Skeleton Creek (Skeleton Creek Series #1)

Skeleton Creek (Skeleton Creek Series #1)

by Patrick Carman


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A breakthrough new series from bestselling author Patrick Carman, featuring text and technology in an innovative new way.

Strange things are happening in Skeleton Creek . . . and Ryan and Sarah are trying to get to the heart of it. But after an eerie accident leaves Ryan housebound and forbidden to see Sarah, their investigation takes two tracks: Ryan records everything in his journal, while Sarah uses her videocam to search things out. . .and then email the clips for Ryan to see.

In a new, 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545075664
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 02/10/2009
Series: Skeleton Creek Series , #1
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

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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Skeleton Creek (Skeleton Creek Series #1) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 132 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
I read this book out loud to my fifth grade class. I always have many students who want to be scared and am always asked for scary books. My class immediately quieted down if I brought out SKELETON CREEK. They also couldn't wait for the videos. The only problem is that a few of the kids were scared too much, but I believe that for the average intermediate student this is just too much fun! When we meet Ryan, he is recovering from an accident in an abandoned dredge in Oregon. As we read his journal we also get video messages from his accomplice, Sarah. The duo have found a mystery in their small town of Skeleton Creek. They are investigating, but now know that many in their town do not want them to snoop, including Ryan's dad. But be forewarned, the mystery is not solved in SKELETON CREEK, but ends with a cliffhanger so that you will have to read the sequels to find out the rest of the story. So if you want a good, fun scare, I highly recommend this one - and so does the fifth grade class at Santiago School.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just saw theraven. FREAK-KY!!! SO COOL!!
Rsweetland More than 1 year ago
House bound with a broken leg and full cast caused by a falling accident in a dredge on Skeleton Creek, Ryan (15/16) and Sarah (16) have been forbidden to contact one another. Urged on by evidence seen with their own eyes and video recording documentation of that encounter with a phantom the pair are drawn back together with a desire to seek answers to their questions and possibility to solve a mystery. Ryan's record of events in his journal, this book, and Sarah's collection of video evidence, viewed online at her web site, and accessed with passwords in Ryan's journal combine these media to tell this story. An interesting read and viewing can be had from this embryonic merging of these two media. Example - in print is the statement by Ryan. "If this were a video, not a journal, I'd have to stop. I'd have to rewind. I'd have to play that line again." However, in the beginning there are places where the text is a bit clunky or a bit juvenile for believability of the character's actions and interactions for their intended ages. Even beyond the supernatural expectations. Ryan's over blown reactions to some trivial incidents and Sarah's over acted expressions in early videos seem a bit belabored, but get better with the best video by far being the last one. The biggest pet peeve I have with recent serialized books is the trend of authors to edge closer to a story plot without a resolution. A plot that stops without an ending, without a point in the plot for the reader to exhale, relax, or a bit of a resting place, before the plot takes off again in the next serialized text. In this story the author only takes the reader to the climax. Making it a full fledged cliffhanger. How long will readers have to wait to resolve the Sarah - Ryan dredged dilemma? How long are readers willing to bite their finger nails or dangle with a clenched grip? I suppose I am old fashioned in that I think a text will provide more than a serialized television program. However, this is cutting edge and quality needs to mature. I am willing to invest in future art. Whether it is this series or another, time will tell if books and multimedia can merge artfully.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the best book in the world!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome love have whole series
Sierra_C More than 1 year ago
The cover is very intriguing and the story line is thrilling. The integration of modern technology is brilliant, allowing the reader to enjoy visual effects and suspense through brief videos and secret passwords. My 11 year old kept sharing the storyline and it prompted me to read it as well. I believe there are so many clues hidden within this story and presentation that there is still much to be uncovered. It will inspire the detective in you. I can't wait for Book#2, "Ghost in the Machine", coming out September 2009.
