Gravediggers: Mountain of Bones

324p. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen. 2012. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-06-207740-0; ebook $9.99. ISBN 978-0-06-207742-4.
Gr 5–8—What was supposed to be an exciting school trip in the Montana mountains turns out to be anything but for sixth graders Ian Buckley, PJ Wilson, and Kendra Wright. Straying from the path, the three kids get lost and realize that something is not quite right. Their sense of dread intensifies upon discovering a stone wall covered in a weird symbol. As darkness approaches, the trio stumble upon an abandoned cabin where they find a skull in the basement and a mysterious journal that warns of dark forces at work. Then zombies attack, and they must run for their lives. The group seeks out the witch they believe is behind this sinister evil, hoping she can help them protect their school friends from being attacked and end the zombie curse. Using alternating points of view, Krovatin masterfully combines horror and humor in this heart-pounding, action-packed story that deals with survival, friendship, and self-discovery. Although the ending is a little rushed, this page-turner will satisfy fans of the genre and leave them anticipating future installments.—Donna Rosenblum, Floral Park Memorial High School, NY

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