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The Undertaker's Gone Bananas

The Undertaker's Gone Bananas (Hardback)

By Zindel, Paul

ISBN 9780333353585
Published 15 January 1996 by Oxford University Press
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9780333353585
ISBN-10 0333353587
Stock Out of stock
Status Out of print
Publisher Oxford University Press
Imprint Nelson Thornes Ltd
Publication Date 15 January 1996
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Zindel, Paul
Series M Books
Category Fiction (Child / Teen)
English Literature: Fiction Texts
Number of Pages 160
Dimensions Width: 180mm
Height: 240mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 1,000g
Interest Age 14+ years
Reading Age 14+ years
NBS Text School Textbooks & Study Guides: Literature, Arts & Humanities
ONIX Text Primary and secondary/elementary and high school
Dewey Code 813.54
Catalogue Code Not specified

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US Review Though this takes place in an upper-income Fort Lee (New Jersey) highrise, where the view through the picture window is distinctly bizarre, it is not another blowup of the contemporary scene like Pardon Me You're Stepping on My Eyeball and Confessions of a Teenage Baboon. Less pretentiously, 15-year-old Bobby's hours of frenzy center on his witnessing a murder in the next apartment. Hearing noises, Bobby cranes his neck around the joint balcony wall to catch evil-eyed undertaker Mr. Hulka polishing off his wife. Trouble is, as Bobby is generally known as a prankster, the police refuse to believe him - especially after Mrs. Hulka turns up alive. Worse, Bobby overhears an almost exact reenactment of the whole scene a little later. This time he's sure Mr. Hulka has killed his wife. but who'll believe him now? Not even good friend Lauri in 3-A, though she sticks by him all the way. . . from the incinerator room (Hulka has tricked them by sneaking out real garbage, not the corpse) to the funeral parlor, where they watch from a padded coffin as he weights a suitcase with metal money-card hands. As in Pardon Me. . . , the two teenagers end up more or less curing each other's preexisting hangups, but the psychology here is no heavier than the suitcase, which Hulka finally tosses into the Hudson. Later, back at the apartment, there is a severed head (Mrs. H.'s) in the TV console. . . and a terrifying climax when Hulka catches the kids snooping. There are indeed two corpses. . . will he make it four? A real killer. (Kirkus Reviews)

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