The Grave Robber's Secret
By Anna Myers
(Walker Childrens, Hardcover, 9780802721839, 208pp.)
Publication Date: February 15, 2011
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The night his father forces him to help empty a grave to sell its contents to the medical college, Robby Hare swears he will never rob another grave. Yet he can't resist his fascination with the discoveries he knows the doctors will make as a result of their gruesome nighttime mission. Robby's wish for another way for his family to make ends meet is answered when William Burke and his daughter, Martha, come to live at their boarding house. Although he is grateful to avoid the graveyard, Robby senses something dangerous about Burke, and suspects him of involving his father in a broader web of evil-and possibly murder. Can Robby expose their scheme before innocent lives are lost?
In an exciting journey through the back alleys and graveyards of Philadelphia in the 1800s, to the halls of the nation's first hospital and the frontiers of medical research, Anna Myers will capture readers with the darker days of history.
Anna Myers is the author of almost twenty books, including, most recently, Time of the Witches and Spy. Tulsa Burning was a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age, and Spy was an Oklahoma Book Award winner. Anna lives in Oklahoma.