The Grave Thief
Twelve-year-old Spade is a grave thief. With his father and brother, he digs up the recently deceased to steal jewels, the main form of trade in Wyndhail.
Digging graves works for Spade -- alone in the graveyard at night, no one notices his limp or calls him names. He's headed for a lifetime of theft when his father comes up with the audacious plan to rob a grave in the Wyndhail castle cemetery. Spade and his brother get caught in a royal trap, and Spade must find the master of the Woegon: a deadly creature that is stalking the castle by night.
Along the way, he meets Ember, the queen's niece, and together they race to solve the mystery of the legendary Deepstones and their connection to the Woegon, the queen, a missing king and the mysterious pebble Spade finds in the Wyndhail cemetery.
This is a fantastic story of friendship, bravery, grief and acceptance.
Publisher: Tundra Books, Penguin Random House
Publication Date: March 1, 2022
A starred review from School Library Journal states: 'Fast-paced and full of magic, this debut is sure to be a smash hit with fantasy and adventure lovers. An easy recommendation for fans of Neil Gaiman, Cornelia Funke, or Sayantani DasGupta.'
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Dee Hahn began writing when her children begged for bedtime stories, and she never stopped. Dee is a lover of forests, adventures, yaks- and books, of course! Dee lives in Calgary, Alberta with her family, wily dog, and rebellious chicken.
Tags: Middle Grade, Fantasy