Texting the Underworld by Ellen Booraem

Texting the Underworld

Perpetual scaredy-cat Conor O'Neill has the fright of his life when a banshee girl named Ashling shows up in his bedroom. Ashling is--as all banshees are--a harbinger of death, but she's new at this banshee business, and first she insists on going to middle school. As Conor attempts to hide her identity from his teachers, he realizes he's going to have to pay a visit to the underworld if he wants to keep his family safe."Got your cell?""Yeah . . ...

Details Texting the Underworld

TitleTexting the Underworld
Release DateAug 15th, 2013
PublisherDial Books
GenreFantasy, Childrens, Middle Grade, Young Adult, Paranormal, Fiction, Mythology

Reviews Texting the Underworld

  • Mary
    Another clever and witty fantasy from Booraem, again set in New England and dealing with family history. This time, the family is the O'Neill's, living in South Boston. Conor, a seventh grader who loves maps and dislikes conflict, is plunged into adventure when he meets Ashling, a girl his age who happens to be dead. Not only is Ashling dead, she is his family's personal banshee, and she has come to keen a death and take the dear departed to the ...
  • Britt
    Nope. Contrived and ill-concieved and poorly-written to boot.Nope nope nope.Also, kdz do not txt lik diz u got it? k h8rs 2 the lft
  • Spencer
    2.5 starsIt was actually a pretty okay story, but I didn't have as much information about it as I should have had. I hadn't realized it was written for such a young audience. I was prepared for a more young adult novel, not a children's story, so I didn't enjoy it as much as I could have.That being said, it is a fun story. The characters are great, they want what's best for everyone they love. Loyal to a fault. Conor is a great hero because he do...
  • Adji
    I felt that this book really brought the out the Irish culture which was very interesting to read about. This really a book kids can relate to especially kids that have recently started Middle School. Ellen Booraem has taught me through this book that it's okay to have fears and that once you can overcome anything
  • Brandy Painter
    Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile.I adored Small Persons with Wings by Ellen Booraem, so when I discovered that Booream had a new book coming out about a Banshee and a trip to the Underworld I was excited as could be. I was even more excited when I won a copy of Texting the Underworld via a giveaway at Charlotte's Library.Conor is not a kid looking for adventure. He likes his world safe and predictable. And spider free. He...
  • Chris Mclean
    Conor O'Neill is afraid of so many things - in the first few pages he is terrified of the spider on the ceiling of his bedroom. His sister, two years younger, is a lot braver. His grandfather (affectionately called Grump) is always hoping Conor will toughen up (as is his father). What happens to scared little Conor changes his world - ....he actually hears and then meets a banshee, who is sent to announce an imminent death in the O'Neill family. ...
  • Brenda Kahn
    Wow, this story was so satisfying, I'm reluctant to start another. I just don't want to leave Conor's family, as imperfect as it is, just yet. I laughed deeply and heartily. I sighed wistfully. As usual, Ellen Booraem has constructed a unique, complex story featuring fully realized and flawed characters. While set in contemporary south Boston, she weaves the Irish mythology of death, the Banshee, along with a few other mythologies so hilariously ...
  • Ariana Fitz
    Book-Texting the Underworld Have you ever read a book that starts off with a quote that makes the book sound so deep, but then it all of a sudden goes to when a kid named Conor tries to kill a spider, but fails. I have and that's how the book I'm reading (Texting The Underworld) starts. The genre of this book is fantasy-fiction. To be honest this book wasn't my favorite, it didn't interest me as much as I hoped. The book starts off with a boy nam...
  • Dominic
    this book is fictional, and very excited and interesting to read i never wanted to put it down when i started reading it. The book is about a family that is haunted by banshees that demand a death to happen for them to be re born into a new life. this becomes a problem because Conor does not want anyone in his family to die so they go to the underworld and try to work out a way to make it so they don't have to and he has to face the birds. facing...
  • Laurel Decher
    I think this funny adventure story would be excellent for reluctant readers. I laughed out loud because of the wonderful one-liners. Tricky and believable plotting, laugh-out-loud lines, and the warmest Trivial-Pursuit-loving banshee character I never thought I'd read about. Conor, the rule-following, fantasy mapmaking, spider-phobic hero is endearingly smart and funny. It was a treat to watch him become the hero he never thought he could be.The ...
  • Abigail Levine
    Texting the Underworld by Ellen Booraem is fantasy and not part of a series. Have you ever wondered about visiting another world? Twelve year old Conor O'Neill thought there were no other terrifying monsters in the world besides spiders, until a banshee named Ashiling decided to pay a visit. This leads Conor to finding out that someone in his family was going to die, and he had to be the one to stop it. Now stuck in Conor's bedroom for several da...
  • Brittany Walker (NekosBooks)
    I haven't read many middle-grade standalone's so I was excited to start this book. In all honesty, the book was entertaining, but I had a few problems with it that made me drastically lower my rating.The main one being how the death was going to happen. We had this very tense moment that was completely ignored in favor of everyone on the street gathering around and talking for no real reason. And I wonder if this moment happened because of Ashlin...
  • Marianne
    3.5 stars.
  • Emily P.
    It was actually a lot better than I thought it would be. The beginning isn't so great but it kicks in.
  • Stephanie Ellingham
    Well written story about growing up and dealing with loss.
