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The Crossbones (Skeleton Creek #3)

4.22  ·  Rating Details ·  1,830 Ratings  ·  215 Reviews
Strange things happen in Skeleton Creek--and when they do, Ryan writes them down and Sarah captures them on video. Now, the spookiness is spreading, and the mystery is going to take them far beyond Skeleton Creek--into places both unexpectedly sinister and spine-chillingly haunted.
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Scholastic Inc. (first published January 1st 2010)
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Adam James
Nov 10, 2013 Adam James rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Patrick Carman is a genius for discovering a new way for kids to be hooked into reading. That being said, of the Skeleton Creek series, this is so far the weakest offering.

Plot-wise, there's very little development done from Ryan's perspective. It's kind of shocking that the author of an adventure and mystery story decided to write from the perspective of someone who's not adventuring or exploring a mystery. So, until Sarah's video updates, the reader is just as oblivious as Ryan is...and it's f
Ezzieh Hassan
Nov 29, 2016 Ezzieh Hassan rated it really liked it
***Spoiler Alert*** Do you like scary stories? If you do then this is a series you would enjoy. Skeleton Creek The Crossbones #3 is a horror and adventure book that is very strange. I really enjoyed reading this because I read it at night so it got to me. I had chills and as I read I became more interested. The main thing I liked about this book was that there is a website that you can go on and it gives you a different password each time to show you a video of what happened in the part of the ...more
Oct 14, 2011 Ben rated it it was amazing
My Book Reveiw

The Crossbones, by Patrick Carman, is a mysttery book about a teenage kid named Ryan, who recently discoverd millions in gold along with is best friend Sarah. In the previous book, the fake ghost of old joe bush dropped an envelope containing a puzzle. As Sarah drives to film camp she makes stops at the places indicated by the puzzles and finds hidden information about The mysterious secret society called the crossbones. The main Character Ryan is jumpy, and kind of wimpy, but he d
Julie Suzanne
In my review of Ghost in the Machine, I rejoiced in the fact that the Skeleton Creek series was resolved and happily finished. I loved those books, don't get me wrong, but I hate reaching the end of a novel to find a cliffhanger, especially when a sequel is not yet published. So imagine my surprise to find a third book in this seemingly finished series. Every loose end was neatly tied up, so how could there be another book? If one could ignore the obvious back-stepping and stumbling around that ...more
May 05, 2012 Nataly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Oh my god, I started reading this in the beginning of the school year but than I stopped like at the 40 page to give it to my friend. I got it back Friday and I've already finished with it!!!

When I first starting reading it I remember feeling that it was boring. And it was, just in the beginning though. I think that's why I stopped so early. But I should have made myself keep reading farther before stopping. The book itself is basically a documentary of Ryan's life in Skeleton Creek, while his b
Oct 05, 2010 Stevie rated it really liked it
I have major issues with how Patrick Carman has broken up the story line, honestly it would have made more sense to put the first two books into one volume in two parts. The same concept can be applied here. I feel like the ending was neither much of a cliffhanger nor much of an ending. There were too many loose ends and not enough suspense, which even the first book, Skeleton Creek, succeeded in.

When you come to the end of a novel knowing that there is going to be a sequel but not anticipating
The Skeleton Creek series has a gimmick: the story is told partly in the actual books and partly as a series of web videos. The first two, which I read when they were first released, were pretty good for teen horror-lite, and seemed complete. Obviously, they must have been pretty successful, because now there are two more that continue with a series that seemed over.

Now the story has moved beyond the town of Skeleton Creek. Sarah, the adventurous half of our slightly-less-than-dynamic duo, is fo
Laureal Risner
Dec 08, 2016 Laureal Risner rated it it was amazing
With the help of Sarah, Ryan figures out who the crossbones are, but not without difficulty. The clues that are left send the two teenagers on a wild scavenger hunt to get answers as to exactly who the Crossbones are. Ryan discovers a deep dark secret that he could never believe! As with the other Skeleton Creek books, Ryan continues writing in his journal and Sarah keeps uploading videos of the trip she is on.
Aug 28, 2016 Aliyya rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
I'm pretty sure this book was shorter than the last two. I flew through it , read it in a car ride back home. I actually liked it better then the first two. the pacing seemed better.

