The Ghosts of Stony Manor

The Stonebridge Ghost Tales, Volume 3

Children - Grade 4th-6th
74 Pages
Reviewed on 10/18/2015
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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite

In The Ghosts of Stony Manor (The Stonebridge Ghost Tales, Book III) by Roberta Hoffer, Christian Jones Arnook and his mother Allison leave their small Alaskan home to start a new life in Stony Manor, a huge estate with acres of land in Indiana. They now live with the ghosts of almost every generation of the Jones family, except one – Christian’s great-great-grandfather, Andrew Christian Jones. When a secret letter hints of a Jones family treasure yet to be found, the missing ancestor may be the one that holds the key to it.

Even though this is already the third installment of the series, it can certainly be enjoyed as a standalone. I love the sketched illustrations, which complement the story well. I wished there were more of them throughout the read. They transported me back to my younger days when I buried my nose in well-loved children's fairy tales, devouring every bit of artistic representation of a story.

The characters stayed with me long after I was done reading. The end of the story seemed to arrive too soon, before this reader was ready to detach. Christian is quite infectiously innocent, curious and free-spirited so that you can’t help but root for him and his family. The ghostly mystery theme will keep you turning the pages. Roberta Hoffer’s flawless prose and vividly imagined setting should please anyone who loves a good story. On the whole, The Stonebridge Ghost Tales series can easily be a favorite classic for both young and older readers.