First Look: Cover Reveal for THE CAGED GRAVES by Dianne Salerni + ARC Giveaway

It’s time for yet another cover reveal! Today, I’m excited to bring to you the cover for THE CAGED GRAVES by Dianne Salerni (Clarion/Harcourt, April 2013) Scroll down to read the skin-crawling synopsis, check out the beautiful cover, and enter to win an ARC!

“In Catawissa, sometimes the dead don’t stay where you put them.”

The year is 1867, and Verity Boone is returning to her birthplace, Catawissa, Pennsylvania. She knows that this small farm town will be a big change from Worcester, Massachusetts, where she’s spent most of her seventeen years, and she’s ready to face the challenge. She looks forward to a joyful reunion with her father and, of course, to meeting Nate McClure, her future husband, face-to-face for the first time.

But her homecoming isn’t all she expected. Verity’s father is awkward and distant, and there’s no role for her in his household. Even Nate disappoints—their strained conversations are very unlike the easy exchange of letters that convinced Verity to accept his proposal.

And a horrifying surprise awaits her. The graves of her mother and aunt are enclosed in iron cages just outside the local cemetery’s walls, and Verity is determined to find out why. She hears rumors of grave robbers, hidden treasure, even witchcraft. Were the cages built to keep others out—or the dead in? Verity’s search for the truth exposes the town’s closely guarded secrets, sheds light on some disturbing family history, and leads her into mortal danger.

Dianne Salerni

Dianne K. Salerni is a fifth-grade teacher and children’s book author who lives in New London, Pennsylvania, with her husband, two daughters, and a goofy German Shepherd.

Dianne was inspired to write this novel after finding two real-life caged graves in Catawissa, Pennsylvania. Like Verity, she tried to solve the mystery of why they were built. When she couldn’t find any explanation for the cages in her research, she decided to create one. The result was The Caged Graves, her second novel.

Dianne’s first novel, We Hear the Dead, was published by Sourcebooks in 2010 and tells the true story of Maggie Fox, a 19th century spirit medium. We Hear the Dead has been optioned for film.

And now for the cover! What do you think?? (Click to enlarge)

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And now for the giveaway! Dianne was kind enough to donate an ARC of THE CAGED GRAVES to one lucky winner! Just fill out the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!

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Hafsah Faizal is a YA author, designer, and blogger. Her designs have graced the sites of New York Times bestselling authors, bloggers, and more. She resides in Texas, with her family.



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    August 28, 2012

    Beautiful cover, Dianne! Congratulations!

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    Creepy Query Girl

    August 28, 2012

    Gorgeous cover! They did such a great job with it! Congrats Dianne!!

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    Linda Jackson

    August 28, 2012

    Congrats, Dianne! Totally enjoying We Hear the Dead…can't wait for this one. :)

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    Christina Lee

    August 28, 2012

    Hi there! :D

    FANTASTIC!! Dianne, so excited for you, can't wait to read your second book!

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    Linda G.

    August 28, 2012

    Love that cover! And CAGED GRAVES sounds absolutely fascinating–I can't wait to read it.

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    Jessie Marie

    August 28, 2012

    Stunning cover, creepy synopsis and I'm totally excited for the book! Congrats! Definitely headed to check out We Hear the Dead!

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    Donna K. Weaver

    August 28, 2012

    Love it! So fun that Dianne got to use that picture of the caged grave.

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    Matthew MacNish

    August 28, 2012

    Whoa. Creepy awesome cover!

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    August 28, 2012

    Oh, this sounds intriguing and now I want to know about the caged graves. Great cover too.

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    Betsy Cornwell

    August 28, 2012

    This book sounds fantastic!

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    Jesse Burgoyne

    August 28, 2012

    I love the cover. It reminds me of a Penguin Classics cover. And the idea of cages around graves is utterly creepy and intriguing at the same time. I'd love to go to Catawissa and see them!

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    Bookluvrs Haven

    August 28, 2012

    Thank you for hosting the giveaway. Love the cover, very fitting to the story blurb. Sounds incredibly interesting, and I will definitely pick it up, regardless of a win or not!

    Good luck to everyone!


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    Kit Grindstaff

    August 28, 2012

    This sounds amazing! So many elements I love: historical, creepy…Cover is lovely, too.

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    Susan Flett Swiderski

    August 28, 2012

    Woo HOOOOOO! Gorgeous cover, Dianne.

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    Joanne Fritz

    August 29, 2012

    What an intriguing cover! And thanks for the giveaway.

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    August 29, 2012

    So pretty *sigh* can't wait to read it – again :)

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    Stina Lindenblatt

    August 29, 2012

    Love the cover and love that your hubby took the grave picture. Is it just me, but doesn't the girl look like Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss? lol I must have The Hunger Games movie on my brain.

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    nurmawati djuhawan

    August 29, 2012

    awesome…i love this giveaway !!! :)

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    August 29, 2012

    Ooh, this sounds so wonderfully creepy! Love the cover, too. :-)

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    Sharon K. Mayhew

    August 31, 2012

    I have to get this book! It sounds awesome!!! Love the cover. :)