From the Series Sinkhole

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

Eli Hancock is all about facts and scoffs at his friend Freddy’s superstitions. But after the pair find a gold coin in a sinkhole at Broken Brand Ranch and good things start happening to Eli, he thinks it might be lucky. He returns to the ranch and takes an old pocket watch. What’s a little more luck? Then, the coin begins to glow and his dreams turn haunted. Are the coin and pocket watch he found actually cursed?

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Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre High/Low, Young Adult
Copyright 2023
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Darby Creek ™
Language English
Number of Pages 112
Publication Date 2023-01-01
Text Type Fiction—Paranormal
BISACS YAF045000, YAF029000, YAF018070
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5.25 x 7.5
Lexile 700
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Author: Susan Koehler

Susan Koehler is the author of four professional books for teachers, five nonfiction books for children, and two novels for young readers. Nobody Kills Uncle Buster and Gets Away With It is a contemporary mystery filled with quirky characters and some unexpected twists and turns, and Dahlia in Bloom, set in 1933 North Carolina, was named among the "Best of 2019" by Kirkus Reviews. As a veteran educator, Susan loves to work with students and teachers. You can learn more about Susan's books, author visits, and writing workshops at

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Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD)

“High school students Eli and Freddy are tired of being bullied by classmate Nolan. To avoid him on their way home from school one afternoon, they take a shortcut home through a no-trespassing development area. There, they are stunned by the sudden appearance of a sinkhole in the city. As they escape the area, the boys suddenly find a coin minted in 1890. Strange things start to happen. Eli has weird dreams and gains fame and recognition for his science fair project. He decides to go back through the off-limits area a few more times. There, he finds a pocket watch and a gold chain. As he acquires each item, weird occurrences continue to happen to him and the city. Are these items cursed? This fast-paced book is part of the “Sinkhole” series. Each book centers around the different experiences of teenagers within the community of Foggy Creek after the sinkhole suddenly appears. The fourteen chapters of this work of realistic fiction include representations of bullying, unique family structures, and friendships. The high-interest content would appeal to growing readers, while plot is suitable for those who like high-action reading. Reviewer Rating: 5" –Children’s Literature