Tuesday October 27, 2009
Tween Tuesday is a meme I first saw at Green Bean Teen Queen and really liked because she is also a librarian who deals with teens and tweens. So, since most of my blog is devoted to YA and teen books I figured that on Tuesdays I can do posts for all the tweeners out there!
The series I'm featuring today is good for tweens but older teens might like them too...Probably because author Chris Grabenstein typically writes books for adults
The Crossroads (Book 1)
Winner of the Anthony Award (Best Children's/Young Adult Novel)
by Chris Grabenstein
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 readers with the same humorous and spine-tingling storytelling that has made him a fast favorite with adults.
The Hanging Hill (Book 2)
by Chris Grabenstein
How serious is stage fright? At the Hanging Hill Playhouse, it can kill you.
After narrowly escaping a malevolent spirit in The Crossroads, Zack and Judy are hoping to relax during the rehearsals for a show based on Judy’s bestselling children’s books. Little do they know that the director is planning to raise a horde of evil specters from the dead, and to accomplish this, he needs a human sacrifice . . . and Zack fits the bill perfectly.
This second book featuring the intrepid Zack and his stepmother, Judy, is full of the same humorous and spine-tingling storytelling that has made Chris Grabenstein a fast favorite with young and old alike.
These are great books that combine mystery and the paranormal. The first books concept is just totally creepy and there is a twist to the story that is awesome! The second book is even better with plenty of ghostly apparitions, an evil villain and a plot to take over the world. Could you ask for more?
Other than the obvious, one of the things I really like about the books is the relationship between Zach, his dad and step-mom. A lot of books give the step-parent a bad rap but Judy really cares about Zach and is willing to go the extra mile to help him out. There is an interesting story involving Zach's real mom but you'll have to read the books to find out more!
Another great aspect of these books is that both boys and girls will like them!
Appropriate for 5th grade and up...but I encourage teen, tweens and young adults to read them too, you'll like'em!
Visit Chris Grabenstein's website! www.ChrisGrabenstein.com