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The Ghost of Graylock

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  3,779 ratings  ·  595 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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Sep 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ghosts, younger
This was a solid if unoriginal haunted-asylum story, leaning to the ghostly rather than horror subset.
Unoriginal isn't meant as a put-down here, I mean really what could you do new with "kids investigate abandoned haunted insane asylum" that would remain within genre parameters? I'm not sure whey they even keep producing new books with this plot rather than re-issuing the old ones, wouldn't that be cheaper for the publisher? But anyway, if you are a kid who likes thrillers hasn't already read a
Tomoe Hotaru
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
Hailey Pineda
Sep 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was an amazing book. I got really engaded into and I recommend.
Ms. Yingling
Aug 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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
Dec 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really like this book because I like scary books. It was very interesting, there would be a nurse that would drag kids and teenagers and drown them in a lake next to the hospital. Graylock is a hospital. I recommend this book to people who like to read scary books.
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
Aug 22, 2015 rated it liked it
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.
Amy Holland
Sep 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
*shudder* A little creepy (for my taste, which is strictly no ghosts and no strange apparitions), but delightfully frightening! However, I believe the characters could be fleshed out more.
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
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 down, the building abandoned and left to rot deep in the woods.

As the new kid in town, Neil Cady wants to see Graylock for h
Aug 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
(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
Alyssa (Books Take You Places)
Apr 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 w
Barton W.
May 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books
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..
this book was so good. it has a very suprising ending!!
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
Extremely satisfying, and while reading it on a dark October night in front of the fire, it was deliciously creepy!!!
Esvin Morales
I liked the book because it was kinda scary.
Taylor Wendel
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I liked this book very much because it had some scary parts and really shocking parts. The most shocking part was when the kids found out that Nurse Janet was still alive. Everyone thought she died because she had drowned. The kids had help finding her in the nursing home. At the beginning of the book, they described how the hospital was meant for helping and curing kids. It used to be alive with lots of patients, now it's just an old, mysterious building. There was a rumor that went around the ...more
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-books-read
this was a young adult book but i really enjoyed it. My daughter is going to love it because she has recently been in to ghost stories. Neil and Bree have a ghost from graylock that follows them home and they can't seem to figure out why she has decided to follow them. Not only was this book a thriller but it was also a murder mystery that had to be solved. 4 stars because i literally could not put it down.
Feb 10, 2019 added it
From the first few chapters when the main characters explore the chilling legends of the new town to the suspenseful times of escaping death and finally to the creepy end, this book definitely fails at being boring.
Emily Cornejo
Oct 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Very Middle Grade
Emilio Grimaldo
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
•Let me just say, this book is a work of art!! I enjoyed reading this novel so much because every chapter reveals a new secret that was completely out of your mind. Here's a brief summary: In "The Ghost of Graylock", two siblings, Neil and Bree Cady, leave their home in New Jersey for a temporary stay in a town called Hedston, with their aunts. Soon, Neil and Bree discover an abandoned asylum that used to be a hospital. Later on, the two siblings hear rumors and stories of Graylock Hall and a wo ...more
Jun 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library, mystery, ya, horror
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
The Bookworm
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you want a mystery and a horror story, I recommend reading this book. There's many plot twists and loopholes. It was so CREEPY
C.C. Thomas
Oct 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
Brandon D.
Sep 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In this book there are four main characters (Bree, Wesley, Eric, and Neil) who go to an old hospital that was once filled with mentally disordered teenagers. They have heard many rumors and scary stories about this hospital and wanted to check it out for their own eyes. After exploring the halls and rooms of Graylock; they started to get this feeling that something was following them; as if they were being haunted.

I really like this book because of the suspense it gives you and the pictures it g
Dec 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The ghost of the gray lock is good because they have mysteries and scary things happening where ever they are going. I think this book should be read by everyone or anyone that like scary things. I was mostly scared and paranoid while reading this book but i finished it.
Tory Wagner
Apr 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense, y-a
Dan Poblocki has created a suspenseful young adult novel that will draw readers in with its mix of the supernatural and a good old fashioned mystery. Neil and his sister Bree are staying with their aunts while their mother is dealing with the emotional fallout from the desertion of their father. Neil, a ghost hunter buff, convinces his sister and two other boys to explore a deserted psychiatric hospital. During their visit, he feels the presence of a ghost who obviously needs something from him. ...more
Dec 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m really glad that I don’t base my reading solely on the recommended reading age for a book. If I did, I would have missed out on a great book. I really enjoyed The Ghost of Graylock. It’s got enough horror to give you goose bumps and keep you reading, but not so much that it would give (most) kids bad dreams. Once I started this book I didn’t want to put it down. I even stayed up until 1:30 in the morning just so I could finish the book without having to wait until I had time to read the next ...more
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