Guest More than 1 year ago
dvd player needed to read and use book properly
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book it is creepy yet suspensful plus funny plus every thing good overall i just love this book and i would recommened it to any body who whats to read a chilling yet mysterious book! IT IS JUST AWESOME!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i soooo LOVE this book ,i saw it at my school's book fair and i really liked the cover(i'm into misterious books) and so i thought i would add it to my collection(horrorific encyclopedia,roland smith...etc. > 137 books total).I started reading and then i couldn't stop, i was reading in my free time, in the classroom,in between clases, at lunch, recess, well every chance i could get i read the book.Since i'm from PUERTO RICO everyone speak spanish and my friends don't understand any of the content that has the book so every time they saw me with the book in hand they made fun of it AND me but wow it really is a great book and the videos, fine quality, if you get a chance to read do it cause you will really like it.P.S.i almost didn't get it because my parents don't aproove of me liking weird stuff since i'm only a 13 year old girl.
Hikaru23 More than 1 year ago
OH MY GOD!!!!!! i just finished reading/seeing the end >_< AHHH!!!!! if you like freaky mysteries in small, desolate, creepy towns......this book is definatly for you! the end just freaked me out!!!! OMG!!! i'm gonna have nightmares! >_<....anyways...i think it's a super cool book!...It absorbs you and makes you want to read more! I just sat in front of the computer and read that when i have to watch a video i could watch it right away! LOL! ^.^ it makes you feel like a part of the story, being able to go to the website and watch the videos along with reading the journal.... Just do it!!! no harm done ! ^^ it's a KILLER read ^^......BYE! i'm gonna go do something happy to forget the end! >_<
tennessee_nashville More than 1 year ago
I have read this book and it is so good! It is supenseful and thrilling and is good for middle schoolers. You could watch the videos online (they go with the book). They are very good i definetly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a eight year old girl in third grade. This book is phenomenal, but DO NOT see the videos! The first video that I watched, I had to sleep with my mom,even though I saw the video in the morning. The second video, my heart was throbbing like never before, and I watched that video in the morning too!
dxd801 More than 1 year ago
I think this book was amazing and intresting. you should read it.
BookSpot on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Skeleton Creek is a new kind of book-the text we're used to seeing in books, but also links to a website where you can enter passwords and watch short videos relevant to that part of the book. Here's a bit of a summary: Ryan and Sarah are determined to get to the bottom of the weird happenings in their town of Skeleton Creek (including where that name came from). But after a mysterious accident injures Ryan and leaves him housebound, their parents forbid them from seeing each other and they are forced to communicate (and mystery solve) in private. The storyis told Ryan's journal entries and Sarah's videos.I'll admit that at first I wasn't sure about the idea of combining a traditional book with web videos as part of the storytelling. I know that kids and teens (and boys in particular) are reading less now and using the internet more (and yes I'm aware that I'm using the internet to review books), but the idea of saying, "Hey, read 20 pages of this book and you can watch a video!" gave me a little pause.I was really surprised, though, just how much I did enjoy the format and the book. While it's listed as being for 9-12 year-olds, I think older readers could enjoy it as well (I know I did). I also think the video integration was done really well so that younger readers really can read the book because except for the last video, the journal entry following each video explains enough in Ryan's reaction that if one did miss the video, they could go on with the story.What this means is that parents could go through and watch the videos to see if they had a problem with them for their kids (some of them might startle you or be creepy but nothing's violent or bloody or has bad language), and not allow them to watch those specific ones.I hope I explained that well enough...The book is in all caps (in a handwriting type font so it's not annoying) except for when other papers are pasted in so it's easier for younger readers to read but the writing finds that great balance between being easily understandable...yet not sounding like it's only for ten-year-olds.Basically, I think the writing, the style, and presentation of Skeleton Creek are done so that readers of almost any age can read it (maybe with some parental oversight, but still). (I might be wrong and some of the plot points might be too complicated for younger readers but because nothing goes too in depth, I think it's okay.)*and this fits nowhere because I had to add it in, but I loved that the passwords for the videos were literary-I think that'll encourage kids to possibly check out the respective tales.
