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Children's Fiction Fantasy & Magic

The Grave Thief

by (author) Dee Hahn

Tundra Book Group
Initial publish date
Sep 2024
Fantasy & Magic, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Special Needs
Recommended Age
9 to 12
Recommended Grade
4 to 7
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2022
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2024
    List Price

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A twelve-year-old grave thief gets caught up in a royal heist in this compelling middle-grade fantasy in the vein of Kelley Armstrong's A Royal Guide to Monster Slaying, now available in paperback.

Twelve-year-old Spade is a grave thief. With his father and brother, he digs up the recently deceased to steal jewels, the main form of trade in Wyndhail.

Digging graves works for Spade — alone in the graveyard at night, no one notices his limp or calls him names. He's headed for a lifetime of theft when his father comes up with the audacious plan to rob a grave in the Wyndhail castle cemetery. Spade and his brother get caught in a royal trap, and Spade must find the master of the Woegan: a deadly creature that is stalking the castle by night.

Along the way, he meets Ember, the queen's niece, and together they race to solve the mystery of the legendary Deepstones and their connection to the Woegan, the queen, a missing king and the mysterious pebble Spade finds in the Wyndhail cemetery.

This is a fantastic story of friendship, bravery, grief and acceptance.

About the author


  • Nominated, Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Awards (MYRCA) - Sundogs Award
  • Short-listed, R. Ross Annett Award for Children's Literature
  • Nominated, Diamond Willow Award
  • Short-listed, CCBC Book Awards - Jean Little First-Novel Award

Contributor Notes

DEE HAHN began writing when her three children begged for bedtime stories, and she never stopped. Dee is a lover of forests, adventure, yaks — and books, of course! She lives with her family, a wily dog and a rebellious chicken in Calgary, Alberta.

Editorial Reviews

One of CCBC's Best Books for Kids & Teens (Fall 2022)

"Fast-paced and full of magic, this debut is sure to be a smash hit with fantasy and adventure lovers." —STARRED REVIEW, School Library Journal

"The Grave Thief will appeal to fantasy and adventure lovers." —CM: Canadian Review of Materials
"This fantasy is a fast-paced mystery filled with twists and turns." —Calgary Herald