43 Old Cemetery Road #1: Dying to Meet You

43 Old Cemetery Road #1: Dying to Meet You

Dying to Meet You

This book doesn’t have any chapters in it. It’s a collection of letters and notes with a few newspaper articles thrown in here and there. You have to figure out who is who and what is going on by reading the letters the characters write to each other and by reading the newspaper articles that report the strange happenings at 43 Old Cemetery Road.

Ignatius B. Grumply is a crabby old author with writer’s block who has rented a creepy old house for the summer. He doesn’t know it, but a boy named Seymour is living on the third floor and a ghost lives in the attic – a bossy old lady ghost.

The old man is none too happy when he discovers the boy. Seymour isn’t too happy about the old man either. The two set up a few house rules to keep things from getting ugly:

Mr. Grumply’s Rules:

  • You will not bother me when I am writing
  • You will stay out of my bedroom and bathroom at all times.
  • You will not lurk in doorways or dark hallways.
  • You are not permitted on the second floor, which I have claimed as my own for the duration of the summer.

Seymour’s Rules:

  • You will not tell me what time I have to go to bed.
  • You will not tell me what to eat or when to eat it.
  • You will not play old man music on the stereo.
  • You’re not allowed on the third floor. No exceptions.

And this begins a tentative agreement to help the two get through the summer without all out war breaking loose. They agree to communicate by letter, which is fine, until the old man shoots some accusations at Seymour that are simply not true. The slamming doors, the loudly playing piano, the falling chandalier – none of that was Seymour, that was the ghost!  Mr. Grumply doesn’t believe a word of it and he isn’t at all interested in having a liar for a housemate.

Read the letters to hear them duke it out in writing – the letters are funny exchanges between these people who don’t care for each other at all…at first! Author: Kate Klise Series: 43 Old Cemetery Road

If you liked Dying to Meet You don’t miss the other 6 in  the 43 Old Cemetery Road series, and when you get done with those, try Billy Bones – he’s another ghost in hiding with a fun family. If you like how the story was told through letters try one of these: IndyPL Kids’ Blog Stories Told Through Letters
Over My Dead Body Till Death Do Us Bark The Phantom of the Post Office Hollywood Dead Ahead
Greetings From the Graveyard The Loch Ness Punster Billy Bones
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  1. Seymour Hope is artistic because whenever I.B. Grumpy sees him he is drawing. Anita Sale is very perky because even though I.B. Grumply sent a mean letter she was not mean back to him. I chose these two characters because they both have something to do with I.B. Grumply moving into 43 Old Cemetery Road.

  2. I think that I B Gruphly is very serious because he is never late with a book . He is also anti-social because he doesn’t talk to children , he only writes notes. It also seems like he is very careless because he doesn’t care if you need something . Another character is Anita $ale , I think she is interested in reading because she enjoys reading I B Grumphly’s books . She also is loyal because she is kind to others . I’ve also noticed that she is very cheerful and excited.

  3. I think that Ignatius B. Grumply is anti-social. I think he is anti-social because he hates kids and he always wants to be alone.I also think Anita Sale is a fangirl. She always talks about I. B. Grumply’s books, but she needs to talk more about business

  4. Olive is sneaky and rude. She is those traits because wants to get rid of Grumbly.

    I. B. Grumply is serious and antisocial. He is those traits because he wants to get his book done as soon as possible.

  5. I think olive is scary because she dropped a chandelier on grumply. I also think olive is kind because she always makes food for Seymour. And also that grumply doesn’t want to make his new book.

  6. My favorite character is Anita Sale because she is a Real state agent like my mom.
    Her characteristics are nice and short temper. I think that because she slams doors all the
    time and invitees I.B grumbly to dinner.

  7. I think olive is kind because she always makes food for Seymour. she’s also scary because she dropped a chandelier on Grumply. I think Ignatius B Grumply doesn’t want to make his new book.

  8. Logan

    I think Olive is a great character in the book because she acts like she’s a mean girl but she really isn’t that mean because she invited Mr. Grumply to dinner. I also like Seymour because I feel bad for him because his parents left him. Lastly I think the book has a great scary vibe to the characters.

