The Caged Graves by Dianne K. Salerni

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Salerni grounds her story in local Revolutionary War lore, creates a spirited heroine with enough self-reflection to feel convincing and crafts a suspenseful plot that skirts sensationalism. This unusual romantic mystery stands out.
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The year is 1867, and seventeen-year-old Verity Boone is excited to return from Worcester, Massachusetts, to Catawissa, Pennsylvania, the hometown she left when she was just a baby. Now she will finally meet the fiancé she knows only through letters! Soon, however, she discovers two strangely caged graves . . . and learns that one of them is her own mother’s. Verity swears she’ll get to the bottom of why her mother was buried in “unhallowed ground” in this suspenseful teen mystery that swirls with rumors of witchcraft, buried gold from the days of the War of Independence, and even more shocking family secrets.
 

About Dianne K. Salerni

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Dianne K.Salerni, a fifth-grade teacher, lives in New London, Pennsylvania
 
Published May 14, 2013 by Clarion Books. 341 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, History, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Apr 08 2013

Readers should find Verity’s persistent and risky attempts to dredge up the past compelling, and also relate to her equally significant search for where her heart lies.

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Good
on Mar 13 2013

Salerni grounds her story in local Revolutionary War lore, creates a spirited heroine with enough self-reflection to feel convincing and crafts a suspenseful plot that skirts sensationalism. This unusual romantic mystery stands out.

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