Grave Images

graveimagesWritten by Jenny Goebel

What spunky, 12-year-old Bernie wants is to be noticed by her parents and have a friend who isn’t afraid to come over because of the headstones in her backyard. Being in the monument business can be hard on a girl. But changes start to happen when her father hires the mysterious and creepy Mr. Stein who can carve perfect portraits on stone tiles, and a pogo stick hopping boy named Michael tries to befriend her. There are suddenly several deaths in the town and Bernie discovers Mr. Stein has carved the portraits before the deaths even occurred. And it looks like more deaths will come. Turning to Michael, the only person who truly understands, Bernie and he work to solve the mysterious events and find out the truth to save the town from more deaths. I liked this debut novel for its different setting and very likable characters. There are just enough scary situations to keep readers spooked. I liked the way the author took time to set up the story line and flesh out the characters. Once I started reading, it was hard to put down. I highly recommend this book!

Review by Renee Larsen, Hillside Elementary Media Center
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 3-6

Author Website: jennygoebel.com

Grave Images
Written by Jenny Goebel
Scholastic Press
198 pages
Release Date: October 29, 2013
ISBN: 9780545519304 (hardcover)

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