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Parents' Guide to

Skeleton Creek

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Book/online-video hybrid is creepy fun.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 1 parent review

age 11+

A critical perspective

This book could be used for an independent read or optional read for older students. As educators, this book is great for reluctant readers because the video element really entices a reader and engages the audience. It is also one of a four book series to continue reading. However, the video "footage" does add frightening perspectives in support of the text so we recommend previewing material. Overall, the book is an amazing integration of text and video, journal style writing, and strong writing elements. Check it out!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (1 ):
Kids say (24 ):

Neither the writing nor the videos are of the highest quality (actually both are very much like something teenagers would make), but together they make a compelling package. The gimmick, if you will, of this book is that it tells only part of the story: the rest is told in a series of online videos, for which readers are given links and passwords at strategic places throughout the story, including the cliffhanger ending. The book is Ryan's journal, and the videos are the ones Sarah makes for Ryan, a mix of Blair Witch Project style frights in the woods and video journals. Together they tell the story, and neither is complete without the other.

Books and movies have had a symbiotic relationship for as long as there have been movies, so it's amazing that no one has done anything quite like this before now. Switching back and forth between the two media is fun, and reluctant readers may be enticed by the gimmick, as well as by the slim, easy-to-read text. A successful launch of what is sure to be a vibrant new genre: the book/video hybrid.

Book Details

  • Author: Patrick Carman
  • Genre: Mystery
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
  • Publication date: February 1, 2009
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 10 - 17
  • Number of pages: 185
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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