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The Ghost's Grave

3.98  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,619 Ratings  ·  202 Reviews
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 himonly then will he be at peace. Josh agrees to do the grisly deed, but when he digs in the old c ...more
Paperback, 210 pages
Published 2006 (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.
Apr 11, 2016 Isabel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story was about kid named Josh. Josh’s parents went on a trip and left him with his Aunt. There was a bat in the house. She got out her rifle and tried to shoot it. The Aunt had a sister and her name was Aunt Petunia. They always went to this tree house in the woods and there was a miner named Willey. He died in a mining accident. One of the miners were smoking a cigarette and the mine blew up. Everybody in the mine died. They were all buried by each other. Willey did not want to be buried ...more
Jan 05, 2010 Natalie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
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
Marvin Navarrete
Little boy josh is sent to spent time with her aunt for the summer but he doesn't know whats coming next for him!If you want to read this fascinating story go check out The Ghost Grave.This book is a realistic fiction book,it has adventure and some mystery.In my opinion I believe this one of the best books I ever read because the events were fascinating and bizarre on what is going to happen next.

The story is about a boy named josh, he is going to go visit his aunt for the summer because his
Ray Waltz
Feb 01, 2009 Ray Waltz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one is really cool to me. It was for a book report when I read it, and it's pretty cool!
Feb 20, 2009 Ronda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids_and_ya, mystery
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
Dec 04, 2009 *Cody* Hubble rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jan 17, 2013 Noorain K rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Caden Y
May 06, 2015 Caden Y rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is 209 pages of wonderful literiture. The main character is Josh and I connect to him because I have been sent to a relatives for a whole summer and thought it was going to be boring but it turned out to be not that bad. I gave this book five stars because it made me keep on wanting to read it and not stop till I get to the end. It reminded me of when I found some money on the ground when I was just running around. The ending was kinda scary because I thought Josh was going to get hurt ...more
Catherine C
Jan 16, 2013 Catherine C rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mellanie Ruiz
Jan 08, 2015 Mellanie Ruiz rated it liked it  ·  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
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Cora Rusk
The book "The Ghosts Grave" is a very good book. A kid named Josh had to spend the summer with his Aunt Ethel in a town called Carbon City while his mom and step dad went on a business trip. Josh was not happy because he was trying to make friends at his home town and he made the summer baseball team but he couldn't do that in Carbon city. As Josh thought the summer was gonna be boring but he was wrong! After he was there a few days he would go to an old tree house in the woods to read. But ever ...more
I really like this book it was really exciting and interesting.

This book is about a boy named Josh who is staying with his Aunt for summer and he is mad because his aunt lives in the middle of no where in the country. While he is there he meets a ghost named Willie. Willie asks Josh to dig up his leg bones and put him with the rest of his body because they were buried in two separate graves. Josh is going to do it but when he starts to dig them up he finds a box filled with one-hundred dollar b
Cierra Garrison
Personal reaction: I decided to read this book because I love all things scary -- so naturally Ghost's Grave seemed like an appropriate choice. I didn't really expect to actually get spooked by this story, but I did which which was awesome! This book was great because it was scary and spooky at times, but it also had a very humorous undertone that kept things from getting too serious. This book is definitely for the 4th-6th age range. Younger readers might be too scared by it, and older readers ...more
Courtney Weber
I really liked this book. I loved books that were a little mysterious and spooky growing up. I imagined myself sitting in my bed late at night reading this and hearing my mom come down the hallway to tell me to go to bed. I always argued that I wanted to read just one more chapter. I thought it was interesting and funny how the ghost had one leg when he was buried and the whole purpose was for Josh to find his other leg so he could sleep peacefully. This would be a very fun independent read, but ...more
Alyssa Ruehl
personal reaction
This book was okay to me. It was not very interesting and suspenseful. I like the appeal of the supernatural element, but it does not do the supernatural part well. The suspense should have been more planned out instead of just all at the end.
read aloud to make a curricular connection
I would read this book aloud for the purpose of the supernatural element within literature. This aspect is important in fantasy and literature in general because it often provides answers that t
Sarah Hannon
Mar 31, 2015 Sarah Hannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Personal Reaction: I really enjoyed this book. I thought Kehret did a great job at catching the reader's attention and keeping it through to the end. When I picked up this book and started reading, I literally did not set it down until I was finished. This is a fantasy novel I would highly recommend to anyone who wants to read a spooky tale which teaches the values of having a friend's back when they need it.

