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 “A rip-roaring ghost story.”—Booklist, Starred


Zack, his dad, and new stepmother have just moved back to his father’s hometown, not knowing that their new house has a dark history. Fifty years ago, a crazed killer caused an accident at the nearby crossroads that took 40 innocent lives. He died when his car hit a tree in a fiery crash, and his malevolent spirit has inhabited the tree ever since. During a huge storm, lightning hits the tree, releasing the spirit, who decides his evil spree isn’t over . . . and Zack is directly in his sights.


Award-winning thriller author Chris Grabenstein fills his first book for younger readers with the same humorous and spine-tingling storytelling that has made him a fast favorite with adults.



The Crossroads by Chris Grabenstein

SKU: 9780375846977
  • Chris Grabenstein is the Anthony Award-winning author of "Tilt a Whirl, Mad Mouse," and "Whack a Mole." He used to write TV and radio commercials and has written for the Muppets. Currently, Chris and his wife live in New York City with three cats and a dog named Fred, who starred in "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang "on Broadway. You can visit him (and Fred) at

  • ISBN-13: 9780375846977
    Publisher: Random House Children's Books
    Publication date: 5/27/2008
    Series: A Haunted Mystery Series
    Pages: 336
    Age range: 9 - 12 Years
    Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 1.08 (d)

    young adult - Juvenile Fiction | Horror
    -Family life    -Moving, Household
    -Stepmothers    -Ghosts
    -Guilt    -Traffic accidents

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