The Stone Child

The Stone Child

Book - 2009
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What if the monsters from your favorite horror books were real? Eddie Fennicks has always been a loner, content to lose himself in a mystery novel by his favorite author, Nathaniel Olmstead. That's why moving to the small town of Gatesweed becomes a dream come true when Eddie discovers that Olmstead lived there before mysteriously disappearing thirteen years ago. Even better, Eddie finds a handwritten, never-before-seen Nathaniel Olmstead book printed in code and befriends Harris, who's as much an Olmsteady as he is. But then the frightening creatures of Olmstead's books begin to show up in real life, and Eddie's dream turns into a nightmare. Eddie, Harris, and their new friend, Maggie, must break Olmstead's code, banish all gremlins and monster lake-dogs from the town of Gatesweed, and solve the mystery of the missing author, all before Eddie's mom finishes writing her own tale of terror and brings to life the scariest creature of all.
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2009.
ISBN: 9780375842542
Branch Call Number: J POB


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Nov 02, 2018

This book is about a young boy named Eddie Fennicks moving into a new town with his family called GatesWeed. While moving into town Eddie realized that his favorite author Nathaniel Olmstead lived there at once but disappeared a few years ago, people said it was because he went crazy and that all his monsters were real. People also said that there was a thing called the "Olmstead curse". Eddie's father gave Eddie a book that he found that was handwritten, while Eddie was flipping through the pages he realized that it was handwritten by Nathaniel Olmstead. A few weeks while living in GatesWeed Eddie met two friends who are named, Harris and Maggie. They all go to Nathaniel's house and find some interesting things that might lead to why Nathaniel Olmstead "disappeared". While figuring out these things and revealing the secret code they come across some of the monsters that Nathaniel wrote about and go on crazy adventures. They soon start to believe that there is such a thing called the "Olmstead curse".
This book makes me feel excited because I always look forward to finding out what is going to happen next. There is always an adventure or always something going on that makes you want to keep reading the book. I've read some books that are similar, but this one is very good! I never read anything else from this author but this book motivates me to read more by him because his style is unique and the way he forms the story into is amazing.
I recommend this book for anyone above the 3rd grade. It's easy to read and there are not too many difficult words. The book is very exciting to read and I think anyone would love this book.

Jun 27, 2016

This is a good read for children. It has an element of mystery involving the town the main character moves to and would be delightfully scary for the younger of age.

Aug 25, 2014

When Eddie says goodbye to his classmates on the last day of school, he does not know that it will be the last time he will see them a long while. His parents make the split decision to pack up their life in the town Eddie has grown up in and move to an abandoned town called Gatesweed, where his favorite horror author mysteriously disappeared from, and things start to get weird. It begins with a bear/deer looking creature that they accidently run into driving to their new home. When the pickup truck comes they learn that most people move out of Gatesweed, not in, which only sparks Eddie's curiosity a little bit more. When his parents give him an old book that is called "The Enigmatic Manuscript" it is written purely in code, and that sets Eddie off on his journey with two unlikely companions named Harris and Maggie to discover the mysteries off Gatesweed and to find out what happened to the long lost author.
I usually don't do creepy books or movies, but my friend told me I had to read this book and I was hooked. I loved following the journey to discover what is up with Gatesweed that Dan Poblocki created. It was very creative and I generally do not know how he came up with this thrilling idea. This adventure is certainly one you must take for yourself, but I do suggest not reading it late at night if you like a peaceful sleep.

Nov 16, 2013


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red_bee_499 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 7 and 15


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