The Dead Gentleman
The dead are up and walking, and the Gentleman is at the door...
Featuring a kid hero, time travel, and otherworld portals in unexpected places (maybe there are monsters under your bed), The Dead Gentleman is a wild ride between parallel New York City timestreams—1901 and today. Eleven-year-old Tommy Learner is a street orphan and an unlikely protege to the Explorers, a secret group dedicated to exploring portals, the hidden doorways to other worlds. But while investigating an attercop (man-eating spider) in the basement of an old hotel, Tommy is betrayed and trapped. And it's then that his world collides with that of modern-day Jezebel Lemon, who—until the day she decides to explore her building's basement—had no bigger worries than homework and boys.
Now, Jezebel and Tommy must thwart the Dead Gentleman - a legendary villain whose last unconquered world is our own planet Earth, where the dead stay dead. Until now. Can two kids put an end to this ancient evil and his legions of Gravewalkers?
"Expertly imagined and endlessly inventive, Matthew Cody's The Dead Gentleman is a time-tripping adventure readers won't soon forget." - Ransom Riggs, author of the bestselling Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
"Attention thieves, scoundrels, and fearless adventurers! This book is for you. From the underground lairs of monsters and trolls to the underwater ruins of ancient civilizations, The Dead Gentleman will take you everywhere you ever wanted to go--and more than a few places you never imagined. Read it now. Read it fast. Before some well-meaning person snatches it away." - Pseudonymous Bosch, author of the bestselling Secret Series
“Readers will be drawn into the story and challenged to follow its characters as they jump through time and fight to save us all.” - School Library Journal
“. . . Cody pays tribute to classic adventure authors and genres here as he dishes up an exciting time travel tale.” - Booklist
An Amazon Best Book of the Month, 2011
An Indie Next Pick, Fall 2011