  • Mikey
    One word, "weird".
  • Brenda
    Texting the Underworld is about twelve year old Conor O'Neill who lives in South Boston with his parents, younger sister and next door is his Grandpa or Grump as he is lovingly called. Conor's little Irish neighborhood is home to the frequent sounds of car alarms and the screech of owls, but Grump knows that those sounds are really the “keen” of a banshee come to weep for the person about to die. So when red-blond headed Ashling appears to Co...
  • Sophia F
    Reading the back of the book strangely captivated me enough to pick it up off the shelf and read it, but I am extremely glad it did!A story involving Conor, (AKA Pixie) who is easily frightened and deathly afraid of spiders, encounters his family's Banshee Ashling, who is supposed to turn into a wraith and kill one of his family members. He decides to venture into the Underworld to make a deal with the 'Lady', and save one of his family members.T...
  • Kristen
    Texting the Underworld starts off with the reader meeting Conor, a boy who is afraid of spiders and definitely not seeking out adventure. When a banshee named Ashling shows up in his room, he knows there will be a death in his family. Ashling is there to stay, curious about middle school and may not enjoy her new job as a banshee, but she knows she must go through with it or go crazy. Conor decides to talk to his grandfather about what is going o...
  • Ryan
    Beyond the supernatural hijinks with a banshee and trips to the underworld - which were all pretty fun - was a story of a boy trying to figure out who he is while trying to live up to the expectations and needs of his father, who is trying to resolve his own childhood disappointments. Not an easy task, especially when dad can't see past his own disappointments and realize that his son may have different plans. While Conor's father loves his son a...
  • Angie
    Conor O'Neill has a banshee named Ashling hiding in his game closet. Ashling has come to announce the death of one of the members of the O'Neill family, but doesn't know who. Conor doesn't want anyone in his family to die. Grumps wants to be the one to die instead of anyone else. Little sister Glennie doesn't believe half of what Conor says and is a royal pain. Mom and dad are clueless in so many ways. Mom insists on calling Conor Pixie which doe...
  • Karen Maurer
    When I found myself tearing up this morning just thinking about this book - something the intended readers will most likely NOT do - I realized it deserved 5 stars. It's not like Conor doesn't have problems already. He's short - so short that his nickname is Pixie. His father wants him to be a hockey player and go to BU. Conor is not fond of hockey and has no idea where he wants to go to college. His younger sister is a pain. And now a 1600 year-...
  • Summer Rosswog
    What do you do when you're an average kid from South Boston with a banshee from the Irish underworld hiding out in your game closet? In "Texting the Underworld," Ellen Booraem melds fantasy and realism brilliantly drawing upon Irish and other cultural lore surrounding death and the afterlife. Visiting with Conor and then rest of his family, the O'Neills of 36A and 36B Crumlin Street, is worth the read. However, a daring trip to the underworld is ...
  • Dawn Moews
    I thought this was a fun book. I believe it would appeal to intermediate and middle graders alike.I felt that Connor's character was the most fully developed, but that's natural since he was the narrator. We only got to know the other characters (Ashling, Glennie, Grumps, Javier, and Connor's parents) through Connor's lens. Still, I think the overall character development was well-done, and I know that I enjoyed getting to know these people.I did...
  • Mary
    I got this book because Kirkus listed it as one of the best books of 2013. Started it and thought the first line of Chapter One would put off the seriously arachnophobic, "Death stalked the spider, pre-algebra book in hand. The spider was slightly bigger than a pencil eraser..."By chapter's end twelve year old Conor O'Neill is visited by a red-haired, inexperienced teen banshee,Ashling. She is sent to keen for the upcoming death of one of the des...
  • Debra
    Once again the cover art and the title made it leap off the shelf. Conor is a wimp, afraid of spiders and most everything else. Then the banshee drops in. A beautiful red-head from ancient Ireland via the Underworld. She is waiting for the Death to occur in Conor's house, keen for the soul and then escort that person to the Underworld. But whose death is it that she is waiting for? Conor suspects it is his grandfather, but Ashling, the banshee re...
  • Helen
    This fantasy WAW possibility was a bit far fetched for me, but still enjoyable. Conor is likable and tries to deal with Ashling, the banshee who has come to escort someone in his family to the underworld. Conor's grandfather Grump wants to "challenge the birds" to gain the power to choose who from the family should die, so he, Conor, and his sister Glennie fly with Ashling to the underworld with the help of his best friend Javier who texts back a...
  • Phoebe
    It's delightful to have a new Ellen Booraem novel to read, after her wonderful Small Persons With Wings. South Boston kid Conor O'Neill is a worried 12-year-old, but when a banshee arrives in his life things take a marked turn for the worse. Banshees appear shortly before a Death, and Conor has no idea who in his family is about to go. Also, why is he having weird snatches of memory from a long distant past, involving Ashling, the banshee, when s...
  • Sophie Tamashiro
    This book is for those who enjoy reading creepy fictional stories that will take you into a whole new dimension of wonders. Booraem created lots of suspense for Conor and Ashling because there were a lot of events that literally involved choosing between life or death matters. Throughout this book, there are lots of what you could call, little "hints" that would only make sense to the reader if you read the beginning of the book. This certain sty...