In the wake of a family tragedy, twelve-year-old Minn Hotchkiss is sent to spend the summer with her sour grandmother in the tiny seaside town of Boulder Basin, Nova Scotia. Almost as soon as she arrives, Minn discovers the skull of a human child on the beach. She is swiftly caught up in a mystery that reaches back more than a century, to the aftermath of the most tragic shipwreck in Maritime history before the Titanic.
Over the course of this extraordinary summer, Minn will discover romance with a boy who turns out to be much more than he seems, and learn that the grandmother she resented is more surprising than she had ever guessed. She might even meet a world-famous rock star! By summer's end, Minn will solve a ghostly mystery and finally give up the terrible secret she has kept locked in her heart.
My father says I know how to make a short story long. My mother says I was born with the gift of the gab… Today, I've got five minutes to speak - if I can. My tongue's all puckered up, like I just bit into a chokecherry, and my fists are clamped tighter than oyster shells. Minnows are swimming in my belly. As for my heart? It's doing a tap- dance routine, beating faster than before the start of any race I've ever run. Ordinarily, I calm myself down by reciting the names of clouds or constellations or all the capitals in every province and territory of Canada… Today, that's not working.
"The Gravesavers is a humorous and heartfelt look into a devastating time in a young girl's life. Sheree Fitch has truly captured the angst and curiosity inherent in the nature of any young person, and she has thrown in a Titanic-like story for added excitement… It is a pleasure to read a book with a real story with real people that I feel comfortable letting my children read."
~ The Edmonton Journal
"Although Sheree Fitch is a prolific and prizewinning author of children's books, Gravesavers is her first novel. On the strength of this debut, it's fair to say that she's found another medium in which she excels…[A] thoroughly satisfying experience for readers."
~ The Globe and Mail
- Winner of CBC Young Canada Reads
- A Red Maple Honour Book
- Winner of The Willow Award (SYRCA)
- Shortlisted for the CLA Book of the Year, named Honor Book.
- Shortlisted for the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award 2006
- Nominated for the Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award
- Chosen as one of ten of Indigo Back to School books 2006
Paperback, 336 pages. Doubleday Canada (May 10 2005)
ISBN-10: 0385660731 / ISBN-13: 978-0385660730