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The Ghost's Grave

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  1,958 Ratings  ·  242 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. J
Paperback, 224 pages
Published August 16th 2007 by Puffin Books (first published August 18th 2005)
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Nov 04, 2009 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
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.
Ray Waltz
Feb 01, 2009 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!
Marvin E.
Sep 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Feb 20, 2009 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
Mar 17, 2016 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
Noorain K
Jan 17, 2013 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
*Cody* Hubble
Oct 21, 2009 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
Catherine C
Jan 16, 2013 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
Caden Y
Apr 30, 2015 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
Mellanie Ruiz
Aug 14, 2014 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
Feb 24, 2010 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.

Dylan Jentsch
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this book is a cool way to look at a ghost story. Because instead of him being mean he is friendly. And the way Willie (Wilber) and Josh become friends. It's not a scary book so if your scared of ghosts don't worry you can still read it. I think it's a good book and everyone should read it.
Noah Ramsey
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Best book iv'e ever read so awesome I recommend this book to people who like mystery books. #best book ever
Erik Ammon
Aug 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
A very good book. Nice mystery. Good for 4th or 5th. Still thinking about my third grade class. Maybe it'll be a spring read aloud and then I'll add it to the class library.
Oct 04, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Good story for a middle schooler! Not very spooky.
Maddie Borel
this book was some what thrilling i would tell people to read is especially my friend Maddie
Benjamin Caldwell
Have you ever hung out with a 100-year-old ghost before? The book “The Ghost’s Grave” is about a boy who finds a ghost when the ghost asks him to do a favor, but when the boy named Josh is carrying out this request, he gets into a problem with a bank manager. This book was one of the best fiction books I have read, mainly because of the ghost included inside of it. This book really kept me in suspense at times, and had me thinking about what would happen next, making me want to read more. There ...more
Donna Siebold
May 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bob-book
Josh is delighted when he learns he earned a spot in a summer baseball league. He is not delighted when he learns that he won't be able to play after all. Instead he has to spend the summer in Carbon City visiting his stepfather's Aunt Ethel. Josh unhappily resigns himself to spending a boring summer with a "frail old woman".

He quickly learns that Aunt Ethel might be old but she certainly wasn't frail. On his first night in her house he learns that she doesn't like bats as she shoots one with h
May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is about a boy name Josh that want to be in the school’s baseball team but can't because his parents has to go to India for their job so he has to visiting his aunt. In the first day Josh’s aunt got scared by a bat and shoot the bat with a rifle. Later on he found out about a tree house his aunt use to go with her sister when she was young but they stop because they thought that it was hunted so Josh went there to read. Later on he found a stray cat so he feed it every day and try to tame it. ...more
This story was okay but I feel the writing was lacking - it felt flat, monotonous and emotionless. I will not be recommending this book to my kids, although I like the premise of this story and it felt sweet and innocent at times. I wish the author was more skillful at expressing emotions of the characters. This story did have a potential to be good however not realized.
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this to my little brother over the summer and he absolutely loved it. He demanded it be read every night. It was perfect for him. He loves ghosty stories, but not too scary. Note: This book says it's meant for middle schoolers, but I read it to a 2nd/3rd grader and it was more than fine.
May 10, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
ES Librarian Review: I was meh on this book, but I'm pretty sure my kids would love it, so I'll probably recommend it to them all the same. Decently written.
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Adrianna C-G
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was a really great book! I want to read more like it. I liked the mystery.
Bridget Neace
Apr 10, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bob-2019
Solid 3-star read. :)
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It makes you wonder what will happen next.
Noël Rippe-Cermak
Fun ghost story for about ages 8-10 years; definitely going to share with my nieces and nephews. And it promotes kindness to animals!!!😻
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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.

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