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The Cemetery Boys

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Welcome to Spencer.

Population: 814.

It's a backward town—and it's hiding a terrible secret.

When Stephen's dad says they're moving, Stephen knows it's pointless to argue. They're broke from paying Mom's hospital bills, and now the only option left is to live with Stephen's grandmother, a woman as bitter and stuck as the town of Spencer itself.

Stephen's summer starts looking up when he meets punk girl Cara and her charismatic twin brother, Devon. The twins have family problems of their own and aren't exactly close, but Stephen is drawn to them, each for different reasons. With Cara, he feels safe and understood—and yeah, okay, she's totally hot. In Devon and his group, he sees a chance at making real friends.

Only, as the summer presses on, and harmless nights hanging out in the cemetery take a darker turn, Stephen starts to suspect that Devon is less a friend than a leader. And he might be leading them to a very sinister end.

Mixing classic horror elements with a darkly funny coming-of-age story, New York Times bestselling author Heather Brewer brings her razor-sharp edge to a story about the dangerous power of belief and the cost of blind loyalty, taking readers to the brink of madness and past the point of no return.

From Publishers Weekly

Jan 19, 2015 – Stephen's mother's mental illness has left the family destitute, forcing him and his father to move from Denver to Stephen's grandmother's house in the small town of Spencer, Mich., where citizens cling to a legend that promises prosperity in exchange for a sacrifice to mythical "Winged Ones." Soon it becomes clear that nearly everyone in Spencer seems to believe in these creatures, which have apparently wreaked havoc on the town for decades. The power struggle between Stephen's grandmother and his cowed father serves as a foil for the hierarchy among the "cemetery boys" of the title the new friends Stephen hangs out and drinks with in the town cemetery most of whom are under the thumb of Devon, the sinister twin brother of Stephen's crush, Cara. Brewer (the Chronicles of Vladimir Tod series) crafts a mystery steeped in betrayal, and although a prologue that rockets ahead to the pivotal end threatens to rob the tale of some of its suspense, the gory conclusion and its twists still do the trick. Ages 13 up.

Customer Reviews

Auntie Heather strikes again!

Gore, suspense, and amazing style! As expected with Brewer!

Amazing read

From the moment I picked up this book I was hooked. I loved the characters, I loved Heather's writing style, and most of all, I loved how the little Michigan town could've been any small town in the Midwest. I found Stephen to be not only a well-written character, but a character I could've easily related to a different points in my life. This book was dark and creepy, but still so incredibly honest in it's emotions. Part of me wishes that there would be another book, that this was a series and that I could find out what happened to Stephen after all that's happened, but part of me is completely satisfied at the way the story ended.

The Cemetery Boys
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  • $3.99
  • Level: Grades 8 and Above
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Horror, Monsters & Ghosts
  • Published: Mar 31, 2015
  • Publisher: HarperTeen
  • Seller: HarperCollins
  • Print Length: 288 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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