  9. Olive is disrespectful because she dropped a chandelier on I.B. Grumply and said she only want him to stay a small bit because he’s fun to tease but she is a small bit nice because she apologized.

  10. I think that Olive is sorry and sad that Mister Grumpy got hert form the shandlers that why she invite to dinner. he thinks that Seymour did it and he angry at seymour not olive. At the dinner he was confused that food was dispering when it was Olive.

  11. Ignatius B. Grumply can be said to be demanding as he called Anita Sale and demanded about the house he would like to stay. Wanted the house to be quiet and far away from kids because he hated kids and much more as he was not ready with the new book which was due soon. E.gadds is respectful because he is waiting a long time and he is waiting politely for Ignatius B. grumplys new book because he is one of his best fan.

  12. I think semour Hope is adventuras because he loves to explore spence mansion. I found that when he goes to ib grumplys room. Also olive c spence is mad because she loses her glasses a lot. Then people can’t see her. I found that when ib grumply couldn’t see her when he first moved in.

  13. First, lets start with Anita Sale. I think Anita Sale is unselfish because she tells about everything in the mansion. I also think she is desperate to sell a house because if you say her name fast it goes to “I need a sale.” Lets go to Seymour now. I think he is nice because once he gets to know Grumply he is very nice to him, offering to make food for him. I also think he was demanding in the beginning of the book because he made all those rules.

  14. I like when ignatios was telling all of those rules to semour. I thing ignatios was really mad about semour. when he wa ssneaking in to his office and messing up his books. He was reading the books when he wasnt looking.

  15. I think I.B Grumply is funny at the same time cranky and gruesome. Like When he says that boy has seizures and is seeing things. But later on he believes Seymour when he tells him there is a ghost in the house. Then he talks to her and then she goes on a date with him witch is weird. He also works on the book with her.

  16. Oilive is impulsive because she dose what she wants sometimes with out thinking. I need a cell is persuasive she’s a realtor to her job is to get people to buy things stubborn she doesn’t back out when things get hard. Egads is friendly he’s always really nice to mr. Grumpy he’s also serious about his job.

  17. I think olive is kind because she always makes food for Seymour.
    Until she said I should’ve dropped 3 chandeliers on Ignatius.
    I think Seymour is nice because he is trying to buy olive mansion.
    And I think Ignatius is to grumpy.

  18. I like the setting of D.T.M.Y. very much. I like how they have it like a horror story! Then they have it in a creepy mansion haunted by a ghost! I like how Grumply is very skeptical at first then gets used to having a ghost where he is living. I also like how Seymour is trying to buy the house with money with his little $60 bucks.

  19. I.B. Grumpy is demanding because he was making his own rules. And he was demanding to E. Gadds because he was telling him that he should get rid of the kid and the cat. O.C.S is kind to seymore hope because he told I.B Grumly to not put a hand on the boy. And she will cook for Seymour and say nice things to seymore hope pictures and she tells him what he is doing.

  20. seymour is really nice but mean.He is mean because at the very begining he was wanting to get rid off grumply.And also bossy about rules.He is nice because he cares for shadow and olive.He appriciates olive alot because he always talks about her well.and helped grumply with his book by drawing.Grumply ius mean and nice because at the begining he was mean and bossy because he bossed semour and wanted to get rif of him. For Example Grumply made 6 RULES AND GOT MAD.At the end he is loving and caring be cause he helped semour and Olive and was really nice to semour.Olive is really nice and caring ALWAYS she took care of seymour for about 2-3 years and made dinner lunch for him.My Favorite part was when Frank saw the basket of apples and he was like umm ok

  21. One element is Surprise because it surprised me at the end the end they all love and care for each other they begged for olive to come back.Grumply went from mean and bossy to nice caring and happy.

  22. So far in the story the plot is O.C.S mansion and Olive so far amolst killed I.B Grumply by the falling Chandlier and I.B Grumply went to the hopistal. Before all of that I.B Grumply made some rules and Seymour made some of his rules. Then I.B Grumpy thinks he doesn’t have writers block. Then he heard someone make a loud sound and then he thought it was Seymour. Then he tired to spank him and then that is were we left off.

  23. Katie I don’t agree with you when you say Grumply is anti- social because he went on a date with Olive.

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