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  1. Dear Mr. Carman,
    your skeleton creek books are the best

  2. Linda Albrecht says:

    My friend’s grandson read your book “Atherton, The House of Power,” and enjoyed it so much he made me pull up the Author Info Site. While I was helping him look at your site, I saw your photo of 12 year old Otto with his tongue sticking out the side of his mouth (in your Twitter section). I just had to comment that we had a good laugh about how incredibly cute Otto is and that he does, indeed, look quite good for his age. Thank you for sharing such a cute photo. We think you should have a photo gallery for Otto and Taffy (you mentioned Taffy but I did not see a photo of Taffy). Dogs always ham it up in photos and make us smile. Also, my friend’s grandson, Aiden, suggested you should consider bringing the dogs when you speak at the schools. Many thanks for your entertaining books. Linda and Aiden

    • PatrickCarman says:

      Taffy went over the rainbow bridge a couple of years ago, also a great dog! Thanks for this note, I really enjoyed reading it.

  3. Shelly Craig says:

    Mr. Carman, I’m reading Floors to my 4th grade students at Spicewood Elementary, and we’ve all fallen in love with it and can’t wait to continue reading each day! There’s always an “awwww” when we have to stop reading and move on to another activity. The class wanted me to purchase the other two books in the series, 3 Below and The Field of Wacky Inventions, but I’ve looked on Amazon and can’t find them. In addition, I tried Scholastic, but can only find the audio books. Can you point me in the right direction so I can buy your books and encourage my students’ love for your stories?

    • PatrickCarman says:

      I’m sorry you can’t find the other books in the series! You can probably find used copies online if you search on abe books. Good luck and thanks!

  4. Kelly Phillips says:

    I’m having trouble accessing the videos for the Skeleton Creek series. I have Windows 10 and have tried both Internet Explorer and Chrome with no success. What do you suggest?

    • PatrickCarman says:

      Hmmm…when I try it with Chrome they work fine for me. You have to use Flash player, that’s likely not installed on your browser. You should get a prompt for that, then install, then it will work normally. Thanks! PC

    • PatrickCarman says:

      My guess is you need to re-install Flash player – might need to Google how to do that. Thanks! PC

  5. Lauren Johnson says:

    Hi Patrick,
    I have read all the books and I’m wanting to know if there will be a book #6? I also think u should turn Seleton Creek into a movie it would be amazing.

  6. Jera McNett says:

    Good morning, I am trying to find a way to purchase at a reasonable price of Skeleton Creek book 1; as I will need 31 copies for my 5th graders. Is there a site that I can purchase cheaper as teachers have to pay out of pocket to keep their kids interested in learning and I cannot find anywhere that has 31 copies.

    My 5th grade class absolutely love the mystery and interaction in all of the Patrick Carman books and what I love as a teacher is; they are excited about it and excited about reading a BOOK and not on the internet or iPad.Books are becoming obsolete in the schools and I want my kids to know how important books are in life.

    Could you please advise?

    • PatrickCarman says:

      The least expensive place to get Skeleton Creek books is at Amazon. I’m sorry I don’t have much control over pricing otherwise. Thank you for supporting the series with your students! PC

  7. Randy Steinfelder says:

    I was a huge fan of Atherton series when they came out. I read them in Germany while my dad was stationed there. 12 years later I have caught myself in the web that is Dungeons and Dragons. I have just about finished the creation of my world which consists of 8 countries and an astral plane. I have drawn several inspirations from the book series. None of which i believe warrant any copywright requests. Once the story is complete I will send a copy so you may check for any indescrepency if you wish to do so. I really want to name my world Atherton and ask for permission to do so. Mainly for social media postings, also because I’m a huge fan and that would just be awesome.

    • PatrickCarman says:

      Feel free to follow your plan, but maybe ‘inspired by Atherton by Patrick Carman’ makes more sense – then you can come up with a better title for yours! PC

  8. Jacob says:

    Dear: Mr.Carman
    I am a fourth grade student at brassfield elementary school I’m reading your book crossbones and liked how you share the exact time where you are you also give so much detail. later in the story it gets creepier and i like creepy stories. I am so interested in other stories you have written.

    I’m wondering what series have you made?
    And what your favorite book is?
    How did you start thinking of the idea crossbones?
    What inspired you to this book?
    How long have you been writing books?
    Is this related to your life?
    By:Jacob D

  9. naomi says:

    i love your 39 clues books!! i have read every single one of them and they were really good!!!!:):):)
    keep writing great books and we will keep reading them!!

  10. Caiden Smith and Nick Barrett says:

    We love the Skeleton Creek books. We suggest that you make a movie.
    Reason#1 is that you all ready made the videos in the books so a movie won’t be so hard. Reason#2 EVERY one will love your movie it will pay you A LOT!!!!! P.S. If you need any help call 717-846-6789 tell the school to call for Caiden Smith and Nick Barrett! Please give feedback!

  11. Christopher Lamb says:

    We are currently reading the first Skeleton Creek to a group of 50 year 5
    and 6 students in Wodonga, Australia and they are totally enthralled. It
    has been great to see some of our more reluctant readers fully engage with
    the text and are already asking our librarian to order the rest of the

    Hoping to book in a Skype session with you if at all possible between now
    and the end of our school year (December 14).


  12. Heather Wilke says:

    Hi Patrick,

    I am an 8th Grade Language Arts and Literature teacher that is using Skeleton Creek as a read aloud this year. I am very excited to pilot the novel with the students. They are going to love the plot, videos, investigation into passwords, but most of all…the suspense. We would love to set up a time to Skype with you. Does sometime around mid-to late November (before Thanksgiving) work for you? We can work around your availability of course. It would be such an authentic and empowering experience for the students to have the chance to hear from a famous author! Thanks so much in advance.

    Heather W.
    Crystal Lake,

  13. shane says:

    I am confused. I want to find these books for my daughter. Is there a difference between the novels and the journals? For example, there is Skeleton Creek and there is Skeleton Creek Ryan’s Journal. What is the difference if any? Also, the videos are online and you get the links and passwords throughout the story correct? No additional disc or software required?

    • PatrickCarman says:

      Those are the same books with a different title – there are a total of six Skeleton Creek books. And the videos are online, no extra stuff needed – just go to the links provided in the book. Read on!

  14. Hi Mr. Carman,
    I have some thank you cards that my students made after your visit here in Boise. Do you have a “snail mail” address where I may send them? You were an awesome speaker and I can’t thank you enough for coming to our school.
    Thank you,
    Angela Kerber
    Monroe Elementary, Boise


New Comments

  • loveuly
    your books are wonderful !!! ...

  • Evelyn Crabtree
    I love Skelton creek please make a movie ...

  • Connor
    i am doing a report on skeloton creak and you ...