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Grave Secrets (Deadtime Stories #8)

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  160 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Some secrets refuse to stay buried….

Amanda Peterson has a pet cemetery in her backyard.It’s where she’s buried all her family’s dear departed pets, like Ralphie the hamster, Herman the goldfish, and Snitch the canary.But when Amanda and her friends set out to bury a dead squirrel, they accidentally dig up a grave that’s already occupied—and not by a pet.The scary old lady
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published January 3rd 2012 by Starscape
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This is a great kids spooky story. It reminds me of other great book series like Goosebumps or Are You Afraid of the Dark. A ghost story with terrific elements and twists.

There are fabulous supporting characters and an engaging lead in Amanda. She is an every-kid kind of character who drives the narrative with her POV. You are hoping she succeeds from eh very beginning.

There are great lessons here about forgiveness and not judging. Even a little anti-bullying message. This would appeal to most a
I'm constantly in search of books for my tweeage granddaughters, and my younger one (elementary school) and my surrogate granddaughters (elementary and pre-school). I'd heard that this series, written by two sisters, was a good one, so decided to check it out. If this book is any indicator, then the series has enough plot, humor, and scare to carry it along, written at a solid elementary to early middle school level. Older kids will roll their eyes and reach for volumes where boys and girls stop ...more
Leslie Preddy
Oct 11, 2012 Leslie Preddy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: grades 5-7
This re-release of this series boasts on its cover that “They’ll give you more than goose bumps…”. With a group of friends placed in unusual circumstances, each chapter ends with a cliff-hanging, and often predictable, safe scare resolved logically in the next chapter, only to be replaced with the next dramatic chapter close. After all of these false scares, the story escalates to the real fear, then seems to conclude with a safe, happy ending until the final conclusion leads the reader to the r ...more
Goosebumps Amanda Peterson and her friends are looking for a place to bury a dead squirrel, while digging they found a cracked and broken doll who must have belonged to a little girl who lived there before. They soon have their suspicions about the doll and wonder if has anything to do with their terrifying neighbor Mrs. Barns. with all the rumors about Mrs. Barns being a witch and getting weird messages all around the house, they think the doll must be possessed by Mrs. Barns dark magic.
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Amanda and her friends find a doll buried in her backyard, a doll that says "Mama" even though it has no voice box. Then Anna, a ghost, starts appearing to them, saying she wants her doll back. The problem is, the doll has disappeared. Anna says Emily has it. And then the kids find out that Emily is the scary old lady next door who, supposedly, eats the heads off of rats and puts spells on people.

If you like the Goosebumps book by R.L. Stine, you'll probably like this one. However, it is much l
Adam Silvera

"Twisted Sisters" Annette and Gina Cascone's excellent tale of terror is bound to keep children close to home. Amanda Peterson and her friends escape from the backyard of their neighbor Mrs. Barns, whom they suspect is a witch. They stumble upon a dead squirrel and dig up a hole in what has become Amanda's pet cemetery. They're careful not to disturb the plots of Ralph the hamster, Herman the goldfish and Snitch the canary, only to unearth something inc
Teresa Bateman
I got a copy of this book at ALA midwinter. Kids love creepy. The Goosebumps books in my library are falling to pieces. "Do you have anything scary" is a common question. Well, clearly the "Deadtime Stories" series answers that need. A mean old lady with a reputation for cursing local children. A doll dug up from a backyard that, despite its lack of a voice box calls out "Mama." A ghost who is seeking...what? Revenge? Redemption? The main characters are children, drawing in the target audience. ...more
So I went a little young with my reading. I had this book since October where I picked it up at Comic Con and even meet the authors (so it's signed). What can I say, but I love it. I love the characters, the suspense, and everything in the story. As an author of books in the same genre and age group it was worth reading to get a lesson how it should be done.

The book and story over all was great. Amanda, Jarrad, Kevin, and Laura are all wonderfully written characters. I wont give any of the story
Amanda Peterson and her friends have always been slightly anxious about her elderly next door neighbor, Mrs. Barns. When they discover the body of a squirrel and a decrepit doll buried in Amanda's back yard, that anxiety increases to full-out fear as Amanda begins to think that she is haunted. Could the old lady be behind all her nightmares and the odd things that are happening? This is the sort of story best read or told late at night with the lights out. Of course, there's an explanation for e ...more
Not terrible, but very predictable from an adults perspective. I didn't like how the characters in the book continually called each other moron or idiot or stupid. I think friends should respect each other, especially when we as a society are trying to knuckle down on bullying. I also did not find Emily's character the least bit believable in the final chapters.

I should say, I read this book aloud to my 9-year old daughter. She enjoyed it and asked to continue reading the series. She tells me th
I really can't remember this book. All that I can really remember about this book is that I read it in about 5th grade and I liked it. I remember some bits and pieces of what happened but not enough to make a review about it. I think younger kids (8 and up) would like this book, it's good and worth a read but not really rememberable.
I got this book as a gift and read it in a short time. It was an easy read, I don't usually read books like this one anymore, but for some reason, this one reminded me a bit of the goosebumps books which I loved as a child.
Susanna Chan
A ghost, a "witch" and a broken doll from a "grave". Not too scary with have a happy ending. Good read for 3-5 graders.
Sharon Davies
Quick read, not a lot of in depth substance, however, very creepy and good theme of being non-judgmental
Kept my kids interested and end of every chapter made them beg me to read just one more chapter!
Not as creepy as r. .l. Stine but a good next step as the story was a little fuller.

Good story for teens and anyone who enjoys scares and suspense-filled reads.
Ismailin Espinal
Mar 04, 2013 Ismailin Espinal rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Hema Premchand
So Far I Really Like This Book Its Full Of Mystery :) I Like It A lot :)
This book will scare you silly, and give you lots of goosebumps!
i watch the moive and read the book the movie is cool and the book
This book series would make a great series.
Alyssa Duque
I love this book
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“Amanda knew she was lucky to have a friend like Laura, somebody who was always there to back her up. It made it easier to be brave, easier to do the right thing.” 1 likes
“Think something happy, Amanda told herself as she rolled back over onto her stomach, fluffing the pillow under her head again. As she squeezed her eyes shut, she tried to do just that.
At first it wasn't easy. In fact, it was almost like there was a ping-pong game going on inside her head between the happy thoughts and the horrifying ones.”
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