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The Ghost's Grave

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  1,225 ratings  ·  151 reviews
Peg Kehret does it again in this spooky, suspenseful thriller!

What Josh thought would be the dullest summer of his life, spent with his eccentric great-aunt, turns chilling when he meets the ghost of a coal miner killed in a mine explosion. Willie has been waiting years for some kind soul to dig up his leg and rebury it with the rest of him—only then will he be at peace....more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published August 16th 2007 by Puffin (first published August 18th 2005)
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The Ghost's Grave
By Peg Kehref
Review by Renee Tollon

This book is a about a boy named Josh who goes to live with his aunt for the summer. What he thought would be the dullest summer turns into a mystery full of ghost's, graveyards and even more! When josh meets Willie a ghost of a coal miner he goes to serious measures to dig up a grave, find a box of money, but who's money is it? What will they do to get the money? This book is full of mysterious events and leaves you on the edge of your seat....more
Ray Waltz
This one is really cool to me. It was for a book report when I read it, and it's pretty cool!
Josh has just moved to a new state with his mother and new step-father. He doesn't know anyone in his new town yet, but is excited because he just found out that he was selected to play on his school's summer baseball league team. The only catch? He can't play baseball that summer because his mom and step-dad have to travel to India. To make matters worse, he will have to spend the summer in a little coal-mining town out in the middle of nowhere with a great-great aunt he's never met. He figures...more
*Cody* Hubble
so far this is a really interesting book, it is about a 12 year old boy who goes to live with his great great Aunt Ethal. the first day he gets their has alredy known he has moved in with a lunetic, because right when he walks in through the front door Aunt Ethal grabbed her shot gun and shot a bat. Next he finds a tree house in the woods behind Aunt Ethal's house.he finds out that the treehouse is haunted by a ghost who was a coal miner back in 1945.Well to make the ghost an angel josh must fin...more
Cindy Huffman
This is a book that CJ wanted me to read. She initially bought it for herself at her school's book fair, but for whatever reason (maybe too scary?) she decided she didn't want to read it anymore and gave it to me as a present.

Of course, I didn't hesitate! Well, it took me awhile to actually take it and read it. I forgot about it but I finally remembered.

Not only did I want to read it at of basic interest in the book, but the idea that my daughter wanted me to read something she initially though...more
LIBRARIAN REVIEW: (4 stars) This is a book that was truly written for a young audience. It's perfect for a upper elementary or lower middle school audience, but may seem too naive for the more jaded upper level kids. It is simple, and moral and a bit too sweet in places. The author wrote a good and imaginative story; but then, she dumbs it down a bit by telling the reader why each thing in the story is happening. As a reader, that bothered me. I could think it through on my own and know why the...more
Noorain K
Last week I started reading The Ghost's Grave by Peg Kehret it is the best book ever! One reason it is a great book is because of how addicting it is once you pick it up you just don't want to put it down. Kehret is good at making the book interesting one part that is interesting is when Josh has to dig up these leg bones for a ghost named Willie without letting anyone noticing he is being a grave robber and he didn't want to end up in juvenile detention and let his aunt Ethel figure out. The ma...more
I really liked this book, when it was over i was sad! It is probably one of my favorite books I have read this year. You won't regret reading this amazing, funny, and heart pounding book. When you get to some good parts, your heart starts beading really fast. You don't know when it will stop or start again.

I recommend this book to everyone who likes ghosts. It's not scary, but it is exciting. I hope you will all read this book. YOU'LL LOVE IT!! I really liked it and I wish I could read it again...more
Catherine C
I just finished The Ghost's Grave by Peg Kehret. I think it is a good book because it is exciting and funny. It is about a boy named Josh who goes to his aunts house for the summer. His aunt has a tree house. He soon finds out the tree house is haunted by a coal miner ghost named Willie. Willie had lost his leg.His leg was buried at the cemetery but his body is buried at his favorite fishing spot. Willie asks Josh to move his leg bones from the cemetery to where the rest of him is buried but th...more
my favorite part was when aunt Ethel shot a bat and it splatered all over them. I don't think the bat died because the book said it flew away.But it might have died any way Josh go's into a tree house he loves it there.Some people say the tree house is haunted but nobody beleaves them.Josh dosn't beleave them ether I think he's going to
stay the night there.I think something's going to happen to Josh.

