The Ghost of Graylock
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The Ghost of Graylock

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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...more
Hardcover, 258 pages
Published August 1st 2012 by Scholastic Press
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Ms. Yingling
Neil and Bree are living in a small town with their aunts while their father is off finding himself as an actor and their mother is in a hospital recuperating from depression. Things are not much fun until Neil meets Wesley and finds out about the abandoned asylum near town, Graylock Hall. There are all sorts of horrible local tales about it; three children died horrible deaths by drowning in a pond near the facility. Local children all have hear tales about Nurse Janet, who is implicated in the...more
readknitread
Great horror book for young adults!

12 yr old Neil is new to the town of Hedston. His father decided he would rather be an actor in California then be with his family in New Jersey. When his father left his mother had a mental breakdown and couldn't handle having the kids around. So Neil and his older sister have been sent to live with the aunts in Hedston. Small country towns don't really have a lot to offer as far as Neil is concerned. That is until he hears the local ghost story. Neil loves gh...more
Amanda
Ermmm... so this wasn't really geared towards my age group. That screws everything up because I usually have a standard expectation of quality, which I compare against a book when writing a review. This includes character development, plot progression, prose, and other such things that may detract/add to a book when done a certain way.
Of course, Middle Grade novels can also be written with a level of depth in them, so target age doesn't automatically excuse a book from failing short in these asp...more
Kelly
(3.5 stars) In the aftermath of their parents’ separation, Neil and his older sister Bree go to stay with their aunts in a small town in the middle of nowhere. There’s not much to do there — not much, that is, except breaking into Graylock, the abandoned mental hospital in the woods. Along with two new friends, Neil and Bree explore the old asylum, and soon afterward find that a spectral presence has followed them home…

The Ghost of Graylock is a ghost story for middle-grade readers, and it’s als...more
Sophia
this book was so good. it has a very suprising ending!!
Amy
Holy cow, I loved this book. It made me kind of mad, because it's exactly the kind of book I want to write...but then I can't really be mad, because I loved it so much. I originally picked it up because of the abandoned insane asylum setting. To add to the creepiness, it's an abandoned insane asylum IN THE WOODS. On an island. Surrounded by a moat. That is so up my alley, and it totally didn't disappoint. Does anyone know the director James Wan? He directed the first Saw movie, as well as Insidi...more
C.C. Thomas
I really like this author. Both books of his I've read have been creative, unique and very creepy! I liked this one better than the first one, though, so I hope that's a trend that will continue.

When their parents separate, Neil and Bree are sent to stay with two strangers, their distant old aunts in a small town in upstate New York. When Neil hears of the local haunted hospital, he has to see it for himself. It's just as bad as the rumors and Neil is sure it's haunted after what happens to him...more
Peg
Although I usually stay away from scary and supernatural stuff, I gave this a read. This is a great book for the advanced but reluctant reader. There are many twists and turns in the plot, enough to keep you on the edge of your seat. I also enjoyed (and so will the reluctant reader) how the books is separated into three parts and that the chapters are very short. As a librarian, this book has it all: suspense, family issues, new kid in town issue, ghosts, girl/boy crush, mental illness, divorce/...more
Darleen
Nov 03, 2012 Darleen rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Friends
Recommended to Darleen by: Scholastic Book Fair
This book was pretty interesting, at first, I refused to read it. Then I just decided to read it and I started to love it. It was so well written and it was one of those books that scare you just like a scary movie. I finished this book pretty quickly, but it is for advanced readers. I don't see it as a book for kids, but it's a perfect for teenagers. I must say, the author o this book had some imagination to write this! The book gets very interesting right in the middle of the book between the...more
Fiona Steele
"The Ghost of Graylock" is a ghost story/mystery book. In this book, Neil and his sister Bree move into a new town. Neil is excited to see Graylock for himself, having only heard the ghost stories about it. Graylock Hall was a place for unstable people of all ages to be cared for, and possibly get well enough to be let out. But, something went mysteriously wrong twenty years before. The hospital was shut down and abandoned. What happens confused Neil and his sister, as they try to find out what...more
Sharon Bernhard
This book is clearly written for a younger reader. But if you have a 12 year old who is finished reading this book (like I happen to have) and you are looking for a quick but entertaining read, this book is worth the 3 or 4 hours it took me to read it. My 12 year old loved this book and had to stop reading it at night because it had her a little nervous. So when she finished, I decided to read it. It wasn't as scary as I had expected. I guess it's been a long time since I've read a preteen suspe...more
Bre Severance
The beginning was a little boring, but near the end, It was amazaing book! I got scared most of the time and it kept me reading. I finally finished and its amazing. it makes me feel like im a part of the story
Chesney Martin
This book was amazing! I can not believe how great this book was. It really did an amazing job at captureing the reader and making you feel like your right there with the characters. I started reading this book and almost 2 days after I picked it up my best friend had already went and got her a copy of it because of how attached to the book i had become. She had to read it and find out why I loved it soo much. Now my other friend is reading the book too! Deffinetly a great read. The book is abou...more
Tushar
I found this book to be slightly interesting but VERY cliché. It is like any horror book. Like in any other horror story, there is a paranormal phenomenon haunting children and then the kids try to save themselves and since they learn the ghost really just wants justice, they try helping it. Because of this, there is no suspense because you know what will happen next. Although, this story was interesting in the sense that the vocabulary used really enriched the reading experience. I believe tha...more
Eryn
Very good and exciting novel that middle school kids will love. The ending is a bit abrupt and I would have liked a little more closure and a little less skipping around at the end. One page they're in New Jersey, the next they are back in the country town without any real transition between the two. I had to reread it a few times to figure out what the hell was going on.
Jaime Lester
A good book, but not a great one. There were definitely some spooky moments, but I found myself skimming the pages. The best thing about the book were the characters. Especially the brother and sister duo, Neil and Bree. And Neil's buddy Wesley. And the aunts. The end was wrapped up too quickly for my liking. I don't really know what else to say.
Annmarie Ager
This book is for younger readers i would say 9+ I enjoyed the spooky ghost and the drama of the kids' lives and the mystery behind it all. i did struggle at times to get through the books but i soon found interested again. The ending was really good and so was all the ghost activity in the book.
Eve65
Apr 14, 2014 Eve65 added it
The book "The Ghost of Graylock" by Dan Poblocki was one of the very best books i have ever read. I loved it. Once I started reading the book I could not put the book down.I would put the book down and I would always find myself with the book again.The book was about a boy Neil and his sister Bree who moves in with their 2 aunts and Neils new friend Wesley tells him about Nurse Janet. She was known as a cynical nurse who killed many patients at an old abandoned hospital, Graylock hall. This was...more
Tiffany Do
This book truly had me getting chills and goosebumps. The Ghost of Graylock is about Neil and his older sister Bree moving to Hedson with their aunts since their mom couldn't handle them when their dad left her. Neil hears about the town's local ghost story. The Graylock Hospital is a hospital for kids with mental disabilities. But since the hospital had a bad history of kids drowning in the lake, the town left it to rot in the woods. Neil, Bree, Wesley, and Eric goes to break into the hospital....more
Carolyn
Suspenseful and well written. I confess I don't do ghost stories much, especially ones that mention ouiji boards and especially such that are targeted at the younger teen set. My prejudices took my rating down. I will not allow my daughter to read it, and that speaks volumes.
Maisie
Mar 01, 2014 Maisie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
Loved this, read this with my daughter and even my Mom, a spooky read that kept us interested to the very end. Reminds me of Wait Til Helen Comes.
Ashlyn Langford
This book can get you really hooked up, there are twists and turns that you never really expected. But I wouldn't read this book at night.
Carla
I found this book at Goodwill, and I picked it up because the summary reminded me somewhat of The Old Willis Place. I'm glad I bought it.

