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The Smoky Corridor (A Haunted Mystery) Paperback – August 9, 2011
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Zack's father had attended Horace P. Pettimore Middle School years ago, and now the Principal does not like Zack. The ghosts of the Donnelly brothers, who were burned to death in a corridor, want Zack to play campfire. A janitor then disappears, and Zack's old ghost friend Davy reappears. No one really wants to eat lunch with Zack, who has a lot to sort out here.
In his previous two novels, THE CROSSROADS and THE HANGING HILL, Zack's mystery-solving skills resulted in his house burning down, near-escapes from death for himself and others, saved lives, and more. He's wary of getting too involved in this mess, but it's clear that some evil is at work in the school. "Guardian" ghosts for each student come to warn him about danger and advise him not to tell any adults. Readers will be clued in on the evil plot to find a descendant of the school's founder who will help bring dead people back to life and locate a rumored treasure underneath the school. Could Zack be that descendant?
As he starts talking to spirits and humans to uncover what is going on, more misfits at the middle school begin banding together at lunch and throughout the rest of the day to help each other navigate the already stressful life of classes and homework. Add bullies, ghosts, zombies and treasure hunters, and soon they have to rely on each other just to stay alive.Read more ›
Zack knew a thing or two about haunted places, because he had a special gift: He could see all sorts of dearly departed souls (even the ones who popped into paintings) whom other people, especially adults like his dad, could not. He always figured it was the kind of gift that should've come with a gift receipt so he could take it back for something better, like athletic ability or super-powers.
The fact that our main character has a sixth sense is sort of a big deal plotwise and if this were the first book in the series I would expect Grabenstein to take some time and really establish Zack Jennings' ability to chat with the dead. There are certain obligatory scenes that go along with discovering a gift/curse like this one: Zack's first chat with a dead person, the scene where Zack freaks out and is convinced he's losing his mind, the scene where Zack accepts his ability and heads out to the graveyard to do some chatting the way Bruce Willis walks around bumping people in the crowded train station at the end of Unbreakable (a Ninja favorite). Having not yet read the first book in the series, I can't be sure what variation Grabenstein took on these obligatory scenes, but I'm sure some version of them was employed.Read more ›
Ahh, it was such a blast sitting down with this next book about Zack Jennings, the boy who sees ghosts. Summer is over and Zack is finally starting at his new school. This Middle School has been around since the end of the Civil War when the mansion was donated as such and over the years parts have been added onto it making it a maze of hallways and classrooms. As soon as Zack arrives, he's visited by a ghost from book one who tells him something major is going down at the school; a zombie in the depths of the basement below has reawakened and Zack needs to deal with it and the evil spirit that controls it before he takes over the body of an unknown student in the school.
This has all the ingredients for a great horror story! Two ghost children from 1910 who died in a fire in the school under mysterious circumstances and are out for revenge, a zombie (or two), ghost stories, a few gruesome deaths and children's souls in peril. Zack has been warned that adults cannot be involved so he can't tell his stepmother, Judy, who also sees ghosts, and has been his supernatural sleuthing partner for the first two books. Instead Zack makes friends with two loner/outcast-type kids and they are pulled into the events with Zack. But not only does Zack have to deal with the supernatural, he also has two very alive people on his trail and trying to get into the basements as well, for the original owner of the mansion is said to have stolen a sizable treasure of Confederate gold during the war and hidden it somewhere on the property. These two baddies are related to a soldier buried in the nearby Civil War Cemetery and they know all about people who can communicate with the dead.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A book worthy of 5 stars. Great for children and adults alike. There are ghosts and zombies in this book so I wouldn't recommend it for children that get scared easily.Published 2 months ago by lola
For my granddaughter and she loved it -- couldn't put it down!Published 12 months ago by Wilma J Gary
My daughter enjoys this series, despite it being below her reading level at 13. A bit on the creepy side, which is what makes her like it!Published 14 months ago by Danyelle
Great book for kids and adults! Lots of plot twists and turns! Loved it!Published 19 months ago by momteacher
I am sure I will enjoy this book when I get around to reading it. Shipped right away and I am very satisfiedPublished on January 27, 2014 by J. E. Gessford
I love this book because it's filled with fun and adventure(And Gold).
I give it a thumbs up.
A must read for kids 9-12