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publisher: Orca Book Publishers

Shallow Grave

by Alex Van Tol

tagged: ghost stories, mysteries & detective stories, law & crime
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list price: $9.95
edition:Paperback
also available: Hardcover eBook
published: Oct 2012
pages: 136
ISBN:9781459802025
publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Description

When they're hauled into the office in the wake of a stupid prank, schoolmates Elliot and Shannon have no idea that hiding the principal's Smart Car in the woods was the least of their problems. As part of their punishment, the pair is tasked to clean up the school boathouse. Should be an easy enough task, they figure: chuck all the broken stuff, organize whatever still works and get the weekend underway. But when Shannon talks Elliot into making a Ouija board, things take a turn for the horrifying. When the pair accidentally unleashes a dark force, they find themselves caught up in a mystery that must be solved if they have any hope of escape.

About the Author
Alex Van Tol grew up reading a wide range of books, from Enid Blyton to Stephen King. She taught middle school for eight years, then made the switch to writing for a living. She has published numerous titles with Orca. Alex lives in Victoria, British Columbia, with her family. For more information, visit www.alexvantol.com.
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Recommended Age and Grade
Age:
12 to 18
Grade:
8 to 12
Awards
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books
  • Commended, YALSA Quick Picks
Editorial Reviews

"Enough creepiness to keep readers on the edge of their seat."

— NJ Youth Services

"A fast-paced, entertaining ghost story that targets reluctant readers with its high interest, low readability format."

— Library Media Connection

"A thrilling short novel...This fast paced mystery is sure to delight young adult and reluctant readers."

— TriState YA Book Review Committee

"Brief hints of school and family drama flesh out the two main characters, and Elliot's snappy first-person narrative will be relatable to teens...A good introduction to scary stories while still being suspenseful enough to hold the interest of older readers, too."

— Booklist

"The dialogue...is excellent, up-to-date, and witty, moving the story along well, reflective of the way real students talk to each other."

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