The Grave Digger

In 1875 Ohio, twelve-year-old Cap Cooper is an aspiring inventor—and a reluctant graverobber—enlisted by his father to help pay for his mother’s medical expenses. When one of the dead returns to life at his touch, Cap unearths a world of dark secrets that someone at the local medical school wants to keep buried. On the brink of discovery, he’ll have to use every ounce of cunning he has to protect those he loves most and save his own skin. The Grave Digger is an eerie mystery set in the aftermath of the Civil War, filled with action, friendship, and a hint of the paranormal, perfect for those who enjoy reading late into the night and long after the lights go out.

The Grave Digger, Rebecca Bischoff
October 29, 2019

I wanted a spooooooooky read. And I got a slooooooow spooooooky read.

I picked up Cap Cooper’s story because my interest was piqued at reluctant graverobber. Especially in a middle grade title, that’s a lot of dead bodies. And Bischoff’s descriptions were appropriate for the age range but there was something about a twelve year handling a naked dead body that just put me off.

In an early scene, Cap realizes they are digging up the grave of one of his recently deceased classmates and she comes to life at his touch. He follows her home and freaks out, not because of the walking dead, but because he cost his father money.

Don’t get me wrong. I was always afraid of angering my parents–but uhh–I think I’d be more afraid of a dead body.

Unfortunately, I did not finish reading The Grave Digger. It moved slowly after that and my interest waned too far.

Rating: 2 out of 5.

I found A PIECE OF CANDY!!! #giveaway #yalit #kidlit

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Published by J. M. Tuckerman

J.M.Tuckerman is a neurodivergent writer with a big education. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, an MA in Writing, and a BA in Writing Arts (specializing in Creative Writing, New Media Writing, and Publication; concentrating in New Media Production), which she somehow managed to earn despite her three very loud and large dogs. Jessica was lucky enough to intern at Quirk Books and Picador, USA while earning her master’s degrees. Her service dog, Ringo, is very proud of all that she has accomplished and hopes to be on a back cover of a published book with her very soon. An avid reader, writer, and lover of young adult and middle-grade literature, Jessica’s bookshelf is overflowing with hardbacks, paperbacks, and a million half-filled notebooks. She is a proud fur-mommy to two lab/st-bernard littermates, a retriever-mix service dog, and one orange little hobgoblin cat, all of whom have made very audible appearances on the Booked All Night podcast.

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