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An educator Guide To the Series

Kate Klise
M. Sarah Klise

43 Old Cemetery Road

Dreadfully enchanting discussion


questions and appallingly captivating
activities await you inside.
Dear fellow bibliophiles,
I am tickled to death that you are a fan of the 43 Old
Cemetery Road books. These extraordinary books contain the
correspondences between me, my family, my friendsand my
enemies. Our peculiar adventures come alive through the letters,
newspaper articles, e-mails, reports, and transcripts that document
our lives and our journey from hopelessness to a loving family and
beyond.
As a thank-you for receiving the 43 Old Cemetery Road series
with such enthusiasm and helping to make it such a success, I have
scared up these discussion questions and activities to make your
reading experience more riveting, engaging, and compelling. Please
share these pages with anyone you may know who loves reading
and writing letters as much as we do.

P.S. Ignatius and Seymour send their love.

Grade 4:
Reading Literature: 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4,
4.6, 4.7
Writing: 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.9

Grade 6:
Reading Literature: 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 6.6
Writing: 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 6.9

Ghost Writer in Residence

Grade 7:
Reading Literature: 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4, 7.6
Writing: 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4, 7.9

O.C.S.

Olive C. Spence

Common Core Standards addressed in these


discussion questions and activities:

Grade 5:
Reading Literature: 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4,
5.6, 5.7
Writing: 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.9

Thank you again for your continued support.


Gratefully and eternally yours,

P.P.S. Here is a picture of us so that


you can see what we look like.

43 Old Cemetery Road, The Cupola


Ghastly, Illinois

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BOOK
ONE

43 Old Cemetery Road

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Ignatius B. Grumply is a childrens ghost story


writer with writers block. He decided to move
into Spence Mansion for a change of scenery to
help him finish his next book. Have you ever
had a problem finishing something? What did
you do, or what could you have done to help you
complete your daunting task?
After Ignatius and Seymour learn that they are
stuck with each other for the summer, they come
up with a list of house rules. Write ten rules you
would want enforced if you were Seymour.
Why couldnt Seymours parents see Olive?
Seymours parents put their careers first, and
abandoned him. What would you have done if
you were in Seymours shoes? Do you think he is
better off without them? What are the advantages
and disadvantages of Seymours unusual living
situation?

Olive claims that were all characters in our


own stories. This is true for Ignatius, Olive, and
Seymour, and helped them to finally write and
illustrate a bestselling ghost story. Why does this
work for them? Do you think any of the three
would have been able to become a bestselling
author without the others? Why or why not?
How do all three characters help one another
grow and become better people (or a better ghost,
in Olives case)?
Design a real estate flyer for your ideal writing
retreat. Be sure to include a picture, a short
description, and a list of all the amenities
(practical and supernatural).
Write a ghost story containing the three most
important things that Olive believes a good story
needssetup, complications, and conflict. Be
sure to create interesting characters and draw on
experiences from your own life too.
Write a newspaper article for the Ghastly
Times about a haunted house in your
neighborhood. Name the ghost, tell his or her
backstory, describe the ghosts actions, give
quotes from witnesses, and offer rebuttals from
people who dont believe in ghosts. Include an
illustration of the ghost causing mischief.
Draw a map of a fictious graveyard containing the
graves of deceased famous people you admire.
Make each grave include the dates each person
lived and an epitaph.

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BOOK
two

43 Old Cemetery Road

Over My Dead Body


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Seymours unusual living situation has caught


up to him. Do you think Dick Tater was right to
remove Seymour from Spence Mansion? Why or
why not?
Seymours absentee parents were working on a
book called Only Fools and Children Believe in
Ghosts. Which characters do you think are the
real fools in this book? Why?
Dick Tater wanted to ban every ghost story ever
written. Do you think this was a good idea? Why
or why not? Do you think there is a time when
people in authority should tell people what they
can or cannot read?
Many of the adults in Over My Dead Body dont
believe that Olive C. Spence is a real ghost. Why
do you think they arent willing to believe in her?
What happens after Olive proves that she is real?
Do you think it was a good thing for the people of
Ghastly to know there is ghost in their town? Why
or why not?

Olive could not remember where she left her


manuscripts. She finally found them in her coffin.
Why do you think they were buried with her?
Spence Mansion is far from a traditional home.
Do you think it is a good home? Why or why not?
In your opinion, what makes a home a home?
Create an acronym like IMSPOOKY for an
organization that you would like to be the
president of someday. Then create a brochure
explaining what the organization does and its
mission statement. Add some pictures to show its
members in action.
While in the home for the deranged, Ignatius
came up with a way to communicate with his
neighbor, in which One knock equals a, two
knocks equal b, and so forth. Then he adapted
the knocks to numbers, and used it in his letters.
Write a letter to a friend using only Ignatiuss
secret code.
Pretend you are taken away from your home
and mistakenly thrown into an orphanage.
Write a letter to your family describing what the
orphanage is like, how the other orphans and
adults act, what type of food they serve, daily
routines and activities, and a plan for your escape.
Develop an advertisement for
a bookmobile. Include a list
of books that are available,
why people should visit the
bookmobile, and its
schedule. Draw a
picture for your
ad as well.

