The Ghost of Stonebridge Lane
Dragonfly Publishing, Inc. (2014)
Reviewed by Marten Weldon (age 9) for Reader Views (11/2014)
“The Ghost of Stonebridge Lane” by Roberta Hoffer is about ten-year old Christian Jones Arnook. Shortly after his mother receives a letter from someone who claims to be her long-lost grandfather, Christian finds himself leaving Alaska for the very first time on a private jet headed for Indiana. Arriving at the airport, he and his mother are ushered into a limousine, and they start to wonder just how rich is this relative? Who was this mysterious man and what did he want from Christian and his mother?
When they finally arrived at the grandfather’s home, it was not a house - it was an estate, complete with gargoyles and a butler! The grandfather was very kind and welcoming and had even built a ski run for Christian! But, there was something out of place about the house.
The book was the perfect length. In the beginning of the book, the author built up a lot of suspense and intrigue so I didn’t want to stop reading! The author gave the reader detailed images without being too wordy or boring. This book falls into the category of fantasy, but, with the important exception of the part about the ghost, it was very believable, and I could really relate to the main character. The ghost element wasn’t very creepy, but I liked it.
I would recommend “The Ghost of Stonebridge Lane” by Roberta Hoffer to people who like suspense and intrigue. There wasn’t tons of action, but it still kept my interest from the beginning to the end. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.