I am 80% sure I read part, if not all, of this book before as it seemed very familiar at certain parts. but, it still suprised(surprised? this word looks wrong) me at parts, especially the ending. I LOVED IT. gonna start the next one as soon as I can ...
Sep 20, 2010 Becky rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
Not as good as the other two. Sarah and Ryan are able to make some pretty amazing deductions based on very little - frustrating sometimes. Also too unrealistic - no parents would let their 17 year old DAUGHTER drive all the way across the USA by herself. It didn't make any sense to have Sarah leave Skeleton Creek.
Kong Yang
Dec 14, 2016 Kong Yang rated it liked it
Kong Yang
October 13, 2016
PAP English 10
1. Author’s Background
The author of Skeleton Creek The Crossbones is Patrick Carman. Patrick Carman is the award-winning author of many books for young adults and children. Since Patrick Carman writes young adult books, this probably influenced him to write the Skeleton Creek series, which is a series directed more towards the young adult category.

2. Literary Time Period
The novel Skeleton Creek The Crossbones was published in 2010. This novel can relate t
Loumarie I Rodriguez
I would give the book a 3 1/2 just for the twist of an ending, which I certainly appreciated. I like the air of mystery created with the videos. They didn't rely on jump scares, but more on the sense of dread and the fear of being caught. I thought the videos really captures those elements quite well.
My biggest issue with this book series is the main character's dialogue. The author really should try talking to actual teenagers in order to understand how they speak to one another or how they th
Karley CC. 6 Carron-Campbell
Nov 10, 2016 Karley CC. 6 Carron-Campbell rated it really liked it
The Crossbones by Patrick Carman is the captivating novel about the continuation of books Skeleton Creek and Ghost in the Machine. Ryan and Sarah don’t feel safe with Sarah now living in Boston and Ryan still at Skeleton Creek they seem to be drifting apart. If only there was something to bring them back together. Fortunately for them… Or should I say unfortunately for them there was something the envelope. Patrick Carman is a genius for incorporating videos into his books. Every few chapters t ...more
Nov 13, 2016 Debbie rated it liked it
Skeleton Creek, book 3.

Ryan and Sarah have discovered another Crossbones mystery, this one involving haunted places around the United States. Conveniently, Sarah is able to arrange a road trip to visit all but one and Ryan is left at home, biting his nails, until he gets his own taste of adventure.

The story is tied up fairly neatly at the end, but leaves a hint to more adventures still to come. I can see middle grade readers enjoying this series.
Robert Padgett
Aug 31, 2016 Robert Padgett rated it really liked it
Strange things are happening in Skeleton Creek . . . and Ryan and Sarah are trying to get to the bottom of it. After a weird 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... then emails the clips for Ryan to see.
Even though Ryan and Sarah are not together they still try to find answers to the many questions they still have now Sarah is in school to make
Brooke Baker
Sep 09, 2010 Brooke Baker rated it liked it
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McKenzie McMullen
Jan 03, 2017 McKenzie McMullen rated it it was amazing
It was really interesting. I liked that Ryan got to experience what Sarah got to experience while she was on the road, but I didn't like how in the videos the Ghost of old Joe Bush always popped up. I definitely recommended this book and encourage others to read other books in the series as well.
Sep 01, 2013 Lily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Tras haber leído los libros anteriores de la saga, las expectativas que tenía puestas en este libro estaban demasiado altas, y tengo que admitir que me ha gustado muchísimo más que los anteriores; ni punto de comparación.
Tras descubrir que misterio rondaba a la daga y al fantasma de Joe Bush, y tras haber encontrado gran cantidad de oro en las tablas de la draga, Sarah se marcha y mantiene el contacto con Ryan por e-mails. Vuelven a investigar juntos pero ahora desde la distancia después de que
Tyler Homan
Jan 01, 2017 Tyler Homan rated it it was amazing
It did great adding on to the story. It answered a lot of questions.
Aaron Maurer
May 14, 2011 Aaron Maurer rated it really liked it
My Thoughts

For anyone who follows my blog and my book reviews you know that I love Patrick Carman. I have nothing but positive things to say about his previous works. Here are some previous reviews.

Skeleton Creek: Ghost in the Machine


Thirteen Days to Midnight

After finally getting hold of a copy of Skeleton Creek 4: The Raven I had to refresh my knowledge of this series. It has been some time since I read books 1 and 2. During that time I realized I never read book 3. I have no idea why I
Earl Reiner
Sep 26, 2011 Earl Reiner rated it it was amazing
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Skeleton Creek:The Crossbones book 3 by Patrick Carmen
Do you like to read a mystery/horror book with scary short videos?If so,The crossbones by Patrick Carmen is a great book you’ll want to avoid.It’s a story about two best friends trying to solve a puzzle to find out about the old dredge.Skeleton creek Cross bones is the third book in the series of the Skeleton Creek.
Skeleton Creek The Crossbones is a story about two best friends trying to solve a puzzle with a
Mar 07, 2013 Lisa rated it it was ok
My son started me on the Skeleton Creek series, and for young horror, it started off well. I like the way the series combines the book with the online video aspect, which ties perfectly into the flow of the story. It's very Scooby Doo.