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BOOK
THREE

43 Old Cemetery Road


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Seymour is fed up with writing letters all the
time. But Olive feels that it is important to
keep letter-writing alive and insists that he
keep on writing them. Has there ever been a
time when a parent or guardian made you do
something that you didnt want to do? How
did it make you feel? What did you do?

Noah Breth was very upset that his children,


Kitty and Kanine, could never get along. Do
you think Kitty and Kanine deserved Noahs
money? How would their relationship be
different if Noah had just split his money
between them in his will the way they wanted
him to?
Do you agree with Noahs decision to put
all of his money in coins and have the town
search for them? How did this bring the town
together? How did it extend Noahs legacy?
How did Noah Breth and Shadow bring Olive,
Ignatius, and Seymour closer together?
Write a limerick about your family. Remember
to follow the AABBA rhyme schemeand be
as silly as possible.
Pretend you are Kitty or Kanine. Write a
speech about Noah to deliver at his funeral.
Talk about how he affected your life, why you
are a changed person, and what lessons you
learned from how he lived his life.

Do you think that it is ever okay to keep a


secret from your parents or guardian? If so,
what are the circumstances?

Create a flyer for a missing pet. Write a


description of this pet, mention the last
place and time you saw it, and describe the
reward you would give to the person who
finds it. Make sure to include your contact
information (make up a silly name, phone
number, and e-mail address) and a picture.

Seymour wants to keep Secret so much that


he lies to Olive and Ignatius. These lies add
up and eventually lead Seymour to run away.
Could this mess have been avoided? If so,
how?

Write a postcard from Olive to Noah


explaining how being a
ghost is different
from being a
human.

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BOOK
FOUR

43 Old Cemetery Road


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How did Weston Peeces stealing the letter F


hinder correspondence between the people
(and ghosts) of Ghastly?
How does the story of The Phantom of the
Opera mirror the events in Ghastly?
Weston Peece once told Olive that he wanted
to help people make friends through letters.
Do you think he achieved his goal? Why or
why not?
Write a postcard to a sick friend. Use as many
abbreviations as possible (i.e., LOL, or TTYL).
Then rewrite the letter, spelling out the full
words. Choose which one you like better, and
write a paragraph explaining your decision.

Many of the adults (and ghosts) in Ghastly


believe that modern technology is killing the
written word. Do you think they are right?
List some advantages and disadvantages of
technology.

As children, Olive and Weston talked about


their ambitions. Write a paragraph describing
your amition in life. What do you want to do
more than anything? What do you hope to
accomplish by doing so?

Do you think that something like VEXT-mail


could ever put the U.S. Postal Service out of
business? Why or why not? Can you think
of any potential problems if the U.S. Postal
Service ever goes out of business?

Create a poster advertising the U.S. Postal


Service. List its services, benefits, and major
contributions to society. Decorate it with
illustrations and stamps.

Do you think that M. Balm had a right to take


away Wy Fyes cell phone for a month? What
was he trying to teach her? Do you think his
lesson worked? Why or why not?

Write a transcript of a VEXT-mail of you and


a friend discussing your favorite book. Keep
in mind that VEXT-mail is often unreliable
and some of your discussion may be lost in
translation.

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Do you think that 43 Old Cemetery Road would make a
good movie? Why? What are some books you have read
that you would think would be a hit in the film world?
Why?
D
 o you think Willie Shadow is a good stage name for
Seymour? Why or why not? How did the name Willie
Shadow reflect the way that Seymour acted when he
was in Hollywood? If you had a stage name, what would
it be and why?
O
 live told Iggy to stop nitpicking every comma in the
contract. What should she have done instead? What
events in 43 Old Cemetery Road: Hollywood, Dead
Ahead could have been avoided if Olive and Iggy read
every word of the contract?
D
 o you think that it was fair for the Hollywood executives at Buster Boy Entertainment to write Olive, Iggy,
and Seymour out of the movie? Why or why not? Do
you think that Evilo Must Go! would have been a good
movie? Why or why not?

