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Death as a Favorite Character

Death features in everyone's life, in one way or another. There are many books that discuss small-d death. But occasionally Death himself (sometimes herself) takes center stage. One lovely picture book that features Death as a character can be found on MeL: Death, Duck, and the Tulip by Wolf Erlbruch. More books in which the reader meets Death can be found below.

Jack Death by M. L. Windsor

Jack and Nadine, two ordinary kids with pretty unusual parents, live in a place inhabited by magical creatures with a big problem after a villain destroys the Magical Creature Reserve, releasing some ghastly creatures into their midst.

The Tales of Beedle the Bard, a Wizarding classic, first came to Muggle readers' attention in the book known as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Now, thanks to Hermione Granger's new translation from the ancient runes, we present this stunning edition with an introduction, notes, and illustrations by J. K. Rowling, and extensive commentary by Albus Dumbledore. Never before have Muggles been privy to these richly imaginative tales.

The graveyard book by Neil Gaiman
Also available in: e-book | audiobook

Nobody Owens is a normal boy, except that he has been raised by ghosts and other denizens of the graveyard. This is also available in Graphic Novel format.

A hat full of sky by Terry Pratchett
Also available in: audiobook | e-audiobook

Tiffany Aching, a young witch-in-training, learns about magic and responsibility as she battles a disembodied monster.

The book thief by Markus Zusak
Also available in: e-book | audiobook | e-audiobook | video

Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel--a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.

Also available in: e-book | e-audiobook

In a village at the edge of the wilderness of northern Russia, where the winds blow cold and the snow falls many months of the year, Vasya grows up a wild, willful girl, to the chagrin of her family. But when mysterious forces threaten their village, Vasya discovers that, armed with courage and tenacity, she may be the one who can keep the darkness at bay.

Hogfather by Terry Pratchett
Also available in: e-video

It's the night before Hogswatch, that special time when the Hogfather delivers presents to the kiddies at the mid-winter festival. But when the Hogfather is kidnapped, the inspiring belief in Hogswatch could be lost forever and lead to the destruction of all humankind. An unusual substitute tries to make things right.

A wizard attempting to capture Death to bargain for eternal life traps her younger brother Dream instead. Fearful for his safety, the wizard kept him imprisoned in a glass bottle for decades. After his escape, Dream, also known as Morpheus, goes on a quest for his lost objects of power. This book also includes the story "The Sound of Her Wings" which introduces us to the pragmatic and perky goth girl, Death.

A dirty job by Christopher Moore

Charlie Asher is a pretty normal guy with a normal life, married to a bright and pretty woman who actually loves him for his normality. They're even about to have their first child. Yes, Charlie's doing okay--until people start dropping dead around him, and everywhere he goes a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Charlie Asher, it seems, has been recruited for a particularly dirty job.

As the Incarnation of Death, Zane must end the lives of others but then he finds himself being drawn into an evil plot of Satan's, to destroy Luna, the woman he loves..

Ferryman Charlie Dawson saves dead people--somebody has to convince them to move on to the afterlife, after all. Having never failed a single assignment, he's acquired a reputation for success that's as legendary as it is unwanted. It turns out that serving as a Ferryman is causing Charlie to slowly lose his mind. 

In medieval Sweden a knight returns from war only to find a ravaged homeland. He meets up with a group of travelling players and eventually confronts the embodiment of death with whom he engages in a game of chess for his life. The knight and Death play as the cultural turmoil envelopes the people around them as they try, in different ways, to deal with the upheaval the plague has caused.

Concerns the Christian story of the Fall of Man: the temptation of Adam and Eve by the fallen angel Satan and their expulsion from the Garden of Eden. 

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