This book, however, I was not as much of a fan of. It's starting to feel like the Dan Brown novels, more and more forced as it goes. Crossbones started off on the wrong foot, by starting the diary as if all the events had already happened. However, a couple of qui
Julie Graves
Sep 28, 2010 Julie Graves rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010-reads
Sarah’s family has left Skeleton Creek. Leaving Ryan without his best friend. The town has benefitted from the gold found in the old dredge. Ryan’s father has purchased a fishing store which he insists Ryan spend his summer working in.

Ryan has a secret from the old dredge that he hasn’t revealed to anyone. He shares with Sarah a new clue for another mystery in Skeleton Creek.

Sarah’s parents agree to let her drive across country visiting family members on her way to CA for film school. Unbeknowns
Sep 17, 2014 Georgie rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-fic
Another chilling installment in the Skeleton Creek series. Not *quite* as exciting as the first two books, and I found Ryan a bit of a wet blanket and rather whiny for about the first 2 thirds of the book. That said, he is still a strong and mostly likeable character, and in this book he actually faces up to his flaws (most especially the fact that despite his repeatedly saying he wants to get out of Skeleton Creek, he isn't nearly as worldly as Sarah is.) Not that Sarah's all that worldly, real ...more
Ryan Zani
Mar 04, 2011 Ryan Zani rated it it was amazing
Plot: Ryan and Sarah saved the town from bankruptcy and the ghost of old Joe Bush but he's back! Sarah has moved away and Ryan has a map to a treasure but it is a very confusing map which hides its directions in strange pictures. Ryan and Sarah figure out that the clues to the treasure are hidden in famous scary places around the U.S. And Sarah has convinced her parents that she is going to video camp in Los Angeles but what she is really going to do is go to each and everyone of the haunted pla ...more
Mar 21, 2014 Tyler rated it really liked it
The book SKELETON CREEK, by Patrick Carmen is about a boy named Ryan who lives In a small town named Skeleton creek. He's paranoid and he is scared of everything. Which is mainly due to his accident in the previous book. In the previous book he also found a card the had many drawings on is and the main one was a skull. Ryan and his best friend Sarah began figuring out what the card meant. The found it was the site of many haunted locations around the country and there were things hidden at each ...more
Zachary Robbins
Sep 21, 2016 Zachary Robbins rated it really liked it
Ryan starts out just writing in his journal and he feels like someone is watching him. He took something from the dredge when they escaped and he didn't tell anyone, not even Sarah. Finally he shows Sarah and she wants to figure out the puzzle with Ryan's help. But Ryan is just stuck at Skeleton Creek working in his dads shop. Sarah goes on a trip for "school" but she was also doing it to find out what the puzzle means. In the videos, the ghost of Old Joe Bush keeps warning them to not tell anyo ...more
Mar 24, 2012 Shawna rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
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The book Skeleton Creek Crossbones by Patrick Carman is a wonderful book. This book is about two teenagers who live in this town called Skeleton Creek. The city use to have a secret society that planned something big and they want to figure it out but then they get caught up in something big. And they have to try and solve the big mystery thats doing something to their duty. And if they don't something that can change their city could happen.

My opinion of the book is that it is a great book firs
Oct 25, 2010 Autumn rated it it was amazing
Skeleton Creek The Crossbones by Patrick Carman is probably the wierdest book you will ever read. In Ryans little town Skelton Creek weird things happen. There are rumors that the place is haunted.Ryan is stuck between the choice of staying home bored or going out and have the wildest adventures of his life. Sarah is Ryans best friend but was forced to move out of Skeleton Creek with her parents because of an accident that almost got Ryan killed. Now Sarah has to travel across the United States ...more
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I have been a lifelong writer and storyteller. Salem, Oregon is where I spent my formative years and I graduated from Willamette University. After college, I spent a decade living in Portland, Oregon where I worked in advertising, game design, and technology.

I've written young adult and children's books for Scholastic, Little Brown Books For Young Readers and Katherine Tegen Books/ HarperCollins P
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