encounters with the internet. It was funny enough when they started calling radio shows!
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Pratchett moves away from Disc World offering us life through the eyes of a young boy called Johnny. In these incredible tales which mix reality and fantasy, we get to experience yet another literary gem by an outstanding Author. If you love fantasy with a comedic twist, you will love the "Johnny" Trilogy.
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By Penamaste on 1 April 2014
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This book is brilliant. I have no trouble recommending it to anyone having trouble with accepting death or a good read
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I thought it was very good thought provoking and funny. a very good story line with strong social issues great
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I read this some years ago and this time I have bought it for my 10 year old granddaughter to go in her Christmas Stocking. As with all Pratchett books, it is well written and very funny which still have serious bits to think aout.
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