Publisher: Scholastic Press (February 1, 2009)
Strange things are happening in Skeleton Creek . . . and Ryan and Sarah are trying to get to the heart of it. But after an eerie accident leaves Ryan housebound and forbidden to see Sarah, their investigation takes two tracks: Ryan records everything in his journal, while Sarah uses her videocam to search things out. . .and then email the clips for Ryan to see.
In a new, groundbreaking format, the story is broken into two parts -- Ryan's text in the book, and Sarah's videos on a special website, with links and passwords given throughout the book.
Skeleton Creek is written as Ryan's journal. There seems to be some kind of creepy conspiracy in the town of Skeleton Creek involving the death of Old Joe Bush and the dredge. Be prepared to go to your computer occasionally to watch Sarah's videos. A couple of the videos scared the bejeezus out of me but that could just be because I am a wimp. Very thrilling, and the ending leaves you hanging so you definitely have to check out the next book in the series, Ghost in the Machine. I was a bit skeptical at first about this book. I didn't think I would like the format, but I quickly got used to it and became absorbed in what was happening.