THE STONE CHILD by Dan Poblocki

THE STONE CHILD

Age Range: 9 - 14

KIRKUS REVIEW

Eddie Fennicks is new to Gatesweed, Mass., when he discovers it’s the home of Nathaniel Olmstead, his favorite writer. But the author has disappeared, creatures from his novels have come alive, children have gone missing and there have even been unexplained deaths. When Eddie’s mother finds The Enigmatic Manuscript, a book written in code by Olmstead, at an antiques fair, Eddie and his new friends Harris and Maggie work to break that code and solve the mystery. The third-person narrative voice suits the breadth of the tale, which ranges from Gatesweed to Dracula’s Romania and the Garden of Eden. Though the novel misses a chance for philosophical weight, it succeeds admirably in its intricate plotting, weaving together long excerpts from Olmstead’s books, exciting face-offs with monsters and the efforts of the three young protagonists to decode the text and act in time to save the world. Fans of John Bellairs will enjoy this fine debut. (Fantasy. 9-14)

Pub Date: Aug. 25th, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-375-84254-2
Page count: 288pp
Publisher: Random House
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2009




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