How to Tend a Grave

How to Tend a Grave

Jocelyn Shipley


A Novel

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WHEN LIAM’S mom dies, he thinks life can’t get any worse. He’s wrong. Forced to live with a grandfather he’s never known, in a small town where Youth and Crime are king and queen of a hick-town gang, Liam only wants to be left alone. Not easy, considering the gang’s favourite hangout is the cemetery where his mom is buried. A popular place, this cemetery, as there he meets Harmony, a gorgeous but unusual girl who records the names of all the babies buried there long ago. Like Liam, she has a secret.

The very different stories of these two grieving fifteen-year-olds interweave brilliantly in this fast-paced, engaging and unforgettable book about family, love and healing.

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GOLD MEDAL WINNER- Moonbeam Awards, mature issues
A CCBC Best Books for Kids and Teens selection

“an enticing and recommended pick for young adult fiction collections.” Midwest Book Review

“Highly recommended” CM Magazine

“Having just finished this amazingly heart-wrenching and tragic, yet hopeful story of two teens dealing with grief, I want to turn around and read it again.” Joanne, goodreads

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About the Author

Jocelyn Shipley

Jocelyn Shipley is co-editor of Cleavage: Breakaway Fiction for Real Girls and is the author of Getting a Life, Cross My Heart and Seraphina’s Circle. She lives in Toronto and on Vancouver Island.