Marina Cohen is an elementary school teacher in the York Region District School Board. Her previous novels include Ghost Ride, shortlisted for the 2011 Red Maple Award, and Mind Gap. She lives in Markham, Ontario.
2011 Red Maple Award — Shortlisted
Fourteen-year-old Sam McLean is less than thrilled with the prospect of moving to a collection of old mansions on the northern fringe of a small town called Ringwood. A nobody at his old school, Sam is desperate to be accepted by the cool kids and latches on to Cody Barns, aka Maniac. Cody’s claim to fame is performing wild stunts — the crazier the better — and posting them on his blog.
When Sam reluctantly joins Cody and his sidekick, Javon, on their midnight ghost riding, a practice in which the driver and passenger climb onto the hood of their moving car and dance, something goes terribly wrong. Cody convinces Sam to flee the scene, leaving Javon for dead. But soon mysterious messages appear on Cody’s blog and anonymous notes are slid into Sam’s locker. As Sam struggles with his conscience, a haunting question remains: Who else knows the truth?
Cohen has created a genuinely creepy story that will hold readers' attention.
Ghost Ride is a gripping mixture of realism and the paranormal.
Good for thrill-seeking teens 12 and up.
This spooky new story by Marina Cohen — loosely tied in with The Legend of Sleepy Hollow — will grab readers from the beginning, and keep them hooked until the surprise twist ending.
Ghost Ride was a book I literally couldn’t put down!
When combined with the associations of Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, one can’t help but get into the atmosphere of this novel.