The Smoky Corridor

The Smoky Corridor

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Zack is about to start at his new school, and his dad, who went there years before, tells Zack the stories of the haunted janitor's closet, the specter of a dead crossing guard, and the Donnelly brothers, who perished in a suspicious fire. Dad doesn't know that Zack has already met the Donnellys' ghosts, who have warned Zack that there is an evil zombie under the school. Zack also learns that while zombies are usually content eating corpses, if they happen to bite someone who isn't dead, that person also becomes a zombie.

Before midterms, Zack is dealing with two zombies, while trying to protect a friend whose curiosity has put him on the zombie's menu.

Once again Chris Grabenstein proves his mastery of frightening and funny tales. Young readers, especially reluctant ones, have found inspiration in his quirky characters and deadly situations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781978618039
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 03/05/2019
Series: Haunted Mysteries Series , #3
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.62(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Chris Grabenstein is the Anthony award-winning author of Tilt a Whirl, Mad Mouse, and Whack a Mole. Apparently, he spends far too much time at amusement parks. Tip learned the hard way: never eat six hot dogs prior to riding a roller coaster. He also written the thrillers: Slay Ride and Hell for the Holidays. He used to write TV and radio commercials and has written for the Muppets.

Chris was born in Buffalo, New York and moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee when he was ten. After college, he moved to New York City with six suitcases and a typewriter to become an actor and writer. For five years, he did improvisational comedy in a Greenwich Village theatre with some of  the city's funniest performers, including this one guy named Bruce Willis.

Currently, Chris and his wife JJ live in New York City with three cats and a dog named Fred who starred in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang on Broadway. You can visit Chris (and Fred) at

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Smoky Corridor 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What else is their to say. This book got me started on this series and personally, if I hadn't read this book then I wouldn't have gotten hooked on such a good series OR the Kane Chronicles(VERY LONG STORY INVOLVING A PERCY JACKSON MOVIE) Series. I have had a large interest in zombies lately(And back in September) so when I saw the cover I instantly knew that this was the book that I desperately needed to read(DON'T EVEN ASK ABOUT IT! IT IS A RIDICULOUSLY LONG STORY THAT CANT EVEN REMEMBER CLEARLY) But to close up my review, Zack's tale of his life has had a truly remarkable impact on my life and has taught me that even in the darkest moments in life, things will become better with hard work, family, friendship, and haunted mysteries. I give praise to Chris Grabenstein's marvelous writing skills.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My friends mom knows chris grabenstien and he cameto my elemenatry school not a joke but i was sick that day
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This book is great!
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reason for Reading: Next in the series.Ahh, it was such a blast sitting down with this next book about Zack Jennings, the boy who sees ghosts. Summer is over and Zack is finally starting at his new school. This Middle School has been around since the end of the Civil War when the mansion was donated as such and over the years parts have been added onto it making it a maze of hallways and classrooms. As soon as Zack arrives, he's visited by a ghost from book one who tells him something major is going down at the school; a zombie in the depths of the basement below has reawakened and Zack needs to deal with it and the evil spirit that controls it before he takes over the body of an unknown student in the school.This has all the ingredients for a great horror story! Two ghost children from 1910 who died in a fire in the school under mysterious circumstances and are out for revenge, a zombie (or two), ghost stories, a few gruesome deaths and children's souls in peril. Zack has been warned that adults cannot be involved so he can't tell his stepmother, Judy, who also sees ghosts, and has been his supernatural sleuthing partner for the first two books. Instead Zack makes friends with two loner/outcast-type kids and they are pulled into the events with Zack. But not only does Zack have to deal with the supernatural, he also has two very alive people on his trail and trying to get into the basements as well, for the original owner of the mansion is said to have stolen a sizable treasure of Confederate gold during the war and hidden it somewhere on the property. These two baddies are related to a soldier buried in the nearby Civil War Cemetery and they know all about people who can communicate with the dead.I really enjoyed Zack and Judy working together in the first books, so I did miss her presence in this book, but happily she does remain as a minor character. Zack's new friends are both very interesting characters and will make a welcome addition to the cast in future books. Malik is black with a recently out of work dad and an ailing mother who needs a kidney transplant but is currently confined to a wheelchair because they have no insurance and can't afford dialysis at the moment; Azalea appears to be your typical Goth girl on the outside with a morbid interest in death but she and her mom are living with an aunt because her army father is in Afghanistan (I think?) again and she knows once he's back they'll pick up and move again like always.This is my favourite of the first three books! A great story with interesting ghosts who have creepy backgrounds, and an evil spirit trained in the arts of voodoo and of course the zombie (or two) to make things a little more gruesome. The new characters add elements to the book that is making Zack's personal world more real over the course of the three books. I rarely make definite age suggestions but I think this series will be most appreciated by 10-14's. Older teens will find it too tame and younger than ten may find it too gruesome (unless they are used to that sort of thing). A great horror read for MGs. Highly recommended.While the books are independent of each other; there is not a continuing story line. Each consecutive book does contain ghostly characters met in previous books, so while not necessary, it does make it more fun to read them in order.
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