While I enjoyed this book I have a MAJOR problem with the sentence structure and complexity of language. This is supposed to be told from the perspective of a 12 year old boy. It's listed as for ages 8 and up. I was shaking my head after the first paragraph. EVERY single sentence is a complex sentence, with at least one subordinate clause. Seriously. Example:

"Of course, if I'd had a choice of where to spend the summer, I would never have trudged to Aunt Ethel's house in the first place."

Every s...more
Ashlynn Degonza
This is a great book. I would say it is in the horror genre but it isn't as scary as the title leads it to be. It is about this boy josh who moves to a new town and his mom wants him to make friends. Josh doesn't want to disappoint his parents so he try's out for the baseball team without telling them so if he doesn't make the team they won't be disappointed so basically he goes home to tell his parents that he made the team. But his mom gives him a response that he would have never thought to g...more
Mellanie Ruiz
Aug 14, 2014 Mellanie Ruiz rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everybody regardless of age
Recommended to Mellanie by: School
I read this one a long time ago but recently dusted it off and reread it to my little brother as it was his summer reading book.

Honestly, it's an entertaining read for most ages. He was entertained and quite frankly so was I. We ended up finishing the book in about 2-3 days. It's not a long book but I did have to take breaks from reading out loud all the time.

I believe it has 209 pages and twenty chapters. It's a nice comfortable read, a bit suspenseful, but in a kid friendly sort of way. Real...more
Maddie Borel
this book was some what thrilling i would tell people to read is especially my friend Maddie
Hollyanne Seidell
The ghosts grave was an exciting book that kept me on the edge of my seat! I didn’t want to stop reading it. There we always exciting moments. The book started off with Josh telling how his crazy aunt shot a bat the first night he was there. Josh and his family just moved into a new town and had wished to be on the summer baseball team to make friends. When Josh got on the team he was so excited he rushed home and told his parents he had made the team. His parents sat him down and told him that...more
Logan Braden
Josh’s plans for a great summer are ruined when he is sent to the old coal-mining town of Carbon City to stay with an elderly aunt. He is convinced that Aunt Ethel is crazy. She fires a rifle in the kitchen to kill a bat, and she insists that the noisy peacock is her reincarnated dead sister. Josh has no television, no video games and no friends, so he starts spending his time reading in a tree house in the woods. However, Josh’s life goes from boring to dangerous when he meets a ghost named Wil...more
Jul 07, 2012 Gay rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children, girls and boys, ages 9-15
Recommended to Gay by: my 10 yr. old grandson said it is the best book he has ever read.
This book is in the juvenile fiction department of my public library. My 10 yr. old grandson said it was the best book he has ever read and wanted me to read it too. I am reading it to encourage and support his interest in, and to further his enthusiasm for reading as a life choice for leisure pleasure.

Although the book may be considered juvenile fiction, I find it to be quite entertaining, and well written. Actually, its a nice change from some of the more ingtense and thought provoking stuff I...more
Samantha G
Josh, who's parents are going to India for a part time job during the summer, has to stay with his step dad's great aunt Ethel in Carbon City. Ethel told Josh there is a treehouse in the woods she use to play in with her sister when they were young, but stopped going in there when her sister thought it was haunted. Josh goes exploring in the treehouse with some books to read. He went to feed a stray cat he saw, but when he comes back he noticed his book was moved and meets a coal miner ghost na...more
Nov 25, 2010 Bailey is currently reading it
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I read this book because I read Peg Kehret's other book called "Ghost Dog Secrets". It was similar except instead of the ghost being a dog, the ghost was a coal miner. I enjoyed seeing Josh grow into a level headed teenager. I know that sounds contradictory, but its true. Josh is a 12 1/2 years old and is disappointed that he will not be playing baseball in the new town that he moved to. His parents are going to India for work and Josh is being sent off to a small town in Washington state calle...more
Eileen H
Right now I'm reading a book called The ghost grave. This book is so far a strangely cool book with a ton of detailed description and a hint of creatively and laughter in between. I have only gone about a chapter or two in but still is a fun book + some weirdness along side. The main character in this book is named Josh a kid sent to live in a old town with his crazy aunt Ethel (crazed manly with making cake). Ethel shot a bat in the kitchen last where I left of and to me it sounds like the begi...more
Have you ever really want to play sports and you couldnt because of your parents stoping from what you want to do. I think this genre of this book is ficton because ghosts are not real. I really liked the book because the book compare to me,cause I play sports too. The book it said Josh made it on the baseball team but Josh Mom had a job interview in India, so he had to go to Aunt Ethels house for the summer.

