Review: Skeleton Creek by Patrick Carman
Posted March 11, 2009on:
Something strange is going on in Skeleton Creek and Ryan and his best friend Sarah are determined to find out what that something really is. There’s just one small problem: Ryan is trapped in his house with a broken leg after an accident at the local dredge, the apparent hot-spot of strange happenings in Skeleton Creek, and his and Sarah’s parents have forbidden them from contacting each other. But Ryan and Sarah decide that the risk of getting caught is outweighed by the importance of what they must do. Ryan and Sarah continue digging into the mysteries of Skeleton Creek, aware of the danger they may already be in.
Skeleton Creek book 1 is presented as Ryan’s journal. Inside are clues and remembrances of his accident and research he and Sarah have undertaken. As Sarah continues her own investigating, she sends Ryan passwords to videos she has uploaded to her website. Readers are invited to view the videos, using the passwords provided in the book.
Like Cathy’s Book and The 39 Clues series, Skeleton Creek is an interactive book. The story exists in print and in online videos, making the book more of a live experience. Ryan’s journal is narrated as it happens, so readers are sucked right into the action.
Skeleton Creek is a voyeuristic experience. While reading the journal and watching the videos it is as if you’ve come across something you shouldn’t really be privy to.
Skeleton Creek is a quick, fast-paced read with plenty of creepy, atmospheric suspense. The sense of creepiness is only heightened by the videos which add a nice dimension to the book, blurring the line between reality and fantasy. Quite a few moments made me a jump a little. Very well-done.
It should be noted that while the book can be read and understood without the videos, the videos should be watched to get the full experience (not to mention to see the amazing cliff-hanger).
Book 2 comes out this fall. I’m positive many readers will be counting down the days until they can get another glimpse of the mysteries surrounding Skeleton Creek.
I’m very curious to see how the rest of the series will play out, both in terms of plot and execution.
Rating: 4.5 “little birdies” out of 5.
Skeleton Creek by Patrick Carman
Published: February 1st 2009 by Scholastic Press
Binding: Hardcover, 144 pages
Reading Level: Young Adult