At first I was a little annoyed with Neil's constant memories of his parents, but that's really only in the beginning. By the middle of the book, I had two suspects in mind for the killer, but like a dummy I flipped ahead a bit and ruined it for myself.

The detail in this book is amazing. Poblocki really has a way of describing the setting so that the reader fee...more
Klaryssalena
how many people would agree that there should be a movie???

when i started i thought that it was a kinda slow paced book..but as i continued,,, i became addicted.. i think it is a nice story.. the description are very vivid..especially the facility's description.. rebecca's death was tragic.. the mystery that revolved around her death was very skillfully weaved by the author.. maybe some people wouldn't like this book...it will be different for others..but i just want to say that i loved this boo...more
Cas
Jul 30, 2013 Cas marked it as to-read
Haunted asylum with the protagonist being male. I gotta read this.
Amanda Harris
Neil and his sister Bree are carted off to live with their Aunts Claire and Anna, while their mom sorts through her depression and their father is pursuing his dream of becoming an actor in California.

Neil loves all things paranormal, but is he prepared for Graylock Hall? Graylock Hall is an abandoned asylum in the woods not far from the "Aunts" house. Of course Neil wants to explore Graylock, but it's hold a deep,dark secret that is waiting to get out. One that is now haunting Neil and his sis...more
Alyssa (Books Take You Places)
Originally reviewed on Books Take You Places.

I was lucky enough to be gifted this book by my very dear friend Brittany for our All Hallow’s Read book swap and I know she struggled in finding me a novel with the proper amount of horror. I have a very high threshold, you see, and she wanted to make sure that I was properly scared! I am happy to say that this book was just right for me, it has just the right amount of thrill that kept me glued to its pages.

The characters in The Ghost of Graylock we...more
Diane
When their father goes off to Hollywood to become an actor and their mother needs time alone, Bree and Neil end up with their Aunts Anna and Claire for the summer. Neil immediately meets Wesley, who tells him the tragic story of Nurse Janet and the Graylock Asylum. So, of course, the next day Neil, Wesley, Bree and Eric (Wesley's older brother) go out to explore the rundown building looking for ghosts. That is when the trouble starts. First, Neil is injured while still at Graylock. “The room was...more
Kim
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 respo...more
Sophia T. (♥ Dimitri Belikov)
The Ghost of Graylock is a ghost story for children ten and up.What initially drew me to this book was the mazing cover...Sad but true!!!
Neil and Bee,twelve and sixteen year old respectively have unwillingly been sent to spent their summer with their aunts.Their mother has fallen into depression and all Neil can think about is their mother's recovery.
In the small town of Hedston lurks,indeed,a ghost.Once upon a time,there was an asylum for children,the Graylock Hall,located in the woods.It was s...more
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Author of The Stone Child, The Nightmarys, The Ghost of Graylock, and the Mysterious Four series,The Haunting of Gabriel Ashe, and The Book of Bad Things.
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