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Young Adult Fiction Supernatural

Grave Message

by (author) Mary Jennifer Payne

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Feb 2022
Supernatural, Law & Crime, Death & Dying
Recommended Age
12 to 18
Recommended Grade
8 to 12
Recommended Reading age
12 to 18
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Feb 2022
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2022
    List Price

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Key Selling Points

  • In this paranormal thriller, a teenager tries to solve the mystery of her friend’s death, with the help of a ghost.
  • The main character is dyslexic but that is incidental to the storyline.
  • The author is a special education teacher who teaches students with dyslexia.
  • One of the first titles in the new Orca Anchor line of hi-lo books with reading levels of 1.0 to 2.0.
  • Enhanced features (dyslexia-friendly font, cream paper, larger trim size) to increase reading accessibility for dyslexic and other striving readers.

About the author


  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens

Contributor Notes

Mary Jennifer Payne is a graduate of the Humber School of Creative Writing and the author of a number of works for young people, including the Orca Soundings title Enough. She works as a special education teacher and lives in Toronto.

Editorial Reviews

“Payne has packed strong characters and a captivating story into 66 pages, with themes of friendship, death, and loyalties, with a mention of dyslexia.”

Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD)

“Gives readers an edge-of-the-seat experience…A terrific story, blending the theme of grief and bereavement with the excitement of the supernatural and murder mystery genres. Highly Recommended.”

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“Payne effectively uses simple vocabulary and short chapters to tell a story that is full of suspense and intrigue and made even more accessible through the book’s physical design.”

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