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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  1,569 ratings  ·  207 reviews
What if the monsters from your favorite horror books were real?

Eddie Fennicks has always been a loner, content to lose himself in a mystery novel by his favorite author, Nathaniel Olmstead. That's why moving to the small town of Gatesweed becomes a dream come true when Eddie discovers that Olmstead lived there before mysteriously disappearing thirteen years ago. Even bette...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 24th 2010 by Yearling (first published January 1st 2009)
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Alissa Bach
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From angry trolls, a missing author, and a curse as old as time, The Stone Child is a magical read filled with terrifying creatures and amazingly scary fun.
I really enjoyed reading The Stone Child because, though it was scary enough to make your skin crawl, it has a good vs. evil plot and a creative “book within a book” style. This book is perfect for anyone who, like myself, enjoys horror stories that give you a good adrenaline rush, but doesn’t keep you up at night.
The Stone Child keeps you on...more
Kayla
The Stone Child by Dan Poblocki was an amazing mystery suspence horror YA book. I loved reading it because at times it sent chills own my spine and made me jump whenever I heard a noise. Reading this book was sp interesting and I totally loved it. I love the character development and how Eddie and his 2 friends go out trying to solve the mystery and curse of Nathaniel Olmsted. Going through the book it was hard to put down and it was so good. I recomend this book for ghost story/paranomal/monste...more
Anne
This is an excellent book for kids who will likely become the next generation of adult horror readers. It's well written and has a few nice twists that should keep them interested. The plot is well-paced and spooky, and some of the monsters are quite scary. Because of that, I wouldn't recommend this one as a bedtime story to anyone under 12 or 13. Well, unless your kid is one of those rare few who doesn't already think there are monsters under the bed.

2012 Update
My 12 year old son just read this...more
Kari
If I was a kid, this book would have been slightly terrifying. The imagery and suspense that Dan Poblocki can write into a scene is very fear inducing. I hope one day Dan decides to write horror stories for adults because I think he would have the capability to make it truly terrifying.

In this book we follow a young boy named Eddie who has just moved to the town of Gatesweed. Late one night on the way to their new house Eddie's father hits a strange beast that appears on the road, totaling thei...more
Dominik Glathar
Omg very creepy book loved it so much how Eddie has these spine chilling encounters with monsters to freaky for the average child but still it's really awesome so you got to read it. This book made me think that the monsters were real. LOL
Joshua
Excellent middle school horror with thrills, chills and a minimum of gore... Will a second stone child book follow, one can only hope... Keeps you reading... Wish dust jacket had fewer spoilers... Also font at times is hard to read script.
Kari
Keeping in mind that this book level is grades 4-7, I give this work 4 stars. The writing is simple- but it works and is appropriate for the audience intended. It is a very quick and very easy read but I did find myself falling into it and I can easily imagine that younger audiences would really love this book.

The idea behind it is a good one- an author’s work and the horrors within his books coming alive and haunting the town in which he resides- and I particularly liked the reasons on how and...more
Navratna
I'm always obsessed with mysteries so I sort of like this book.

I was first attracted by the beautiful cover of this book with no idea what it's all about, but I was sure it's a children book that supposed to contain some scary stuff. I was just looking for a fantasy/scary story, but not too violent to get stressed, that's why I bought it.

I had spent two nights, lying on the bed with the book in hands to find myself slowly enjoyed the story. I think the three main characters; Eddie, Harris and...more
Brenda
Eddie and his parents have just moved to a small town with a curse. It seems that monsters from a popular horror writer who vanished over 13 years ago are real. Lucky for Eddie, this writer is one of his favorites and he has read all of the books several times over. With the help of two new friends from school plus the discovery of a book written in code, Eddie embarks on a journey to break the curse that haunts the town.