P
 retend you are a reporter or paparazzo for the Daily
Scandal. Write an outrageous story about and draw a
picture of a character from 43 Old Cemetery Road:
Hollywood, Dead Ahead.
M
 yra Manes predicts that the death clause she wrote
for Ivana Oscar will be the finest sentence ever written in Hollywood. Research movie scripts, and find
what you feel is the finest sentence ever written in
Hollywood. Be sure you have reasons to back up your
choice.
I f you were directing the movie version of 43 Old
Cemetery Road, who would you cast to play Seymour,
Olive, and Ignatius? Why?
U
 pon arriving in Hollywood, Iggy and Seymour were
both given head-to-toe makeovers. Pretend youve
gotten a big break in Hollywood. Draw a picture of how
you look today, and then draw a picture of yourself after
your glamorous Hollywood makeover.
D
 esign a movie poster advertising 43 Old Cemetery
Road the movie. Be sure to include at least one scene
from the movie, its release date, and names of the actors
and director, and give it a rating and tag line.
M
 oe Block Busters new character, Evilo, gets her name
by spelling Olives name backwards. Making a new word
by spelling a word backwards is sometimes referred to as
mirror writing. Create a list of new names and words
by spelling your favorite words and phrases from 43 Old
Cemetery Road Hollywood, Dead Ahead backwards.
Rememberonly use words that sound good and are
pronounceable in both directions.
W
 rite a screenplay for your favorite scene of 43 Old
Cemetery Road: Hollywood, Dead Ahead.
A
 fter winning an Oscar, the Best Actor and Best Actress
give a speech thanking everyone that helped them along
the way. Pretend that you are a nominee for Best Actor
or Best Actress in a movie about your life. Write your
acceptance speech.

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Greetings from
the graveyard

G
 reetings from the Graveyard is a mystery. What traits
does a good mystery story have? Do you like reading
mysteries? Why or why not? Answer the following
questions about the mystery in Greetings from the
Graveyard: What happened? How did it start? Who was
involved? Was there a lot of blood? Who did it?
S
 eymour tried to tell Olive and Iggy that he thought Ben
and Mia Bizzy looked a lot like the escaped convicts Liza
and Rob Z. Lott, but they didnt listen to him. Have you
ever knew something or solved a problem, only to have
an adult not listen to you? If so, what was it? How did it
make you feel? What happened when it was revealed that
you had figured it out first?
N
 adia S. Richenov unwanted letter to Iggy inspires Olive
to launch Ghastly Greetingsa line of greeting cards
for sticky situations. Think of a sticky or uncomfortable
situation of your own, and create a greeting card for the
occasion.
I n order to make money to buy Iggy a Fathers Day
present, Seymour put his artistic skills to use, and
advertised himself as an Artist for Hire. Make a list of five
things that you could do to make money. Then, choose
one of them and create an advertisement highlighting
your moneymaking skills. Dont forget to include what
you can do for your customer, how much you charge, and
why you are the best person for the job.
W
 hat do you think the love letters from Iggy to Nadia
contained? Write one of the love letters from Iggy to
Nadia. Then write a love letter from Iggy to Olive.

Common Core Standards addressed


in these discussion questions and
activities:
Grade 4
Reading Literature: 41., 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.6, 4.7
Writing: 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.9
Grade 5
Reading Literature: 51., 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.6, 5.7
Writing: 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.9
Grade 6
Reading Literature: 61., 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 6.6
Writing: 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 6.9
Grade 7
Reading Literature: 71., 7.2, 7.3, 7.4, 7.6
Writing: 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4, 7.9

T
 o capitalize on Iggys success, Nadia S. Richenov tries
to write a fictitious tell-all book about her and Iggys
past relationship. Choose a famous celebrity, athlete, or
book character and write one chapter in a fictitious tellall about a mysterious event in his or her life. Be sure to
include illustrations and at least one scene featuring you.
D
 esign a Wanted poster depicting Liza and Rob Z. Lott.
Include illustrations and descriptions of their physical
appearances, accounts of their crimes (including the ones
in Ghastly), tips for what to do if someone spots them, as
well as any reward information.
S
 eymour, Leeves, and the cover artist at Paige Turner
Books all paint replicas of the famous portrait of Olive.
Using reference books or the Internet, research famous
portraits. Choose one and make a replica of it. You can
replicate the painting in any medium you like. Just make
sure it has some of the same qualities of the original.
Present your art by hanging it next to the original.
P
 aige Turners book design team mocked up four
different covers for Nadia S. Richenovs tell-all about
Iggy. Which cover and title do you like the best? Why?
Create an alternate cover and title for the book. Explain
how you came up with your cover design and title.
L
 ook back through the pages of Greetings from the
Graveyard and make a list all of the things that Ben and
Mia Bizzy did that should have given away their true
identities.
B
 en and Mia Bizzy sent Nadia S. Richenov a ransom
letter demanding money in exchange for Iggys love
letters. Using letters cut out of magazines and newspapers,
create your own ransom letter to a character from 43 Old
Cemetery Road: Greetings from the Graveyard
B
 oth Nadia S. Richenov and Page Turner think that they
are each going to receive two and a half million dollars
for selling one of the forged portraits of Olive C. Spence.
Nadia wants to pay her debts and live as a millionaire
and Paige wants to retire to Costa Rica. If you suddenly
received two and a half million dollars what would you
do with it? Why?

