Title: Hold Me Closer, Necromancer
Author: Lish McBride
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Publication Date: 2010
Summary: Sam finds out that his witch-mother bound his necromancy powers when he was a baby. Now, he finds himself being attacked by the most powerful necromancer in his district without any real understanding of what necromancy is all about.
What I Think: It's so hard to write a simple summary of this book and do it justice! I loved Sam as a character. I kept finding myself visualizing this book as a Jack Black movie. The humor is fantastic. McBride does an amazing job of talking about the severity of Sam's situation while still keeping it light-hearted and funny.
I am a huge fantasy fan. This book is great because it doesn't ready like an uber-fantasy book but it does have elements of magical creatures in it. I haven't read a book with a necromancer in it before. It also has cocky gnomes, talking heads, and hybrid were-hound-fairies. It's pure awesomeness.
I would definitely have this in a high school classroom...possibly a middle school classroom.
Thanks to Twitter, Lish McBride herself told me there will be a sequel that's due out next year with lots more cheeky gnomes to love...hate?...in it.