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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Series: The Caden Chronicles (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz (October 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310723442
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310723448
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,441,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

Want to help Nick solve a murder? Visit the Cool Ghoul Gazette website and sign up to become a (dead)beat reporter. coolghoulgazette(dot)com

Social networking has changed the way young people communicate. Can we keep books in "their" loop? According to KidSay Market Researchers, Facebook is now the favorite website among tween (8-11) boys and teen (12-15) girls. Over 90% of tween boys and girls play games online. Could an adventure mystery series that plays off today's fascination with the paranormal be the perfect antidote to the adolescent blank-stare fascination with video games?

"I want to give middle school readers (boys especially) a compelling story they can fall into, one that spurs their imagination and gets them jazzed about reading and using their creative gifts."

Positioning Statement: 
* Mystery adventure based on the paranormal fascination that exposes the myths and lies of the occult
* Spur discussion on spirits, souls and ghosts
* Aims to get parents and kids talking about the afterlife and the consequences of our actions on earth

Selling Points:  
* Great read for boys and girls 
* Entertaining, humorous, high adventure, focusing on intrigue and suspense
* Plays off today's fascination with paranormal events and trends
* Discussion questions at the end of the book designed to get kids thinking about the consequences of our decisions

About the Author

Eddie Jones is an award-winning author and the Founder and CEO of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. When he's not writing or teaching at a writers' conference, he can be found surfing in Costa Rica or some other tropical locale.

Customer Reviews

I liked the overall plot of this book, as well as the unique perspective.
Libbi
He said that his favorite part of the book was the way it ended, and he could not figure out how it was going to end until he read it.
J. Henry
If you are looking for a great mystery for your tween/teen to read this summer then this book is the one for you.
Sandra K. Stiles

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gina Holmes on October 23, 2012
Format: Paperback
I'm writing this review on behalf of my 11 year old son who really enjoyed the book. According to Levi this is a great action-adventure with lots of twists and turns. A perfect read for tween boys, and a great alternative to much of the occult fascination prevalent in popular children's stories today.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chris Kramer on October 23, 2012
Format: Paperback
Dead Man's Hand by Eddie Jones is a mystery adventure with biblical principles. The book is very well written and even I got lost in the story as I read it.

Instead of writing a review from an adult perspective, I had my 9 year old son read it and tell me what he thought. Thomas loves to read. He has read the first 3 Harry Potter books and is currently immersed in the adult Star Wars books. He was hesitant to read Dead Man's Hand because it was "too thin and not hard enough."

He obeyed his mama and did read the book. When he was finished his first question was, "Where's the next book?" He told me about the dead body, the details of the investigation (you have to read it!) and every other twist and turn in the book. All with his eyes sparkling and excitement in his voice.

From Thomas:

This book was fun to read. I didn't want to read it. But there are ghosts, chases and lots of fun stuff in the book. I can't wait to read what Nick does next. This book is good for boys and girls. Girls may be scared. I don't think my sister should read it. She's too little. [mom note - she's 7] I really, really, really liked this book.

**I received a free ARC from the author for an unbiased review.**
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Juhina & Farah @ Maji Bookshelf on November 7, 2012
Format: Paperback
Woah. This is a really good murder mystery with a touch of romance. I loved it! It was an amazing read and kept me up all night. At first i kinda dragged my way through the book until a charecter died in the second chapter ( I flipped out a little and texted all my friend, none of which cared :) ), which was the problem in the plotline. I got all excited and pretty much plowed my way through the rest of the book ( getting in quite a bit of trouble for not doing my homework :) ).
The characters reminded me of the Westing game, all of them being prime suspects except for the detective, all of them pointing fingers to the other suspect. At the end, the person who talked the least was the killer. How ironic. I have always been a fan of first person writing, so the syle suited my needs.
The ending was pretty satisfying but still made me all excited about the next book. I thought that the fact that Mr. Jones wrapped up the story by making up another murder mystery was so clever! I would recommend this book to an audience of 6-9 graders. Keep reading, fellow readers!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patti Shene on November 15, 2012
Format: Paperback
It was destined to be the worst family vacation ever. Five days at an authentic western town complete with guns, horses, and rattlesnakes spells totally boring for fifteen year-old Nick Caden.

The dead body he discovers puts a different spin on things. Nick spends the next few days chasing clues as he seeks the identity of the killer. Along the way, he learns about Biblical truths and a little bit about himself as well.

Eddie Jones has successfully crafted an engaging story that appeals to tweens and teens of both genders. It is filled with mystery, suspense, and a dash of humor. He weaves Biblical principles into the twists and turns that keep his readers turning the pages.

I'm well past my teens and I'm waiting for book two in the Caden Chronicles!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 8, 2013
Format: Paperback
Dead Man's Hand is a book about a boy, Nick, who went to this Ghost town for vacation and he discovered a murder. He and his friend Jesse try to find out who the murderer was.
My favorite part about Dead Man's Hand was the Christian aspect. It was not always directly mentioned but referred to. There was only one thing I didn't like very much, the boyfriend and girlfriend thing. When I got to those parts I just wanted to puke. In the end to my surprise I did not guess the right person instead my suspicions seemed to fall on another person.
I would probably rate this book four stars for ages nine and up because the mystery was a real brain whacker.
By Joshua 11 years old
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tiffany Anderson on November 6, 2012
Format: Paperback
I am reviewing a advanced reading copy provided by Zondervan via Goodreads first-reads.

A good ole wild west (kinda!) murder mystery aimed at young teens that will take you through plenty of twists and turns and keep you guessing right up until the end.
Follow Nick through an onslaught of clues and doubting adults at a wild west themed vacation getaway (you know - one of THOSE kind of family vacations that every teen dreads.) To the target teen audience, Nick is easily relatable to. I really liked his "method" for solving crimes, strangely unique and fun to consider the real life possibilities.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brooke B. on January 5, 2013
Format: Paperback
I won this as a First Reads giveaway. I was given an ARC. The only thing I felt cheated out of was the pictures that are suppose to be included. I could tell since there was place holder text at work. I would have loved to see those pictures. =(

For my star rating - I think this book is actually a 3.5 stars. I mean this is a first book in a series which does avoid a lot of problems first books face and it is indeed an enjoyable good read. I will look into the next book in this series, but I have a bit of concern on how that book is going to play out. For specifics, it's at the end of my review under the spoiler link.

It is on the clean side. So for those of us who like young adult fiction that delves into real issues like Crank by Ellen Hopkins does, this is not it. It's a good clean fun mystery. Think Hardy Boys, only not as lame. Now if you're a parent I do suggest you read this with, before, or along side your child. There are things brought up that you probably want to clarify or talk about like the actual history of the Old West and religion, specifically the Bible being brought up.

I really enjoyed this book. Nick Caden was well done. There's a fine line when writing teenage characters, especially for teenage readers. You need the character to be believable and relatable so the character needs to be up to date. On the other hand sometimes with an over load of pop culture references, slang terms and attitude teenage characters will be overdone obviously by an older author trying to come off as cool and hip. The teenage character becomes cringe worthy and a caricature. Thankfully, Nick Caden falls into the former category. He's a relatable believable 14 year old boy. I'm quite fond of him actually. I was won over by his love of NCIS and Criminal Minds.
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Eddie is a North Carolina-based writer and Acquisition Editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. He is also an award-winning author with HarperCollins.

Learn more about Eddie at EddieJones.org

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