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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 790L (What's this?)
  • Series: AWARDS: Texas Bluebonnet Master List 2007-2008
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Juvenile (August 18, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525461620
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525461623
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,779,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 4-7–Josh, 12, is furious at his mom and step-dad, who are spending their summer in India while he is trapped in Carbon City, WA. Aunt Ethel is very peculiar–she serves dinner for breakfast and thinks the peacock living on the porch is her dead sister. Josh's luck turns when he discovers a tree house and a stray cat with kittens nearby. He also meets a ghost named Willie, who shares the tragic story of his death and convinces Josh to dig up his leg bones and reunite them with the rest of his body. When Josh stumbles upon a metal box full of money buried with Willie's leg, he heads home with the cash, planning to tell Ethel and to call the police. But she breaks her ankle and is rushed to the hospital before he gets the chance. Later that night, the owner of the cash tracks down Josh and demands it back at gunpoint. Willie, the peacock, and a quick-thinking neighbor come to Josh's aid and foil the thief. This fast-paced and engaging book should be a hit with fans of ghost stories. Josh is a rich character to whom readers can relate and they will cheer him on as he searches for the truth.–Alison Grant, West Bloomfield Township Public Library, MI
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Gr. 5-8. By turns comic and scary, Kehret's seventeenth novel is rooted in both the supernatural and the gritty reality of coal miners' lives in the first years of the last century. Hero-narrator Josh is sent to stay with a distant relative in Carbon City, Washington. From the moment he crosses the threshold of his aunt's old country house and witnesses her using a shotgun on a bat in the kitchen, he knows he has crossed into a life new and strange. With no TV, CDs, or DVDs, Josh occupies himself with a long bike ride into town, past a cemetery and a tree house said to be haunted. And haunted it is. Its ghost, the specter of an old coal miner who died in a disaster in 1903, has a mission for Josh; he wants the boy to dig up his leg, which was buried before the miner died, and reunite it with the rest of him. When Josh exhumes the limb, he discovers a buried box of cash. A bored kid in a dead-end town turns sleuth in this fun, fast-moving caper. Connie Fletcher
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I've published 53 books; all but two are for children. I wrote magazine articles, short stories, and plays for many years before I discovered that what I like best is to write books for kids.
When I was twelve, I was paralyzed with polio. I made almost a full recovery but I remember that time of my life so clearly that it's easy for me to write from the viewpoint of a twelve or thirteen-year-old.
I'm always thrilled when one of my books wins a state young reader award, because I know those awards are voted on by children.
I am a widow who was married for 48 years. I have two grown children and four grandchildren. I live on a small wildlife sanctuary near Mt. Rainier National Park and I often have deer and elk in my yard.

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The book is fast paced, the plot is straightforward, the descriptive prose serves the story without a lot of heavy lifting.
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I am reading to my 5th grade class and I have read it to my classes for the past 2 years and they LOVE it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Tigers#1 on November 22, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Summer had just begun when Josh moved to a new town. He thought he might join a summer baseball league to make some new friends. When he told his mom about it she had some bad news. Turns out, his step dad has to go to India for his job and his mom is going with him. Where is Josh going to stay? At his great aunts whom he's never met before. When he gets off the train he is greeted by an older lady with a beat up pick-up truck. Her house is gross and the first night wasn't too good considering his aunt shot a bat in the house. Things get better when he finds an old tree house in the woods behind his aunts house. Josh brought books out there and a bean bag to read. He left and when he returned to the tree house the books weren't where he left them. Suddenly a ghost pops into the window. The ghost wants to ask a favor of Josh. This ghost, Willie, wants Josh to dig up his leg and bury it with the rest of his body. Will Josh do it or will he run off and never go back again?

I loved this book! it was a total mystery and that is what I have always loved to read. I was done with this book in three days! That is a record for me. I usually don't get into reading, but this book was just great. I didn't have any dislikes. I liked the whole book.

I would recommend this book to people who like mysteries and it is a book that can be read by boys and girls.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
I love this book called Ghost's Grave. The author of this book is Peg Kehret. Peg Kehret also wrote Stranger Next Door and Escaping the Giant Wave. This book is mystery. The theme of this book is never say your aunt is boring if you still haven't been to her house.

I really like this book called Ghost's Grave because the author does a great job of making the book scary but mysterious. The main characters are Aunt Ethel and Josh. My favorite character was Aunt Ethel because there are some parts in the book that just cracks me up!

The background information is this boy named Josh is forced to go to Aunt Ethel's house. But Josh doesn't want to go to his Aunt Ethel's house for the summer because he thinks it will be boring. I think the most exciting scene from the beginning of the book is when Aunt Ethel shot the bat in her kitchen with her gun. You have to read this amazing book to find out what happens at the end.

I recommend this awesome book to people who like mysteries and would like to read a great book about ghosts. I like this book because it is my favorite book I read in 5th grade. I also like this book because the author makes it so exciting that you want to keep reading and flipping the page.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 14, 2006
Format: Hardcover
When Josh's parents go to India for a new job, Josh goes to his aunt Ethel's house in Carbon City, Washington. When he gets there he finds a treehouse that he likes to read in. One day when he comes back he sees that his book was moved then he hears a deep voice. He meets a ghost named Willie who died when he was mining. Josh does a favor for Willie by burying his leg where his body is. When Josh is digging up Willies leg, he finds a metal box with money in it. Things get exciting when the owner of the money realizes the box is missing! I liked the book but it's not the best book I ever read but I have to say it is very interesting. It is interesting because you never know what will happen next and there are alot of problems happening at once.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 14, 2006
Format: Hardcover
A mystery story

The Ghost Grave by Peg Kehret is about a boy named Josh who goes to his aunt's because his stepdad has to go to work. At his aunt Ethel's House he finds a tree house and in the tree house is a ghost named Willie who died in a mining accident. Josh and Willie become friends. Later in the book, Josh is digging in the grave yard because Willie wants his leg bones burried with the rest of his body. Josh finds a metal box that has money in it. There is a robber who tries to steal the money. You should read this book to find out if the robber gets arrested or gets the money. I like this book because it is a mystery story. if you read this story you won't want to stop reading it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pop Bop TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
The premise sounds like this book could be dopey or too cute or slightly off-pitch, but in fact it seems to hit all of the sweet spots for an advanced chapter book.

Josh doesn't want to spend the summer with his great aunt in the middle of nowhere, and grumps around for a while, but then sucks it up and moves on. So we don't have a whiny mope teenager. He looks around the old country house and finds a cool treehouse, so things are looking up. Then he meets a ghost, and the ghost has personality, a good back story and a minimum of ghosty folderol. Then we have grave digging, bone moving, treasure finding, bad guy avoiding, and a lot of clear headed action.

The book is fast paced, the plot is straightforward, the descriptive prose serves the story without a lot of heavy lifting. The hero is a good-natured, smart and decent teen, with a nice sense of adventure and solid instincts. The secondary characters, especially Aunt Ethel, have some personality and a little bit of tartness, which adds to the fun.

In fact the whole book is lighter, sharper, zippier and tighter than I expected, which is all to the good. This strikes me as a great choice as a mainstream chapter book.
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