Poor Kevin. It’s hard enough to move to a new house far away, let alone to a funeral home. Worst of all, his parents kept it a secret from him until the last possible moment. The thought of sleeping in the same house with dead bodies doesn’t thrill Kevin, nor does the prospect of helping run the family business. But when one of the “deceased” starts appearing to him and giving him advice, Kevin really has his hands full.
Cletus McCulley, the dead man in question, was a Mormon and an avid fisherman. And before long, he has Kevin “fishing” into other people’s secrets. There’s the junior-high-school bully, Chuck, who needs to be taught a lesson. And then there’s his own family secret: Kevin’s parents used to be Mormons, just like Cletus, until a family tragedy drove them away from God. But what can Kevin do about it? With Cletus’s help, he’ll see. [from publisher web site]
Winner of the 2004 Middle Grade Literature Award, Association for Mormon Letters