Reviews for Crossroads : Library Edition

School Library Journal Reviews 2008 December

Gr 4--7--The Crossroads (Random, 2008) is adult mystery author Chris Grabenstein's first book for middle school readers. Zack Jennings, 11, has moved to North Chester, Connecticut, with his father and new stepmother. Before Zack's mother died from cancer, she blamed Zack for her unhappiness and seemed to haunt him from her grave. Now things appear to be looking up. Zack has a shy affection for his lovely new stepmother and is pleased with their new home which sits at the crossroads of County Route 13 and State Highway 31 and has room for a dog and a tree fort. Zack befriends Davy, a farmer's son, and learns that the crossroads was the site of a tragic bus accident which took dozens of lives 50 years ago. Ghosts, some benevolent, others malevolent, begin appearing. Zack becomes the target of one particularly nasty ghost. Narrator J.J. Myers keeps the suspense level high with smooth interpretations for the sympathetic characters and sinister voices for the evil beings. This ghost story is sure to please Goosebumps fans.--Tricia Melgaard, Centennial Middle School, Broken Arrow, OK

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