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Praise for Skeleton Creek:

"This is something kids will want . . . Carman's accessible, journal-type text, full of mystery and foreshadowing, pulls from the outset [and] the nicely choreographed videos definitely build atmosphere." —Booklist

"There are so many good things to say about this book. The part print, part video format will entice reluctant readers . . . It will make possible the telling of more interesting and complex tales." &mdashThe-Trades.com

"All the way to the last chilling pages, readers will be enthralled and totally surprised . . . Hang on to your flashlights and be ready for some really great twists!" &mdashTeenReads.com

About the Author

Patrick Carman is the bestselling author of numerous series for young readers, including The Land of Elyon, Elliot’s Park, Skeleton Creek, Atherton, Trackers, Dark Eden, and 3:15. He got his start as a storyteller weaving bedtime tales for his two daughters. He lives in Walla Walla, Washington, with his family.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 830L (What's this?)
  • Series: Skeleton Creek (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Inc.; Inn edition (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545249945
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545249942
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have been a lifelong writer and storyteller. Salem, Oregon is where I spent my formative years and I graduated from Willamette University. After college, I spent a decade living in Portland, Oregon where I worked in advertising, game design, and technology.

I've written young adult and children's books for Scholastic, Little Brown Books For Young Readers and Katherine Tegen Books/ HarperCollins Publishers.

I've been fortunate enough to have had some bestselling series work: The Land of Elyon, Atherton, Elliot's Park, 39 Clues, and Skeleton Creek. Here's a fun note...the books have been translated into approximately two dozen languages. Currently I'm developing a few new-media projects. Check out DARK EDEN to experience this type of cross-platform project.

When I'm not writing or creating a story, I spend my free time supporting literacy campaigns and community organizations, fly fishing, playing basketball and tennis, doing crosswords, watching movies, dabbling in video games, reading (lots), and (more than anything else) spending time with my wife and two daughters.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steven R. McEvoy on September 7, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This third book in the Skeleton Creek series was a surprise. I thought there were going to be just 2 books, and greatly enjoyed Skeleton Creek and Ghost in the Machine, and after some books this summer where book three did not live up to expectations I approached this with a little trepidation. With Patrick Carman I should have known better. This book was awesome. It lived up to the quality, skill in storytelling and creativity of the first two, maybe even surpassed them. Like the other two Skeleton Creek books, this one is told in two parts. The book is Ryan's journal, hand-written, and Sarah's videos. Every few chapters you get a code and go to a website and watch a video. Unlike the first two books, Sarah and Ryan are working on a problem together but doing it in different locations. Ryan is stuck in Skeleton Creek and Sarah's family has moved to the east coast. She is driving across the country for film school at UCLA, but unknown to her parents, visiting haunted sites along the way to collect clues she and Ryan have solved that they found in the hunted dredge.

But both of their lives are getting more and more complicated. Ryan has to solve the clues fast enough so she will not have to backtrack and lose too much travel time. Ryan feels like he is being watched and Sarah's videos seem to be capturing th?Only time will tell. But as they uncover clue after clue they realize the stakes are higher than they ever expected. The Crossbones has a long history of destroying people who got in their way and now Ryan and Sarah find themselves in their crosshairs.

I read the book twice, first just reading the book, the second time through watching the video's where indicated.
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Format: Hardcover
"Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean people aren't really out to get you...I am sure someone or something is out to get me. Whatever it is escaped from the abandoned Dredge and has leaked out into the rest of the world. It's loose, it's angry, and it's looking for me."

After all the adventures from the first two books, there is still more to Ryan's story. Yes, he and Sarah are kind of town heroes for having discovered what was going on at the old Dredge. Also, everyone is now richer for the gold they found beneath the floorboards of the ghostly building. Ryan, unfortunately, is still waiting for his riches as it's all been put in a trust until he turns 18 (...feels like a million years from now.) The worst part is that Sarah's family has moved to Boston. She is enrolled in film school at UCLA for a summer course, and Ryan is feeling more abandoned than ever. She has escaped Skeleton Creek, and he is doomed to boredom working in his dad's fishing shop and watching his new friend Fitz tie flies. Ryan likes to fish, but there's much more...

One little thing to still consider is the envelope. Ryan took the envelope from beneath the floorboards of the Dredge. He didn't actually mean to keep it, but slipped it into his pocket, stuck it in a drawer and forgot about it --- until now. Perhaps that envelope has some valuable information from "old" Joe Bush. When he opens it, there is a message --- in the form of a two-sided card, a hand-drawn kind of map, and obviously filled with clues to solve.

"I'd found the Skull Puzzle, because that's what it was: skulls and tombstones and guns. A puzzle of the dead."

The summer is now far from boring because once he contacts Sarah, she wants to be in on this.
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Format: Hardcover
SKELETON CREEK #3: THE CROSSBONES
by Patrick Carman
Scholastic Inc.
ISBN: 9780545249942
Ages 10-up
208 pages

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Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean people aren't really out to get you...I am sure someone or something is out to get me. Whatever it is escaped from the abandoned Dredge and has leaked out into the rest of the world. It's loose, it's angry, and it's looking for me.

After all the adventures from the first two books, there is still more to Ryan's story. Yes, he and Sarah are kind of town heroes for having discovered what was going on at the old Dredge. Also, everyone is now richer for the gold they found beneath the floorboards of the ghostly building. Ryan, unfortunately, is still waiting for his riches as it's all been put in a trust until he turns 18 (...feels like a million years from now.) The worst part is that Sarah's family has moved to Boston. She is enrolled in film school at UCLA for a summer course, and Ryan is feeling more abandoned than ever. She has escaped Skeleton Creek, and he is doomed to boredom working in his dad's fishing shop and watching his new friend Fitz tie flies. Ryan likes to fish, but there's much more...

One little thing to still consider is the envelope. Ryan took the envelope from beneath the floorboards of the Dredge. He didn't actually mean to keep it, but slipped it into his pocket, stuck it in a drawer and forgot about it --- until now. Perhaps that envelope has some valuable information from "old" Joe Bush. When he opens it, there is a message --- in the form of a two-sided card, a hand-drawn kind of map, and obviously filled with clues to solve.
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