The Stone Child

The Stone Child

by Dan Poblocki


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375842559
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 08/24/2010
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 127,388
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Beginning in fifth grade, Dan Poblocki would gather his friends after school, frightening them with tales of ghosts, monsters, and spooky places. When his mother began to receive phone calls from neighborhood parents, warning that her son’s stories were giving their children nightmares, Dan decided to write the stories down instead. Dan now battles his own neighborhood monsters in Brooklyn, New York. Visit him at

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The Stone Child 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 76 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading this book, I am even more convinced it does not matter what age you are (as long as you are old enough) to thoroughly enjoy this book...actually "thoroughly enjoy" is not strong enough, more like fantastcially fun! It's both thrilling and funny - it will give you goose bumps and make you laugh. Every character gives you something to relate to. One of the best things about the book is the twisting and turning of the plot with tons of surprises! I read the book straight through.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I literally couldn't put this thriller down. The plot mixes a young man's passion for his favorite author's work, the mysterious disappearance of that author, strange creatures that come to life out of the pages of the author's work and the inquisitive minds of three friends. There are many twists and turns along with surprises at almost every page. This book is a great reading tool and reminiscent of the John Bellairs Mysteries.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the fact that they combine real life with the book. I feel I can relate to one of the characters in the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was apsulutaly amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is agreat book that keep you reading and wondering is the woman in black coming back or did eddie and his friends realy close the gate for good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a great mystry book for kids. I suggest it for kids ages 8 and up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very good book . Perfect if you love thrill and suspence . Will keep you asking questions :) Gave me goosebumps when reading this novel . A very good book :D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was really suspensful, the author really knew when to put in the twists and he really came up with good scary stuff and the end transitions to make you want to read book 2.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought The Stone Child was a very enjoyable book that became very creepy at times. The character’s personalities went very well with the book. Also, Gatesweed sounded like the perfect town for this story to take place. I would recommend this book to anyone that can handle very creepy and suspenseful stories and is old enough to realize that the events that take place in this book could never really happen. At some points I didn’t understand what was going on, but overall this is a very good novel that is very enjoyable and hard to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
7 words Tence,scary,and amazing best book ever! I lovend becca! And i lve this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, it was amazing. I had seen my friend read it at school so I decided to read it too. The suspense in this book kept me interested for hours. I have had fantasies all day about this book. Truly wonderful, a must read for everyone.
Gillian Colwell More than 1 year ago
Stone child is a very mysterious exciting! There is really no other book like it. Its awesome. I highly recomend it!
23Liz More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. The suspense, the action, the terror. I'm ten and this was for a book report so my teacher wrote on my paper tha is was too scary for my age group. I loved it. The woman in black was very scary and after i read it, it was hard to sleep. Amazing story though.
Bookreviewer74 More than 1 year ago
I liked this book a lot. Eddie just moved to Gatesweed the hometown of his favoraite author, Nathaniel Osborne. BUt as he explores the town and finds a book by Nathaniel Osborne written in code, he and his two friends he just met, Harris and MAggie go through the town trying to solve the code and advoid the terrible monsters from NAthanils books. THis was a great thrilling read that anyone would enjoy. As soon as I read the first sentece I got hooked to it. I just got drowned in the book. The charectars were great, the story was exciting and thrilling, there were some very exciting parts that I just couldnt stop reading. Probalay the two days I read it i didnt put it down for hours! That's how good this book is. I really hope that the author should make another book becuase this one is amazing! I would recomend it to anyone!!!
katiecanes More than 1 year ago
I loved the Stone Child! It was an exciting, whimsical tale of a young boy who is drawn into the stories of his favorite author. I was immersed in every chapter, wanting to know what would happen next, and rooting for Eddie to solve the mysteries in front of him. It was so well written and just scary enough to make me look under my bed before turning the lights off. Great first book from Dan Poblocki! I can't wait to read whatever he writes next.
TheLibraryhag on LibraryThing 22 days ago
