By Patrick Carman
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Pub. Date: February 2009
Age Range: 9 to 12
Series: Skeleton Creek Series
The blurb from the publisher:
Strange things are happening in Skeleton Creek . . . and Ryan and Sarah are trying to get to the heart of it. But after an eerie accident leaves Ryan housebound and forbidden to see Sarah, their investigation takes two tracks: Ryan records everything in his journal, while Sarah uses her videocam to search things out. . .and then email the clips for Ryan to see.
In a new, groundbreaking format, the story is broken into two parts — Ryan’s text in the book, and Sarah’s videos on a special website, with links and passwords given throughout the book.
The Short of It:
Not your average mystery! Told through journal entries and super spooky video clips, this one keeps you on your toes.
The Rest of It:
I really enjoyed this one. It’s geared towards the 9-12 group but as the story unfolds, you are asked to visit a website and provided with a secret password to view Sarah’s videos to Ryan. The videos are creepy!! I got spooked many times (think Blair Witch) so even though I am way past the target age range I still managed to get into the story.
My son refused to read the book as he was being a PILL but he was looking over my shoulder during the video clips, so I suspect that he will pull the book out and read it on his own within the next couple of days.
Skeleton Creek is the first book in a series. Ghost in the Machine is the next book and it comes out in October! Just in time for Halloween.
Thanks to Patrick Carman for sending me this review copy.
3 thoughts on “Review: Skeleton Creek”
From the other reviews I've read of this, I thought you'd like it. I'm sure your son will be reading it soon.
Interesting format – sounds too electronic however for me personally!
I picked up a copy of this book from the library for my son and I to read. We haven't started it yet. I avoided Blair Witch so are these videos that creepy? My son creeps out easy and I don't want him to have nightmares so I may need to read this first!