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The Grave

Written by James Heneghan

  • 240 Pages
  • 9780888994998
  • 7.000" x 4.200"
  • Reading age from 12 to 15
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / Europe
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Science Fiction, Fantasy, Magic


Publication Date March 01, 2002

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?

Winner of the Mr. Christie Silver Seal Award 2001

Winner of the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize 2001

Long-listed for the Arthur Ellis Award 2001

Long-listed for the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People 2001

Long-listed for the Keystone State (PA) Reading Association YA Award 2001

Long-listed for the Manitoba Young Reader's Choice Award 2001

Selected for the New York Library Best Books 2000

Selected for the VOYA Best SciFi List 2001


James Heneghan
James Heneghan was raised in Ireland and in Liverpool, England, where he worked as a policeman. After coming to Canada, he was a police fingerprint specialist before becoming a teacher. He has won the Arthur Ellis Award for Juvenile Crime Fiction and is a three-time winner of the Sheila A. Egoff Book Prize for Children's Literature. He lives in North Vancouver, British Columbia.


"...a gripping story for young adults..." Chronicle Herald

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

"An excellent adventure..." Sunday Daily News

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

"Heneghan has created an intriguing tale..." Children's Book Review Service