Dead Man's Hand by Eddie Jones
(Caden Chronicles, The)

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In an authentic old west ghost town where the dead don't stay dead, Nick Caden uncovers the body of Jesse James ... and other deadly secrets.

Awards for Dead Man's Hand
Winner of the 2013 Selah award for Young Adult Fiction 2013 INSPY Award nominee ( Literature for Young People ) 
2013 Moonbeam Children's Book Award nominee 

Book Summary
It's All Just a Show...Right? Just Hollywood theatrics? "This is an authentic old west ghost town, son. Around these parts the dead don't stay dead."

Nick Caden's vacation at Deadwood Canyon Ghost Town takes a deadly turn toward trouble when the fourteen-year-old finds himself trapped in a livery stable with the infamous outlaw Jesse James. The shooter whirls, aims and... vanishes. Great theatrics, Nick thinks, except now he's alone in the hayloft with the bullet-riddled body of Billy the Kid. And by the time the sheriff arrives, the body disappears.

Soon Nick is caught in a deadly chase---from an abandoned gold mine, through forbidden buffalo hunting grounds, and across Rattlesnake Gulch. Around every turn he finds another suspect. Will Nick solve the murder? Will his parents have him committed? Or will the town's infatuation with Hollywood theatrics conceal the real truth about souls, spirits and the destiny that awaits those who die.

In this new supernatural mystery YA series, award-winning author Eddie Jones takes readers to the Wild Wild West. Perfect for fans of mysteries and crime TV and reluctant readers.

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This is teen fiction that's not just for teens. I for one can't wait for the next book in the series. For adventure, suspense and just plain laugh-out-loud fun, you can't do better than Dead Man's Hand. ~ Ann Tatlock, two-time Christy award winner

Dead Man's Hand is an exciting ghost-story with lots of surprises. A great read for kids who love a good mystery. I highly recommend it!" Levi Holmes, son of best-selling author and two-time Christy Award nominee, Gina Holmes ~ Dry as Rain & Crossing

Dead Man's Hand was a perfect mixture of suspenseful and spooky. I loved all the detective stuff. It taught me how to find a murderer! ~ Abby Dellosso, daughter of Mike Dellosso, author of Frantic and Rearview

With a plot that lassos you in, Dead Man's Hand is a fantastical read! ~ Laura Tatlock, 15-year-old daughter of Christy award winning author of Promises to Keep

I am reading this book aloud to my seventh grade english class and they absolutely love it. It is really intriguing and gets the childrens attention. (And mine) It is so hard not to read ahead because I am so engrossed in the book too! ~ Goodreads

About Eddie Jones

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Eddie Jones is the author of nine books and over 100 articles. He is a three-time winner of the Delaware Christian Writers Conference, and his novel, The Curse of Captain LaFoote, won the 2011 Selah Award in Young Adult fiction. He is also a writing instructor and cofounder of Christian Devotions Ministries, and his He Said, She Said devotional column appears on When he's not writing or teaching, he can be found surfing in Costa Rica or some other tropical locale.
Published October 23, 2012 by Zonderkidz. 225 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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When his family decides to spend their vacation at a ghost-themed old-West tourist trap, Nick is not enthusiastic, but when, minutes after their arrival, he discovers a dead body in a barn, he perks up.

Sep 15 2012 | Read Full Review of Dead Man's Hand (Caden Chroni...

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This book wasn’t very good at first because they spent a lot of time talking about the vacation they were going on, but once you got on the vacation it gets more exciting.

Feb 19 2013 | Read Full Review of Dead Man's Hand (Caden Chroni...

Nick Caden and his family travel to Montana for a family vacation at Deadwood Canyon Ghost Town, where they’re entertained by such characters as Billy the Kid, Jesse James, and Annie Oakley.

Nov 12 2012 | Read Full Review of Dead Man's Hand (Caden Chroni...

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