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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.