I liked this book overall. It reminded me of R.L. Stine books with the focu...more
Shayla
First of all, I hate horror books even cheesy horror books. I like supernatural books, but more in the tradition of Mary Downing Hahn than spooky. Still, I finished the book even though its not exactly my genre. I thought the book read a lot like an episode of Are You Afraid of the Dark?, if anyone still remembers that show. A new kid moves into town and then mysterious things start happening. Along the way he makes a couple good friends (boy and girl) and they solve the supernatural mystery. Ev...more
Lea


I found this book to be surprisingly simple, even for a children's or young adult book. The writing is very straightforward, which is normally a plus for me, but the ideas and themes have no complexity at all. There was one brief instant where one of the main characters, Eddie, stumbles upon a fairly profound idea -- this is emphasized in that moment, but, on the whole, that sort of reaching for a larger theme is disregarded. I did enjoy the framework of the story, which brings the reader full c...more
Cintia
I started reading this book without knowing for whom it was intended. But seeing that the main characters are a bunch of 12-year-olds, it's say that this is more an early teens book.
I chose it to take a break from the romantic books I'd been reading where I kept on crying on every other chapter. It accomplished its gold. I enjoyed it, it was a light reading and I found it especially endearment because of the resemblance to the Goosebumps books as well as to other books and tv programs of that so...more
Sharm
O-kay. This book, it really gave me the creeps. I read this book during the night, at around 12 midnight, when my Mom is asleep, with the lights off and everything. Mr. Poblocki's way of writing keeps my imagination sizzling, I even dreamt of the creatures one night! Everything about the book was so intense that I can't put it down, until I realized I had to go to sleep.

I like this book, it's the first horror book I read and I can't stop thinking about it, not because I'm scared, but because it...more
Kaitlin
Well I don't want to spill the beans of the book,but this book is mainly about this boy named Eddie. He moves to a new town and discovers that his favorite books'author ( Nathaniel Omstead) lives there, but he disappeared over 20 years ago. On the first day of school he made a friend and they both wanted to unravel the mysteries and on the way they also discover that they are living the life of Nathaniel Omstead's books. I recomend this book to any spooky or mystery lovers. This book really draw...more
Michael
Horror stories are terrifying enough, but then they come to life for Eddie Fennicks. Worse still, it seems there is a new tale of terror being written, and he is right in the middle of it. He has a code to break, a lost author to find, an entire paranoid town to navigate,hell hounds and dark spirits to avoid, and his family to protect in this startling good first novel. The perfect read before you take on Stephen King's The Dark Half....more
10-11 Hannah
Omg!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this book!!!! It was AWESOME!!!!

In this book Eddie, Harris, and Maggie try to find an author who has been missing for 13 years. They also have to deal with monsters straight out of the scariest book the trio has ever read. Along with all that they have to stop Eddie's mom from finishing her story and bring to life the worst monster ever. Can they do it?
Kathy Raber
Sep 24, 2012 Kathy Raber marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I put this book on my list at the recommendation of my oldest grandchild...Gracie. It is her favorite book and her copy is worn, tattered, stained and everything a favorite book should be. She told me the plot but, I still want to read it. It is a young adult book but, hey, so was Twilight!!! What better way to connect to our loved ones than to read their cherished books.
Diana Renn
I devoured this book in two nights. It's technically a MG mystery, but I think it's a great fall read for any age. People often compare Poblocki to John Bellairs, and rightly so, but this atmospheric, creepy book also conjured up H.P. Lovecraft, Edgar Allen Poe, and -- for some reason -- Edward Gorey. Wildly inventive. Loved it.
Andersreads
I read The Nightmarys by Poblocki awhile back and really enjoyed it. For a middle grades book, it was creepy and suspenseful. I was hoping that this book would be similar, and it was in some ways. There is a main character, Eddie, who makes friends with Harris and Maggie, and together they go on some scary adventures to solve the mystery of Nathaniel Olmstead's disappearance. Olmstead is a suspense writer who happens to be Eddie's favorite, and the kids soon learn that many of the things that ha...more
Lisa
Jun 21, 2011 Lisa rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lisa by: Abigail
Another great suggestion from Abby, this book was a creepy and magical read.
Holly
The Stone Child is a very solid middle grade horror book. I was actually pretty impressed, considering the disaster that is The Nightmarys. After reading that one a couple of months ago I was unsure if I'd even read a Dan Poblocki book again. I caved in though, because there's something about creepy statues that just tickles my fancy (one of my favorites is Adams Memorial). I'm glad I gave The Stone Child a chance, because it wasn't bad. I'm obviously not the target audience for this one and it...more
Christianna Stavridi
I'm in love with this book. Maybe I'll write a review later but now I'll just say I REALLY REALLY loved this book.

