Bayou Dogs

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Scholastic Inc., 2009 - Juvenile Fiction - 117 pages
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Could the road to the afterlife be a two-way street?

Derek's brother Ronny isn't himself.

No, really.

Ronny's body has been taken over by the long-dead soul of a man named Virgil Black. Lucky for him, Virgil is one of the good guys. Not all of them are.

In fact, a Legion of evil souls is staging a serious comeback. And they're staging it at Bayou Malpierre, the site of Derek's most horrible nightmare.

That nightmare is about to get even worse. . . .


The house was empty, abandoned. Even the furniture was gone. I collapsed breathless on the floor. The boards were sodden. Rain had poured in through a busted window and puddled the floor. My pants soaked through. I didn't get up. I couldn't get up. I was exhausted. I didn't care.

"Ronny --" I started.

"Quiet. They're only a mile or two away. They'll hear you."

He was right about that, too.

The dead were coming. They were coming for me.


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Reviewed by Shyanne for
Derek Stone was just your normal 14-year-old kid until he was in a train crash. Now, the souls of dead beings have crossed into the bodies of the new crash
victims and taken over.
In the world of the dead there has been a war raging - and now the dead want to bring it over into the world of the living.
The rift is breaking and the dead are crossing into deceased bodies from the living world. They are all after Derek Stone, and he must do everything he can to escape them.
He has the help of a young man by the name of Virgil Black. Virgil wants to be dead and at peace, but with the war this is not possible. Instead, Virgil crossed into the body of Derek's brother, who died in the crash.
A few of the other crossovers are good allies, but not all. Many are on the bad side of the war and want the rift to be torn forever.
With the help of Virgil, Derek must try to reach his destination before the crossed-over dead do. A destination that holds a surprise for him that will unravel even more everything he thought he knew.
BAYOU DOGS is the second book in THE HAUNTING OF DEREK STONE series, following CITY OF THE DEAD. Readers will be pleased with this second installment.

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Tony Abbott is the author of more than ninety books for young readers, including THE SECRETS OF DROON series; middle-grade novel KRINGLE; and THE HAUNTING OF DEREK STONE series. He was the recipient of the 2006 Golden Kite Award, as well as the 2009 Edgar Award. Tony was born in Ohio, and now lives with his wife and two daughters in Trumbull, Connecticut. Visit him online at

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