BN.com Gift Guide

Grave Images

( 3 )

Overview


A stylish debut mystery with the perfect balance of sweetness and scares!

Thirteen-year-old Bernie's summer is looking pretty grim. It's hard to make friends when your family runs a monument company, and your backyard is littered with tombstones. It's even harder when your mother suddenly refuses to leave her room . . .

To make matters worse, her father has just hired a new artist to engrave the headstones--the creepy Mr. Stein. Bernie has a ...

See more details below
Hardcover
$13.36
BN.com price
(Save 21%)$16.99 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (23) from $1.99   
  • New (12) from $9.34   
  • Used (11) from $1.99   
Grave Images

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 7.0
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 10.1
  • NOOK HD Tablet
  • NOOK HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK eReaders
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$6.49
BN.com price
(Save 7%)$6.99 List Price
Note: Kids' Club Eligible. See More Details.

Overview


A stylish debut mystery with the perfect balance of sweetness and scares!

Thirteen-year-old Bernie's summer is looking pretty grim. It's hard to make friends when your family runs a monument company, and your backyard is littered with tombstones. It's even harder when your mother suddenly refuses to leave her room . . .

To make matters worse, her father has just hired a new artist to engrave the headstones--the creepy Mr. Stein. Bernie has a bad feeling about him right from the start, and after snooping around his cottage, she discovers an engraved portrait of their neighbor . . . a woman who promptly dies the next day. And it's not just a weird coincidence. The pattern continues, and Bernie realizes that Mr. Stein has begun engraving headstones before people die, which forces Bernie to ask a horrifying question: Is Mr. Stein predicting the deaths . . . or causing them?

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Tiffany Torbeck
When your family is in the tombstone business, normal is a relative term. But thirteen-year old Bernie knows something is definitely off about Mr. Stein, a drifter that seeks work at the monument shop. Although Mr. Stein has a great talent for carving beautiful portraits in the stonework, he’s reclusive and mean. Bernie enlists Michael, a younger and rather annoying boy from her neighborhood, to help her solve this mystery. When townspeople start suddenly dying, Bernie knows she has to do something to stop Mr. Stein, if only she knew what he was doing. This creepy book is a good idea that is poorly delivered. There are nefarious tools at work, but they are not scary enough and will not deliver the shivers that readers have come to expected from a good scary story. There is also the problem with Bernie’s mother which feels tacked on for effect, rather than authentic. For a book that will give you proper shivers, try Doll Bones by Holly Black instead. Reviewer: Tiffany Torbeck AGERANGE: Ages 8 to 12.
Kirkus Reviews
2013-09-15
Is Abbot Stein predicting deaths with his etchings…or causing them? Twelve-year-old Bernadette "Bernie" Morrison wants to help her father in his business, Alpine Monuments, so that he can spend more time with her mother, who is still deeply depressed--to the point of being bed-ridden--over the death of Bernie's infant brother Thomas nearly a year ago. When a stranger, Stein, appears with an apparent talent for creating portraits in stone, Mr. Morrison hires him and lets him stay in the carriage house. Bernie's elation at the new face and a possible source of training vanishes in the face of Stein's gruff attitude and general creepiness. When Bernie discovers Stein has etched portraits of townspeople before they died, she sets out to find out how and to stop him with the help of oddball new kid and sheriff's son Michael Romano. Does Stein have anything to do with the deaths? And what does any of this have to do with the mysterious Isabella, whose portrait in stone Stein carries with him? Goebel's debut is a plodding, slightly supernatural thriller wrapped around an after-school special. Inoffensive enough (except, perhaps, for some kissing between Bernie and Michael) and far from frightening, the plot and setting are nearly as stock as the characters. For budding fans of problem fiction interested in a little spookiness. (Supernatural fiction. 8-11)
School Library Journal
12/01/2013
Gr 5–8—Thirteen-year-old Bernie wishes her artwork could help her family's business, Alpine Monuments. Lately, it seems that every aspect of her life revolves around the graveyard. Her father never stops sandblasting headstones, her grandmother takes comfort baskets to the bereaved, and her mother unceasingly grieves the loss of her baby son, Thomas, sparing little attention for her living child. To add to Bernie's mounting troubles, sinister Abbot Stein arrives, offering his services as an expert gravestone artist, except that he often completes his etchings before his subject actually dies. Bernie reluctantly agrees to investigate the mounting death toll with her pesky neighbor, Michael. The final confrontation with Abbot Stein takes place in the graveyard with a death-defying escape scene. Bernie's narration clearly shows her misery over her family's grief and the support the small-town inhabitants provide. Slang dialogue sometimes clashes with her voice, but Goebel sensitively conveys the teen's emotional turmoil as well as the humor in her sarcastic comments. Goebel's own experiences as a headstone artist may have informed detailed descriptions of carving and the strange mixture of commerce and comfort Bernie's family provides to customers. The light romance between Bernie and Michael will please readers who like character development mixed with delicious creepiness. Fans of books by Mary Downing Hahn or Peg Kehret will find this a good match. While the cover and page length may suggest younger readers, this book targets middle schoolers.—Caitlin Augusta, Stratford Library Association, CT
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545519304
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/29/2013
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,373,501
  • Lexile: 860L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


GRAVE IMAGES is Jenny Goebel's debut novel. She lives in Denver with her husband and three sons.
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
( 3 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(2)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(1)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 3 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2013

    I love this book!! Couldn't put it down! Bernie is just the righ

    I love this book!! Couldn't put it down! Bernie is just the right blend of sweetness and sass, innocence and cunning - to keep you guessing just what she will come up with next. Abbot Stine would give anyone the willies. Well written - crisp and endearing. Great read for any age!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2013

    Love it! Very descriptive - I felt like I was right there in the

    Love it! Very descriptive - I felt like I was right there in the story with Bernie! Quick read - perfect for middle school kids - just enough scare to keep them interested.. but not too much!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted November 22, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    Great read!

    Really kept my interest.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing all of 3 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)