March 2, 2009

Book Review: Skeleton Creek by Patrick Carman

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SkeletonCreekNormally, I don’t like scary books. And normally, I don’t like mysteries (maybe because most mysteries are scary?). Skeleton Creek by Patrick Carman is both of these things. But I found out this story is also something more. It’s told in two formats: there’s the book, which is from the character Ryan’s point of view, and there’s a series of online videos from his best friend Sarah’s point of
view. And there’s almost nothing I love more than the internet

So last weekend, I found myself reading Skeleton Creek.

Through Ryan’s writing and Sarah’s videos, we are brought into the mystery that they are been exploring. Their tiny little town (ominously called Skeleton Creek) has a secret past. There’s possibly a murder on the old dredge (a big machine that digs up land looking for gold) and probably treasure hidden there. There’s definitely a conspiracy formed by a secret society (that Ryan’s dad is in). There are people watching their every move. And scariest of all, there’s a ghost in the machine.

Or, at least I assume there is. Skeleton Creek leaves you at a terrifying cliffhanger, which will be picked up in October with the second book, titled Ghost in the Machine. Ryan makes a wonderful narrator. The book, which is supposed to be his diary, is quick and engaging. Sarah’s videos are integral to the story — this is a ghost story you really need to see and hear. And I can’t wait to get the rest of the story from the two of them.

— Carly H., STACKS Staffer

  1. isabella

    4th best book in the universe!!!!and i’ve read a LOT o books!(4th because of th Gallager Girl series-on offince)I wonder if Ryan like likes Sarah cuz of the scarry dream-ya know because of the allmost dream kiss. Guess we wont know till october.
    p.s. read the gallagher girl books. not as bone chilling!but good

  2. pinkpony12080

    i have read this book although my username may be lame(which it is) i know an awesome book when i read one

  3. imisscaitlin

    are they makin a new book if so when can we get it? i read both books in my reading class!awesome posum books!!!!!!

  4. ~alexa+ryan~

    oh and one last thing skeleton creek is not a real place the authir(Patick Carman) just made it up but i have to say he has a big imagination!
    ps:Ryan is mine! jk i wish!

  5. ~alexa+ryan~

    ok so im reading the second book “Ghost in the Machine” and i love it when i was reading the first one i could not stop reading it so i finish it in 2 days, and ryan has inspire me to write a journal about my life (witch it is sad realy sad)anywho im like in love with Ryan!Im 12 and i love this book it is one of the 2 books i realy enjoy!if you like mystery and ghost books you should read this books! and i recomend this book too “The Garden of Eve” it is a realy good book to! im almost done with the second book (Ghost in the Machine) and i cant wait until the 3rd book comeas out. i have heard that ther is 7 books. oh and lets just say that Old Joe Bush is not the person you think he is just read the second book and you shall find out who he realy is!
    love ya Ryan!!!

  6. ?¿ thik twice

    who do we know it real we dont have a map we dont have prob is it true or is it just a book i belibe in the dead but making a book
    and knowing evry thing it a lie i dont see it dont belibe it so thing twice it is true or is it not there is a cyclopedia about old joe bush but who do we know they did t make it evry incyclopedia a wen they make it up or not is it or is not a lie i meen two book ………………… be caerful………………………………………….

  7. TJ

    i love that book so much im gonna be the ghost guy for halloween:) if you havent read it you HAVE TO!!!!!!!!!!!thats how good it is so READ IT!!!!!!!!!!
    i loved it!!!!:):D

  8. skeleton creek fan

    I wish the book came sooner. Well all I can do is think about whats connected. The last Video the ghost looked cheesy I don’t know if the ghost is real or the budget couldn’t afford a cool animated face or something.


    wow, i hate i have to wait for OCTOBER! i suppose it’s only temporary, because october is the ‘scary’ month. i don’t read it at night. joe bush aka skeleton man creeps me out!

  10. austin

    I just finished reading this book and it was amazing! I can’t wait for the second one to come out! I hope it’s just as good as the first.

  11. Qt 75

    I cant wait for the second book do come out
    I hope Ryan And Sarah get out of the secret room!!!!!
    I wonder if in the second one Ryan gets the Leg cast off his leg so he can explore more in the second book
    i dont have the book but i have all the codes for the first book in my diary and i can almost memorize all the videos

  12. lola

    this book is the best book i have ever read i an upset that the second book comes out in october but i can wait it only took me two days to read it and i loved it. is skeleton creek a rreal place pobblie not i will do researce

  13. Kadafro

    OMG! The books are so scary that I was so scared I cried, screamed and shivered when I watched the raven and the last video!

