The Grave Digger by Rebecca Bischoff

Cap Cooper is a 12-year-old boy living in Ohio in 1875. In order to pay for his mother’s doctor bill, his father takes work as a grave robber. When Cap is made to help he finds things are not as they seem…more people seen to be dying. And when one of the dead comes to life Cap must find answers before those he loves get hurt.

I don’t normally read or review YA or Children’s Fiction, but when I saw the cover, then read the description for the Grave Digger, it intrigued me. I found that I really enjoyed this book. It’s something that I would have read when I was 12 or 13. 

The story recounts some fairly heavy aspects of life in the 19thcentury: what those without money must do to survive, the restrictions on those of color. It also introduces one which kids have probably never heard of, grave robbing. These themes in are woven together with the mystery in a way that made this story really very interesting.  Also, I was very much drawn to the character of Cap. He is well defined as a young man who is smart, perceptive, and caring. He is aware of the problems that his family is facing, but has the courage to do what’s right in order to help them and his new found friends. 

My thanks to NetGalley and Amberjack Publishing for the advance copy of this book for my review.

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