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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Skeleton Creek by Patrick Carman

Title: Skeleton Creek
Series: Skeleton Creek
Author(s): Patrick Carman
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Date: February 1, 2009
Finished: July 2009
Pages: 185
Challenges: None

My Thoughts: An interesting combination of web videos and books. The book introduces us to Ryan and his best friend Sarah Fincher. Ryan's parents wish he wasn't friends with the troublesome Fincher, and even forbid him to see her again. Sarah can't seem to keep herself out of trouble, and now she is pushing her and Ryan's luck as she sends secret emails with passwords that open creepy videos that can be seen (by Ryan and the reader) online.

In some ways this book reminded me of Paper Towns by John Green, but the writing was not as good. Like Paper Towns, it's got the girl who leaves secret words and gets into trouble, and it has the love sick puppy friend who follows her through fire.

I enjoyed the videos even though the acting was sub par. I am not sure if I will read the second book in the series, Ghost in the Machine. The story was a little predicable because you knew from the start that there would be no story if Ryan listened to his parents and did not contacted Sarah.

About the Author: Patrick Carman has written other children's book series, the Land of Elyon series and the Atherton series. Visit his official Website

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