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The Grave

by (author) James Heneghan

Groundwood Books Ltd
Initial publish date
Mar 2002
Europe, General, Fantasy & Magic
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2002
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    Publish Date
    Mar 2002
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 12 to 15
  • Grade: 7 to 10
  • Reading age: 12 to 15


Abandoned in a department store as a baby, thirteen-year-old Tom Mullen has been shuffled from one rotten foster home to another his entire life. When he hears rumors that a mass grave has been unearthed on his school grounds, he finds himself inexplicably drawn to it. The grave pulls Tom down into its terrible darkness and beyond, where he discovers that he is no longer in Liverpool in 1974 but in Ireland in 1847, at the height of the potato famine. A family named Monaghan takes him in, and for the first time Tom experiences what it is like to have parents and siblings who care for one another.

But why has Tom been transported through time and space? And why must the grave keep yanking him back to his dreary lonely existence in Liverpool? Most of all, what does it mean that the Monaghan's son, Tully, is practically Tom's double?

About the author

A former fingerprint specialist with the Vancouver Police Department, James Heneghan has won numerous awards for his books for young readers, including the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Award three times for Flood, Wish Me Luck and The Grave. James lives in North Vancouver, British
School visits, author readings, adults & children, by arrangement.


James Heneghan's profile page


  • Long-listed, Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People
  • Long-listed, Arthur Ellis Award
  • Long-listed, Manitoba Young Reader's Choice Award
  • Commended, VOYA Best SciFi List
  • Long-listed, Keystone State (PA) Reading Association YA Award
  • Winner, Mr. Christie Silver Seal Award
  • Winner, Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize
  • Commended, New York Library Best Books

Editorial Reviews

An excellent adventure...

Sunday Daily News

...a gripping story for young adults...

Chronicle Herald

Heneghan has created an intriguing tale...

Children's Book Review Service

A gripping mystery, a compelling time-travel adventure, and a devastatingly realistic glimpse into the past, The Grave is terrifically satisfying.

Quill & Quire

Heneghan brilliantly absorbs history and contemporary social conditions to create a complex hero in a riveting story.

National Post

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