Fourteen-year-old Sylvia McLuckie has lost many things to death: her mother; the mother of her younger half-brother, Walter; and as readers come to find out, a number of pets. Having moved to a new home at the beach, the family hopes to put the sadness behind them. Instead, they find that their odd little house, known as Gravedigger's Cottage, has a reputation of choosing its own occupants. Strange things happen after the McLuckies move in, including a change in Sylvia's dad, who becomes obsessed about keeping the house safe--especially from a large rat no one else has seen.
Original title: The Gravedigger's Cottage
Genre: Fiction→ Children & Young Adult→ Mystery