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The Crossroads
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Author Chris Grabenstein
Original title The Crossroads
Illustrator Tim Boowop
Country United States
Language English
Genre Children's, thriller
Publisher Random House
Media type Print (hardback)
Pages 323 pp (325 including prologue)
Followed by The Hanging Hill 

The Crossroads is the first children's novel by author Chris Grabenstein.

Plot summary

Zack Jennings, his dad, and his new stepmother Judy have just moved back to his father’s hometown, in Connecticut, not knowing that their new house has a dark history. Fifty years ago, a crazed killer caused an accident at the nearby crossroads that took 40 innocent lives. He died when his car hit a tree, which is in Zack's backyard. Since then, his malevolent spirit has inhabited the tree. During a huge storm, a lightning hits the tree, releasing the spirit, and the spirit began looking for the descendants of those who cost him his life, starting with Zack, whose grandfather started it all.


An audiobook of the novel has been released, read by J.J. Myers; wife of the author. It was officially sold in America on May 27, 2008. J. J. Myers won a "Headphones award" from AudioFile magazine for her performance of the book.


Three books, The Hanging Hill, The Smoky Corridor, and The Black Heart Crypt were written by Chris Grabenstein as sequels to this book.

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