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Johnny and the Dead

Press: Corgi Childrens; New Edition edition (1994)
Author Name:Pratchett, Terry
Language:English, Spanish


Twelve-year-old Johnny Maxwell can see the dead. 
And he’s got bad news for them: they want to build upon the cemetery -- but the dead are not going to take it lying down .

From Booklist

In the previous volume of the Johnny Maxwell trilogy, Only You Can Save Mankind (2005), aliens solicited Johnny's help.
Here Johnny is buttonholed by dead people worried about a developer's plans to bulldoze their cemetery.
Assisted by three skeptical but loyal sidekicks, Johnny delves into city history and mounts an eloquent plea for preservation, while the ghosts revel in modern technology and pop culture.
Aspects of the telling are imperfectly blended, especially the thread involving Johnny's ineffable sense of connection to a local battalion decimated in World War I.
Nonetheless, Pratchett's fans will revel in the idiosyncratic touches, such as the quirky euphemisms for dead ("breathily challenged," "post-senior citizens"), and his thematic juggling act, which incorporates wit and slapstick, philosophies of the afterlife, and a gritty view of a struggling, working-class community ("The point about being dead in this town is that it's probably hard to tell the difference").
First published in England in the early 1990s, which accounts for some dated references, the trilogy was previously available to U.S.
readers only in a book-club edition.
Jennifer MattsonCopyright © American Library Association.
All rights reserved


“One of the best and one of the funniest author’s alive.”—Independent

From the Inside Flap

Twelve-year-old Johnny Maxwell can see the dead. 
And he?s got bad news for them: they want to build upon the cemetery -- but the dead are not going to take it lying down .

About the Author

Terry Pratchett is the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. 
Raising Steam is his fortieth Discworld novel.
His books 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.
After falling out with his keyboard he now talks to his computer.
Occasionally, these days, it answers back.
www.terrypratchett.co.uk @terryandrob

From AudioFile

Here is an unusually rich work of young adult science fiction, with a mature message, believable characters and conflicts, and a satisfying ending. 
Briefly, the 12-year-old boy protagonist, discovers that he can see and converse with the dead.
Like all Pratchett novels, this is loaded with pointed, good-natured humor.
Richard Mitchley reads with the effortless ease of the veteran audiobook narrator, aptly capturing each character with pacing, intonation, speed and accents, the latter always British but not always from the same social class.
No enhancements, but thoroughly enjoyable nonetheless.
(c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine


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Comment List (Total:18)

  •     As an adult reader with grandkids, I read the books I recommend before I pass them on. Johnny Maxwell exceeds my expectations. These young men are strong, careing, kind and willing to help each other to solve problems and try to make their environment a better place to be for everyone. Fearlessly (well,not exactly) however, they do what's right! They show all of us how important taking part in the world around them for the good of all can be. Johnny shows us that you don't need to be "cool" or "popular" to help make the world a better place.

  •     Love Terry Pratchett for a rollicking good read. Interesting premiss.

  •     Cute story. It is targeted at preteens and succeeds at hitting the mark. Unlike some of Pratchett's stories for younger readers, I would not recommend this story for adults.

  •     I enjoy the Jonny books. I wish they were all available on kindle:(

  •     Still one of my favorite authors.

  •     Not up to his Discworld standards, but a good read. Since his passing I have been filling out my collection, and this is a must have for Pratchett fans.

  •     Another great Johnny Maxwell story. Johnny has some gifts for communication--with aliens in an earlier story and with the dead in this one. The story is very interesting and Johnny grows a lot throughout the story. As usual, Terry, another great read! :-)

  •     It's Terry Pratchett...enough said.

  •     This is the second in the “Johnny Maxwell” trilogy of young adult novels, and it’s even better than the first one.

  •     Fun read for kids.

  •     Jonny starts seeing ghost and they are not the moaning kind.

  •     Johnny sees dead people, who turn out to be the livelier characters in the story. Johnny and his friends (living) help the town make a stand against a big corporation. A pretty mundane plot around which the real story revolves. There's a few of Pratchetts more profound passages towards the end. Life is like a pinball machine is worth looking at. You also get a glimpse of a character that may be the beginnings of Nanny Ogg. And I think this is the earliest work with a brief cameo of a character who SPEAKS ENTIRELY IN CAPS. The humor that characterizes his mature work, though, is just developing.

  •     I love Terry Pratchett's Discworld books! While this is not one, his same whit is there and it is a very delightful (and very funny) story. I loved Johnny and his dead (and alive) friends. If you love Mr. Pratchett's other books you will love this one as well!

  •     Before I go into my review, I will say I am a 23 year-old kid in an "adult suit". I grew up playing in the graveyard across from my grandmother's house, and always felt like the residents there were not quite gone. So, this book was right up my ally. I enjoyed it, though it's not my favorite Pratchett book--but if you need some distracting summer reading for your kid-self or your 10 year and up kid, I think this is good.

  •     As a die hard fan of Pratchett I was not in the least deterred by the fact that this was marked as a Juvenile/Young Adult book. I know from experience that there are nuances to Pratchett's writing that would appeal to people of all ages.Johnny has discovered a new and largely unwanted talent - he can talk to the dead who are not best pleased that the council want to bulldoze down their cemetery to create more housing for the living. They have paid their dues, they say, go and bug someone else. Johnny doesn't know whether to be pleased or dismayed that he can talk to the dead and that they expect him to represent him. Why couldn't he have talents like his friend Wobbler, Bigmac or Yo0less (because he never says 'yo').This is part of a trilogy so parts of this will continue into the next book, but each one is a stand alone book. My one daughter has read this book and is now hooked on Pratchett. I have created another fan, and I am thrilled.

  •     Terry Pratchett's "Johnny and the Dead" is the 2nd in his Johnny Maxwell series (Only You Can Save Mankind (Johnny Maxwell Trilogy),Johnny and the Dead (Johnny Maxwell Trilogy),Johnny and the Bomb (The Johnny Maxwell Trilogy)). The anti-war and social-injustice preachiness that marred "Only You Can Save Mankind" is gone, but the story is not as good. I'm nowhere near the target audience for this book, so I wasn't very happy with it. But, I'll guess that for the Pre-Teen or Young Adult crowd, it might be OK. So, that's what I'm rating it at: an OK 3 stars out of 5.

  •     Just when I thought I knew where this story was going, I was happily surprised by the direction it took. Terry Pratchett explores what might happen after we die in the most warm and amusing way. For his sake I hope it's true!

  •     I like it so much


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