Gravediggers: Mountain of Bones

Gravediggers: Mountain of Bones

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by Christopher Krovatin
     
 

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Ian was the 0ne who chased the majestic buck into the forest. (His motto: Act first, think later.) Kendra didn't want to become separated from the other sixth graders, but she followed Ian anyway, despite what her analytical mind told her. PJ followed him too. Even though he was scared, he figured he might catch some amazing footage with his video

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Ian was the 0ne who chased the majestic buck into the forest. (His motto: Act first, think later.) Kendra didn't want to become separated from the other sixth graders, but she followed Ian anyway, despite what her analytical mind told her. PJ followed him too. Even though he was scared, he figured he might catch some amazing footage with his video camera.

They all hoped to return to the hiking trail before anyone noticed they were gone. However, the mountain had other plans for them: dark, sinister plans that only nightmares are made of.

Now they don't know where they are. They don't know how to get home. They don't know what gruesome creatures lurk in the shadows—but when they find out these grisly ghouls are actually ravenous zombies, will they be able to escape the mountain with their lives?

This first book in the Gravediggers series is a scary, mysterious, wild ride that will thrill readers to the very last page.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—What was supposed to be an exciting school trip in the Montana mountains turns out to be anything but for sixth graders Ian Buckley, PJ Wilson, and Kendra Wright. Straying from the path, the three kids get lost and realize that something is not quite right. Their sense of dread intensifies upon discovering a stone wall covered in a weird symbol. As darkness approaches, the trio stumble upon an abandoned cabin where they find a skull in the basement and a mysterious journal that warns of dark forces at work. Then zombies attack, and they must run for their lives. The group seeks out the witch they believe is behind this sinister evil, hoping she can help them protect their school friends from being attacked and end the zombie curse. Using alternating points of view, Krovatin masterfully combines horror and humor in this heart-pounding, action-packed story that deals with survival, friendship, and self-discovery. Although the ending is a little rushed, this page-turner will satisfy fans of the genre and leave them anticipating future installments.—Donna Rosenblum, Floral Park Memorial High School, NY
R.L. Stine
“Beware. If you read Gravediggers, you’re in for dangers and lots of horrifying surprises. This is my kind of book—fast, frightening, and all TOO REAL!”
Michael Grant
“This spine-tingling, hair-raising adventure is to readers what human flesh is to zombies - utterly irresistible.”
Chris Grabenstein
“So realistically rendered and well written, Gravediggers will have zombies believing in humans!”
Rick Yancey
“What great, creepy fun! Scary, funny, with endearing characters and a fast-paced plot, the book is perfect for the zombie-lover in all of us.”
Children's Literature - Denise Daley
Ian, Kendra, and PJ are just a couple of regular kids on a school camping trip. Ian is the jock, Kendra is the brain, and PJ is a nerd. These three youngsters chase a deer off into the woods and quickly become lost. They wander for hours trying to find their way back and instead discover a creepy cabin that offers shelter and warmth. Imagine their shock when zombies begin to attack them! Their only defense is to run. The zombies are slow but determined. In an attempt to stop the zombies, Kendra burns an enchanted dream catcher and she inadvertently sets the zombies free. Can the old witch who lives on the mountain help Ian, Kendra, and PJ save themselves and prevent the zombies from leaving the mountain and infesting the earth? Can the witch be trusted or is she another enemy? This creepy page turner is fast-paced and exciting. Readers will be on the edge of their seats as they root for the three youngsters and hope that they can save not only themselves, but all of mankind. Reviewer: Denise Daley
VOYA - Jennifer Rosenstein
Three very different teenagers—jock Ian, film buff PJ, and nerd Kendra—end up lost in the woods on a school-sponsored trip to Montana. As they wander deeper into the mountains, they come across a stone wall marked with strange symbols. On the other side of the wall, they discover a nightmarish world where zombies roam, hungry for the flesh of the living. Unwittingly, they upset the fragile spells that keep the zombies from wandering outside the wall, and they must find a way to defeat the near-indestructible reanimated corpses before the monsters reach their classmates and teachers and spread to the world beyond. Krovatin starts off with a clumsy set-up, but once the three protagonists are out in the woods, the tension begins to mount. The tenuous, growing friendship and cooperation between the three teens is believable and allows each one to use their strengths to help them all survive. The zombies are just scary and gruesome enough to interest middle school horror fans without being too graphic or frightening. Overall, this is a fun horror read sure to appeal to young readers eager to move on from series like R. L. Stine's Goosebumps. It is also clearly intended as the start of a series, so there is more to come for any readers who get hooked. Reviewer: Jennifer Rosenstein
Kirkus Reviews
SAT words and occult trappings characterize this middle-grade zombie adventure from teen author Krovatin (Venomous, 2008). On an electronics-free school trip to the Montana wilderness, sixth graders Ian Buckley, PJ Wilson and Kendra Wright quickly break the first rule, straying off the path and into the forest. Separated from their classmates, the trio is relieved to stumble across a cabin in the woods, until they discover a skull in the basement and a mysterious journal that tells of shadows in the forest--and, of course, zombies start beating on the front door. With the journal in hand, the three kids begin hunting for the witch they believe controls the creatures and their fate. Though the story is told from the three kids' alternating points of view, the voices all have the same flavor and would be unidentifiable if not for the chapter headings. There's simply not enough personality behind the three 11-year-old protagonists to make a distinction. Describing a wall as "infected" and introducing words like "ideating" and "sigil" (Kendra is building her vocabulary) jar just enough to break the otherwise compelling pace. Indistinct voices and questionable word choices aside, the author does manage to keep the pages turning all the way through the end. Toning down the edgy side for a young market, Krovatin stills provides moments of gross-out gore in this reluctant-reader pleaser. (Adventure. 10-12)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062077424
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/11/2012
Series:
Gravediggers , #1
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
774,750
Lexile:
950L (what's this?)
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Rick Yancey

“What great, creepy fun! Scary, funny, with endearing characters and a fast-paced plot, the book is perfect for the zombie-lover in all of us.”

Michael Grant

“This spine-tingling, hair-raising adventure is to readers what human flesh is to zombies - utterly irresistible.”

Chris Grabenstein

“So realistically rendered and well written, Gravediggers will have zombies believing in humans!”

R.L. Stine

“Beware. If you read Gravediggers, you’re in for dangers and lots of horrifying surprises. This is my kind of book—fast, frightening, and all TOO REAL!”

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