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The Crossroads | [Chris Grabenstein]

The Crossroads

Zack, his dad, and new stepmother have just moved back to his father's hometown, not knowing that their new house has a dark history. Fifty years ago, a crazed killer caused an accident at the nearby crossroads that took 40 innocent lives. He died when his car hit a tree in a fiery crash, and his malevolent spirit has inhabited the tree ever since..
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Publisher's Summary

Zack, his dad, and new stepmother have just moved back to his father's hometown, not knowing that their new house has a dark history. Fifty years ago, a crazed killer caused an accident at the nearby crossroads that took 40 innocent lives. He died when his car hit a tree in a fiery crash, and his malevolent spirit has inhabited the tree ever since. During a huge storm, lightning hits the tree, releasing the spirit, who decides his evil spree isn't over...and Zack is directly in his sights.

Award-winning thriller author Chris Grabenstein fills his first book for younger listeners with the same humorous and spine-tingling storytelling that has made him a fast favorite with adults.

©2008 Chris Grabenstein; (P)2008 Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"An absorbing psychological thriller...as well as a rip-roaring ghost story." (Booklist)
"J.J. Myers brings these ghostly characters to life with spine-tingling effect. Her dramatic tone and pitch steer listeners through trips to the graveyard and death-defying rescues. Myers makes Zack an appealing personality with a voice that brings old-fashioned tales to mind. She succeeds equally well with female voices, especially that of crotchety Miss Spratling, who cackles unnervingly. Arguably the best voice - throaty and menacing - is that of Clint Eberhart, the ghost who starts it all. Myers continues the satisfying oral tradition of ghost stories with this fun, creepy selection."(AudioFile)
"Myers ably straddles the line between satisfying safe chills and sleeplessness by keeping her tones light while imbuing the malevolent characters with a touch of evil. Younger listeners will identify with the youthful characterization of 11-year-old Zack, while older kids will appreciate the fast pace, which heightens creepy suspense as two boys unravel the mystery of a 50-year-old crime that occurred at the crossroads behind Zack's Connecticut home. This fine production retains the atmosphere of a classic campfire ghost tale and is a surefire bet to satisfy repeated requests for 'something scary." (Booklist)

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    John WILLIAMSBURG, VA, United States 02-15-09
    John WILLIAMSBURG, VA, United States 02-15-09 Member Since 2002
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    "Great story for listeners of all ages!"

    This is the first children's book by Grabenstein, the award-winning author of the excellent "John Ceepak" mysteries (they're on audible.com and I recommend you begin with the first: TILT-A-WHIRL!). I'll bet if you download this one for your kids the whole family will end up listening to it -- it's a fun ghost story that will keep you wondering what's next.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen D. Briarcliff Manor, NY, USA 01-05-10
    Kathleen D. Briarcliff Manor, NY, USA 01-05-10
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    "Great Story, Wonderful Narrator!"

    A librarian friend told me this audiobook had won an award, so I got it for some long family drives over the Holidays. It was a big hit! My kids (boy 9 & girl 11) loved it, but my husband & I did too! It's a wonderful story and this narrator really brought the characters to life! I just bought the sequel (THE HANGING HILL) by the same author/narrator team. We all agreed not to wait for our next long drive -- we want to hear it right away!

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    Allison upstate NY 10-24-09
    Allison upstate NY 10-24-09 Member Since 2008
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    "The ONLY audiobook I couldn't finish"

    I know this is a book for children, and some children love it. A seventh grade student of mine had recommended it to me. The characters are one dimensional - they are either good or evil. No in-between. The plot is simplistic (I know, I know - good for younger readers.) There is a lot of repetition of facts and stating the obvious. Truly, I think our young readers are smarter than this author gives them credit for.

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