Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer

Necromancer Series (Volume 1)

Lish McBride

Square Fish



Trade Paperback

Sam leads a pretty normal life. He may not have the most exciting job in the world, but he's doing all right—until a fast food prank brings him to the attention of Douglas, a creepy guy with an intense violent streak.

Turns out Douglas is a necromancer who raises the dead for cash and sees potential in Sam. Then Sam discovers he's a necromancer too, but with strangely latent powers. And his worst nightmare wants to join forces . . . or else.

With only a week to figure things out, Sam needs all the help he can get. Luckily he lives in Seattle, which has nearly as many paranormal types as it does coffee places. But even with newfound friends, will Sam be able to save his skin?

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer is a 2011 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

YALSA Best Book for Young Adults, Washington State Book Award Winner, American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults, YALSA Popular Paperbacks, YALSA William C. Morris - finalist, South Carolina Children's Book Award ML, WA State Book Award MG Winner, South Carolina Children's Book Award Master List, Tennessee Intermediate Volunteer State Book Award Master List, OR Battle of the Books Master List, ALA Best Books for Young Adults, Indiana Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award, Connecticut Nutmeg Children's Book Award, Arizona Grand Canyon Young Readers Maste, CT Nutmeg Children's Book Award, Capitol Choices Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens, Virginia Readers' Choice, TN Intermed Volunt State Book Award ML, Kansas City KC3 Reading Award Master List, Arizona Grand Canyon Young Readers Master List, Kentucky Blue Grass Award Master List, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year


Chapter 1
Dead Man's Party

I stood in front of today's schedule still holding my skateboard, still drenched from the ride over, and still desperately wishing that I hadn't dropped out of college. But wishing wouldn't erase Sam from the...


Praise for Hold Me Closer, Necromancer

“McBride's humor and ear for dialogue carry the book. There's a Mad-magazine-meets-‘Twilight' sensibility to ‘Hold Me Closer, Necromancer' that will keep readers turning pages and laughing all the way.” —Los Angeles Times

“A fast-paced and fun first novel . . . This is a welcome humorous addition to the paranormal trend.” —The Oregonian

“The richness of the supernatural underworld, complete with politics, history, and personal vendettas, is another draw, and honorable, desperate, smart-alecky, clueless Sam is the perfect vehicle for entry. Readers seeking a thoughtful, original, and compelling supernatural adventure need look no further.” —BCCB, STARRED review

“With fine writing, tight plotting, a unique and uniquely odd cast of teens, adults, and children, and a pace that smashes through any curtain of disbelief, this sardonic and outrageous story's only problem is that it must, like all good things, come to an end.” —Booklist, Starred Review

“McBride pulls no punches and hits where readers will least expect it; the story can be gory and violent, but isn't gratuitously graphic. A solid start that concludes with the promise of Sam's power growing greater and darker, secrets getting deeper, and more fun to follow.” —Publishers Weekly

“. . . this quirky urban fantasy will compel fans of horror and supernatural romance--and heroic skateboarding slackers.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Sam is the ultimate laid-back slacker who also happens to be smart, funny, sweet, and adorable. Every character in this book seems to live in the moment, offering sarcastic humor that lightens up the intense action and dark suspense. Hold Me Closer, Necromancer is entertaining, offbeat, hilarious, and flat-out fun. We loved it.” —Justine magazine

“Part scary, part funny, with a touch of tenderness, Hold Me Closer, Necromancer holds readers spellbound with unforgettable characters, snappy dialogue and killer (sometimes literally) song lyrics that open and offer clues to each chapter. Drawing on the timeless adolescent quest for identity and the popularity of supernatural fiction, McBride makes Sam's adventures a scream--and a hoot.” —BookPage

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About the author

Lish McBride

Lish McBride grew up in the Pacific Northwest. It rains a lot there, but she likes it anyway. She spent three years away while she got her MFA in fiction from the University of New Orleans, where she managed to survive the hurricane. She enjoys reading, having geek-laden conversations about movies, comics, and zombies with her friends, and of course trying to wear pajamas as much as humanly possible. She lives happily in Seattle with her family, two cats, and one very put-upon Chihuahua. Hold Me Closer, Necromancer was her debut novel and was named an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults and was a finalist for the YALSA William C. Morris Award.

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