The Caged Graves


The Caged Graves (YA Historical)

A Junior Library Guild Selection
Nominee for the Tome Society 2014-2015 It List

In Catawissa, the dead don't always stay where you put them...

17-year-old Verity Boone expects a warm homecoming when she returns to Catawissa, Pennsylvania in 1867, pledged to marry a young man she's never met. Instead, she finds a father she barely knows and a future husband with whom she apparently has nothing in common. And a truly horrifying surprise awaits her: the graves of her mother and aunt are enclosed in iron cages outside the local cemetery. Nobody in town will explain why, but Verity hears rumors of buried treasure and witchcraft. Perhaps the cages were built to keep grave robbers out . . . or to keep the women in. Determined to understand, Verity finds  herself in a life-and-death struggle with people she thought she could trust.

Inspired by a pair of real caged graves in present-day Catawissa, this historical YA novel weaves mystery, romance, and action into a suspenseful drama with human greed and passion at its core.

"Salerni grounds her story in local Revolutionary War lore, creates a spirited heroine with enough self-reflection to feel convincing, and crafts a suspenseful plot that skirts sensationalism. This unusual romantic mystery stands out."Kirkus

"Immensely readable. . . Hand this fast-paced, creepy tale to fans of mysteries, forensics, paranormal and historical fiction, and the CSI TV series." ~ Booklist

"An absorbing, atmospheric, and dense work of historical fiction." ~ Publisher's Weekly

"This is first and foremost a well-crafted mystery." ~ Richie Partington, Richie's Picks

"The perfect amount of stolen glances, tender kisses, and undeniable swoons." ~ Books Take You Places

~ Teasers by Gabrielle Salerni


  1. Sounds fascinating! Congrats!! I, too, have a fascination with old headstones - they're so cool. :) This is totally something I would read!

  2. I just finished The Caged Graves and I am HOPING AND PRAYING ON MY KNEES FOR A SEQUEL! I need to know about Verity and Nate. I want to know about Beaulah and Ransloe and which house Verity will live in! Don't leave me hanging!

  3. This is a wonderful novel, suspenseful, romantic, with a very original plot and characters that grab you by your imagination and don't let go!