Ghost in the Machine (Skeleton Creek Series #2) [NOOK Book]

Overview

The chilling conclusion in the innovative series from bestselling author Patrick Carman.

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 ...
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Ghost in the Machine (Skeleton Creek Series #2)

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Overview

The chilling conclusion in the innovative series from bestselling author Patrick Carman.

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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Editorial Reviews

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: 9780545295529
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/2011
  • Series: Skeleton Creek Series , #2
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 102,708
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • File size: 9 MB

Meet the Author

Patrick Carman

Patrick Carman is the bestselling author of numerous series for young readers, including The Land of Elyon, Elliot’s Park, Skeleton Creek, Atherton, Trackers, Dark Eden, and 3:15. He got his start as a storyteller weaving bedtime tales for his two daughters. He lives in Walla Walla, Washington, with his family.
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  • Posted November 4, 2009

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    This second book in the Skeleton Creek series is a winner!

    I loved the first book in the series and this second book lives up to that reputation. This is an awesome mystery for middle graders. It was fun, scary, and suspenseful. I love how this series incorporates online videos into the story. Very clever and fun. This is a must read by an excellent author!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    I love skeleton creek

    I loved the first book so much i was even screaming on the videos i hope this does the same! Great book recommend to 5th grade and up

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 15, 2010

    You have to read this dudes

    Ghost in the Machine
    The book that I had finished was interesting and exciting mystery. The name of the book is Ghost in the Machine and it is a heck of a ride when you read this book. This book is about a mystery of two kids named Ryan and Sarah it about them finding out the mystery of Skeleton Creek. And were ever they look for a clue it always put the two kids back where they had started. When Ryan and Sarah are trying to uncover the secret of the mystery someone dead or alive is trying to stop. As the stakes get higher, so do the risks. The clues they find the more dangerous it gets for Ryan and Sarah. And the more scare it gets so don' try to get scared because if you get scared the book is working so be careful on what you read in this book because any clue can come up in a blink of an eye and you won't even notice it.


    My thoughts on the book it is phenomenal because the book is good, it feels like you are one of the protagonist; in the story. My other thoughts are why couldn't the author give out what was go on in the last video of the story because it left me thinking if they ran from the old ship or did they should on for dear life when I started to read Ryan started to talk about it was a ship filled with gold but I kept thinking what about the ship why did it start to shake what happened so yes it left me think I do not know if the author was trying to do that but I think he or she should of put more details on what happened and I'm still wondering so thats a big an annoying thought I have about the book. Most of the characters in the story acted really weird when Sarah asked a question about the ghost in the ship for example Sarah went to a church and a janitor asked her "can I help you" and thats when she asked him and he started to look all pail and scared and he just ran to the back and came back with a video and he said "see this video and that will answer all your questions and you have to bring this back on a Sunday morning". My thoughts were what does he know and why was he so nervous all of a sudden that made me think was he a part of this.

    The time it mostly to place was at night like around at 12.00 am. But Ryan and Sarah always sneaked out so they can go find out the mystery. But there is a catch both of their parents don't know what they both were doing. My thoughts were that didn't they get a strange feeling that they where going to get cough and if they did what where they going to say I think Ryan and Sarah would get in big trouble and both of their parents where going to is that they both were going to go to the school and maybe put a restraining orders on both kids so they would not get near each other. My other thoughts are why do the parents feel that way have they ever meet with each other because to me they sound like they care for each other. And they wouldn't let someone get heart I guess their parents are just mean they just want their child safe. In conclusion Skeleton Creek is scare and fun to read when you are at home with a flash light in the dark. You can get sacred during day time but you can have fun by having an imagination of being in the story and just having the time of your life you just have to have imagination. Thats what makes it fun to read so I highly recommend it. So go out and get this book because there is not turning back.

    By, Eduardo Calles

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2012

    Great series

    I loved this book and the first. (Haven't read the third. ) and i loved them! They keep you interested, especially when you go online and watch the videos with the codes. I recommened everyone to read this. Probably 12+ since i was like 12 or so when i read the first book, and some of the videos made me jump. xD

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    awesome!

    The kids book with the perfect amount of horror, suspense and thrills. Plus the interactive videos engage the reeader. Wonderful, deep mystery, too. Overall great book!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Great YA Mystery

    I put this book in our library. Had to get all three of the trilogy. Can't keep it in the library. Kids love the computer connection

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2011

    Ghost In the Machine.

    This is a perfect mystery book. Its the Second book in the skeleton Creek series. I have read this its a great book I say its for ages 8-12. If you child loves mysteries this is the book.. READ THE FIRST SKELETON CREEK BOOK FIRST.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2012

    Bonechilling!

    I read this book in my classroom and stillcreeped out!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    Good read!

    Appropriate for age group. My son read the book quickly and asked for the next one.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Ghosts????

    The skeleton creek series is amazing. You read the books and they give you passwords to watch spine chilling videos. This book is full of suspense and once you start reading you can't put it down. The first day I got it I finished it. Its the best childrens book I have ever read and I would reccomend it to any child in need of a good THRILLER. I just can't explan how good this book is I love it and I BET you will love it too.It would be a hit if it was a movie. So go on read this mystery story and try to put it down.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 5, 2010

    awesome book ever

    the book so far is very great and right now i am on pge 184 i think and it is so great and i'm starting to think that ryan and sarah like each other more than justa friend ........ but it is great .. and i like it when it says awaken you coward fool , when the birdie turns. and i'm scared when it says don't make me come looking for you, the apostale will see you now: and , the apostle is dead so im thinking that maybe the apostle will come after ryan and try to kill him and anyways it's a great book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2013

    good preeteen

    Well written, keeps the attanghen, but the ending is a little confusing and not as detailed as the rest of the book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2013

    Kept me going

    Ryqn is in huge troublw if i found out my dad was part of some secret society i would say bye-bye i am leaving that would be so scary

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2013

    MUST READ

    Loved it!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2013

    Spooky!

    Loved it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2013

    Good

    This book is verry godd kkkkk

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2013

    Skeleton creek for all

    Uh oh sarah is going back to the dredge and ryan feels its not safe for her.ryan and sarah have been e-mailing each other about the secrets about skeleton creek. Ryan thinks his dad is in a secret scociaty called "the cross bones" and gets curious. As sarah makes videos of the dredge ryan is handy capped with a brocken leg and is under close eye of his parents so he cant save saarah fron the evil of the dradge and maybe,get herself killed along with explorong the mysteries of skeleton creeks dredge. Sarah is in trouble. Ryan cant help. What is going on in the dredge? Find out in skeleton creek.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2012

    Gitm

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    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2012

    WE WANT MORE SKELETON CREEK BOOKS

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 27, 2010

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    Really Good!

    I love watching the videos, and it was really good. I like the ending.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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