I really like the main character in this story. Twelve-year old Charlie is a smart and spunky little tomboy. She and her father (Frank) have a rather unique job. They are grave robbers. They have their reasons for stealing from the dead, feeling somewhat justified in what they do, because they are using it for the good. The dead have no need for them anyway—right? Or do they?
In old Widow Taylor’s will, she requested to be buried with her jewels. Charlie knows her father (who, besides robbing graves, works as a grave digger) intends to rob the widow’s casket before covering up her grave. She creates a plan to outwit her father and steal the jewels before he gets a chance. Things don’t go as planned. With twists, turns, ghosts and unexpected visitors, this grave robbing job might turn out to be their very last.
Charlie is easy to love. Her spunk is admirable, and her intentions are good. Her character is nicely developed—especially for a short story. The read is quick paced and doesn’t have any lulling or unneeded scenes. It is a ghost story in one sense, but isn’t overdone, or distracting from the main plot.
(Small con) There is one part of the story where I felt Charlie (and a few supporting characters) might express more urgency. It wasn’t a big distraction, but it was still noticeable to me.
This is a great read. The pacing is fabulous, the characters are well developed, and the story is memorable. For the young or old, Grave Robbers is a highly entertaining read! 4½ stars.
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