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The Ghost at Judy Creek Station: An Acorn Mystery Paperback – May 17, 2012
About the Author
Laurie Cameron was born in Montana and moved to the Washington, D.C. area after finishing college. There she met her husband and took up the nomadic life in the U.S. Foreign Service. For more than twenty years, she has lived and traveled throughout many parts of Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America. She has two sons who are both in the Peace Corps. Laura Meagher was born and raised in Plainfield, Illinois, and continues to reside in that same Chicago suburb today with her husband, Joe, and three beautiful children. She received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and her master of arts in teaching. Laura is currently in her thirteenth year of teaching in the public school system. They have been writing kids' mysteries together since 2008.
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This book is a perfect mix of The Hardy Boys meets Nancy Drew. In fact, it's better than that because Simon, the main character, is a lovable computer nerd with red hair whom many kids will identify with. Throw in his new best friend, Aaron, their intrepid sidekick, Annie, and an energetic dog with a sixth sense who parks her nose firmly in trouble, and you have a winning recipe.
Young readers will thrill to the adventures of Simon, Aaron, and Annie. There's a mysterious train station, old land records that go back to the Civil War, and a hawk that keeps dive bombing Simon.
The Ghost at Judy Creek Station is a fun middle school read that combines the quick thinking of 12-year-old Simon, and his new friends, Annie and Aaron. The three sleuths try to solve a century old mystery with modern day technology.
The setting is a small Illinois town in the summer, which brought back fun memories for me as my own grandmother lived in a small Illinois town that has a train running through the middle of it. The story moves along quickly, too quickly in spots, but nonetheless, will be enjoyable to most MG readers. It has adventure, problems to be solved, friends and introduces contemporary kids to some old-time fun.
A nice mix for a day's reading pleasure.
It all starts when Simon and his younger sister head off to stay with their grandparents in a small town called Beecher. From the time they arrive Simon starts to see some strange things happening. The more he sees the more suspicious he becomes that there is something strange going on. The mystery builds piece by piece and he soon finds himself smack-bang in the middle of something a lot bigger than just staying with his grandparents over summer. He makes some new friends who help him solve the clues to find the answer, and the truth.
As each piece of this mystery was revealed at different points throughout the story, it kept me guessing and changing my mind along the way. I liked how there was a mix of an old-style mysterious ghostly presence and the use of modern technology (to which kids of today can relate) in the plot.
This is a great mystery where old deeds come back to haunt those involved. And they could've gotten away with it if it wasn't for those meddling kids.
A suspicious neighbor, a freaked out dog and a couple odd occurrences later, Simon gets the hint that something is amiss in this little town. As he begins looking for answers, he befriends a local boy, who joins Simon in solving the mystery, which revolves around a land deal and a swindle carried out by a railroad baron a century or so earlier.
As the boys, later joined by a girl whose family is the one cheated by the railroad baron, get closer to putting all the pieces together, they also find themselves up to their necks in trouble.
At times, the kids may seem a bit worldly for their ages, but this is a fast, fun, easy read, with across-the-board appeal to mid-grade readers.
It was very exciting. I was really worried when Simon, Annie and Aaron got knoked out. It was weird when the lady called Simon and "Arau". Those messages were freaky and knowing there was a ghost would be cool. I really enjoyed reading it and I couldn't put it down!