Hold Me Closer, NecromancerPaperback - 2012
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.
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CRRL_ElizabethFitzgerald Feb 08, 2016
Sam has a normal life, and he's okay with that. But then a prank puts him in the sights of a necromancer with a violent streak who sees potential in Sam. Sam has one week to figure things out and save himself.
CRRL_CraigGraziano May 07, 2015
Sam LaCroix is a drop-out fast food worker with a gift for sarcasm. When he discovers that he can reanimate the dead, he finds himself in the middle of a brewing paranormal war.
CRRLTeens Oct 01, 2014
Despite living in Seattle, a place with nearly as many types of paranormal creatures as types of coffee Sam never believed he was one.. but he is. Now he's a necromancer and he needs all the help he can get.
CRRLTeens May 07, 2014
Sam LaCroix discovers that he is a necromancer, part of a world many creatures, including one necromancer who sees Sam as a threat to his business of raising the dead.
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"If you’ve lived in Seattle for any length of time, you carry a jacket with you anywhere, especially in spring. You get used to the moody weather and give up on umbrellas. Umbrellas are for tourists. Natives know that the rain doesn’t come straight down here like other places. Seattle’s rain slips in, tricky, like a ninja, and attacks from all sides."
"Frank managed a quick hop back as Brooke’s head rolled to a stop in the middle of the floor. It had been severed cleanly at the neck, making her ponytail appear longer as it trailed behind like the tail on a grotesque comet. I couldn’t see any blood. In fact, the wound looked cauterized, which didn’t make it any more pleasant. Nobody said a word. Nobody except Brooke. “Ow, cut it out, you guys!” Her blue eyes popped open and swung around until they found me. “Ugh, so not cool. Really, Sam. You don’t just drop somebody’s head. Especially a friend’s. Like being stuffed into a box and bounced around for an hour wasn’t bad enough.” I screamed and grabbed a butter knife off the counter. I’m not sure what I planned to do with it, but in the meantime I held it in front of me just in case Brooke suddenly grew her body back and attacked."
“Your little boyfriends didn’t beat you up, did they?” she said. “Sam’s a nice boy, and if he won’t call the cops on you two, I will.” “I’m grateful,” I said. “I really am, but I’m neither gay nor a victim of domestic violence.”
"Ramon was the only person who called me Sammy. Everyone else called me Sam, even my mom, except when she was pissed and did the full-name thing."
“There were no windows in my bedroom, so I had to sit up and read my clock to figure out how angry I should be at my visitor. Eight A.M. I hated whoever woke me up. Had they come an hour earlier, I would have also hated their families and any household pets.”
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