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Six Feet Below Zero

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  34 ratings  ·  15 reviews
A dead body. A missing will. An evil relative. The good news is, Great Grammy has a plan. The bad news is, she's the dead body.

Rosie and Baker are hiding something. Something big. Their great grandmother made them promise to pretend she's alive until they find her missing will and get it in the right hands. The will protects the family house from their grandmother, Grim He
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published April 20th 2021 by Holiday House
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Junkyard Attic
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-books
Fantastic book. As a librarian, I can’t wait to have this on the shelves in physical form to recommend. I am so very glad everyone the author thanks in the final pages encouraged her to finish this, and look forward to her next project. Sure to take its deserved place beside other much loved classic tales such as The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs Basil E. Frankweiler, The Boxcar Children, and When You Reach Me.
Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
How I read this: Free ebook copy received through Edelweiss

This book was written well, but I was more and more uncomfortable with the premise as I read it, so I don't know how to rate - and that's why I won't. Everyone in these kids' lives is dead, basically - it makes it super sad to read, but that's not why I was uncomfortable. Their great grandma tells them to put her in the freezer and tell everyone that she's still alive. AND THEY DO IT. And that's the whole crux of the story. I found that
Evelyn B.
May 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
I really liked this book! It was so heart-warming to see how Rosie changed and grew through the book and how the importance of love and family and friendship out-shown the acquisition of money and prestige. I'm a huge fan of treasuring family memories, so the story was naturally a winner with me. The book is also fun, suspenseful, and a little wacky--an altogether delightful read. BTW, my husband also read it and really liked it. ...more
Mindy Alyse Weiss
I absolutely love this middle grade novel! It's the perfect blend of suspense and humor. The characters and setting feel so authentic...I cheered for Rosie and Baker every step of the way.

I couldn't put the book down...and cried (in the very best way) toward the end.
Ms. Yingling
Feb 12, 2021 rated it liked it
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Rosie and Baker have lived with their Great-Grammy ever since the death of their parents. Their grandmother, a lawyer they call Grim Hesper, took out loans in her parents names and is determined to sell the old house that the children and her mother are living in. When Great-Grammy starts to feel unwell, she makes some unusual plans, but passes away before she can tell Rosie about them. Baker knows that the reason there is a brand new chest freezer in the basement
Jun 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Oh my word! What a wild romp. The charming, silly tale of siblings being raised by a beloved great-grandmother. In a bid to protect the kids and the family house/property from the money-grubbing intentions of their grandmother (who the kids call Grim Hesper, which is hilarious), the kids obey Great-Grandma’s final instructions … to hide her dead body in a freezer in the basement and carry on “as usual.” Naturally, things unravel and the hijinx begin. Really fun and different.
Melanie Cail
May 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5. Cute as long as you don’t get caught up in the details! :)
May 04, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book for juveniles. The book sounded interesting but tends to drag on a little as the main characters are 12 and 13 years old. It was easy to listen to and not an extremely complicated plot line.
May 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
knew I had to read this book once I saw the explanation of the plot: "A dead body. A missing will. An evil relative. The good news is, Great Grammy has a plan. The bad news is, she's the dead body." It did not disappoint!! I usually lean more towards books where nobody dies, but this is by far the best book I've read where you know a main character will die right from the get-go. Great Grammy is still a major force in the book despite her death being a huge plot point, and she's super-easy to l ...more
This one is a 3.5 for me, and I'm sure it would be a great read aloud title that would keep listeners hooked and on their seats to see if the narrator and her brother get away their cover-up. Middle graders Rosie and Baker Spreen have lived with their great-grandmother ever since their parents died. There is bad blood between Great-Grammy and her daughter, their grandmother, an attorney that the children secretly call Grim Hesper for reasons that quickly become apparent. When Great-Grammy dies u ...more
Rosie and Baker have been living with their Great-Grammy ever since their parents were killed in a auto accident three years before. Rosie's anger has hampered her grief recovery, and when Great-Grammy begins to show signs that her health is failing, Rosie and Baker are terrified of what might happen if they have to go live with their grandmother that they call Grim Hester. As Great-Grammy starts behaving more strangely - going on a cooking binges, hoarding supplies in the basement, and buying c ...more
Feb 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Fun, fast-paced story about two children trying to save their great-grandmother's home.
After their parents die, Rosie and Baker end up living with their great-grandmother in a house that has been in the family for over a hundred years. Recently their great-grandmother has been acting strange. she is stockpiling supplies, baking, cooking, and she ordered a giant freezer. When she keels over and dies one day, Rosie and Baker know they can't tell anyone until they get ahold of Aunt Tilley. They kno
May 14, 2021 marked it as to-read
Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.
May 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
A good book for tweens.
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Ena Jones writes contemporary middle-grade fiction (for children ages 8-12). She grew up in Northern Virginia, on the outskirts of Washington, DC, and currently lives in North Carolina. She loves to read a wide variety of books, hole up in her office and write fun stories, take long walks along the ocean, and cook yummy meals for family and friends. Visit her online at

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