Poblocki, Dan The House on Stone’s Throw Island, 263 pgs. Scholastic Press, 2015. $16.99. Language G; Mature Content: PG; Violence PG.
A wedding party arrives by boat to a small island off the coast of Maine. Young teens, Eli Barker and Josie Sandoval don’t know each other and aren’t sure they could even like each other, but their older siblings are to be married on the island. As the wedding gets closer, eerie things begin happening that make Josie and Eli question their sanity. The island’s dark history begins to unfold and the dead aren’t resting in peace. Combine a ghost girl, traces of an old Nazi uniform, and a deteriorating fort and island isolation, and you have a recipe for an eerie ride.
If you like a creepy read with short chapters so it feels like you are cruising, this is your book. Poblocki knows how to build suspense. There is great foreshadowing that makes you not want to quit reading. Okay, the ending is a trifle unbelievable, but hey, it’s a middle school ghost story.
MS-ADVISABLE. Michelle in the Middle