Take 5: Death Comes Knocking (YA lit featuring the Grim Reaper and Necromancers)
Croak by Gina Damico
Tired and desperate from a wide variety of behavior issues, Lex’s parent send her for some rehabilitation with dear old uncle Mort – who, it turns out, is a grim reaper. It turns out, some of Lex’s problem behaviors may mean she is the perfect teen for the job.
Something Deadly This Way Comes by Kim Harrison
In this last book in the Madison Avery series (and really, you’ll want to start at the beginning), Madison is now the somewhat conflicted but not altogether unwilling leader of the Dark Reapers. Book 1 is Once Dead, Twice Shy and book 2
The Wrap-Up List by Steven Arntson
Some people don’t die, they simply depart. A note arrives from one of the Deaths and you are given a date and place. You can put together a wrap-up list, a list of things you want to do before you go, and if you are lucky – maybe you can trick Death into giving you a pardon.
― Lish McBride, Necromancing the Stone
Death and the Girl Next Door by Darynda Jones
When 16-year-old Lorelei is saved from an accident, it changes everyone’s destiny. And now she is being stalked, the question is by who and why.
What’s your favorite book featuring the Grim Reaper or a Necromancer? Tell us in the comments.
About Karen Jensen, MLS
Karen Jensen has been a Teen Services Librarian for almost 30 years. She created TLT in 2011 and is the co-editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services with Heather Booth (ALA Editions, 2014).
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