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Orca Soundings
Shallow Grave
By (author): Alex Van Tol
9781459802025 Paperback, Trade English Young Adult : Grade (CAN) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 8 - 12, Reading age from 12 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Ghost Stories North America Oct 01, 2012
$9.95 CAD
Active 4.25 x 7 x 0.3 in 136 pages FSC certified – mixed sources C016245 Orca Book Publishers
 
YALSA Quick Picks 2013, Commended CCBC Best Books 2013, Commended
Ouija boards and restless spirits combine to solve a violent murder.

When they're hauled into the office in the wake of a stupid prank, schoolmates Elliot and Shannon have no idea that hiding the principal's Smart Car in the woods was the least of their problems. As part of their punishment, the pair is tasked to clean up the school boathouse. Should be an easy enough task, they figure: chuck all the broken stuff, organize whatever still works and get the weekend underway. But when Shannon talks Elliot into making a Ouija board, things take a turn for the horrifying. When the pair accidentally unleashes a dark force, they find themselves caught up in a mystery that must be solved if they have any hope of escape.

Alex Van Tol grew up reading a wide range of books, from Enid Blyton to Stephen King. She taught middle school for eight years, then made the switch to writing for a living. She has published numerous titles with Orca. Alex lives in Victoria, British Columbia, with her family. For more information, visit www.alexvantol.com.

"Brief hints of school and family drama flesh out the two main characters, and Elliot's snappy first-person narrative will be relatable to teens...A good introduction to scary stories while still being suspenseful enough to hold the interest of older readers, too." - Booklist

"The dialogue...is excellent, up-to-date, and witty, moving the story along well, reflective of the way real students talk to each other." - Resource Links

"A fast-paced, entertaining ghost story that targets reluctant readers with its high interest, low readability format." - Library Media Connection

"Enough creepiness to keep readers on the edge of their seat." - NJ Youth Services

"A thrilling short novel...This fast paced mystery is sure to delight young adult and reluctant readers." - TriState YA Book Review Committee

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