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Mountain of Bones (Gravediggers #1)

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  278 Ratings  ·  64 Reviews
Ian was the one who chased the majestic buck into the forest. Kendra and PJ followed him. They all hoped to return to the hiking trail before anyone noticed they were gone. However, the mountain had other plans for them: dark, sinister plans that only nightmares are made of.

The Goonies meets The Evil Dead in this series about three kids who become separated from their back
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published September 11th 2012 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Ms. Yingling
Mar 12, 2013 Ms. Yingling rated it liked it
A school class travels to a mountain to have a Homeroom Earth experience... a mountain where a troupe of ballet dancers mysteriously disappeared a while ago. Ian (the jock), P.J. (the geeky film nerd), and Kendra (geeky internet nerd) are all a bit dismayed to be there, but things get even worse when they chase a buck into the forest. They get separated from the group, and as night falls, begin to worry. They eventually find a house and take shelter there, but it's creepy and smells weird, so of ...more
Aug 25, 2012 JeanBookNerd rated it really liked it
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Christopher Krovatin’s Gravediggers: Mountain of Bones centers on sixth graders Ian, PJ, and Kendra who are put together for a week of science camp in Montana. Ian is a persistent jock who attempts to be popular and is friends with the skinny movie-buff, PJ. Their friendship has limitations as they do not acknowledge one another at school because Ian fears that he will be teased for hanging out with PJ. They have no kind of interaction with the school geek, Kendra except for the time Ian teased ...more
If you ever thought, "Hmm, you know what I need? I need a book that's a combination of Night of the Living Dead, Evil Dead, and Blair Witch Project. Except I need it to be appropriate for a 4th grader. Yep, that's what I need," this is the book for you.

Basically, it's hugely obvious that Christopher Krovatin is a HUGE horror movie nerd, and wanted to bring the joy of horror movies to the upper elementary/middle-school set. Which is kinda awesome.

There is nothing mind-blowingly awesome about th
Nick Saluzzi
Sep 06, 2015 Nick Saluzzi rated it it was amazing
This book was overall a really good book. It describes when three friends get lost in the woods during a school field trip. When they try to find their way back they suddenly are faced up against hordes of zombies. The three friends must figure out how to destroy all the zombies as well as finding there way back to the rest of their school. This book is funny as well as a book that keeps you on the edge of your seat with many twists and turns.
Dec 11, 2013 Ryden rated it it was amazing
The scariest weirdest awesomeness book ever. Also this book has some unexpected things like chasing a 12 point buck and getting lost in the middle of no where and zombies!( which makes things a little more better of a book) hope you enjoy being scared??????!!!!!
Oct 17, 2012 Alex rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012-13
Interesting and Intriguing take for a zombie book aimed at preteens/kids.There is a humor through that I personally like. It's not Monstrumologist level of greatness but I'm looking forward to what manner of creatures are encountered in future installments
Aug 02, 2012 Eileen rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, horror
Check out more of my reviews at ***Singing and Reading in the Rain***!

Gravediggers is the first horror book I've ever read dealing with zombies, and I felt like I got really immersed into this tale that was crafted. Christopher Krovatin wrote a daring story that left my palms sweating and a little scared to go to sleep.

At first, I was reluctant to keep going. I met the characters, and immediately thought, "They are so stereotypical." However, I kept reading and was fairly pleased with how they c
Jul 20, 2012 Aeicha rated it really liked it
THREE WORDS: Spine-tingling Creepy Fun

MY REVIEW: I love me some zombies and zombie books are always a hit or miss with me. Christopher Krovatin's Gravediggers: Mountain of Bones is a definite hit!

