Skip Ashworth

As Josh moved to follow the dog’s lead, the black crow messenger swooped down, almost hitting him as he started to run.

Ashworth creates an interesting tale with engaging characters and a nice mix of ghost story, outdoor adventure, and personal development. There are hints of Jack London in the storytelling, and readers familiar with Gary Paulsen’s work will fi nd a home in this book. The writing is clear, and the story is well-paced. Ashworth really shines in nailing the appropriate tone and vocabulary for the upper elementary/ lower middle-grade readers he targets. This book should be a great addition to the libraries found in those schools, and it would be a good gift to give to those who enjoy outdoor adventures. It is particularly well-suited to the reluctant male reader who steers clear of lengthy reads.