Crossroads, by Chris Grabenstein
“Have you ever seen a face hidden in the bark of a tree and known that the man trapped inside wanted to hurt you?”
Who could resist such a creepy opening?
Grabenstein doesn’t disappoint in this story of ghostly happenings.
Zack Jennings and his recently remarried dad move to the small town in Connecticut where his dad grew up. His new step-mom, Judy, is nice, but Zack worries she won’t like him once she realizes that he caused his real mother’s death (or did he?).
Of course, with the evil shadow man coming out of the tree and the ghosts who keep popping up, Zack doesn’t get a chance to worry too much about whether Judy likes him or not – he has more important things taking up his time!
The mystery behind the ghosts that underlines Zack’s story is engaging. Some of the plot lines are a little mature, but there’s no bad language, sexual situations or graphic violence. There are definite “keep the lights on” chills, but they aren’t too intense. I’d recommend this book for fans of R.L. Stine.
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