Sixth graders Ian, P.J. and Kendra travel with their school for a weekend camping trip full of hiking and wilderness training. The three students couldn't be any more different and aren't thrilled when they get stuck in the same group. But when jock Ian, film maker P.J. and brainy Kendra get seperated
Sep 22, 2012 K rated it really liked it
I try to read Young Adult novels occasionally during the school year so that I know which ones to recommend to my students, and I now know that I can recommend Gravediggers: Mountain of Bones to those who want a spooky tale that isn’t too scary. Gravediggers focuses on three middle school students who head out to Homeroom Earth camp in Montana for a week of science immersion. Ian (a stubborn jock who strives to be popular), PJ (a scrawny film-buff), and Kendra (a socially awkward computer geek) ...more
Nov 05, 2012 Ruthie rated it it was amazing
What a great story and as funny as all get-out. I mean I laughed myself into a stupor reading this book. It's a book about teenagers who get lost in the woods on a school outing the kind to help kids get close to nature and learn to be outdoorsey and stuff. It's a trio - 2 boys and a girl a phenomenal girl I might add. There's Ian, PJ and Kendra who didn't exactly start out as friends, but before this outing is over they are and will be bosom buds for life. They run into zombies of all things an ...more
The book focuses on three 6th-grader students, Ian, PJ, and Kendra, who head out to Homeroom Earth camp in Montana for a week of science immersion and end up get lost in the woods while chasing a buck. Kendra’s compass is not working, and they don’t know where they are going. Then, they find an abandoned old cabin. Soon they find the cabin is not abandoned, and they are being hunted by zombies. Now, they have to defeat the zombies before they can reach their classmates and teachers and spread th ...more
I don't normally read horror stories, adult or children's, especially not when they involve zombies. But this one appealed to me for some reason, maybe it was the wilderness survival angle, I'm a sucker for wilderness survival tales. Regardless, I quite enjoyed this book, despite the sometimes gruesome details. I found it interesting to follow each of the three different points of view and see how differently each of the three saw their situation. Ian, the impulsive athlete who can't help but wo ...more
Gravediggers tells the story of three 11 year olds, Ian, Kendra and PJ and their Homeroom Earth field trip to the Montana wilderness. Kendra and Ian are sworn enemies because of a previous incident involving Kendra smacking Ian with a text book. PJ is Ian's oldest friend but he's not one of the "cool kids" so Ian is hoping to avoid him on this trip and hang with his jock friends instead. Kendra is intelligent but socially awkward and only has cyber friends that she has met online. Her parents ar ...more
Jack Homer
Mar 30, 2015 Jack Homer rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book! I look forward to continuing the series as well! This story had always kept me on the edge of my seat and was sometimes hard to put down when every page was filled with some kind of suspense, surprise, and action. I really became engaged in this book.

The book is about three sixth graders that had went on a homeroom science trip with their class. They had all wondered off into the forest after a deer. They had later found themselves lost in the mountain, and th
Bradan Hengen
Nov 04, 2015 Bradan Hengen rated it really liked it
The plot of this book is fast paced with surprise and suspense hiding around every corner. Like most books, the start is a little slow, but once you get to the action, it's hard to stop reading. The zombies are well described, painting a gory, repulsive, amazing picture in my mind, making the zombies seen on shows today seem tame. I also enjoyed the backstory, adding new players to the zombie game, such as Wardens and Gravediggers. It was a great thriller. However, the fear factor was just not t ...more
Shannon Renee
May 08, 2014 Shannon Renee rated it liked it
This was a slow build book for me, but considering what it is (Young YA PEOPLE) I found this to be likable enough to

1. Finish, and
2. Look into the next book in this series.

As someone who actually works in the public schools, I disagree with many of the comments made about the tone and vocabulary these kids use. Yep. Theses are typical style, terminology and behaviors of middle schoolers. I'm glad this group has two males leads, but it's a good suggestion for boy kiddos to read, since there are
Jan 27, 2014 Kari rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook, 2014
The book was fast paced and kept me engaged. The story alternated between the three kids' points of view. I thought the format worked well, especially since the story progressed fluidly as each point of view changed. It was nice to see the different kids and how they reacted to the situations. It's a good book about friendship as well. All three of the kids are very different from each other and aren't exactly friends in the beginning. The experience soon makes them realize what true friendship ...more
Rachel Yu
Sep 29, 2015 Rachel Yu rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed the book wery well. This book shows the way of friendship that makes people smile with a touch of horror. I enjoy zombies a lot more now. Hehe :). This book may give you nightmares if you really are easily scared. If you aren't, and tolerate horror, this would be just fine. But if you're into gory and super bloody stuff, then I don't really suggest this for you. You may not really be contented with the amount of blood here. LOL. I rate this a 10/10 for the brilliance of Krovatin ...more
Oct 20, 2012 Reeva rated it liked it

I don't really like zombie books, but this book was pretty good. I thought the characters were a little unblieveable. I think they should have been older than 11. I know a lot of 11 year-olds and believe me, they are not that brave. Especailly city kids, wouldn't do so well in unknown woods with zombies chasing them. I would probably be a mental wreck and I'm 20, so characters.. not believeable.

