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The Secrets of Stonewood Sanitarium [Kindle Edition]

Linda A. Krug
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Book Description

Fourteen-year-old Nate Thompson has just survived one trauma - the loss of his family in a tragic plane crash. But now his aunt and uncle want to adopt him, and he undergoes a second upheaval as he moves from the New Jersey suburbs to a farm in northwestern Pennsylvania. Nate expects life in rural Woodson to be dull. But the farm turns out to be a mile down the road from Forest State Hospital, a state-run mental institution - and attached to this operational facility is an old, closed, and forbidding sanitarium called Stonewood.

His aunt and uncle tell Nate to stay away from the place. But he is inexorably drawn to it, and from the beginning he senses something isn't right. Eluding the facility's terrifying security guard, Nate gains access to the sanitarium's locked basement through a hidden dumbwaiter. There he learns that a black-market ring is operating out of the old hospital, and its leader is someone he never would have expected.

Eavesdropping on a conversation between some of the goons, Nate discovers that the gang is trafficking in three commodities -- and shipments are scheduled to arrive the following weekend. Hiding inside the hospital's duct work, Nate is able to get a bird's-eye view of the whole operation. Some of the items are stored in the warehouse, others in the cooler, and the rest in holding cells below the sanitarium's basement.

Nate plans a rescue attempt but is caught. The ring's sadistic leader decides to eliminate all signs of our young hero. Read on to see if Nate escapes or perishes in his quest for justice.

Product Details

  • File Size: 198 KB
  • Print Length: 156 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1432729810
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (July 31, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0035G09KC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,336,204 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Better suited for age 14 and up September 21, 2012
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The reviewers suggest this book for teens and Tweens. I think most parents and I, a sixth grade teacher, would find this inappropriate under the age of 14.. While I think the book is exciting for a boy and a fast and engaging read at a 5th-sixth grade reading level, I feel the graphic descriptions of the three commodities for sale is gross for an adult, much less an adolescent. The mutilation of young bodies with the resulting parts being sold to the highest bidder and the kidnapping of young Asian teenagers for sale into bondage (including a tender 13 year old virgin) were disturbingly vivid. Parents would have my job if I even reccomded this book for my students.

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Sometimes the parental warnings are right. "The Secrets of Stonewood Sanitarium" tells the tale of Nate Thompson, as he finds his place in rural Pennsylvania. Near his new home is an old mental institution, abandoned, yet Nate finds himself drawn to it. Through his meddling, he soon finds that he was cautioned against it for a reason, as there's something illegal and unsavory about the place. "The Secrets of Stonewood Sanitarium" is a fascinating adventure, sure to entertain young readers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well written adventure book! May 5, 2010
Linda did a very good job putting together an adventure both teenagers and adults would enjoy reading! I read it in one afternoon because I couldn't put it down! However, Linda is a friend of mine and I had been anticipating reading her book ever since she first mentioned taking on her own "adventure" of writing. I can tell that Linda has taken a lot of detail and consideration to make this story come to fruitation. I am looking forward to the next one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well written mystery filled with adventure March 28, 2010
The Secrets of Stonewood Sanitarium by Linda A. Krug was written for middle school readers. I am well beyond middle school and I normally would not choose an adolescent book for reading. However, Linda is my sister in law. Therefore, I was more than anxious to read her first book.

I began reading the book believing I would have to keep reminding myself that it was not written for adults and expecting to become a little bored with it. Wow! I sure was wrong about that.

Nate's parents and brother die in a plane crash. His aunt and uncle offer to take him in. Nate appreciates and enjoys being with his aunt and uncle. Unfortunately, they live way out in the country and Nate is extremely bored there. There's an abandoned sanitarium near their home and Nate's uncle warned him to stay away from it. Trying to overcome his boredom and to adjust to his new surroundings, Nate becomes fascinated with the sanitarium. That's where the journey begins.

The Secrets of Stonewood Sanitarium was written in a way that made me feel like I was part of the adventure. At the moment Nate arrived at his aunt and uncles home I knew I was already intrigued by this book. His aunt and uncle are very entertaining people. I chuckled at them right along with Nate. Likewise, when Nate began exploring the old abandoned sanitarium I was right there with him.

I enjoyed the fast paced adventure. The book is filled with action and surprises. It leads the reader through both exciting and scary situations. It is a well written mystery and the clues are not obvious. As the suspense kept building, I could not put the book down. I had to know what would happen next. I was completely surprised by what was happening at Stonewood Sanitarium.

Linda did an amazing job writing this book and I would recommend it to both adolescents and adults.
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More About the Author

Linda A. Krug makes her home in a small town located in Forest County, Pennsylvania. The Secrets of Stonewood Sanitarium is the author's first novel. She is currently working on her second. Although she enjoys reminiscing about the "good old days," she prefers writing about contemporary issues and dilemmas. An avid outdoors person, she loves living in a county that is 75% state and federal forests. "I enjoy exploring and getting lost in the woods, but I always manage to make it back to civilization!" Accompanying her on her field trips are her 5 dogs. "The seniors hold up progress a little but what can you say. They want to go and I just can't refuse them." When she's not working her day job or exploring, you can find her at home with tools in her hands. "Remind me never to buy another "fixer upper," explains the author. "I am fortunate my father was a builder and taught me carpentry skills. It saves on hiring contractors." When people ask her about book two, she keeps her mouth closed. "All I'm going to say is that it will be a doozy!" Eventually, the writer would like to move to the country and open up a senior dog sanctuary. You can find out more about her current novel at


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