Grabenstein, C. (2008). The crossroads. New York, NY: Random House
Genre: Mystery, Horror
Reading/Interest Level: Ages 9-12
Plot: Eleven-year-old Zack is shy – he has had a lot happen to him, what with his mean mother dying, and then his father moving him along with his new nice stepmother to a new place. Things seem normal in Connecticut, except that Zack thinks his mother is haunting him… he starts seeing other ghosts too. There's a big mystery to solve about a fatal accident involving a bus, car and motorcycle. With all these ghosts haunting the house that they now live in, a house that sits on a paranormal crossroads, Zack can't help but try and solve the mystery, the question is, will the ghosts help him?
Personal Thoughts: This is the book for bored reluctant readers. There are some off-page deaths and things get a bit gruesome and scary at times – all the better to keep you on the edge of your seat. I thought that the story was clever and original. The book starts off a little choppy, revealing bits and pieces of the mystery.