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Skeleton Creek #2: Ghost in the Machine (Volume 2) Paperback – May 11, 2016
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The mysteries of the abandoned dredge are finally resolved in this sequel to Skeleton Creek (2009). Forbidden to see each other, Ryan and Sarah continue to solve the mystery by using e-mail, video, and a whole lot of sneaking around, but time is running out as the town prepares to burn down the mechanical dredge. In the first book, readers could get by without seeing the supplemental videos on Sarah’s Web site, but in this go-round, the story suffers without them. The ending falls a bit flat, but the eerie mood throughout still makes this mystery a good read. Grades 5-8. --Courtney Jones --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Other tan just entertaining, Patrick Carman's main argument is the relationship between parents and their kids. He gives the argument that parents' kids should respect them, but at the same time, parents should not keep their child from being able to make their own decisions. I personally believe that Patrick was very successful in delivering this message, as now I have learned a great lesson in this matter, while still being entertained.
One of the main themes that is discussed is never giving up on what you really want, or persistence. Persistence is a great lesson that should be taught in every young child's mind and should be reviewed multiple times. I think Patrick is very effective in giving this message too because Ryan was very interested in the mystery that he never gave up on it or his relationship with Sarah.
Overall, I think this book is definitely worth the time to read as it can be read in 3 hours or less. With such good organization and a straight forward 1st person point of view novel, you can't go wrong.
Ghost in the machine (Ryan’s journal), by Carman Patrick .Patrick Carman was born in February 27, 1966; married, wife’s name Karen; children; Reece, sierra, both girls. Hobbies or interests; mountain biking, fly fishing, crosswords puzzles, basketball, reading, and spending time with family. Patrick is not only a writer but an entrepreneur. Founded four businesses, including an advertising agency. Volunteer on behalf of literacy campaigns.
The book “ghost in the machine” starts off in modern day time in a small time called skeleton creek, with these two friends Ryan and Sarah. When the story starts Ryan and Sarah are exploring an old abandon dredge, having disturbed the old building, and the aberration of “old man Joe bush”, a worker who died and now haunts the dredge. Ryan and Sarah both being curious they decide to go one more time, finding that there is a secret society with names of many town members including Ryan’s dad. Both Ryan and Sarah are committed to solving the secrets to the dredge and this new society Ryan’s dad is in.
I think the author is trying to say that a good relation between friends can go a long ways ;through a lot and will always have each other’s back, won’t ever turn their back when you need them most in life and if you maintain that your friendship will last.
I really liked this book; it always made me want to turn the page to see what will happen next, it kept me interested since page 1. I felt the book was full of suspense and mystery, exactly the stuff I like to read about. This book was full of imagery it made me feel like I was actually in the book and was going through what they were going through.
I would recommend this book to someone who enjoys suspense, also a book that would keep them entertained throughout the full length. This was I book someone might stay up after their bedtime just to finish. I believe this book would be for a lot of different categories of people, for instance, someone just trying to pass the time, or even someone potentially doing a project over the book, like myself.
Reference: Carman Patrick, Ghost in the machine. New York: Scholastic Inc.2009
First you read the book.... Ryan's journal of events that are taking place AND THEN you watch a video from Sarah online. These are 3-8 minute videos made by "Sarah" a teenage girl. They are not state of the art videos but they are enough to get a rise out of the kids. It is not too scary just every once in awhile something unexpected jumps out at you. My students could not get enough of this book. They would listen for hours and beg to watch the videos over and over again. They would beg for me to stop reading so we read... A LOT!
This book was so good that soon the 6th grade class next door was wondering what we were up to and wanted in on the action. So... they started reading. Then the third class joined us and then friends at another school. I am telling you... this book is a life saver! We ended up reading the first 4 books of the series in the last 4 days of the school year!!! It was the most we read all year long. The kids went home after school and rewatched the videos with their parents. They were desperate to be the first one to solve the mystery.
This would be the perfect "Halloween" story as well. I saw somewhere that this was good for grades 4-6. I would agree. I think 7th graders may even enjoy it.