The plot was good and the story was interesting. I knew that they would become G
Dec 05, 2012 Nadine rated it liked it
Ok book. At first when I was reading it, I wasn't quite sure if it was going to be a horror, comedy or something else. The deaper I got into it, it became clear to me it was definately a horror drama. Some parts were nail biting amd hard to put down. Characters were pretty cliche, you have the jock, brain and somewhat geek. The ending ok. You know there will be more books to come. All in all a pretty fun book to read and yes I will probably read the others when and if they are written. Happy Rea ...more
Gravediggers: Mountain of Bones was funny in some parts, but I found the characters frustrating. I often wondered about the characters' survival instincts. I know that the characters are in the sixth grade, but don't most people develop a sense for survival by then? After a while, I stopped listening to the audiobook because my frustration with the characters' choices continued to escalate.
Ragan McWilliams
Apr 22, 2016 Ragan McWilliams rated it it was amazing
This book is riveting it is truly amazing. I was biting my nails through certain parts and awing at others. This book will grasp your attention no matter where you are. You will never want to put it down. It much reminds me of R.L. Stine. so if you enjoy his books I suggest this one highly. - 6th Grader from Humboldt Middle School
Three kids get lost in the Bitterroot Mountains on their first day of outdoor school, but eventually take shelter in an abandoned cabin - with a pile of bones in the basement. In turns funny, tense and gruesome, this zombie tale is told from three points of view which are sadly not very discernible. A bit of a slow start as zombies don't actually come on the scene until page 109. For 5th to 9th graders. Thriller, horror, adventure with some advanced vocabulary.
Jim Howell
Feb 02, 2016 Jim Howell rated it really liked it
This Zombie novel follows Ian, PJ, and Kendra, an unlikely trio, on a wilderness adventure for school. After being separated from their class the trio find themselves lost on a mountain surrounded by a wall to keep in the dead. Through a series of misunderstanding, the three release the zombies from captivity and only through the help of a warden is the threat to the world-at-large mitigated.
Nov 04, 2012 Anne rated it liked it
This book vacillated between three and two stars, mostly because sometimes the characters were really stereotypical, and then refreshingly realistic, but then go back to being stereotypes. However, I am sure the intended age group will really enjoy the story as it managed to be scary, but not too disgusting.
Jul 31, 2013 Ganga rated it really liked it
At first I was really excited to read the book, because I just love zombies but now, when I think back about the book, it was an okay- okay book. Indeed, some parts were cool, but the rest were, hmm.. So-so. I gave it 5 stars at first, but I just reduced it to 4 stars. Soo.. I recommend it to below 15 years.
May 07, 2013 Michelle rated it really liked it
Best line "It's not so bad being eaten by zombies. At least your parents will know you did something exciting on your trip."

Zombies here, Zombies there, Zombies everywhere. Mild to moderate scariness mingle with a fresh survival story to create an enjoyable new entry into the YA zombie-lit market.
Nov 15, 2013 Susan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, primary, fiction
I feel like this novel nails exactly how thirteen year olds act and talk. Because of that students will immediately identify with the characters. That the book includes zombies is an added bonus. It is hard to find good books at this age level on zombies to vampires that is not full of sexual innuendo. I predict this book won't set on the shelves and students will be lined up for the series.
Dec 08, 2013 Nikki rated it it was ok
While this book may appeal to younger readers looking for horror elements in their fiction, they may be put off by the constantly changing point of view. The book takes a long time to get started and also relies heavily on stereotypical characters that really don't experience much, if any, character growth.
Suzanne Dix
Jan 10, 2013 Suzanne Dix rated it really liked it
Shelves: royal, royal_mar_2013
Zombie fan or not, this is a fast-paced story of teamwork and friendship that will certainly appeal to middle school students. Recommended for more mature 7th and 8th graders due to its gory and at times disturbing content about the manner in which the zombies are killed. This is poised for a sequel and readers will enjoy reconnecting with Kendra, Ian and PJ once again.
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Chris Krovatin here. I'm an author ('Heavy Metal & You', 'Venomous', and the 'Gravediggers' series), an actor, a metalhead, and a New Yorker. I'm also a journalist for multiple heavy metal press outfits, specifically Revolver Magazine, Invisible Oranges, and MetalSucks. I scream for a local New York doom-metal band named Flaming Tusk; call me Stolas Trephinator. My favorite musicians are Slaye ...more
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