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Tony Abbott, author of the popular Droon series, took kids on a new adventure with a chubby geekish teenager from New Orleans named Derek. The series include The Haunting of Derek Stone, City of the Dead, The Red House and The Ghost Road, all set in Louisiana.
This series from Tony Abbott comes highly recommended from my daughter's paranormal-loving friend. Lexile: 540L (There are 4 books in the series, more reading info on list)
The Haunting of Derek Stone, City of the Dead by Tony Abbott: Love this book! Loved it, loved it, loved it. I give it two thumbs up. :)
City of the Dead,by Tony Abbott. (Scholastic, 2009). Derek Stone thought that his father and brother were killed in a train accident, but then his brother returns, strangely changed, and Derek begins to suspect that dead people are coming back to prey on the living.
HAUNTING OF DEREK STONE series from the wonderful Tony Abbott. This list features the Accelerated Reading and Lexile info for this Tween/Middle-grade (and even adult) spooky series.
THE HAUNTING OF DEREK STONE is a fun series that should appeal to Tweens and younger Teens.
City of the Dead by Tony Abbott - Bk 1 of the Haunting of Derek Stone series.