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The Sleepwalkers
by J. Gabriel Gates


Overview - A chilling and masterfully crafted teen horror novel guaranteed to keep the pages turning, the mind reeling, and the lamp on any reader's bedside table on long after midnight. Privileged and popular Caleb Mason is celebrating his high school graduation when he receives a mysterious, disturbing letter from his long-lost childhood playmate, Christine.  Read more...

 
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Overview
A chilling and masterfully crafted teen horror novel guaranteed to keep the pages turning, the mind reeling, and the lamp on any reader's bedside table on long after midnight. Privileged and popular Caleb Mason is celebrating his high school graduation when he receives a mysterious, disturbing letter from his long-lost childhood playmate, Christine. Caleb and his jokester friend Bean decide to travel to his tiny hometown of Hudsonville, Florida, to find her. Upon arrival, they discover the town has taken a horrifying turn for the worse. Caleb's childhood home is abandoned and his father has disappeared. Children are going missing. The old insane asylum has reopened, and Christine is locked inside. Her mother, a witch, is consumed with madness, and Christine's long-dead twin sister whispers clues to Caleb through the static of an a.m. radio. The terrifying prophesies of the spirits are coming to pass. Sixteen clocks are ticking; sixty-six murdered souls will bring about the end of the world. As Caleb peels back layer after layer of mystery, he uncovers a truth more horrible than anything he had imagined, a truth that could only be uttered by the lips of the dead.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780757315886
  • ISBN-10: 0757315887
  • Publisher: HCI Teens
  • Publish Date: October 2011
  • Page Count: 329
  • Reading Level: Ages 12-18
  • Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.7 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Horror
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Paranormal, Occult & Supernatural
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Mysteries, Espionage, & Detective Stories

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2011-08-29
  • Reviewer: Staff

Gates, coauthor of the Tracks series, presents a twisted horror tale hampered by choppy, overwritten, noir-style prose and a problematic plot. High school graduate Caleb Mason intends to become a journalist and call attention to the AIDS crisis in Africa. After receiving a bizarre letter from his childhood friend Christine asking for his help, Caleb changes plans and heads to his old hometown of Hudson­ville, Fla., along with his best friend, Bean. There they find that Caleb’s father is missing, along with hundreds of locals, all connected to the Dream Center where Christine is a patient, a hospital for sleep problems housed in an old asylum. While trying to rescue Christine and find his father, Caleb uncovers a grandiose plan that involves the devil, spirits that communicate over AM radio, and an insane man trying to bring about the end of the world. Horror fans willing to overlook the flaws will find chills aplenty, but with unsympathetic characters that lack chemistry and a plot with gaping holes, Gates’s story is salvaged only by the tension and creepy atmosphere. Ages 12–up. (Oct.)

 
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