ShellyPYA on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ryan broke his leg when he and his friend Sarah were exploring mysterious occurences at teh dredge, an abandoned mining outfit in their town of Skeleton Creek. Forbidden from speaking to Sarah anymore as she only gets him in trouble, Ryan records events leading up to his accident and beyond while sending and receiving covert emails with video links from Sarah. What really happened when old Joe Bush died, and why does the new ranger look suspiciously like him? Has his ghost come back? What goes on in the secret society that Ryan thinks his dad's a part of? Watch with the videos.
ylin.0621 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There was something exceedingly extraordinary about Skeleton Creek that left me hanging off the edge of my seat. Not because it was too frightening, it was just something enthralling and captivating about the narration that forced me to continue. First thing I have to say is how much I love the presentation of the book. The book itself is a composition notebooks tucked into a plastic sleeve similar to that of how a VHS is done. It¿s a combination of both Sarah and Ryan¿video and writing. I love the intricacy of the book. At first I was thrown off by how many little things the author wrote about¿it made absolutely no sense. Then he threw the word ¿alchemy¿ then it all came together like a jigsaw puzzle. I love the pictures, the notes, the newspaper articles¿they all provided the reader interesting facts as well as building the mystery up. The ending will make the reader cry for the sequel. Luckily for me I had the sequel at the same time I had this book. I probably would have cried too if I didn¿t have the sequel¿it was that much of a cliffhanger. Overall: Great book if you¿re looking for a thriller.
mitchsar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Patrick Carman has found a new way to reach YA readers with Skeleton Creek. As the story progresses the reader is invited at various intervals to go online and view a video of the next part of the story. Each password references a classic horror story, such as those by Poe, James, and Stoker and gives enough of a tease to invite readers to research these classics further. This is an exciting, scary read that will draw students in with its innovative approach and driving storyline.
eduscapes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Skeleton Creek by Patrick Carman is a great example of a multi-platform reading experience. The story is written in journal form by a teenaged boy recovering from an accident. While writing in his journal, Ryan receives email communications from his friend Sarah who posts video clips at her website. The video clips are woven throughout the reading experience. It feels a little like the Blair Witch Project from a few years ago.With our slow Internet connection, it took a while to view the videos. However they really brought the characters and stories to life.I've always been a fan of stories written in a journal format, so this book had particular appeal. However I wonder if the all-caps format might be a problem for some younger readers. The spooky detective story was an exciting and quick book to read. It had just the right balance of story and suspense to keep me on the edge of my seat. It would be a fun read-aloud book for an upper elementary classroom. Like many new books, it leads directly into the next book in the series. I was a little disappointed in the cliffhanger ending, but I ordered the next book immediately and can't wait to get it in the mail.
ECHSLibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I couldn't read this book fast enough. The videos were a great addition. Very scary and a good mystery.
ctmsmimu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There are a lot of great horror stories, but not all of them are connected to videos. Skeleton Creek is a great suspenseful, and exciting book. This is a short, but fantastic book.The book starts out with the main character telling how he ended up in the hospital. He broke his leg and was in a coma for about a week from falling a large distance. He fell while he was with his friend, Sarah, and they were exploring an old machine called the dredge. They were there because they believe their town is hiding something that has to do with the dredge. Sarah's camera catchs some kind of ghost on it the night Ryan fell. Both of them do some research on their town and find that their old, quiet town has a dark secretThis book wasn't as scary as I thought it would be, but it had many suspenseful moments. An example would be when Ryan was looking through his dad's things that were very secrative while his dad slowly comes up the stairs. Ryan knew if his dad found him he would be in serious trouble. I wasn't sure if his dad would find him or he wouldn't. Another great part of this book is it has passwords in the book that lead to videos online that go along with the story. The videos were well made and came out a lot better than I expected. Skeleton Creek had a very mysterious story that left you guessing what might happen. Books like this are very enjoyable to readI found this book very hard to put down. I can't wait to read the other books in the series. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a good horror story.