This book was about a boy name Josh an he really loved baseball he wanted to try out for...more
The Ghost's Grave is a children's novel which was nominated for Connecticut's Nutmeg Award. It tells the story of a boy sent to live for a summer with a great-aunt he's never met and ends up meeting a ghost.

My boys really enjoyed this book, and I understand why: the main character is thrust into a new situation against his will, he relies upon himself to solve a mystery, and there is a real ghost, not some Scooby-Doo ghost that is really the innkeeper in a costume. Boys of 8 and 10 years of age...more
I always like stories written by Peg Kehret and this single title story is no exception. It has a great mystery and some suspense thrown in with a rather nice ghost. Josh's mother and stepfather are going to India to work for the summer and Josh is upset to be sent off to his stepfather's great aunt Ethel, an eccentric old woman who lives in the country. Aunt Ethel thinks that a wild peacock that she has taken over as a pet is actually her sister Florence reincarnated! No TV. No computer or inte...more
Josh has to go stay with his step-dad's aunt Ethel for the summer, and miss out on the summer baseball team in his new town. One there, he meets a ghost who wants him to dig up a leg lost in a mining accident and bury it with the rest of his body. When he reluctantly does so, he finds a box of cash. The unusual relationship between Josh and Willie the ghost is bittersweet, and Josh's frustration and gradual warming to his situation are pretty realistic--his aunt's fantastic cakes help. The playi...more
Julie Pascoe
While this boy has to spend his summer with his aunt, he finds unexpected adventures that end up making it one of the best and most unforgettable summer ever. Read to find out why that is. I like this book because it is interesting and keeps the reader motivated to read more.
Samantha Slater
Josh was sent to live with his step-dads great aunt Ethel for the summer. She lives in a little town just outside of Carbon City. While he is staying with his aunt he frequently visits her old tree house. Here is where he meets a ghost of an old coal miner named Willie. Willie asks Josh if he could dig up his leg and bury it with the rest of his body, so he could be in rest. Josh agrees to do this for Willie. Josh makes a shocking discovery while helping Willie.

I enjoyed this book. It was a rea...more
Curtis Whimpey
Why I liked this book?
I liked this book a lot. It was very interesting. It had a lot of events that took place and they were very good. With all the events happening you could not stop reading it. When ever I had to stop reading I didn't want to because there was so much to find out.

Why I recommend this book to you?
I recommend this book to you if you like a lot of events happening and mystery. If you read this book you will really like it and want to read the whole book in 1 day because it is...more
Jennifer Lavoie
I was set to give this book three stars, but it got better in the end. I did not like the few chapters that changed perspective, and wish it had been done some other way, but it did make sense at the end. I really enjoyed Willie's character. Most of the questions were answered by the end of the novel, but a few were left open. Those few will make the book stick with me longer than if they were closed, and I appreciate that.

I wonder what will happen with Josh next. He was a good character, and I...more
This book was one of my favorite Peg Kehret books that I've read. The characters are really fun and creative and the whole book was really funny and a good suspense book!
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Peg Kehret writes middle grade fiction and nonfiction. She's won dozens of state children's choice awards, where kids vote for their favorite book.

When she was twelve, Peg was paralyzed with polio. Most of her protagonists are the age she was then.

A volunteer with animal rescue groups, three of Peg's books are co-authored by Pete the Cat."
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