Denton Little's Still Not Dead

8 CDs. 9:03 hrs. Listening Library. Feb. 2017. $50. ISBN 9780553556056. digital download.
Gr 8 Up—How would you feel if you lived in a world where almost everyone knew their deathdate but you lived past yours? Then you meet your real mom, who supposedly died giving birth to you. For teenager Denton Little, this is his new reality. As he's pursued by DIA (Death Investigation Agency) agents intent upon eliminating him, his mother is trying to hide him. He's also determined to find a way to save his best friend, Pablo, from his imminent deathdate while maybe hooking up with Pablo's older sister. Add in Denton discovering family secrets aplenty, a really odd way for other kids to avoid their deathdates, and the oddest graduation night you've ever read about, and you have a fun listen. The author does a great job as narrator, making Denton sound like the hormone-infused kid he is.
VERDICT While it helps to have read the first book, there's plenty in this one to entertain listeners. Be aware that the language is pretty salty at times, but for libraries where this isn't a big issue, this is a definite addition.

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