Matthias: The Ghost of Salvation Point

Matthias: The Ghost of Salvation Point

by Jodi L. Auborn


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Ten-year-old Dylan is excited when his father inherits an old lighthouse and cottage in Maine. Dylan and his family get to live there all summer! He goes sailing on the bay, explores the small town down the road, and searches for a legendary pirate treasure that was said to be buried nearby. After mysterious things start happening at the cottage, Dylan meets Matthias, a gruff lighthouse keeper who had died in a storm one hundred years before. A ghost! Dylan is startled to find Matthias living in his bedroom, but he is glad when they become friends. It's the best summer ever! Things change when they learn that the lighthouse is threatened by a greedy treasure hunter who also knows about the pirate legend. He will do whatever it takes to find the treasure...even kidnapping! As Dylan and Matthias team up to protect their home, they begin an adventure that changes Dylan's life forever.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781499321234
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 12/01/2014
Pages: 198
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.42(d)

About the Author

Jodi Auborn became interested in lighthouses and the ocean when she was fifteen years old and went on her first vacation to Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Later in life, she made several trips to Monhegan Island and other small towns in coastal Maine, all of which inspired the setting for the fictional town of Salvation Point.

She is the author of "Stormwind of the North Country" and "Secrets of the North Country," teen novels set in New York State's Adirondack Mountains. She has also written a memoir titled "The Forests I Called Home."

The author lives in Ticonderoga, NY. Learn more at

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Matthias: The Ghost of Salvation Point 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
WhisperingStories 9 months ago
Ten-year-old Dylan and his big sister Alondra along with their parents are having a summer vacation in Salvation Point, Maine in a house that his dad has inherited from his Uncle Zack. Dylan’s dad used to live in the area and moved to New York to be with his wife and hasn’t been back for many years. The house that the family has inherited is the old lighthouse keepers cottage. They also inherited the lighthouse but that is now run by automation and looked after by the Coast Guard. From the moment the family arrives at the house, they sense something isn’t right as they can hear a piano playing which suddenly stops as they enter the property. Over the next few days, strange events happen, from footsteps and voices being heard to pictures re-appearing on a wall where they had been removed from. When the local librarian tells the family the house is the most haunted place in Maine, their mum won’t have it as she disbelieves in ghosts but Dylan is determined to find out who is living in his house and it’s not long before he meets Matthias, the old lighthouse keeper who died a hundred years ago. Dylan is excited at the prospect of having a ghost as a friend but the pair have work to do if they are to stop a treasure hunter in his tracks. Matthias: The Ghost of Salvation Point is a middle-grade adventure/ghost story. The book is told from Dylan’s POV and follows him as he tries to find out what is happening at his new home for the summer and then once he discovers Matthias who died a hundred years ago the two have more adventures as they try to stop a greedy treasure hunter. I can’t say the plot was particularly scary, yes there are some references to a presence early on in the book and strange occurrences but we know from the beginning about Matthias so I’m sure children will make the connection between the activities in the summer house and Matthias. I would say this is more of an adventure book. The book flowed nicely and at a constant pace, although I thought the chapters were quite long for a middle-grade book and it took a while for Matthias and Dylan to meet. I was also disappointed that there were no illustrations throughout either. For those children that like adventure books and pirate stories this would be a wonderful book to read and will keep them amused for a few hours.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite Dylan Flint is excited about spending the summer at the lighthouse cottage his family just inherited from Uncle Zack, located on the coast of Maine. With his own sailboat and a keen interest in the history of the area, Dylan is the perfect person to appreciate everything the place has to offer – even its own resident ghost! In Matthias: The Ghost of Salvation Point by Jodi L. Auborn, Matthias is a former lighthouse keeper who still performs his duties. He becomes Dylan’s best friend and helps him through a number of issues that come up, like keeping away from some very bad men convinced that the lighthouse hides a pirate’s treasure. Unfortunately, Dylan’s mom does not believe in ghosts and thinks Dylan needs to get away from the island; but his dad understands that something special is going on. Unlike his sister Alondra, who can’t wait to get out of Salvation Point, Dylan knows that this is exactly where he belongs. Along with the family inheriting the house, Dylan has inherited his uncle’s love of the sea, the lighthouse and everything nature - and the supernatural – has to offer.  Maine’s small town charm as well as the beauty and ruggedness of the coast are clearly and lovingly depicted in Matthias: The Ghost of Salvation Point by Jodi L. Auborn. In this unique story of friendship between a ghost and a young boy, the history of lighthouses and the lure of pirate treasure are brought to life as a family struggles with the choice of returning to a simpler time or enjoying the benefits of life in the big city. Well written and quite enjoyable, children of all ages can learn something about a period of American life as well as what’s in their own hearts as they read Dylan’s story.
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Who would think a hundred-year-old ghost and a child in the present-day world would team up to stop a treasure hunter who is desperate to uncover a pirate legend and line their greedy pockets with fortune? can happen. And it has happened because of the extremely creative and fun mind of Jodi Auborn. Everyone loves the Indiana Jones world, as well as the pirate kingdom; by adding a ghost into the mix, this plot becomes sheer perfection that will appeal to all sorts of readers. In 1913, there were lighthouse keepers on our planet. There was no automation at that time to shine the light that let brave sailors see the rocky, jagged cliffs that would take down their boat in seconds. In Salvation Point, Maine, Matthias is one of those keepers. As a young boy, he had watched his father be taken from him by Mother Nature's storm, and he took over the job of lighthouse keeper to make sure that no one ever met that same horrible fate. He worked long and hard, waking up at all hours to trim the wicks before heading to the cottage and sitting with his calico cat. Unfortunately, his fate would end up being as heartbreaking as his loving father's... Fast forward to a young man in 2013. Dylan is beyond excited for the family trip to Salvation Point. This small town with less than a thousand people in it, will be his host for the summer. His father has actually inherited a house from his Uncle Zack - who, for the most part, was a hermit during his lifetime. Uncle Zack had been the owner of a real lighthouse, with cottage, and Dylan is ecstatic to see it. Dylan doesn't miss his home in New York City a bit; he spends his time roaming the small town and gets hooked on some pretty wild tales about pirate treasure - legends that are a true part of Salvation Point. But that's not all that amazes Dylan. He will soon discover a man named Matthias living in his bedroom. This is not just any man, this is a ghost - an old lighthouse keeper who speaks in gruff grunts, but soon teams up with the boy in order to stop a pretty villainous cad who's out to get wealthy, even if kidnapping is something that has to be done. The fun; the imagination; the thrills and adventure - Matthias is a work that all readers - no matter what the age - will want to read. This is an escape, a creative escape. If you are a senior citizen who loves to feel like a kid again; or, you are a kid who thrives on the unknown, this book is for you. Quill says: An A+ for this author. One of the very few books you keep on your shelf to read again and again when the need for adventure 'calls.'