THE CROSSROADS by Chris Grabenstein

THE CROSSROADS

Age Range: 10 - 12

KIRKUS REVIEW

Ghosts vengeful and benevolent, evil possession and dark secrets from the past all figure in this suspenseful page turner destined to grab reluctant readers, especially boys, and R.L. Stine fans. When 11-year-old Zack Jennings moves with his father and new stepmother from New York City to rural Connecticut, he becomes the target of a hateful old woman and the ghost of her 1950s sweetheart, now a body-possessing demon bent on wreaking vengeance on Zack’s ancestor by murdering the boy. Brief, fast-paced action chapters, tight plotting, several murders and a sympathetic main character keep things moving, as long-buried clues to the mystery of a tragic accident are revealed with some help from kindly phantoms. One friendly ghost in particular may come as a surprise. Fans of the genre won’t mind some of the implausibilities; they’ll keep reading. (Fiction. 10-12)

Pub Date: May 27th, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-375-84697-7
Page count: 336pp
Publisher: Random House
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 2008




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