Mass Market Paperbound
336 pages, 6.86 × 4.21 × 0.87 in
November 28, 2006
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0770429602
ISBN - 13: 9780770429607
Read from the Book
TODAYMy father says I know how to make a short story long. My mother says I was born with the gift of the gab.Today, I’ve got five minutes to speak — if I can. My tongue’s all puckered up, like I just bit into a chokecherry, and my fists are clamped tighter than oyster shells. Minnows are swimming in my belly. As for my heart? It’s doing a tap-dance routine, beating faster than before the start of any race I’ve ever run. Ordinarily, I calm myself down by reciting the names of clouds or constellations or all the capitals in every province and territory of Canada.Today, that’s not working.There must be at least three hundred of us huddled around this gravesite.What I want to say in my speech is: everything. I’ve got this hankering, as Harv would say, a notion to tell the whole story. I want to tell John Hindley’s story. He can’t tell it himself because he’s dead. Kaput. History. Long gone — in a manner of speaking.But the truth whole truth and nothing but the truth cross my heart hope to die stick a needle in my eye is a slippery thing. That’s why, after I’m introduced, I’ll be telling all these good folks a big fat whopping lie. For their own protection.If I can make it up those steps to the podium without tripping over my own two feet, I’ll do my five-minute spiel. Croak it out if I have to. But I’ll always know one thing for certain. It’s only one part of a story inside of many stories all twisted around each other like a tangled-up mizzenmast. If, like me, your nautical kno
From the Publisher
“An odd shaped shell caught my eye. . . . I turned it over. . . . It was a tiny, perfect skull.”
In the wake of a family tragedy, twelve-year-old Minn Hotchkiss is sent to spend the summer with her sour grandmother in the tiny seaside town of Boulder Basin, Nova Scotia. Almost as soon as she arrives, Minn discovers the skull of a human child on the beach. She is swiftly caught up in a mystery that reaches back more than a century, to the aftermath of the most tragic shipwreck in Maritime history before the Titanic.
Over the course of this extraordinary summer, Minn will discover romance with a boy who turns out to be much more than he seems, and learn that the grandmother she resented is more curious, dedicated, and surprising than she had ever guessed. She might even meet a world-famous rock star!
By summer’s end, Minn will solve a ghostly mystery and, most importantly, finally be able to give up the terrible secret she has kept locked in her heart.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
About the Author
Sheree Fitch is a storyteller and poet and has been an award winning Doubleday Canada author since 1987. She lives in River John and Dartmouth Nova Scotia.From the Trade Paperback edition.
A Red Maple Honour Book
Shortlisted for The Willow Award (SYRCA)
Shortlisted for the CLA Book of the Year Award
Shortlisted for the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award 2006
Nominated for the Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award
“The Gravesavers is a humorous and heartfelt look into a devastating time in a young girl’s life. Sheree Fitch has truly captured the angst and curiosity inherent in the nature of any young person, and she has thrown in a Titanic-like story for added excitement….It is a pleasure to read a book with a real story with real people that I feel comfortable letting my children read.”
–The Edmonton Journal
“Although Sheree Fitch is a prolific and prizewinning author of children’s books, Gravesavers is her first novel. On the strength of this debut, it’s fair to say that she’s found another medium in which she excels….[A] thoroughly satisfying experience for readers.”
—The Globe and Mail