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The Ghost of Graylock

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  2,234 ratings  ·  407 reviews
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
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
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
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
Solid seriously spooky ghost story. I figured out who it was prior to the big reveal, but a creepy mental hospital and vindictive ghost tale totally outweighed that. I also liked the main characters, Neil and Bree, as they seemed like real kids.
Barton W.
Summary: Graylock was a hospital meant for healing ... but it wasn't. A nurse would drag kids and teenagers at night and drown them in the lake next to the hospital. Soon after the hospital was shut down, and it was never to reopen. Now the ghost of the nurse still lurks in teh hallways waiting for her next kill. Or so the myth says.
As the new kid in town, Neil, wants to find out for himself if the myth is true, but soon after strange events haunt him giving him more than what he bargained for..
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
(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
this book was so good. it has a very suprising ending!!
Many of my students at school were reading this book and conveying to me how creepy it was, so I had to read it. After reading it though, I have to say, I think it was more mysterious and adventurous than creepy. My students are 5th and 6th graders and I am a substitute teacher so I get a lot of book recommendations and this book has been making its rounds among many schools. I really loved the cover and for students, that says a lot and the print is small and if you can get them to read, I am a ...more
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
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
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
I truly enjoyed that little book,

I opened the little book and though I might like it, the few first pages made me worry that I might have made a mistake but then it started and I knew i was right all along.

it starts with Neil a 12years old boy whose circumstances lead him to hunt a ghost story with his new friend Wesley his sister Bree tagging along, they go to GrayLock abandoned asylum to look for a good spook, not knowing it will turn out to be more than a simple myth , and the haunting begins
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
Not really a fan of straightforward ghost stories... Well written but had trouble making myself get through first 100 pages... Then suddenly raced to end despite figuring out fairly early the twist ending. Kids will love! I liked Stone a child more,..
I feel like I've waited way too long to read this book. It had been waiting patiently for me to open it on one of my bookshelves since I'd bought it in 2012. So glad I finally decided to read it.
This is the first horror novel I've ever read (not heavy horror, but middle grade horror) and I really enjoyed it. I was expecting a young adult book, but like I just said, it turned out to be a middle grade one. Simple vocabulary, young characters. Anyway, the protagonists and their backgrounds were wel
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
Jocelyn Page
this book reminds me to never ever read ghost stories at night, when you are about to take your much needed goodnight's sleep :-) gotta sleep tonight with the lights on then.....uh! creepy!!!!!
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
Jake K.
I was not the most satisfied with this book. It was not only confusing and hard to follow but it wasn't entertaining. The action scenes were awesome and easy to read but when our main characters left the asylum and did other activities, the book took a wrong turn down boring street
Matt Refior
I'm not much of a reader but this kinda got me into reading. The way this book keeps leaving you wondering. What is going to happen next I kept asking myself. In the beginning Neil, Bree, Wesley, and Eric heard a story about this Nurse Janet. A ghost that's wears a white gown. So they venture off the the abandoned psychiatric hospital where they want to find the nurse Janet. They thought it would be an okay journey just to walk in there and find out what happened to her. That day turns out to be ...more
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The Ghost of Graylock by Dan Poblocki

Neil along with his sister Bree are sent to live away with their two aunts in Hedston, Pennsylvania after family issues back at home that drive them to leave. After hearing the town’s most famous urban legends of “Nurse Janet” the ghost that roams Graylock halls and kills children, Neil is intrigued to go in search for the ghost along with his new best friends.

He’s prepared for anything that confronts him at the haunted hospital from watching his favorite s
Apr 16, 2015 Jelena added it
The Ghost of Graylock is about these two kids, Bree and Neil Cady, who go to visit their Aunt's Claire and Anna because they are having some family troubles. When they get there they meet these two kids Wesley and Eric, who become their friends. All four of them have heard about some things the ghost of Graylock and then they decided to go and explore the abandoned hospital. They though it was going to be like a normal day but it was terrifying. Wanting to find answer, so they go for it. Breakin ...more
Erin Rydgren
I loved this book. Dan Poblocki will definitely be added to my "to read" list from now on. It was perfectly eerie without being over the top or hokey. A quick read, but an enjoyable one.

While the plot would seem predictable: A brother and sister sentenced to a summer away from home due to problems with their parents and their marriage, living with relatives they barely know, making new friends, etc, it is one of those setups that works well with the actual ghost story plot. Exploring an abandon
I thought that the story was realistic, the author made the story really interesting on how he grasped the life of the characters in the story such as Neil, Bree, Eric, Wesley and more... But anyway I loved the part on how every time someone in the group doubts on what happened in room 103,Neil would always be the first person to speak up and convince them to go further in the investigation. I was hoping that there was going to be a twist of in the end of the book because every supernatural/thri ...more
Blythe Penland
I loved this book. I bought it maybe a year ago. I started reading it Sep 1st, and finished it today. I thought that the book was very well planned out. At first, they thought the ghost was Nurse Janet, which I didn't believe mostly because of how young the ghost looks on the cover of the book. When it turned out to be a 17-year-old named Rebecca Smith, I was ready to find out more about this girl. When she was showing Neil and Bree the moments before her death, I thought she was trying to kill ...more
Sinai C.
I'm 17 years old...the same age as Rebecca. And did I love this book? HECCK YES I DID. I've actually been spending the past few weeks just watching youtube commentators play scary games like Slender, Nightmare House, etc. and just...the introduction, with the kid--the flashlight, the camera, etc. it just reminded so much of those games! I seriously thought that the entire premise of this book could be a videogame or a visual novel--it just reads so well, with so many jumpscares (REBECCA, YOU CRE ...more
Jillian Schreiber
When Neil Cady and his sister, Bree, go to stay with their aunts, Claire and Anna, in the summer, Neil never expects the things that come his way after he and his new friends, Wesley and Eric, go exploring Graylock Hall, an old hospital for children and teenagers with mental disorders that was shut down. They all heard the rumors about it being haunted and the tales of children who drowned in the lake behind Graylock. Of course, they didn't totally believe it. They've all been told not to go nea ...more
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