In Book III of The Stonebridge Ghost Tales, Stony Manor in Southern Indiana is now filled with ghosts of almost every generation of the Jones family. Christian Jones Arnook and his mom Allison have come to accept living with ghosts. When a secret letter hints of a Jones family treasure yet to be found, all generations are united. Except there is one generation missing. Could he be the one who holds the key to the Jones family treasure? Will Christian and his mother lose Stony Mansion to underhanded businessmen? And what do the stone gargoyles have to do with it all? [Juvenile Fiction (rated G for ages 8-12) published by Dragonfly Publishing, Inc.]
My take on this book:
Secrets are nothing new at Stony Manor, and of course a few strange occurrences are par for the course, after all there seem to be more ghosts , than living beings at the manor. When Christian finds a letter about a hidden treasure it could be the answer to the money issues that his mother worries about. Christian is determined to figure out where the treasure is and solve the mysteries that crop up, thing is school is about to start and he isn't going to have much time! What secrets will he uncover and will the family fortune be found?
I have enjoyed each book in The Stonebridge Ghost Tales, but think this was the best one yet! Christian is about to turn eleven and he is starting sixth grade in a new school. The mysteries and ghosts that surround the manor really keep the plot zipping along. I really enjoyed the interactions of Christian and his "ancestors" and it was interesting to watch them work together. I also enjoy the interactions between him and his mother, they really depict a true mother, son relationship. I thought the part the gargoyles played in the story was great and will certainly put readers imagination into overdrive. Glimmers of humor really round out this story quite nicely. Even though this book is geared toward ages 8-12 older readers will enjoy it as well. I only hope that Ms. Hoffer continues this series because I am certain that Christian and the residents of Stony Manor have many more adventures to share.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.