I'm ashamed to say this was the first book I read by Dan Poblocki.I had never heard of him before.Whic is really unfortunate 'cause I know I'd have devoured his books a few years ago.As it is I still really liked 'The stone child' and I will read more of his books it's just that they're written for younger readers.

It wasn't particularly scary but again that may be due to the fact t...more
Brett
Definitely a delightfully eerie, creepy read in the vein of John Bellairs or Chris Grabenstein, with an element of Philip Pullman's "The Subtle Knife."
Eddie has just moved to the small New England town of Gatesweed with his parents, because his antique dealer father thinks he will find good business, & his aspiring writer mother thinks she will find some real inspiration. It turns out she has the right idea, as Eddie discovers that Gatesweed was the home of his all-time favorite author, hor...more
Stephanie
The Stone Child is definitely something you should not read before going to sleep. And because I tend to read before I sleep, I ended up tossing and turning throughout the entire night because I kept thinking about what happened in the book and because everytime I closed my eyes, I pictured something creepy. :(

Besides the monstrous creatures in the book that scared the crap out of me, I really enjoyed it. The mystery behind Nathaniel's mysterious disappearance thirteen years ago and the friendsh...more
Vanessa
I'm really debating between 3 and 4 stars on this one. I enjoyed the book, thought it was inventive, captivating, sufficiently creepy, and satisfyingly ended. Maybe it deserves 4, but I'm just not overwhelmingly amazed by it, or left thinking about it for long after the end, although I can't put my finger on why.

The Stone Child is the story of a young boy named Eddie who moves to the mysterious small town of Gatesweed with his mother and father. His mom is an aspiring author and his dad deals in...more
Auggie
This book was... phenomenal.

Truly, I was so impressed with this work. Poblocki is, in my opinion, a master horror writer for young adults. He tells a fantastic story full of adventure, life lessons, and REALLY FRIGHTENING moments that even kept ME up wondering what was creeping around in the shadows.

Okay okay... so I have an overactive imagination in genral but regardless... he writes really creepy books!

Eddie, Harris, and Maggie are three REALLY BRAVE kids... but they kind of have to be. It's...more
Summer
This is my second Dan Poblocki book. I believe this is the one that he wrote first. I didn't think it was as well written as his latest book The Haunting of Gabriel Ashe but I still enjoyed it. The Stone Child spends too much time building tension, and when the time comes to deliver, it can't decide entirely what it wants to be- is it a ghost story? A fantasy supernatural story? Or a 'Scooby-Doo'esque mystery? ... it tries to be a little of all three and I think that's what ultimately makes this...more
Karleigh Zmikly
In the book The Stone Child, Eddie and his family move into a little town called Gatesweed where a lot of strange things have been happening for 13 years since Eddie’s favorite author, Nathaniel Olmstead, disappeared. Since Eddie moved to Gatesweed his friends, Harris and Maggie, have been searching for answers about the disappearance but when they are trying to solve the mystery they run into monsters that have came to life from the books that Olmstead wrote. I liked this book a lot and it was...more
Carol
Eddie and his parents have just moved to the small town of Gatesweed. People rarely move to Gatesweed, usually they move away. Eddie is excited to find out that his all-time favorite author, Nathaniel Olmstead, lived in the same town. At least he did until he mysteriously disappeared 13 years ago. Eddie along with a couple of other misfits from school band together to solve all the mysteries of the town. These mysteries include a Nathaniel Olmstead manuscript written in code, demonic monster sig...more
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