Johnny and the Dead (Johnny Maxwell, #2) by Terry PratchettNot many people can see the dead not many would want to. Twelve-year-old Johnny Maxwell can. And he's got bad news for them: the council want to sell the cemetery as a building site. But the dead have learned a thing or two from Johnny. They're not going to take it lying down
Johnny Is Dead
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Talking To Ghosts
O ne day as Johnny and his friends are walking through the cemetery, Wobbler Johnny's friend challenges Johnny to knock on the tomb of Thomas Bowler. As Johnny knocks, Thomas Bowler opens the door casually and says "Yes? Johnny and Mr Bowler start chatting, but Johnny's friends think that he is mental because he is talking to a closed door of a tomb. Then Johnny realizes that he can see the dead! Most people would think that Johnny was mad but not his friends, his friends decide that no matter what they are going to stick with Johnny. One day as Johnny got a newspaper for his fellow dead friends at the cemetery the dead were his friends by now, people like William Stickers, Thomas Bowler etc but after reading the newspaper the dead were furious because the cemetery they were living dying in was getting broken down by a company to build a boring office.
Johnny and the Dead is the second novel by Terry Pratchett to feature the character Johnny Maxwell. In this story, Johnny sees and speaks with the spirits they object to the term " ghost " of those interred in his local cemetery and tries to help them when their home is threatened. Johnny and the Dead is a feature of some schools' English curriculum. The story starts with Johnny Maxwell, a twelve-year-old boy, taking a shortcut through the local Blackbury cemetery to reach his home. In the cemetery, Johnny meets the spirit of Alderman Thomas Bowler and realizes that he can interact with the spirits of the dead. Later, Johnny meets all the deceased occupants of the cemetery and discusses with them the council's sale of Blackbury 's neglected cemetery to a faceless conglomerate, who plan to build offices on it.
Of all the people in Blackbury, UK, who could have suddenly developed the ability to see ghosts, it would just have to be Johnny Maxwell. Yet the weird stuff always happens to him. So it happens that, just when the city fathers of Blackbury are planning to let a big corporation build a high-rise office building over the historical town cemetery, Johnny starts seeing dead people. Walking around like regular people. Inspired by Johnny, the ghosts go on a round-the-world spiritual bender. Meanwhile, Johnny, the past master of sitting in the back of the room and doing nothing to get noticed, stands up in a public meeting and starts firing tough questions at the aldermen. Why should the city care about those buried in its graveyard?