The Ghost Story

Young Adult - Paranormal
230 Pages
Reviewed on 04/05/2016
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Author Biography

Steve Altier was born in a small town in central Pennsylvania. Aka “Lizardville” He currently lives in the Tampa Bay Metro area with his wife. Steve has four daughters and three loving cats.
He enjoys writing, reading, bowling, and spending time at amusement parks. He loves to travel, take trips to the beach, or just laying around the pool spending time with family and friends. With his vivid imagination, he enjoys writing YA and MG children's stories.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jessyca Garcia for Readers' Favorite

Lizardville by Steve Altier is a very entertaining ghost story for young adults. Even though I am not exactly a young adult anymore, I really enjoyed it. It is a dark and stormy night when the power goes out and John decides to entertain his sons by telling them a story about his younger days. Lizardville is the name of the town where young Johnny grew up. It is also where he and his friends stumble upon a ghostly mystery.

Lizardville reminds me of a cross between the movies “Stand by Me” and “The Goonies.” I liked how Altier made this book a story within a story. I often forgot this while reading and each time the adult John would appear, it would remind me that he could possibly be exaggerating his story. I admit some parts of the story were a little unbelievable, but it was not enough to make me want to put the book down. The adventures Johnny and his friends went on made me wish I was one of the gang. Having an old dam as a clubhouse sounded awesome. I liked how Altier reminded the reader that the currents near the actual dam are very dangerous. The one thing that really stuck in my head from this story is that whenever I see a crow I wonder who it is.

If you like ghost stories then you should read this one. There is very mild swearing in the story and I think it would make a good book for young adults. I would like to read more of this kind of story from Altier in the future.

Toni Lynn

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it took me back to my own childhood days. The story was set in a unique setting around and old dam and dam keepers house. The author was very original in his set up. a story within a story. Plus I like scary stories. I would love to see this on the big screen.

Book Babe of Tampa from G

I was very fortunate to receive a promo copy of this book. After I read the book, I was really glad I did. I loved this story, not quite as scary as I would have liked, but there were plenty of tense moments. I wish I would have joined Johnny and his friends on their adventures, it really sounded like a fun place to live. I loved the setting, an old dam, swamps and mountains and I taken back by the old legend. I would recommend this book to all ages, not just young adults.

Cj Zawacki

LIZARDVILLE the GHOST STORY, by Steve Altier, is one of the books you can't put down until you have finished. John Malone narrates a ghost story on a stormy night to his to young sons. The sons, Zack and Daniel, sit and have their doubts about Dad's tale. A tale of adventure as magical box, strange townspeople, and the bonds of friendship. John's best friend has visions of a lady ghost connected the a box. Does it tie back to murder from long ago?

The book moves along very well, and one can find oneself sitting and listening intently, as a young person as the story unfolds. Steve Altier takes you back in time with him, to younger days of adventure.


Well, I finally read Lizardville and I wasn't disappointed! It started off kinda slow I'll be honest, but then it picked up speed so much that I couldn't put it down! The vivid description in this book helps the setting come to life and the bond shared between the friends is so real that I forgot I was only reading a book. By the time the story ended I felt as if I was part of their group. I highly recommend this book to those readers who enjoy adventures and/or ghost stories. For readers who like adventure but don't like horror, don't be afraid and give it a try. There was suspense and mysterious occurrences but nothing truly terrifying. Anyways the book was definitely a great read!

Donna Barney

A wonderful ghost story from Pennsylvania!

Connie H

Excellent read for a stormy night in front of a fire. What a great tale. I look forward to much more from Mr Altier.