Over My Dead Body (Paperback)

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Over My Dead Body by Sweeney Boo is a graphic novel chock full of adventure, friendship, and eerie dark academia aesthetics. If you’re someone who loves the atmosphere created by writing with quills, collecting vintage books, and attending a boarding school, this novel is for you!
Set at Younwity Hidden Institute of Witchcraft, the story follows Abigail, whose close friend and mentee, Noreen, has gone missing. Despite Noreen’s disappearance having been under suspicious circumstances, the coven (that runs the institute) seems to sit on their hands instead of properly investigating her absence.
Determined to find her mentee, Abigail searches for clues with her friends and cat familiar. Along the way, she also uncovers some harrowing secrets surrounding an identical disappearance that happened to another Younwity student, years prior.
The gorgeous artwork and amazing characterization that make up the pages of Sweeney Boo’s Over My Dead Body should more than fulfill your sweet tooth, while delivering on that cozy autumnal feeling.

— Ray

September/October 2022 Kids Indie Next List

“In this bewitching graphic novel, it’s up to Abigail to uncover what lurks in the woods before it’s too late. Over My Dead Body combines gorgeous art with a compelling storyline full of magic and mystery. You’ll be turning the pages all night!”
— Emma Butler, The Briar Patch, Bangor, ME


Fans of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina will love diving into the mysterious and witchy world of award-nominated creator Sweeney Boo. Enchanting full-color illustrations will be sure to charm readers as they explore the halls of Younwity's Institute of Magic and the forbidden forest that lies beyond.

In the days leading up to Samhain, the veil between the world of the dead and the living is at its thinnest.

One day, everything was exactly as it was supposed to be. And the next, the closest thing Abby ever had to a sister, Noreen, was just… gone.

Distracted by the annual preparations for the Samhain festival, Abby’s classmates are quick to put Noreen’s disappearance aside. The Coven will find her, Abby’s friends say. They have it under control.

But Abby can’t let it go. Soon a search for answers leads her down a rabbit hole that uncovers more secrets than Abby can handle. As mounting evidence steers her toward the off-limits woods that surround the academy, she begins to see that Noreen’s disappearance mysteriously has a lot in common with another girl who went missing all those years ago…

Praise For…

Spooky, mysterious, and also full of heart, this graphic novel is an enchanting story of friendship and found family. An exciting fantasy full of mystery and witchcraft.  — Kirkus Reviews

Boo capably juggles the mystery’s intrigue with interpersonal drama in this eerie mystery that sits well within the magic school canon. — Publishers Weekly

The star attraction here is the glorious artwork, with well-placed shadows and vivid splashes of dramatic hues. Boo has an eye for how colors can interact to tell as much of a story as the text itself, and these startling, almost cinematic illustrations are the truly memorable elements. — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

A wonderful addition to Halloween collections that will continue to be checked out long after the season is over. — School Library Journal

Product Details
ISBN: 9780063056305
ISBN-10: 0063056305
Publisher: HarperAlley
Publication Date: August 30th, 2022
Pages: 240
Language: English