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Skeleton Creek: Phantom Room Paperback – August 28, 2014
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That being said, I was very disappointed with the complete LACK of editing this book was given. The other books were well written, and sounded like they were written by a professional. This book, on the other hand, while holding a fair plot, had so many grammatical and spelling errors in it, I thought perhaps it had been written by one of my students. I was asked by a colleague if perhaps it was done on purpose, to give it a feel of authenticity, being told from the perspective of a young man just out of high school. However, the first 4 books had no glaring and repetitive mistakes like these, not to mention that Ryan is supposed to be "gifted" in the area of writing.
While still a good story on the whole, this book seems to be a gimmick to further the sale of the series, rather than an actual result of literary effort.
The videos are suitably creepy, although rather reminiscent of various Japanese-made horror flicks. It's not a total waste of time or money, but it could have been so much better. I'm disappointed that the author didn't take more care with it before its release.
-a fan since the beginning
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.