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 video camera to search things out, then email the clips for Ryan ...
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 video camera to search things out, then email the clips for Ryan to see. In a groundbreaking new 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. This is creepy and addictive story in a style you've never seen before.
A language arts teacher at my middle school read Skeleton Creek to her class. Then we had a book fair and everyone was demanding this book. I bought 35 copies and can't keep them on the library shelf. 12 language arts teachers at the school are now using it as a read-aloud, and the kids are coming to the library to get the book and read it ahead of the teacher, because they can't wait to get to the ending!
Publishers Weekly, 2008-12-15 In a much-anticipated "multi-platform" mystery, Carman (the Land of Elyon series) tells of two small-town teens who go looking for trouble in an abandoned dredge once used to find gold. Presented as the journal of 15-year-old Ryan, the book is produced on ruled paper and in a font resembling handwriting; Ryan unfolds the details of the recent accident that has left him laid up with a broken leg. Periodically, Ryan receives e-mails from Sarah, his fellow sleuth, who is still hunting down clues about ghostly sightings at the dredge, and, armed with a video camera, is posting her findings on a Web site. (Readers can access the site with the passwords in the book.) The premise is more intriguing than the execution. Clues come slowly and don't keep the reader guessing so much as perplexed: Sarah's brief clips are just as much hair-twirling musings as plot-thickeners. Readers should know in advance what the otherwise enticing package does not make clear: this is the first in a series, and anyone expecting that it will end on anything but a cliff-hanger will be disappointed. Ages 9-12. (Jan.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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