Wednesday, September 18, 2013

98:120 The Haunting of Derek Stone: City of the Dead by Tony Abbott

The first in another series by Tony Abbott (which is my 7yr old's favorite author).  Derek Stone was on a train ride home with his father and brother when the bridge broke and their train car plummeted into a ravine.  Derek survived but there has been no sign of his father and brother and they are presumed dead.  Derek had some head trauma and is now hearing things in his left ear, the one that has been damaged most of his life.  It sounds like whispering or voices but there is never anyone there.  Weeks pass and then Derek's brother is found in an abandoned house near the ravine but after the first rush of happiness over having his brother back passes, Derek realizes that something is wrong with Ronny.  As he is trying to figure out what is going on with his brother, he starts noticing that there are other people that were missing after the train wreck around here and they are all acting strangely and seem to be way too interested in him...

It's a pretty dark and spooky book, completely unlike Mr. Abbott's other series (Goofballs, Secrets of Droon, and Underworld) but he keeps it just light enough that there were no nightmares following my little guy's reading of it.  In fact, we had to track down the 2nd book in the series which is apparently now out of print although it's only a few years old and he can't wait to read it.  Tony Abbott, I don't know if you'll ever read this (or any of my reviews on your books) but thank you for creating books that my little one loves to read and can't put down.  He continually states that you are his favorite author and he devours anything by you he can get his hands on.

Page count: 134p/26,284p ytd/170,684p lifetime

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