rapago on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A neat idea, to share the story between the text in the book and the videos on the website. You get to know both Ryan and Sarah fairly well through the different mediums. On the downside, because I didn't want to proceed without watching each video in the proper sequence, the book was not read as quickly as it might have been if it were a more traditional novel.The ending, was a good cliff-hanger and no doubt I will be buying the next book to find out what happens.
ejmust on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This interactive novel involves a ghost story that is told through a journal and videography by the two main characters. Ryan is a boy who has had a terrible accident, and is bed ridden following the discovery of a mysterious history of their town's past. His best friend, Sarah, loves videotaping what they've uncovered. After their parents forbid them from seeing one and other anymore, because of the dangerous escapades that they get involved in, the only way for them to communicate is through technology. The book is the journal of Ryan who has used his bed ridden time to write down in detail what they've discovered. Throughout the reading of the journal the reader is given a password and instructed to go and watch the video online of what Sarah continues to uncover as they try to solve the ghost mystery of their small town of Skeleton Creek. It is a unique interaction between printed word and video technology, and a great ghost story to boot! Sequel: The Ghost in the Machine.
WilowRaven on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome. This has to be a first. Part written book, part online video content. The book itself reads like a journal. Ryan's journal. He shouldn't be writing, but he can't help it. His best friend Sarah should have left well enough alone after Ryan's accident but she can't stop filming. As Ryan and Sarah communicate via email and Sarah's video postings, it's easy to get caught up in their narrative. Some of the videos are downright scary! And the ending? Ah! I so need to know what happens next! Don't worry though, Carmen has written a sequel : )I have yet to be disappointed by Carmen and Skeleton Creek is no exception. The story will drag you in - to places you might not want to go - but trust me, you'll be happy you did.Highly recommended. 5 stars.
maribs on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the perfect book for the YouTube watching, reluctant reader. What a great concept, mixing the two medias. Before the book has even been released there are websites and YouTube videos available to garner interest in the book. Sites with easter eggs and conspiracy theories can be found just by googling "Skeleton Creek". It is quite amazing.So, is the book worth all the hype?Well, that depends on what you are expecting. If you are expecting a fast-paced, entertaining and interactive read to get your kids interested in reading. This is it. The book is written as a journal by 15 year old Ryan who loves to write and read ghost stories. His best friend, Sarah, loves her video camera and a good mystery to investigate. Since the two have been seperated from each other because of an accident during an investigation late at night on an abandoned Dredge, they are forced to communicate with each other in secret through email and video clips while they continue to investigate. I really think kids are going to love this mixed media ghost story and they will definitely get hooked with the cliff hanger. It is rather fun going to and entering the passwords as they come up in the book. Also, parents, lots of really great literature is mentioned throughout. It just might get some kids interested in checking them out next time they are in the library.There were a few minor issues I had and they are rather nitpicky so I am not even going to mention them. They mostly have to do with the videos. Anyway, the book comes out February 10th.
stonelaura on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a concept novel that combines the book with accompanying website links that allow the reader to view videos ¿made¿ by one of the characters in the book. It¿s an interesting premise that might have great appeal to the target audience of middle schoolers.The story involves the mystery surrounding an old dredging site and the two teens, Ryan and Sarah, who become involved in unraveling the town¿s legend of the ghost who haunts the site. Since Ryan broke his leg when he and Sarah were last at the dredge his parents have forbidden him from seeing her. The two resort to using emails to communicate and Sarah, never without her camera, sends Ryan lots of video footage to keep him updated on her findings. The links and passwords to the sites are included in the text. When Ryan is a bit more mobile and he and Sarah sneak out to the site again, it provides for a real cliffhanging ending to the book and the video links. Some readers will find the story, and the videos, very suspenseful and others will be completely bored. For those who are touched by the drama they will be glad to read the second book due out in May of 2009.