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Saturday, October 3, 2009

Rgz Street Team: Miss Erin Reviews Skeleton Creek by Patrick Carman

The rgz Street Team is a group of teens who bring YA reviews to our blog, led by Postergirl Miss Erin. Find out more.

Today, Miss Erin reviews Skeleton Creek by Patrick Carman!

Skeleton Creek tells the tale of two teenagers, Ryan and Sarah, who discover that something strange is going on in the woods at the site of an old gold-digging dredge. What they find turns their lives upside down--and results in their parents banning them from ever seeing or speaking to each other again. But they're too immersed in the mystery of Skeleton Creek to let go of it now, and they decide to do whatever it takes to get to the bottom of it. The book is told partly through Ryan's journal, and partly through videos that Sarah films and sends him, making this an entirely unique experience of a story. (You are given passwords to see the videos online as you read.)

I adored this book. I honestly didn't think I would--the whole mixed-media, part movie/part book idea seemed kind of gimmicky to me. But it worked incredibly well and was a truly clever, effective way to tell the story. It brought the intensity to an entirely new level and helped make the book even more compelling than it already would've been...

Read the rest of this review on Miss Erin's blog here.


Melissa Walker said...

I love clever--sounds like a good one for October!

Shelf Elf said...

I'm with you Erin - I thought this book was so cool and compelling, in spite of the fact that I was worried it would be gimmicky.

Have you read the sequel? I haven't yet, but I've got it. Saving it for a spooky October night.

Erin said...

Have the sequel but haven't read it yet. :)

Lorie Ann Grover said...

I saw Patrick speak. He was so engaging and fun!

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