Rex is a dog person without a dog. When his birthday rolls around, his dreams of a puppy are dashed when he’s gifted a chicken! Why a chicken? His parents call it a practice pet; a chicken is definitely easier to take care of than a dog. As it turns out, Rex’s parents are wrong. Less than 2 hours later, Rex’s chicken is crushed by a steam roller. Not to worry, the ghost of said chicken comes back to be Rex’s best bud. A ghost chicken is one thing, but soon Rex finds himself visited by recently deceased zoo animals. Rex realizes that the only way to lead these animals toward the light is to help them find out the truth behind their suspicious deaths.
The Incredibly Dead Pets of Rex Dexter has it all, humor, mystery, tragedy and the definition of a corsage.
5th grade and up.