Flyers by Daniel Hayes

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All his life, Gabe Riley has heard about sightings of ghosts and swamp monsters at Blood Red Pond, but he knows the green, scaly creature that attacks Ray McPherson’s old Buick one night isn’t real. It’s just crazy Rosasharn, getting carried away with his leading role in the horror movie Gabe and his friend Bo are making for their Gifted and Talented project.

But it’s not so easy to explain some of the other curious things that start happening in Gabe’s neighborhood. Why is his father more melancholy than usual? What secret is his younger brother, Ethan, hiding from him? Why are food and clothes disappearing from their home? And who or what is behind the strange lights in old Mr. Lindstrom’s supposedly empty farmhouse?

Gabe is determined to find the answers to these questions. But Gabe discovers there are far deeper questions involved, and he will have to confront more than ghosts before he understands the significance of the mysterious events.

With his trademark humor and flawless ear for the language and concerns of young adults, Daniel Hayes has created an unforgettable cast of characters in a story that is part comedy, part mystery, and part a thought-provoking exploration of friendship, family relationships, love, and death.
 

About Daniel Hayes

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Hayes is an English teacher in Troy, New York.
 
Published January 14, 2014 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 208 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Humor & Entertainment, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror. Fiction

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The lives and friendships of a group of teenage boys in a small town in upstate New York anchors this offering--more coming- of-age tale than the mystery it purports to be--by Hayes (No Effect, 1993, etc.).

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Mysterious events down at Blood Red Pond keep a youthful filmmaker on his toes. Hayes spins a tale that goes straight from the funny bone to the heart, said PW in a starred review. Ages 12-up. (Ma

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Mysterious events down at Blood Red Pond keep a youthful filmmaker on his toes. Hayes spins a tale that goes straight from the funny bone to the heart, said PW in a starred review. Ages 12-up. (Ma

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In relating the escapades of a youthful upstate New York filmmaker and his goofy friends, Hayes (The Trouble with Lemons) spins a tale that goes straight from the funnybone to the heart.

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