The Stone Child by Dan Poblocki

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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.

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About Dan Poblocki

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Dan Poblocki is the author of the middle-grade novels The Stone Child (2009) and The Nightmarys (2010), as well as the Mysterious Four series (2011). He grew up in Rhode Island and New Jersey, and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit him online at
Published August 15, 2009 by Random House Books for Young Readers. 288 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books. Fiction

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Though the novel misses a chance for philosophical weight, it succeeds admirably in its intricate plotting, weaving together long excerpts from Olmstead’s books, exciting face-offs with monsters and the efforts of the three young protagonists to decode the text and act in time to save the world.

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