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 live tells Seymour that Iggy is a neophobe, someone
who fears new things, while she is a neophiliac,
someone who loves new things. Are you a neophobe
or a neophiliac? Give an example that supports your
answer.
H
 ave you heard any stories about Scotlands Loch Ness
monster? Do you believe them? What other magical or
mythical creatures can you name? Why do people like
to believe in these?
O
 live and Ignatius write the books in the series, and
Seymour draws the pictures. Would you rather be a
writer or an illustrator? Why? Does one seem more
important than the other? Easier? More fun?

O
 ne reason that Iggy is grumpy is because he was
humiliated and angry about an incident in his
childhood, when he was afraid to jump off the high
diving board. Has anything like that ever happened to
you? Is there something that you are afraid to try? If
Iggy is like a tortoise, fearful and hiding in his shell,
what animal are you? Why are you like that animal?
E
 ve is ordered by Macon to record Seymours phone
conversations. Would you be unhappy if anyone listened
to your phone conversations? Would you like to listen to
anyone elses? Whose?
S
 pence Mansion is a 32-room house, with plenty of
room for people, ghosts, and pets. Design your dream
mansion, draw a diagram, and write a description of it.
What special rooms would you have? How many bathrooms? Who would live there with you?
D
 esign a newspaper advertisement for the Ghastly
Public Library or the Ghastly Pet Store, to be featured
in the Ghastly Times.
S
 eymour and Olive take a family vacation to Scotland,
where Olive also went on vacation as a child. Write
an article for the Ghastly Times called Best Family
Vacation Ever! that describes a fun trip you have taken.
W
 rite a letter to Seymour and his family explaining why
you would like to be hired as the director of the Loch
Ness Laughatorium. Hint: You might want to include
some jokes to improve your chances of getting hired!

M
 acon Deals sends texts to his employees and writes
letters to the queen of England. Which type of communication is better? Do you like one more than the
other? Do letters seem more important than texts? Why?
Would you rather send a text or make a phone call?

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discussion questions
The 43 Old Cemetery Road books are not written like
traditional books. The stories are told through a series
of correspondences, such as letters, newspaper articles,
transcripts, and even text messages. Does this style
work for these books? As a reader, what do you think
are the advantages and disadvantages of reading only
what the characters write one another, as opposed to
traditional dialogue and narration?
Why do you think Olive loves letter-writing so much?
Do you think that the art of letter-writing is dying?
How would you react if you had to constantly communicate through letters? How would this affect your
daily life? Do you think you would like it?
How does each member of the unconventional family
living in Spence Mansion grow and change from when
Ignatius first moved to when they are all living together as a family? What does each family member add to
the family?

than if Olive had been a famous author when she was


living? What do you think would have happened if
Weston Peece had delivered the letter from the publisher that wanted to publish her manuscripts? Would
Olives life (as both a human and a ghost) have been
different? If so, how?

appallingly captivating
series activities
Write a chapter of a 43 Old Cemetery Road book.
Make yourself a character in your story. Describe
under what circumstances you arrived in Ghastly, and
how you met Olive, Ignatius, and Seymour, and create
some conflict that you help settle.
Design a stamp commemorating the success of 43
Old Cemetery Road. You can choose to illustrate your
favorite scene from one of the books, or come up with
an award youd like to bestow upon the novel.
Names of characters in 43 Old Cemetery Road often
describe something about each characters personality (they are very comical, too). Come up with names
for at least five of your family members and friends
that describe their unique characteristics or interests.
Depending on the person, they can be humorous or
serious.
Olive, Ignatius, and Seymour love words. Create a list
of words that you feel describe the 43 Old Cemetery
Road books. Then, using a dictionary, define each
word.
On the following page, write a fan letter to your favorite character from 43 Old Cemetery Road. Tell him
or her why you like the books, mention anything you
learned from them, and explain why you want them to
keep on writing. Be sure to design your own letterhead
and decorate your letter with a picture.

Through death, the almost-dying written word, and


the help of two humans, Olive sees her dreams of
becoming an author come true. Is this better or worse
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About the Author and Illustrator


Kate Klise and M. Sarah Klise are the creators of Dying to Meet You, the first book in their illustrated 43 Old
Cemetery Road series, which landed on more than a dozen state award lists and which Kirkus Reviews called
a quirky, comedic romp. Kate lives in Norwood, Missouri, and leads writing workshops all over the country.
Sarah teaches art to children and adults in Berkeley, California.
To learn more about Kate Klise and M. Sarah Klise, visit their website at www.kateandsarahklise.com.
You can also find a video about the Klise sisters and their inspiration for the 43 Old Cemetery Road series on
the hmhbooks YouTube channel.
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