Purpose/Classroom Use:
-Independent reading for a student who wants to read ghost stories
Anthony Pliszak
Mar 29, 2015 Anthony Pliszak rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This month I read the book "The Ghosts Grave" by Peg Kehert. The characters are creditable because they are all creditable characters. The main character Josh falls into a problem when he encounters a ghost when he is sitting in his tree house. My favorite character is Josh because Josh is a brave person because he is not afraid of the person and I can relate him to me. Yes, I can relate to the main character Josh because we are both brave and won't let anything scare us. My favorite part of the ...more
I really thought that The Ghost's Grave was a fun book. In some ways it's a typical, "Mom-and-Dad-ruined-my-summer-by-making-me-go-stay-with-a-weird-distant-relative" story, but somehow this story was believable-lite, rather than completely in the realm of utter kid lit fantasy.

The author accomplished a believable-lite story by giving us a main character who was sympathetic and smart, and therefore believable, by paying attention to detail and realizing that the strength of a story can hinge on
Mariah Dickerson
The Ghost's Grave is about a young boy named Josh McDowell that has to spend his whole summer with his great aunt Ethel Hodge. Josh is upset about staying with his great aunt Ethel because first of all, he doesn't know her! Second of all, Josh was supposed to be on the summer baseball team but now he can't. The reason Josh has to stay at Ethel's place in Carbon City is because Josh's parents have to go on a business trip to India! Josh McDowell thought his summer in Carbon City was going to be t ...more
Feb 24, 2010 Jake rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.

Gracie Larcher
Apr 06, 2015 Gracie Larcher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Overall, I throughly enjoyed reading about Joshes summer experience. The Ghost Grave had an interesting plot with an abundance of interesting characters. The author does an incredible job at bringing each character to life and giving them real dimension. As Josh is experiencing In addition, it was an easy and quick read.

The Ghost Grave would be most appropriate for children in late elementary or early middle school. This book is definitely one I would recommend to students for independent rea
Kelly Karsner Clarke
I can't not love a book that opens with an old lady shooting a wild bat in her kitchen, but wish Kehret had kept the humorous antics up.

Thirteen year old Jake, stuck for the summer with his great-aunt in the middle of nowhere, befriends Willie, the ghost of a coal miner who needs to finish some business before he can go to Heaven.

I would have liked to see the mining accident (1905 in Carbon City, WA in the book) tied more closely to the real mining accident (1899 in Carbonado, WA, nearly identic
Sep 15, 2014 Lynn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Hope Bennett
Feb 29, 2016 Hope Bennett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wjhs, horror, suspense
I enjoyed this book because it had horror and it wasn't that scary.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. Josh agrees to do the grisly deed, but when he digs in the old cemetery, he finds more than Willie's leg bones! My favorite pa ...more
Josh was so excited to tell his parents that he secretly tried out for, and made, the summer baseball team! He quickly is brought down from his happiness when they tell him that they are traveling for work over the summer and he is actually going to stay with his great aunt instead. He is less than thrilled with this little "adventure", but soon realizes that his Aunt Ethel is not just another little boring old lady.....oh no, she is quite the lady indeed, as is her property she lives on. Soon J ...more
Apr 13, 2015 Olivia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Ghosts Grave: 4th-5th
I really enjoyed this book. Once I opened it, I was immediately intrigued because I love ghost stories. The main character, Josh was well developed and the plot flowed well. I think I would use this book to emphasize the importance of having a plot that catches the readers attention. The events leading up and following the climax are entertaining. I would use this book to teach what a plot map was! I think it resembles a clear introduction, rising action, climax, falling act
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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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