The Gravedigger's Cottage by Chris Lynch

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The move to a lovely seaside cottage unravels the McLuckie family’s tight spool of emotions The McLuckie family has not been so lucky. After losing two wives, Mr. McLuckie has been left with one child from each love: ten-year-old Walter and fourteen-year-old Sylvia. He decides to move the family to a new home, a ramshackle seaside cottage called the Gravedigger’s Cottage, where they can start anew. But soon Mr. McLuckie starts acting strangely, taking a leave of absence from work and becoming obsessed with fixing leaks, stockpiling canned foods, and chasing a mysterious rat. Then, Sylvia and Walter hear the rumor of the Gravedigger’s Cottage: the house “chooses” its occupants. How will the McLuckies get the fresh start they so desperately need?

About Chris Lynch

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Chris Lynch is a National Book Award finalist and the author of many highly acclaimed books for young adults, including The Big Game of Everything, Who the Man, and the Michael L. Printz Honor Book Freewill; Iceman, Shadow boxer, Gold Dust, and Slot Machine, all ALA Best Books for Young Adults; and Extreme Elvin. He also mentors aspiring writers and teaches in the creative writing program at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Published March 26, 2013 by Open Road Media Teen & Tween. 148 pages
Genres: Horror, Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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Fourteen-year-old Sylvia moves there with her 10-year-old brother, Walter, and their sad, eccentric father for a fresh start far away from the place where both Sylvia’s and Walter’s mothers died.

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Writing in the sharp, evocative prose and overcast mood of his Freewill , Lynch alternates the story line about the move into The Diggers with Vi's recollections of the deaths in the McLuckie family, starting with those of Vi's mother and of Walter's mother, then growing more graphic in descripti...

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The exchanges between siblings Walter and Sylvia are sharp and humorous, even if the book as a whole lacks the kind of buoyancy found in other Lynch works like SLOT MACHINE, a hilarious sendup of summer sports camp.

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