The Death Catchers

The Death Catchers

Book - 2011
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Through a letter to her English teacher, fourteen-year-old Lizzy Mortimer of Crabapple, California, relates her discovery that she and her eccentric grandmother are kin to Morgan le Faye, charged with saving the last descendant of King Arthur from an untimely death that would endanger the world.
Publisher: New York : Walker Books for Young Readers, [2011]
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9780802721846
0802721842
Branch Call Number: TEEN KOG
Characteristics: 344 pages ;,22 cm

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Stuart_13
Nov 10, 2014

The Death Catchers is a nice, quick read that anyone could get into and love. It was quite interesting how they tied Arthurian lore with reality. This book reminds me of a movie where King Arthur was reincarnated in a teenager from present time. It was much like this book where King Arthur had to stay protected and safe.

I think the title “Death Catchers” makes so much sense with the storyline. It describes how and what Lizzy is involved with and the situations revealed to her through the pages of this book. I have no problems with this title because it was meant to keep us wondering in the beginning until some of Lizzy’s little secrets were brought to our ears.

Speaking of Bizzy, I just love the quirky characters in this book! There have definitely been many different times where the personalities of certain characters shine. I especially love when Lizzy’s friend Jodi comes up with the “DWOR”, it just goes to show you how even the secondary characters can change the whole book around you.

Most people wouldn’t handle the problem Lizzy faces in this book the same way she does. What would you do if one day you were perfectly normal until you got spotted by a witch who froze you right there? I would try to convince my parents to move out of town that night. But Lizzy’s family, much like my own, have affected her choices and decisions. This makes her more curious and powerful as this book progresses. What an amazing ending as well! There could be no other books like this.

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ADWithrow
Dec 18, 2013

I enjoyed this book. It was a fun, quick read with a new take on the Arthurian legends. I enjoyed the characters quite a lot. Bizzy, in particular, was a driving force that kept me interested and involved. Lizzy was a well written teenage character trying to deal with outrageous circumstances, as was depicted realistically. The author didn't turn Lizzy into an instant bad-ass as soon as she received her gift. There was a natural progression to Lizzy and the setback to her quest.

I especially liked the tie-in's to Arthurian legend. Vivienne was a wonderfully wicked character and the Seven Sisters were used wisely to move the story without overpowering Lizzy and Bizzy.

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