Christian Jones Arnook and his mother travel from Alaska to Indiana to meet a wealthy great-grandfather neither knew existed. A ten-year-old overflowing with curiosity, he explores the house and the nearby area. Spooky events at every turn lead him to one startling conclusion: the estate is haunted and all strange activity seems to begin at the old stone bridge. [Book I of The Stonebridge Ghost Tales | Juvenile Fantasy (Rated G for ages 8-12) Illustrations by Madison Gaines | Released in 2014 by Dragonfly Publishing, Inc. | AWARDS: 2014 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards 1st Place Winner for Best Chapter Book]
About the Author
Roberta Hoffer is a retired preschool teacher from a small town in Indiana. She married her high school sweetheart and together they have two children and have a grandson. She loves animals and is an advocate for animal rights. When not writing, she enjoys boating, camping, walking, snow activities, and anything that involves her family being together.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Lee Ashford for Readers' Favorite The Ghost of Stonebridge Lane by Roberta Hoffer is the debut children's story by this published author of adult novels, and it is a grand debut indeed. Young Christian Jones Arnook and his mother, Allison, are the only two remaining members of their family, summoned via private jet from their Alaskan home to meet a mysterious Mr. Jones in Indiana. They are surprised to find that Mr. Jones is Allison's grandfather, and Christian's great-grandfather, a wealthy man whose very existence was unknown to them. They were further surprised to find that he lived in a grand mansion, with a house full of servants. But the biggest surprise of all was when they discovered the mansion was haunted - and guarded - by the ghost of a Union soldier who just happened to be Christian's great-great-great-grandfather. The wealthy Mr. Jeremiah Ebenezer Jones was soon to celebrate his 100th birthday, and had spared no expense in locating his only heirs: Allison and Christian. The Ghost of Stonebridge Lane is a story that will enthrall young readers, while treating them to a bit of historically accurate Civil War flavor. Although the story features a ghost, it is not at all scary. Indeed, the ghost is a noble and upstanding character who plays a pivotal role in the tale. The story is very well written, and has earned a coveted stamp of approval from Hoffer's eleven-year-old grandson. In many respects, the story is reminiscent of a classic fairy tale, with its young hero being treated to a flight in a private jet, discovering a wealthy unknown relative, inheriting a fortune, and getting to meet a real 'live' ghost. What preteen wouldn't love to fantasize about such things? In truth, what adult wouldn't want to share the fantasy? The Ghost of Stonebridge Lane is a wonderful story all by itself. As the first episode of a series, it is delightful.