by Dan Poblocki
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Released: August 1st 2012
Genre: Fiction- Middle Grade: Ghost, paranormal, horror
How I got it:Bought it
Does an abandoned asylum hold the key to a frightful haunting?
Everyone's heard the stories about Graylock Hall.
It was meant to be a place of healing - a hospital where children and teenagers with mental disorders would be cared for and perhaps even cured. But something went wrong. Several young patients died under mysterious circumstances. Eventually, the hospital was shut down, the building abandoned and left to rot deep in the woods.
As the new kid in town, Neil Cady wants to see Graylock for himself. Especially since rumor has it that the building is haunted. He's got fresh batteries in his flashlight, a camera to document the adventure, and a new best friend watching his back.
Neil might think he's prepared for what he'll find in the dark and decrepit asylum. But he's certainly not prepared for what follows him home. . . .
Scary, suspenseful, and surprising, Dan Poblocki's latest ghost story will keep you turning pages deep into the dead of night.
Review: Ghosts of Graylock is a pretty standard ghost story. Mr Poblocki
did a great job making this book spooky yet not over the top, with characters that kids could relate to. Neil and Bree are staying with their aunt's while things cool off at home. Their father left and their mom didn't take it well.
Neil has a fascination for ghosts, and his curiosity is peeked when his new friend tells him the legend of Graylock asylum. Neil, Bree and their new friends explore Graylock. This when things start really getting spooky.
I got pulled into the story, trying to figure out the mystery behind Graylocks ghost. I liked how the kids followed the bread crumbs left for them to figure out who the ghost was and what she wanted.
As the book progressed and I learned more about the ghost and the history of not only Graylock but the town I was even more intrigued. The ending of not only the book, but the ghost story we're surprising. Yet that was partly because the reader didn't have all the information, but if we had it wouldn't have been as good.
I thought this book was very good and perfect for the age bracket it was written for.