When Edgar moves to Gatesweed, he discovers that it was the home of his favorite author who has been missing for 13 years. He also discovers that many strange things have been happening, including people disappearing. When he and his new friends, Harris and Maggie, realize that the stories of the missing author seem to be coming to life, they are determined to solve the mystery and save the town.This was a fun book. It is a bit scary, but not too much. I tried to think how a child would feel reading it and I think it would be just scary enough. I think this is very well suited to older children and tweens.
Rigfield on LibraryThing 22 days ago
A scary mystery just right for younger readers (grades 5-8). Edgar's family moves to the small town of Gatesweed so his mother's writing career can find new inspiration. But Gatesweed has its share of horror writers, namely one Nathaniel Olmstead, who is Edgar's favorite author, and who disappeared mysteriously. While investigating the disappearance of Olmstead, Edgar learns that Gatesweed is cursed - and the creatures of Olmstead's books are real and stalking the town. Can Edgar and his friends solve the mystery of Olmstead's disappearance, save the town and stop an even more frightening creature from being unleashed onto the town?A great creepy ride that is appropriate for younger readers.
annamariie on LibraryThing 22 days ago
I know absolutely nothing about Dan Poblocki, but I am pretty certain that if I told you he is a big fan of either R.L. Stine or Christopher Pike, I would not be wrong. And in the same fashion that R.L. Stine and Christopher Pike became known for being able to scare the pants off of people, I think Dan Poblocki will also succeed. The Stone Child is a creepy mystery ride that had me up into the wee hours of the night, wondering WHY I was up in the wee hours of the night reading such a creepy book, and being incredibly thankful it¿s impossible to read in the dark.Eddie, Harris, and Maggie are believable kids with wild imaginations, that are way more daring and chance taking then I have ever been, that¿s for sure (Not to mention probably smarter too). The plot is¿ interesting. The general outline of the plot is exciting and suspenseful, but once you get into it and actually get to the core of the story The Stone Child covers a few things that I honestly didn¿t suspect I would see inside of a YA book. BUT! That does not make it inappropriate for kids or teens, it¿s very appropriate, and in fact if I had kids, or knew any that could read and enjoyed suspense and mystery, this would be the first thing I would recommend them. It gives a good history on it¿s subject and even informed me of somethings I didn¿t know, which is awesome seeing as it¿s main `bad guy¿ is one of my favourite history subjects. I could technically tell you what it is without spoiling anything, but I was caught off guard, and I think the best way to read it is to not know, BUT if you do want to know here¿s a hint for you on what the subject is: Lilith Hmm¿ Whatever could that mean?All in all, I really loved this story, and I think given enough promotion could become a classic mystery suspense for teens. I was excited to read it, and even after reading it I¿m still excited about it. The Stone Child did not disappoint. However, I may in fact have to learn to sleep with my lights on, because I do not want to think about the main question the story is based around: What if the monsters from your favorite horror books were real? Because honestly? Watching Child¿s Play on T.V. is horrifying enough, I don¿t need to go face to face with the little demon doll.
flamingo1325 on LibraryThing 22 days ago
Keeping in mind that this book level is grades 4-7, I give this work 4 stars. The writing is simple- but it works and is appropriate for the audience intended. It is a very quick and very easy read but I did find myself falling into it and I can easily imagine that younger audiences would really love this book.The idea behind it is a good one- an author¿s work and the horrors within his books coming alive and haunting the town in which he resides- and I particularly liked the reasons on how and why this was happening. The actual solution to it was great- simple yet a puzzle at the same time. I found myself thinking no, that is too easy- it has to be something harder but I didn¿t actually think of the very obvious answer.My main critique with the book is the overall lack of character growth but everything does happen in a relatively short time frame. There are some true emotions shown in there but overall, that aspect of the story seemed to be lacking in my opinion.Overall, everything is explained but there was one loose end that was never tied up with bothered me related to one specific person. I can make an assumption about that character but at the same time, I cannot be sure and that sort of bothers me in this case.The ending, however, was great- I really enjoyed the very last part but I won¿t say how or why, you just need to read it to find out but I think most book lovers will appreciate it.
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A very good exiting book
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This was an amazing book. It gripped me from start to finish--definitely a great first book for this author, I can't wait to read more of his work. Some parts in the plot were obvious, but that is the best part of a book--when you can start yelling at the characters about what's going to happen...oh course that means the people around you will stare at you, but tough. The book itself reminded me a lot of the type I used to read when I was growing up. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a good fast-paced read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love thiis book ! Recomend it for book reports and also just for a good read. My friend recomended this and at first i was like this is okay then i loved it. I couldn't put it down