A Young Adult/Juvenile Ghost Story by L. T. Downing
Recommended for Middle Grades 4-8 and up. (Student Readers ages 9-13 and up, their parents and siblings)
Is death the only way off McGraw Island?
“There he was. In the window … His hair was red, his face pale. Sickly white. Ghostly white. Staring down. Watching me. Watching Mom. Then he began pounding his hand against the glass, but I couldn’t hear any sound. His lips, a moldy green, moved. Opened, closed. Open, closed. What word? What syllable? I strained to understand … And then I got it. ‘Mom. Mom. Mom. Mom’.”
Bret Carver has been through a lot lately. First, his big sister died. Then his parents began fighting non-stop. His life couldn’t get any worse. At least, that’s what he thought before his mother won a vacation to a private island resort. McGraw Island isn’t Bret’s idea of a dream destination. The hotel owners are freaks. Their niece is a snob. And the island’s rightful heir, a boy who drowned in 1968, haunts the place, searching for the mother who abandoned him. When a hidden portrait reveals that Bret’s mother is a dead ringer for the ghost’s mother, Bret realizes all the “accidents” haven’t been accidental. The ghost has mistaken Bret’s mom for his own—and he’ll kill to be reunited. “If I’d learned anything in the last six months, it was that sometimes it’s better if Mom doesn’t know everything there is to know.” — Bret Carver But what Mom doesn’t know could prove deadly.
Do you want to know a little more about L.T. Downing and the journey into print for this wonderful book, The Island Of The Stone Boy? Then click HERE to go to her blog.
More of the work of the cover artist, Melita Lee, can be seen HERE.
- 6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
- 212 pages
- Black & White on Cream paper
- ISBN-13: 978-1482021295
- ISBN-10: 1482021293
- BISAC: Juvenile Fiction / Horror & Ghost Stories (Middle Grades & Young Adult)
- Price: $12.95
5 stars pleasantly surprised By John Lundell on August 26, 2013 I had never read this author before, but the premise sounded interesting. Right from the beginning the book caught my attention. The pace was fast enough to be compelling without trying too hard to keep you on the edge if your seat. The writing style was clean: it flowed well; conversations felt natural. Perhaps it is considered a young adult book since the protagonist is a young adult and there is no sex or swearing in it, but I believe many adults will enjoy it too. I look forward to more titles from LT Downing!
4 stars Island of the stone boy By kmm0305 on July 31, 2013 I loved this book. I know it is written for a younger audience than me but it was still very entertaining. My idea of a good book is when I want to keep reading, keep turning pages. This book definitely did that. I loved the story line and plot. I enjoyed the authors writing style and hope to read more someday!
5 stars My son’s FAVORITE new book By Nickole Grato on December 18, 2013 Got this book as a gift for my son who loves to read. He starts a lot of books, but does not always finish them. He says he needs something that is going to keep his attention throughout. He started reading this book and couldn’t put it down. He said one of his favorite things about this book was that it used some words he had never heard before. He loved learning new words and loved where the story line took him. It kept his attention. According to my son it’s a 5 star book that he plans to read again in the near future!!
5 stars Bret leaves no “stone” unturned in L.T. Downing’s “Island of the Stone Boy:” By Kathryn Thomas on December 18, 2013 “Island of the Stone Boy” is a page-turner with twists and turns. Good plotting and believable characters. Highly recommend it, as it met all my expectations, plus L.T. threw in some curve balls–keeps the reader guessing. Always a good sign. Kathryn Thomas
Awesome book by an awesome author (by Emma Dunster, age 11 2014)
“Island of the Stone Boy” is a very intense story, I would think. Even kind of scary, and I have to say, this author did a pretty good job, considering how hard it is to give me the creeps. I would recommend this book to all young adults, especially around Halloween. This book definitely deserves a five star rating, and I’m sure many people would agree.
Awesome! by Christie Jaquess, 2014
I loved reading this book. Fun! The way she describes things I could really imagine me on the island too!
The greatest mystery/horror book I have EVER read!! by Maryn, age 13 — 2014
I could not stop reading it!! I absolutely loved all the twists and turns and slight creepiness of it. The main character had great voice and he seemed real. I suggest this book to grades 5-8. THIS BOOK IS AMAZING!! I hope anyone who reads it enjoys it!!
A great read. by Roxann Malarsie , 2013
I found this book wonderful. The storyline was compelling and I wanted to keep reading at the end of each chapter. When I find myself wanting to know what is going to happen next, then I know I have found a good book. I recommend it.
My son’s FAVORITE new book by Nickole Grato, 2013
Got this book as a gift for my son who loves to read. He starts a lot of books, but does not always finish them. He says he needs something that is going to keep his attention throughout. He started reading this book and couldn’t put it down. He said one of his favorite things about this book was that it used some words he had never heard before. He loved learning new words and loved where the story line took him. It kept his attention. According to my son it’s a 5 star book that he plans to read again in the near future!!
Scary in a good way! by Jonas H.:
I read a lot of books and I thought this one did a great job keeping my interest. It was scary in a good way! The plot twist at the end was really cool.
From Goodreads by Stephen Carter
“This is one of those books that doesn’t let you go easily. The pacing is quick, the characters interesting, and the spooky moments well-executed. There was a particular sub-plot that kept me guessing the whole time. And the ending has a satisfying emotional tone. Great reading.“
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L. T. Downing was recently interviewed by William Morris at A Motley Vision, a blog for Mormon literature and culture. CLICK HERE
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