Dan Poblocki is an author who writes mysteries and horror novels for kids. He was born in Providence, Rhode Island and was born January 29, 1977. When he was a teenager his family moved to Basking Ridge, New Jersey, but he now lives in Brooklyn, New York. Poblocki graduated with a degree in theater, and he toured around the U.S. playing some roles in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and The Shoemaker and the Elves. After finishing his acting career, Poblocki tried several other jobs while trying to look for other artistic options. He wrote many books, such as The Shadow House and The Stone Child. Now, he is a full time writer.
Setting, Theme, and Genre
The setting of the book The Stone Child is in a small town named Gatesweed that is home to the author in the book Nathaniel Olmstead. The time of this story is present day. The genre of this book is a horror, mystery. Lastly, the theme is that the main characters Eddie, Harris, and Maggie try to figure out what exactly happened to the missing Nathaniel Olmstead.
There are three main characters in this story. One is Eddie Finnicks, he is the new boy in town trying to learn about this towns mysterious background about his favorite missing author, and trying to make some friends. Next is Harris, he is Eddie's new friend who is as interested in the missing author as Eddie. Lastly is Maggie, she becomes the two boys good friend along the way, even though at the beginning they thought she was a little freaky.
The Main Conflict
The main conflict during this book is the struggle trying to find the missing author and crack his secret code in the handwritten book Eddie found. Throughout the story the kids run into real monsters they thought were fake and that Nathaniel Olmstead wrote about in his books. They must figure out the code before Eddie's mom finishes writing her book and releases the most dangerous monster of all.
This book has always been one of favorites. I first read it in fourth grade after I had bought it from the book fair, and that's when I fell in love with it. I had my teacher read it to the entire class. This book is a very good horror story, but it's also very mysterious. I recommend this book to everyone.