Reviews for Crossroads : Library Edition


AudioFile Reviews 2008 December/January 2009
Eleven-year-old Zack soon realizes his neighbors aren't normal--or even alive. Vengeful spirit Clint Eberhart haunts the scene of the bus accident he caused, as do the souls of his victims. 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. C.A. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine

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School Library Journal Reviews 2008 December

Gr 4--7--The Crossroads (Random, 2008) is adult mystery author Chris Grabenstein's first book for middle school readers. Zack Jennings, 11, has moved to North Chester, Connecticut, with his father and new stepmother. Before Zack's mother died from cancer, she blamed Zack for her unhappiness and seemed to haunt him from her grave. Now things appear to be looking up. Zack has a shy affection for his lovely new stepmother and is pleased with their new home which sits at the crossroads of County Route 13 and State Highway 31 and has room for a dog and a tree fort. Zack befriends Davy, a farmer's son, and learns that the crossroads was the site of a tragic bus accident which took dozens of lives 50 years ago. Ghosts, some benevolent, others malevolent, begin appearing. Zack becomes the target of one particularly nasty ghost. Narrator J.J. Myers keeps the suspense level high with smooth interpretations for the sympathetic characters and sinister voices for the evil beings. This ghost story is sure to please Goosebumps fans.--Tricia Melgaard, Centennial Middle School, Broken Arrow, OK

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