Review: Gravediggers: Mountain of Bones by Christopher Krovatin
Title: Gravediggers: Mountain of Bones
Author: Christopher Krovatin
Publisher: Harper Collins Children's
Published: September 11, 2012
Hardcover, 336 pages
Genre: Middle Grade, Zombies
Book Summary:Ian was the one who chased the majestic buck into the forest. Kendra and PJ followed him. They all hoped to return to the hiking trail before anyone noticed they were gone. However, the mountain had other plans for them: dark, sinister plans that only nightmares are made of.
The Goonies meets The Evil Dead in this series about three kids who become separated from their backpacking group in the Montana wilderness and discover they are stranded in the heart of zombie country.
Ian was the one who chased the majestic buck into the forest. (His motto: Act first, think later.)
Kendra didn't want to become separated from the other sixth graders, but she followed Ian anyway, despite what her analytical mind told her.
PJ followed him, too. Even though he was scared, he figured he might catch some amazing footage with his video camera.
They all hoped to return to the hiking trail before anyone noticed they were gone. However, the mountain had other plans for them: dark, sinister plans that only nightmares are made of.
Now they don't know where they are. They don't know how to get home. They don't know what gruesome creatures lurk in the shadows-but when they find out, will they be able to defeat these monsters and escape the mountain together?
I have to start this by saying, I loved this book! This book centers around three main characters, Ian (the jock), his best friend PJ (a film geek), and Kendra (the bookworm, nerd). They are on an extended 6th grade field trip to a wilderness site called Homeroom Earth. These three get separated from the rest of the group when Ian goes off chasing a big buck and the others, against their better judgment, follow him. That’s where the fun and scary begin. I leave the synopsis off there so as not to spoil the good time. I will say this one more thing: the undead and a witch-doctor-type mystical character, enough said.
This was a great introduction to this story line. The story flows and is easy to follow. It is well written, and the characters develop fully as the book moves on. One aspect that I really liked was the story is told in chapters and each chapter is told by one of the main three characters. The author uses this brilliantly as a means to facilitate the character development. Their personalities, inner thoughts and fears/strengths really come through using this method. The story line itself is riveting and keeps you on the edge of your seat. I found myself not wanting to put the book down.
Overall this is one of my favorite books that I’ve read in a while. Now it is pretty scary and a bit gruesome so I would say it’s for teens and up but if your kid watches The Walking Dead with you they would be fine. I read somewhere else that this is for those that have graduated from R. L. Stine’s Goosebumps series and that is a fair assessment. If you like zombies or have teens that do this needs to be in your TBR stack.