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The Ghost of Graylock

The Ghost of Graylock

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by Dan Poblocki
     
 

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Does an abandoned asylum hold the key to a frightful haunting? Everyone's heard the stories about Graylock Hall. It was meant to be a place of healing - a hospital where children and teenagers with mental disorders would be cared for and perhaps even cured. But something went wrong. Several young patients died under mysterious circumstances. Eventually, the hospital

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Does an abandoned asylum hold the key to a frightful haunting? Everyone's heard the stories about Graylock Hall. It was meant to be a place of healing - a hospital where children and teenagers with mental disorders would be cared for and perhaps even cured. But something went wrong. Several young patients died under mysterious circumstances. Eventually, the hospital was shut down, the building abandoned and left to rot deep in the woods. As the new kid in town, Neil Cady wants to see Graylock for himself. Especially since rumor has it that the building is haunted. He's got fresh batteries in his flashlight, a camera to document the adventure, and a new best friend watching his back. Neil might think he's prepared for what he'll find in the dark and decrepit asylum. But he's certainly not prepared for what follows him home. . . . Scary, suspenseful, and surprising, Dan Poblocki's latest ghost story will keep you turning pages deep into the dead of night.

Editorial Reviews

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Praise for The Book of Bad Things :

"Ghostly... grotesque... eerie..." -- Booklist

"Poblocki's return, full of mystery, monsters and ghosts, is sure to satisfy his fans. Old-school, John Saul-style horror." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Fun and creepy in all the good ways." -- VOYA

Praise for The Haunting of Gabriel Ashe :

A YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection
A Junior Library Guild selection

"The social dramas mesh well with the supernatural elements... Poblocki creates a real sense of suspense." -- Booklist

"Poblocki creates danger by not pulling punches. An atmospheric, creepy ghost story best read at night." -- Kirkus Reviews

Praise for The Ghost of Graylock :

A YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection
A Junior Library Guild selection

"Poblocki misses nary a horror-story trope as he propels his cast through one terrifying incident after another to, at last, a climactic flight. Definitely a story to be read by flashlight." -- Booklist

"Poblocki is in his element with eerie happenings and atmospheric settings. Short chapters with cliff-hanger endings and several twists and turns in the plot will ensure that the pages turn quickly. Give this book to Mary Downing Hahn fans and others who enjoy spine-tingling mysteries." -- School Library Journal

Children's Literature - Annie Laura Smith
Graylock Hall, an abandoned psychiatric hospital for children in Hedston, is the setting for his story. There could not be a creepier site for this asylum since it is in the woods and accessed by small bridge on to a long, narrow island. A new kid in town, twelve-year-old Neil Cady, who is staying with his aunts, decides to explore this site with his flashlight and camera. What will he find in this decrepit old building? Are the ghosts of deceased patients and staff lurking in these ruins? Or is the legend true that the ghost of Nurse Janet, who killed teens treated there, haunts the hallways? Neil, his sister, Bree, and two friends encounter the unexpected during their explorations. Later they must deal with spectral images that follow them home. Will they be in real peril if they discover the truth about Graylock? This story is listed under the Genre/Theme: Horror and Supernatural. The haunting novel lives up to those designations, as the reader follows these teens through their dangerous explorations of the old State Hospital. Reviewer: Annie Laura Smith; Ages 12 up.
VOYA - Mark Flowers
Like his debut novel, The Stone Child (Random House, 2009/VOYA December 2009), Poblocki's latest is an entirely serviceable, but completely forgettable, supernatural mystery. As newcomers to the small town of Hedston, siblings Neil and Bree are fascinated by the local legend of an old psychiatric home, Graylock Hall, supposedly haunted by Nurse Janet, the nurse who was accused of murdering teenaged residents. Setting out to investigate Graylock with their new friends Wesley and Eric, Neil and Bree have a seemingly inexplicable encounter and soon begin to believe that they are being haunted by Nurse Janet. Fortunately for the reader, Poblocki has two good, if not entirely original, tricks up his sleeve. Most interesting is that Neil and Bree's mother is suffering from an unnamed mental illness, and the children's doubts about their own sanity haunt them as much as their strange encounters. Then comes the real twist, in which Neil and Bree learn that Nurse Janet is actually still alive, leaving them to wonder if the murders ever happened, and if so, who actually is haunting them. All this is well constructed, but Poblocki's execution is shaky at best. The characterizations, aside from the nice bit about questioning their sanity, are thin and interchangeable. The ghost's identity and intentions are too readily established, and the ultimate solution to the mystery of what happened at Graylock is unsatisfying. Certainly, teens looking for a fast-paced ghost story will find a few chills here, but nothing that has not been accomplished better elsewhere. Reviewer: Mark Flowers
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—When Neil's father abandons the family to pursue fame in California, Neil and his teenage sister, Bree, are sent to stay with their aunts while their mother receives treatment for depression. The small upstate New York village where Claire and Anna live is home to Graylock Hall, a state psychiatric hospital that closed down 15 years earlier after several teenaged patients drowned. Neil's new friend Wesley quickly fills him in on the local legend of Nurse Janet, who is thought to be responsible for the patients' deaths and now haunts the abandoned building. Since Neil's favorite TV show is Ghostly Investigators, he relishes the thought of exploring the hospital for clues. But when he and Wesley, along with their older siblings, break into the building, they set off a chain of harrowing events that cannot be explained. In the days after their narrow escape, Neil and Bree are plagued by horrific visions and nightly visits from a ghost. As time goes on, they slowly realize that their spectral visitor is one of the drowning victims who wants to bring her murderer to justice. The further the four get in uncovering clues, the more apparent it becomes that Nurse Janet has been unjustly accused-and that the real murderer is intent on making sure that the truth is never brought to light. As with The Nightmarys (Random, 2010), Poblocki is in his element with eerie happenings and atmospheric settings. Short chapters with cliff-hanger endings and several twists and turns in the plot will ensure that the pages turn quickly. Give this book to Mary Downing Hahn fans and others who enjoy spine-tingling mysteries.—Kim Dare, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545469548
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
08/01/2012
Sold by:
Scholastic, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
257,489
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author


Dan Poblocki is the author of THE STONE CHILD, THE NIGHTMARYS, THE GHOST OF GRAYLOCK, THE HAUNTING OF GABRIEL ASHE, and the Mysterious Four series. He lives in Brooklyn with two adorable cats and more books than he has room for. Visit him at www.danpoblocki.com.

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