Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Stone Child

The Stone Child
by Dan Poblocki
274 pages
juvenile fantasy/horror
New York : Random House, c2009

Eddie and his parents have just moved to the small town of Gatesweed. People rarely move to Gatesweed, usually they move away. Eddie is excited to find out that his all-time favorite author, Nathaniel Olmstead, lived in the same town. At least he did until he mysteriously disappeared 13 years ago. Eddie along with a couple of other misfits from school band together to solve all the mysteries of the town. These mysteries include a Nathaniel Olmstead manuscript written in code, demonic monster sightings, mystery graffiti and of course, the famous author's disappearance.
Elementary school children will probably get the creeps when reading this book. However, I don't think I would have when I was younger, I certainly didn't now. The first half of the book was boring and the characters were flat and unappealing. The second half was better though the characters were still uninspiring. The demons and monsters didn't really seem that scary or threatening. I will probably still recommend this to 4th-6th graders looking for a scary book just because they might find it scary, and it has a great cover!

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