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Denton Little's Still Not Dead
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Denton Little's Still Not Dead
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"Denton and his quirky friends are laugh-out-loud funny, even as their riotous adventures raise deeper questions about science, government control, life, and death." — SLJ You only live...
"Denton and his quirky friends are laugh-out-loud funny, even as their riotous adventures raise deeper questions about science, government control, life, and death." — SLJ You only live...
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  • "Denton and his quirky friends are laugh-out-loud funny, even as their riotous adventures raise deeper questions about science, government control, life, and death." — SLJ
    You only live onceunless you're Denton Little!

    Denton Little lives in a world exactly like our own except that everyone knows the day on which they will die. The good news: Denton has lived through his deathdate. Yay! The bad news: He's being chased by the DIA (Death Investigation Agency), he can never see his family again, and he may now die anytime. Huh. Cheating death isn't quite as awesome as Denton would have thought. . . .

    Lance Rubin's debut novel, Denton Little's Deathdate, showed readers just how funny and poignant imminent death could be. Now in this sequel, he takes on the big questions about life. How do we cope, knowing we could die at any time? Would you save someone from dying even if they were a horrible person? Is it wrong to kiss the girl your best friend is crushing on if she's really into you instead? What if she's wearing bacon lip gloss?
    Praise for Denton Little's Deathdate:

    "Highly original, fantastically entertaining, and laugh-out-loud funny, Denton Little's Deathdate is a wild romp through a night like no other." —Jennifer E. Smith, author of The Geography of You and Me

    "Let's all pray the grim reaper is even half as witty (and wise) as the deadly talented Lance Rubin. Till then: skip this book at your own peril." —Tim Federle, author of Better Nate than Ever and The Great American Whatever
    "Rubin is really funny, but like John Green, he manages to be poignant. . . . In other words, it's a keeper." —Bustle

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    "Am I dead?" I ask.

    I'm supposed to be dead.

    My mother smiles. "No."

    This would be reassuring, except for the fact that she's supposed to be dead, too.

    "I'm alive," she says. "We're both alive. We've been waiting for you, Denton."

    Everything spins, and I'm fairly certain the contents of my stomach are about to splatter onto my undead mom's face. But then the spinning stops.

    My mom stares at me, more curious than concerned. I don't know if I should believe what she's said or if this is even real, but I'm too damn tired to go anywhere else.

    I nod and walk inside.

    "Up this way," she says, stepping over an empty can of Mr. Pibb and pointing to a set of stairs. I immediately feel relieved. If this turns out to be some kind of afterlife, stairs that ascend seem like a good sign. Heaven, baby!

    But the stairwell smells like fish sticks. And farts.

    "It's just this one flight," my mom says, her dark curls bouncing as she leads the way up the concrete steps and stops at a door marked 2D.

    Of course. 2D. As in: a second dimension. As in: the afterlife.

    Wow. Here we go.

    My mom grits her teeth, fiddling with the key. "Haven't figured this stupid lock out yet," she says. Guess it makes sense there would be tight security. You wouldn't want any ol' schmuck to be able to get into heaven.

    "Whew," she says as she finally pushes the door open and gestures for me to head inside. "They don't make it easy, do they?"

    "Exactly," I say, pushing past her to see what's in store for me in this other dimension. "Oh." My hopes quickly evaporate. There are no babies playing harps. There are no Skittles raining down from the ceiling. I'm staring at a room with nothing on the walls and only a few pieces of furniture.

    This must be a way station between life and heaven.

    "Denton," my mother says, locking the door and then coming to stand right in front of me. "You're here. At last." Her eyes sparkle.

    "Yeah," I say. I can't believe I'm chilling with my mom's ghost.

    "You've grown up into such a handsome young man." She touches my cheek with her cold ghost fingers, and I flinch. "Sorry," she says, retracting her hand.

    "No, it's . . ." I can't finish the sentence. My brain is a swirling stew of words, images, and question marks, but none are staying put long enough for me to get a handle on them.

    Here's what I do know:

    Today—well, technically yesterday at this point, since it must be, like, three in the morning—was my deathdate.

    By which I mean, you know, the date I was going to die? Which was determined by a highly advanced test that is given to every baby born in the US? Which is known to be one hundred percent accurate?

    Right. So, my deathdate was yesterday.

    And I lived through it.

    Just . . . did not die.

    Or so I thought.

    Because now, to add another slice of insanity to this WTF pie, I've arrived at the New York City address given to me by doctor-guy Brian Blum, and my dead biological mother opened the door.

    So I'm pretty sure I did die.

    I finally formulate a question: "We're ghosts, right?"

    "What?" my mom says, a grin blossoming on her face like I've just mispronounced a very simple word.

    "I mean . . . ," I say. "You're a ghost. And I'm a ghost. Right?"

    "Oh, you poor, confused...

About the Author-

  • Lance Rubin is the author of Denton Little's Deathdate. He's worked as an actor and written sketch comedy, including successful runs of The Lance and Ray Show at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York City. He's also co-written a new musical called Broadway Bounty Hunter. Lance lives in Brooklyn with his wife and son. He is very glad he doesn't know his deathdate. You can follow him online at LanceRubin.com and on Twitter @LanceRubinParty.

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