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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Skeleton Creek

Skeleton Creek by Patrick Carman (February 1st 2009—Scholastic)

Grade: 4 stars out of 5

Summary: “Something mysterious is happening in Skeleton Creek. Something scary. Something sinister...

Ryan came close to it...and nearly died. Now he's trapped in his house. He can't trust anyone--not even himself.

He is forbidden from seeing his best friend, Sarah. So when Ryan is isolated and alone, she plunges back into the mystery, putting her life on the line to get the truth.

Ryan is desperately trying to write down the full story. And while he does, Sarah takes videos of what she finds, then sends him the links so he can watch.

Together they discover: The past is dangerous. The present is haunted. And the future is deadly.”

Review: There was something exceedingly extraordinary about Skeleton Creek that left me hanging off the edge of my seat. Not because it was too frightening, it was just something enthralling and captivating about the narration that forced me to continue.

First thing I have to say is how much I love the presentation of the book. The book itself is a composition notebooks tucked into a plastic sleeve similar to that of how a VHS is done. It’s a combination of both Sarah and Ryan—video and writing.

I love the intricacy of the book. At first I was thrown off by how many little things the author wrote about—it made absolutely no sense. Then he threw the word “alchemy” then it all came together like a jigsaw puzzle. I love the pictures, the notes, the newspaper articles—they all provided the reader interesting facts as well as building the mystery up.

The ending will make the reader cry for the sequel. Luckily for me I had the sequel at the same time I had this book. I probably would have cried too if I didn’t have the sequel—it was that much of a cliffhanger.

Overall: Great book if you’re looking for a thriller.

Cover C+
Cover elicits an indifference from me.

Go here to see the companion videos (at least I think this is where you go...?)


  1. The cover REALLY isn't inticing - good call ;)

    But getting 4 stars from you is quite an accomplishment.

  2. You should read Patrick Carman's Atherton trilogy. He's got a wonderful way with words and world creating! I am certainly looking forward to reading more of his stuff.

    Glad you posted the review, because to be honest, the cover turns me off of the book completely!

  3. You have the sequel? I'm jealous! I can't wait to read it :)

    I also recommend Carman's Atherton series - I love his writing.

  4. I want to read this one, lucky joo ;w;

  5. This one makes such a great booktalk when I go on my school visits. I really liked it and wish more boosk would come out with this format.

  6. I never read anything like this. Maybe I should give it a shot :)