Rainer Maria Rilke

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Stone Child by Dan Poblicki
(Adolescent and Up, Fantasy)

Eddie is absolutely delighted to discover his family is moving to the hometown of his favorite author, Nathaniel Olmstead.  However, that delight turns to horror with an ominous car ride when a strange creature runs in front of the family car, causing a wreck.

Eddie soon learns that Olmstead has disappeared into thin air years ago and everyone in town seems to be afraid to even mention his name.  The entire town seems abandoned and Eddie only finds one friend with a similar interest, a boy whose mother owns the local bookstore and who is also a huge Olmstead fan.  Eddie and his new friend discover that Olmstead's books have somehow come alive and are taking over the town and everyone and everything in it.  When Eddie's mother starts writing with Olmstead's pen, Eddie is afraid she will also be possessed.

This book was not what I was expecting but I still liked it. Based on the cover and title, I somehow expected it to be a ghost story but it turned out to be a mystery with just as much scary tingle as any ghost story.  It is a book I cannot wait to introduce to my students at school-action, adventure, mystery with a healthy dose of creepy creatures and other things that go bump in the night.

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