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The Stone Child [Kindle Edition]

Dan Poblocki
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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Book Description

What if the monsters from your favorite horror books were real?

Eddie Fennicks has always been a loner, content to lose himself in a mystery novel by his favorite author, Nathaniel Olmstead. That’s why moving to the small town of Gatesweed becomes a dream come true when Eddie discovers that Olmstead lived there before mysteriously disappearing thirteen years ago. Even better, Eddie finds a handwritten, never-before-seen Nathaniel Olmstead book printed in code and befriends Harris, who’s as much an Olmsteady as he is. But then the frightening creatures of Olmstead’s books begin to show up in real life, and Eddie’s dream turns into a nightmare. Eddie, Harris, and their new friend, Maggie, must break Olmstead’s code, banish all gremlins and monster lake-dogs from the town of Gatesweed, and solve the mystery of the missing author, all before Eddie’s mom finishes
writing her own tale of terror and brings to life the scariest creature of all.

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About the Author

Beginning in fifth grade, Dan Poblocki would gather his friends after school, frightening them with tales of ghosts, monsters, and spooky places. When his mother began to receive phone calls from neighborhood parents, warning that her son’s stories were giving their children nightmares, Dan decided to write the stories down instead. Dan now battles his own neighborhood monsters in Brooklyn, New York. Visit him at

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Product Details

  • File Size: 324 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (August 25, 2009)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #256,331 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BLT Reviews September 12, 2009
From angry trolls, a missing author, and a curse as old as time, The Stone Child is a magical read filled with terrifying creatures and amazingly scary fun.I really enjoyed reading The Stone Child because, though it was scary enough to make your skin crawl, it has a good vs. evil plot and a creative "book within a book" style. This book is perfect for anyone who, like myself, enjoys horror stories that give you a good adrenaline rush, but doesn't keep you up at night.The Stone Child keeps you on your toes with brave, but curious characters; secret codes and myths about ancient times; and an eerie eye-view of the haunts of Gatesweed. It was a lot of fun to read, and even though the red-eyed dogs really gave me the creeps, they were by far my favorite "monster".With it's magical, detailed narrative and stunning ending, I think readers will never forget The Stone Child. (I know I'll never forget that troll!) Poblocki has such a neat imagination, I am really looking forward to reading more of his books!All in all, from the very first sentence to the last paragraph, The Stone Child will capture your attention with frightful adventure and a world of monsters than will only go away if you can discover the key to the stone child. Just make sure you stay away from the me.

Age Group: YA, ages 12+
Content: Monsters and horror
Recommend? Yes

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Book for school October 1, 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
There was a reading assignment for my child, she picked this book to begin her paper, and fell in love with the writing, story line and the author. Now she is reading more of Dan Poblocki's books.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars want more September 13, 2009
By Carrie
Very interesting book. I love the passages showing excerpts from the "books" written by one of the characters. It makes me want to read those books too. Maybe someday Mr Poblocki will write these books or short stories as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Book Nerds Review November 19, 2009
By Anna
I know absolutely nothing about Dan Poblocki, but I am pretty certain that if I told you he is a big fan of either R.L. Stine or Christopher Pike, I would not be wrong. And in the same fashion that R.L. Stine and Christopher Pike became known for being able to scare the pants off of people, I think Dan Poblocki will also succeed. The Stone Child is a creepy mystery ride that had me up into the wee hours of the night, wondering WHY I was up in the wee hours of the night reading such a creepy book, and being incredibly thankful it's impossible to read in the dark.

Eddie, Harris, and Maggie are believable kids with wild imaginations, that are way more daring and chance taking then I have ever been, that's for sure (Not to mention probably smarter too). The plot is... interesting. The general outline of the plot is exciting and suspenseful, but once you get into it and actually get to the core of the story The Stone Child covers a few things that I honestly didn't suspect I would see inside of a YA book. BUT! That does not make it inappropriate for kids or teens, it's very appropriate, and in fact if I had kids, or knew any that could read and enjoyed suspense and mystery, this would be the first thing I would recommend them. It gives a good history on it's subject and even informed me of somethings I didn't know, which is awesome seeing as it's main `bad guy' is one of my favourite history subjects. I could technically tell you what it is without spoiling anything, but I was caught off guard, and I think the best way to read it is to not know, BUT if you do want to know here's a hint for you on what the subject is: Lilith. Hmm... Whatever could that mean?

All in all, I really loved this story, and I think given enough promotion could become a classic mystery suspense for teens.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Overall, a thought out, quick and easy read. October 14, 2009
Keeping in mind that this book level is grades 4-7, I give this work 4 stars. The writing is simple- but it works and is appropriate for the audience intended. It is a very quick and very easy read but I did find myself falling into it and I can easily imagine that younger audiences would really love this book.

The idea behind it is a good one- an author's work and the horrors within his books coming alive and haunting the town in which he resides- and I particularly liked the reasons on how and why this was happening. The actual solution to it was great- simple yet a puzzle at the same time. I found myself thinking no, that is too easy- it has to be something harder but I didn't actually think of the very obvious answer.

My main critique with the book is the overall lack of character growth but everything does happen in a relatively short time frame. There are some true emotions shown in there but overall, that aspect of the story seemed to be lacking in my opinion.

Overall, everything is explained but there was one loose end that was never tied up with bothered me related to one specific person. I can make an assumption about that character but at the same time, I cannot be sure and that sort of bothers me in this case.

The ending, however, was great- I really enjoyed the very last part but I won't say how or why, you just need to read it to find out but I think most book lovers will appreciate it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
After reading this first book by this author, I can't wait to see what he does next. It's amazing how he was able to weave an intricate plot into a fast paced yet very readable thriller. What a story teller! The book is a gift for kids but I read it first. Bravo!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good read
Published 6 days ago by ana
5.0 out of 5 stars A dark, YA tale that doesn't insult the intelligence of older readers
Since reading John Bellairs' Lewis Barnavelt series, I have been looking for something with the same feel. I think I found it with Dan Poblocki. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ken
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent
Not quite as "Ghost of Graylock" but still a good book in it's own right.
Published 5 months ago by hutt_jabba_the
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My daughter has read this twice!
Published 5 months ago by kathy
5.0 out of 5 stars Review
The book is kinda creepy and really exiting!!! I really liked it. Actually I LOVED it!!!!
Any one who likes creepy books should definitely read thus book
Published 7 months ago by Tim
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This book was amazing. Keeps your heart pumping and keeps you alert. I would recommend this book to spooky people.
Published 10 months ago by Courtland Turney
5.0 out of 5 stars Dan Poblocki is a fantastic author.
I love this book. Dan Poblocki is such a fantastic author. I have read almost all of his books. Great stories!
Published 10 months ago by Nioklie
5.0 out of 5 stars The Stone Child
I read all of his books his first is the last book I read and to me the first one had the more answers and questions to it.
Published 10 months ago by Jay Steel
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! Spooky!
This book was... phenomenal.

Truly, I was so impressed with this work. Poblocki is, in my opinion, a master horror writer for young adults. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Auggie
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
from beginning to the end your mind races with possibilities as you follow the children through the story... I found myself unable to put it down!
Published 13 months ago by cookie405
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More About the Author

Dan was born in Providence, Rhode Island, and lived in Woonsocket and Lincoln before moving to Basking Ridge, New Jersey when he was eleven years old. Dan now lurks in Brooklyn, NY.

Growing up in small towns shaped Dan's imagination. He was always curious what was out in the dark of the woods or just over the horizon. Often, if he and his friends didn't have an answer, they would make one up.

He still does.

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