Meg Finn is in trouble. Unearthly trouble. Cast out of her own home by her stepfather after her mother's death, Meg is a wanderer, a troublemaker. But after a botched attempt to rob a pensioner's flat, Meg and her partner in crime, Belch, are vaporized when a stray bullet from the old man's rifle hits an oil tank. Belch, predictably, is heading ...
Meg Finn is in trouble. Unearthly trouble. Cast out of her own home by her stepfather after her mother's death, Meg is a wanderer, a troublemaker. But after a botched attempt to rob a pensioner's flat, Meg and her partner in crime, Belch, are vaporized when a stray bullet from the old man's rifle hits an oil tank. Belch, predictably, is heading in only one direction:down, but Meg's record is found to be perfectly balanced. She is sent back to earth to try to tip the scales one way or the other, and her only chance for salvation is to fulfil the Wish List of the old man they tried to rob. And what a list it is - can Meg possibly succeed, especially as the angels and devils are getting in the way with every underhand ploy imaginable to claim her soul. In the end, will she really have enough good points to face up to St Peter? An unforgettable and gritty tale of life, death and an unexpected hereafter.
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Publishers Weekly, 2004-07-05 "The author of Artemis Fowl turns his keen wit to the afterlife in this darkly humorous tale," wrote PW in a starred review of this novel, about an Irish girl who embarks on a journey to help the man she tried to rob before she was killed in an explosion. Ages 10-up. (July) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly, 2003-10-13 Colfer, author of the Artemis Fowl books, turns his keen wit to the afterlife in this darkly humorous tale. Left in the care of a brutish stepfather after her mother's death, troubled 14-year-old Meg Finn gets more than she bargains for when a break-in at the home of Lowrie McCall, an elderly neighbor, goes horribly wrong and her soul is "knocked clean out of her skin." A last-minute change of heart (Meg keeps her accomplice from killing the old man) earns her the rare distinction of a balanced life account ("dead even")-which means a return trip to earth as a ghost with a chance to redeem herself. Meanwhile, her partner in crime-now an unearthly amalgam of thug and pit bull-is sent back as a "Soul Man" charged with tipping Meg's balance sheet in evil's favor. Fueled by wisecracks, the story is also unexpectedly tender in its delineation of the bond that forms between Meg and Lowrie, whom she joins on his unlikely quest to right his life's wrongs before he dies. With its appealing Irish setting and strong characterizations-including a Gameboy-playing Satan with a, well, devilish sense of humor; his platinum-blonde receptionist ("The Lord of Darkness will see you now"); and a hilariously jaded Beelzebub ("A lawyers' convention bus goes over the edge of the Grand Canyon this afternoon. We're expecting a bit of a glut")-the tale will have readers rooting for plucky Meg, who, in a moving conclusion, winds up altering more fates than just her own. Ages 12-up. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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