Kiss Me, I’m Dead by J.G. Sandom
Print Length: 192 pages
Publisher: Cornucopia Press; 4 edition (September 28, 2010)
Publication Date: September 28, 2010
(formerly The Unresolved, Dutton/Penguin, released under pen name T.K. Welsh)
Twilight meets Titanic
Mallory Meer is like any other teenage girl. She likes to have fun. She thinks her sister is ridiculous. Her parents drive her crazy. She’s got a terrible crush on a boy named Dustin and follows him everywhere. Mallory even has a summer job—figuring out the truth about the fire on the General Slocum steamship, the disaster that killed her sister. Mallory is determined to find out what really happened, and to bring the guilty to justice.
Sometimes Mallory gets angry, very angry, and strange things happen when Mallory gets angry. Yes, Mallory is like any other teenage girl . . . except Mallory is dead.
Ranked one of the Top Ten Children’s Books of the year by the Washington Post, Kiss me, I’m Dead was named a Notable Book for Teens by the Association of Jewish Libraries Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee, a Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Teen’s Top Ten, and nominated for a Cybils literary award. At once a ghost story, a courtroom drama, an examination of immigrant life, and a tale of love, redemption and revenge, The Washington Post said, “(J.G. Sandom) writes with a precision and delicacy unusual for YA fiction,” and called this paranormal romantic teen thriller, “A subtle gem.”
On June 15, 1904, over one thousand German immigrants on a Lutheran Church outing died when the General Slocum steamship caught fire and sank in the East River. It was the greatest disaster and loss of life in New York City history . . . until 9/11. But was it a tragic accident or willful murder?
When her Jewish boyfriend Dustin is accused of the crime, Mallory, risks everything to solve the mystery behind the tragedy. Was Dustin guilty? Or, was someone else responsible for the fire?
As New York City launches an official coroner’s inquest, a secondary one takes place in the community of Kleindeutschland (Little Germany)—with Dustin on trial. Now insubstantial, Mallory uses all the powers of this world and the next to save her beloved, and to punish those responsible. Set against a backdrop of corruption and pervasive anti-Semitism, Mallory finds herself doing things she couldn’t have imagined doing before the Slocum tragedy, and her search for justice leads her to a fundamental truth about herself: Sometimes you don’t really start to live your life . . . until you lose it.
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[Possible Cast Ideas: Saorsie Ronana, Hailee Steinfeld, Elle Fanning, Ellie Darcy Alden.]