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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (815 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Chris Grabenstein Narrator: J. J. Myers Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Haunted Mysteries Release Date: May 2008 ISBN: 9780739367032
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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 forty 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An absorbing psychological thriller…as well as a rip-roaring ghost story.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • Starred review, Booklist, May 1, 2008:
    "An absorbing psychological thriller . . . as well as a rip-roaring ghost story."
  • Winner of the 2008 Agatha Award for Best Children's/Young Adult Novel
  • Winner of the 2009 Anthony Award for Best Children's/Young Adult Novel
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krista | 2/19/2014

    " I really liked this book it really made me keep reading !!!!!!! This is one of my favorite books!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christi | 2/16/2014

    " Great creepy ghost story with a current day setting; but the haunting origins in the 1950's. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 2/10/2014

    " A true page turner. One of the best mysteries I've read in months--and it's a middle grade. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 2/7/2014

    " No one ever believes Zack's stories, so he definitely doesn't expect his new stepmother to listen to him. His dead mother haunts him and he cannot seem to escape the hauntings, even when his family moves to Connecticut. Zack doesn't really fit in and has a hard time making friends, so he is surprised to find someone to confide in when they move. This story has just enough creepiness, mystery and suspense. I didn't want to stop reading! I wish there would have been more of a resolution with the father in the end, but it is definitely a good read. Maybe a bit predictable for adult readers, but just about any middle school student will love it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jordan | 2/5/2014

    " this book is a ghost story but it is amazing!! you never know whats going to happen next. and you dont know who is real or whos a ghost "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danette | 1/24/2014

    " This was a really fun ghost story. Great for kids who like scary stories. It's a quick read with many of the chapters only 1-2 pages long. This keeps your attention and adds to the suspense. Filled with ghosts, with some suicide, death, and murder thrown in, so not for a faint hearted child. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jerry R | 1/4/2014

    " i think this book was great because Zack's mom dies and his dad gets re married to a nice woman named Judy. They moved to California and started their new lives. Zack made a new friend named Davy. Then they built a tree house together and burnt it down. then Zack gets kidnapped. Does Zack make it out alive? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paige | 12/28/2013

    " Great book for tweens who like suspense & ghosts! Vivid characters, intense "bad guys" and fun read in all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanette | 12/13/2013

    " This is a clever twist on a ghost story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Iwaswondering | 12/2/2013

    " The Crossroads has a good climax and an exciting ending. Some of the details in the book were silly and incongruous with the general atmosphere of "believable" horror the writer intended to convey. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 712 Panchita :3 | 12/1/2013

    " I thought it was a mystery novel sort of book. I was sort of creeped out at the tree who talks though! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Heather | 7/26/2013

    " I couldn't finish this one. When it got to the part about the villain, who is a ghost, it was so cliched I couldn't take it seriously anymore. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kailey W | 6/20/2013

    " This book was awesome.I had a fun time reading it.It was a perfect mix of horror and a little bit of comedy.When Zack finds out that he is being haunted by ghosts...well you have to find out!Anyways I really liked this book and I recommend this book to all of my friends. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lorelie | 12/10/2012

    " Wow! Hard to put down! I read it in one sitting! Then had a difficult time sleeping because I had the story on my mind :0) It would be great for reluctant readers because the chapters are short with tons of action! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt Stick | 10/14/2012

    " This book was good, its for people that like mystery and suspense over all I like it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pandora | 8/20/2012

    " This was a scary ghost story. The main ghost is a killing ghost but, is limited in what he can do. A good choice for readers who need to move beyond Goosebumps. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 katlyn ernst | 4/20/2012

    " if you love ghosts, evil people, and a book that keeps you reading you will love this book im reading the sequel to it right now "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb | 4/3/2012

    " Great children's ghost story. Probably the best opening line of any story I've read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dale | 12/31/2011

    " I relay enjoy this series "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jana | 11/29/2011

    " I haven't read a ghost story in a while, and this was pretty good! I wasn't sure at first...it was a little weird. But as far as kids books go, this was scary! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiffany Baker | 9/25/2011

    " Pretty cool book. Not a heavy read and I actually had fun following Zack everywhere. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lena Shelley | 8/20/2011

    " Quite a page turner. One of the best books i have ever read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aerin | 6/24/2011

    " A bit of a slow start, but nicely paced action with a Practical-Magic-for-YA feel - Zack's a little underdeveloped, but that will not bother this book's ideal audience: middle grade mystery lovers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Courtney Cradduck | 6/6/2011

    " It's a good book about ghost "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lorelie | 5/27/2011

    " Wow! Hard to put down! I read it in one sitting! Then had a difficult time sleeping because I had the story on my mind :0) It would be great for reluctant readers because the chapters are short with tons of action! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 5/21/2011

    " Enjoyed this but the dialog in parts was a little weak. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paige | 4/19/2011

    " Great book for tweens who like suspense & ghosts! Vivid characters, intense "bad guys" and fun read in all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valerie | 4/11/2011

    " A little tale to haunt you with! Who thinks counting thunder to lightning flashes helps ease the mind?!! Nu-uh! Or that the bark of a tree that resembles a face is a real tree hugger? Me! Good story, good and creepy ghosts, not all of these are dead either. Sure liked this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dunja | 3/19/2011

    " im speachless

    this book was AMAZING

    though the end was kind of cut off, and short...
    i still love it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda | 2/25/2011

    " I loved this book! I read it as part of a Teen Read challenge that I'm participating in. It might be a little bit young for a teenager but the story was excellent and I could barely put it down.

    Cross your fingers and let's hope Mr. Grabensteing can keep 'em coming! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Iwaswondering | 2/9/2011

    " The Crossroads has a good climax and an exciting ending. Some of the details in the book were silly and incongruous with the general atmosphere of "believable" horror the writer intended to convey. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ronaldo | 1/30/2011

    " Zack and his dad,and stepmom move to his fathers town.A killer that died fifty years ago in a car accident his ghost is trying killing zack for a revenge. Zack is in a battle for his life against this ghost. His step mom helps in this battle. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cassidy | 1/27/2011

    " I thought that the crossroads was an extremely detailed and vivid book about the lives between the living and the deceased and an amazing story of how refenge and holding past fellings could effect the people on earth and the deads lifes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bethann | 12/31/2010

    " Fun book! Would definitely recommend to younger, somewhat reluctant readers. Quick, interesting, and relate-able. My 5th grade nephew loved it too! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ß???a??? | 12/11/2010

    " This book was pretty good, it's also been forever since I've read it.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Courtney | 12/1/2010

    " It's a good book about ghost "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Addy | 11/26/2010

    " One of my favorite books!
    "

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About the Author
Author Chris Grabenstein

Chris Grabenstein is a New York Times bestselling author who has collaborated with James Patterson on numerous books, including the I Funny series and Daniel X: Armageddon. He lives in New York City.