  14. Kadafro

    I am in love with this book. Me and my friends read it out loud at school and we all got really scared. We also researched Skeleton Creek and found that Joe Bush dies in a dredge, the same way described in the book and that he worked on Sumpter Dredge, the dredge that is in the movies. It is creepy and real, and the book is addictive. I strongly recommend it too anyone!

  15. patrick

    i can’t beielve the BOOK is isn’t coming out till october….. i cannt wait that lonng:( the book left me hanging// ir took me 2 days to read and watch the video s! BESK BOOK EVER, I USED TO HATE READING UNTIL THIS BOOK CAME ALONG i recomend it, please make the book come out sooner!!!!!! will ryan and sarah be trapped till october?????? wiat but they’ll be dead:( HURRRYRYRYRYRYRYRY BOOOOOOOOOOOOOK HUUUUUUUUURRRRRRRRRRRRRRRYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. shrie

    this is the best book ever!! usually i have to settle with twilight to satisfy my crave for danger, excitment, and the spoky ness to it!!! let me just say, SKELETON CREEK is way better than any book i have EVER read! i cant wait til Ghost in the Machine!!! Any one know an exact date?

  17. kayla

    I love the book. But, I get scared at times, like this video is doing. EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE is all I can say! Every night before I go to bed, I think about Old Joe Bush haunting me. Woo, scary man.

  18. nelly

    I just finished this book and it is truly amazing! It was breathtaking! The idea of also using video’s was astonishingly PURE GENIUS! I can not wait until the next book comes out! Patrick Carman is EXCELLENT!!! I will not rest till all of my friends read this book!

  19. courtney

    i’m only 10 years old and i can only read good mystery books.i always look for an amazing book but it is so hard to!i got this book and read it in 1 hour and it was sooooooo cool!where can i get book 2?


    i showed the end of the 2nd movie to my friends and they got sooo freaked out cuz they thought (like i did when i first saw it i nearly fell outta my chair!!) they ghost was just gonna walk rite by!! man i cant believe i gotta wait until october!! the day i started and finished the book ive been wanting MORE!!!:)

  21. Rebeca

    This book sounds sooooo good. How Great!! The interview is perfect sucks the reader into reading this book!!! :-)

  22. Dj

    O no! i just finsished the book and i just saw the very last video….THEY’RE STUCK! NOOOOO! What’s going to happen to them in the next book? Now i really can’t wait to find out! ~curious face~

  23. Dj

    I’m a girl who loves to read…. so i just finished the book a minute ago and i cried. I looked on the internet to see whether they are making a second book!… Thats how upset i was that they ended right there… when he was finally going to the dredge… RIGHT THERE! That was probably the BEST book i have EVER read in my entire life! Im still upset they had to end it right there but I’ll get over it. I guess I’ll just have to wait until October(which by the way is so not fair..way too long of a wait) But I’ll get over that too. Like i said before THE BEST BOOK EVER! If you haven’t read it…. READ IT! GO! NOW! DO IT! It will be the book to leave you on the edge until October.

  24. Shadow 1.5

    This book is awesome!! My friend lent it to me and it rocks!!! I got farther than she did. The videos scared the life out of me. But I’m stil gonna watch them all and read the rest of the book. It’s a good one! I give it 99999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999.999999 out of 10

  25. Shane

    I love Skelaton Creek because it’s so exciting that I read the book and watched the videos in 2 days. I JUST CAN NOT WAIT TILL THE NEXT BOOK CALLED THE GHOST IN THE MACHINE!

  26. Rori

    Patrick Carman tuned into the world of children by connecting one of kid’s favorite activites (watching TV/ videos) with an activity some kids could use more of (reading). All in all- it’s a great book!

  27. blogzillamonster

    This book is more than a book and that makes it so cool. I heard there’s a sequel, and I can’t wait — can anyone post a date when we can get it???

  28. Jeff

    This novel is creative and innovative. It’s fun reading it and seeing come to life in short videos. Skeleton Creek is a great read and will keep you thirsting for more!

  29. Skeletoncreeksreal

    What! I have to wait until October. Man. What am I going to do between now and then.
    You’re right, this book is freaky. The best way to enjoy it is at night sitting by your computer. Thats the only time I read this book (and watched the videos.)
    Well… I guess I can check out the Skeleton Creek fan site in the meantime. That sites pretty fresh.
    I hope Patrick Carman comes and visits where I am. That would be awesome!

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