Thirteen-year-old October Schwartz is new in town; short on friends and the child of a clinically depressed science teacher, she spends her free time in the Sticksville Cemetery and it isn’t long before she befriends the ghosts of five dead teenagers, each from a different era of the past. Using October’s smarts and the ghosts’ abilities to walk through walls and roam around undetected, they form the Dead Kid Detective Agency, a group committed to solving Sticksville’s most mysterious mysteries. So when the high school’s beloved French teacher dies in a suspicious car accident, it provides the agency with its first bona fide case, putting them in the midst of a murder plot thick with car chases, cafeteria fights, and sociopathic math teachers, and sending them on an adventure that might just uncover the truth about a bomb that exploded 40 years ago.
Evan Munday is the publicist at Coach House Books. He is the illustrator of the novel Stripmalling, and the author and illustrator of the graphic novel series Quarter-Life Crisis. He lives in Toronto.
"An engaging tale with a resilient heroine, a dead but lively supporting cast and enough wit to grease the wheels." — Kirkus Book Reviews (September 2011)
"Evan Munday...proves to be the funniest thing to hit Canadian YA since Susan Juby....Munday is one to watch, as this first novel in a planned Series proves in spades." — Quill & Quire (October 2011)
"The 'dead kids' are well drawn and entertaining. Full marks for innovation." — Winnipeg Free Press (October 15, 2011)
"This book is historical fiction with a twist of mystery....A fun read for ages nine to 12." — Calgary Herald (October 2, 2011)
"Munday's new Series is a welcome black sheep to this literary family, touching on various historical periods with tongue placed firmly in cheek. Fun, fresh and punchy, The Dead Kid Detective Agency adds life and a good dose of humour to Canadian history." “www.VikkiVanSickle.wordpress.com (September 9, 2011)
"Let's hope this book is the start of a Series, because it's a good one....This book will appeal to the same Audience as the Lemony Snicket Series of Unfortunate Events books, that is, bright kids and adults who have a darker sense of humour." — Waterloo Region Record (October 1, 2011)