Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride

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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.


About Lish McBride

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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.
Published October 12, 2010 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). 352 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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After a lighthearted opening packed with Buffy-esque wackiness, Samhain Corvus Lacroix is dragged from his dead-end food-service job into a terrifying magical power struggle.

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Tampa Bay Times

Similar to Rick Riordan's The Lightning Thief and The Red Pyramid, Necromancer exploits these comic juxtapositions, having Sam react the way any slacker would when confronted by what he learns: with sarcasm and sass.

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JPL Book Reviews

It finally got to the top of the list because it is an easy book to recommend for this year’s Teen Read Week theme “It Came From the LIBRARY!” (We are interpreting the theme in two ways: For books, a creepy, echoey kind of statement and for programming* an amazed exclamatory kind of statement—It...

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A chance meeting throws amiable fast-food worker Sam in the path of sinister necromancer Douglas, who quickly deduces that Sam is a fellow necromancer and ...

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