Funerals and Fly Fishing

Mary Bartek

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A chill runs up one of my arms and down the other. I’ve been here all of five minutes, and I’ve already seen a dozen open caskets. Not only that, but I have a bad feeling that there’s a dead guy in here somewhere. Who knows what surprises my grandfather keeps upstairs?

Brad Stanislawski is looking forward to summer vacation, if only to get away from the classmates who make fun of his size (it’s not his fault he’s so tall) and his last name (Stan-is-lousy being their insult of choice). So when his mom announces that she’s taking a summer vacation by herself and sending him to stay with his grandfather—a man Brad has never met who also happens to be an undertaker—he thinks life couldn’t possibly get any worse. Until he hears about the secret hidden in his grandfather’s house. Still, as Brad ought to know, first impressions can be deceiving. . . .

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Chapter 7
The Baseball Game

My grandfather and I are finishing our Deluxe Frozen Entrees when the phone rings. I've already noticed that happens a lot here. You'd think he was in real estate. The last few times, he just ignored it and said "Mike will get that downstairs," but this time he gets up. "That's my private line."

"Hello?" There's a pause and then, "Rita, how are you?" In less time than it could have taken her to answer his question, he answers, "Sure, I'll put him on," and hands the phone to me.

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“In a style similar to the work of Jerry Spinelli and Sharon Creech, this story provides a subtle lesson. The characters are believable and well developed. . . . There is enough action to keep children’s attention . . . reluctant readers will also find it satisfying.”—School Library Journal

“Amusing, touching first-person narrative . . . Like Brad, readers will see there’s a lot more to funerals and fly fishing than meets the eye.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Brad’s sympathetic voice and the involving action draw the reader in. . . . Readers who prefer their fiction without added syrup will find this a satisfyingly savory read.”—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

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Mary Bartek

Mary Bartek has been an educator for more than twenty-five years and is currently a school principal. She is a former librarian and an award-winning journalist. Ms. Bartek has first-hand knowledge of this story’s setting—not only did she grow up in a small Pennsylvania town, she also lived in a funeral home that her father directed. She currently resides in Centennial, Colorado, with her family. This is her first novel for young readers.

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Funerals and Fly Fishing
Mary Bartek

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Square Fish
May 2009
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312561246
ISBN10: 0312561245
Middle-Grade Fiction
5 3/16 x 7 5/8 inches, 160 pages
Age Range: 8 to 12
Grade Range: 3 to 7 Information for Librarians

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F&P Level A-Z: W
AR Quiz Number: 82245
AR Points: 4

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Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Henry Holt and Co.
May 2009
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429923279
ISBN10: 142992327X
Middle-Grade Fiction160 pages
Age Range: 8 to 12
Grade Range: 3 to 7
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