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Shallow Grave
By author: Alex Van Tol
Selling Points: spirits, murder, crime
ISBN: 9781459802025
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Oct/01/2012
Fry Reading Level: 2.5
Pages: 136
Fiction Ages 12+
Availability: In stock.
Price:  $9.95
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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.
Library Media Connection - May 1, 2013
"A fast-paced, entertaining ghost story that targets reluctant readers with its high interest, low readability format."
TriState YA Book Review Committee - January 1, 2013
"A thrilling short novel...This fast paced mystery is sure to delight young adult and reluctant readers."
NJ Youth Services - December 5, 2012
"Enough creepiness to keep readers on the edge of their seat."
Booklist - October 15, 2012
"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."
Resource Links - October 1, 2012
"The dialogue...is excellent, up-to-date, and witty, moving the story along well, reflective of the way real students talk to each other."

Awards

YALSA Quick Picks, commended  US  2013
CCBC Best Books, commended  CA  2013

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