Ghost in the Machine (Skeleton Creek Series #2)

Ghost in the Machine (Skeleton Creek Series #2)

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by Patrick Carman
     
 

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Strange things are happening in Skeleton Creek...and Ryan and Sarah are trying to find out why. Ryan writes down everything in his journal, and Sarah records everything on her videocam. The two move deeper into the mystery they've uncovered, determined to discover the secrets buried in Skeleton Creek, in the conclusion to Patrick Carman's thrilling series.

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Strange things are happening in Skeleton Creek...and Ryan and Sarah are trying to find out why. Ryan writes down everything in his journal, and Sarah records everything on her videocam. The two move deeper into the mystery they've uncovered, determined to discover the secrets buried in Skeleton Creek, in the conclusion to Patrick Carman's thrilling series.

In this groundbreaking 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.

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Children's Literature - Renee Farrah Vess
Ryan's journal contains the adventures he has with his best friend Sarah as they investigate the ghostly hauntings and secret society plaguing their small Oregon town. Ryan broke his leg on their last adventure, which means Sarah is mostly doing the field work while Ryan does research and surveillance—all the while hiding it from their parents. Sarah posts her video evidence of the secret society and of the dredge, the mining machine that has a violent history and is scheduled to be torn down. Ryan anxiously waits for Sarah to post a new video on her website, which readers can access using the web address and passwords she gives Ryan. With a plot being a mix of Rear Window and Scooby-Doo, the sequel and conclusion to the "Skeleton Creek" series is a bit murky. You traipse through the cryptic and vague prose in the hopes that all will be revealed and explained. But when it finally does just that, apathy has set in and it all turns out to be unsatisfying. Reviewer: Renee Farrah Vess
VOYA - Ruth Cox Clark
In the sequel to Skeleton Creek (Scholastic, 2009), fifteen-year-old Ryan and Sarah continue snooping into the mystery surrounding the old gold dredge outside their small town. The teens have been forbidden to see each other after Ryan broke his leg during their earlier escapades. The second book is also designed as Ryan's journal, presented in all-capitalized, hand-printed font on lined paper, occasionally broken up by sketches and taped-in bits of correspondence from Sarah. Ryan's musings offer historical information about alchemy as he ponders the meaning of the clues they have found. Despite the oversized font and the amount of white space used, the book can be read quickly by even the most resistant reader. The black-and-white video footage that Sarah shoots during her sleuthing activities can be accessed on a password-protected Web site, with login information in Ryan's journal. Readers without an Internet connection can still follow the plot as the videos, with fake static and breaks in the feed, are not necessary to solve the mystery of the secret room in the dredge. The format, blended text and video, might be what initially attracts technology-savvy young readers, but it might not be enough to keep them involved. The over-the-top heavy breathing in Sarah's videos and Ryan's journal entries, repeatedly indicating that they are extremely frightened, are just not supported by a truly terror-evoking mystery. The focus of this sequel becomes the heavy-handed duo-format instead of a richly detailed mystery to solve along with fully developed characters. Reviewer: Ruth Cox Clark

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545075701
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
10/01/2009
Series:
Skeleton Creek Series, #2
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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