FICTION

Ghost: Thirteen Haunting Tales to Tell

Chronicle. Aug. 2019. 160p. Tr $21.99. ISBN 9781452171289.
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Gr 3 Up–In this collection of chills, 13 scary stories with roots in many childhood experiences are brought to life. Classics such as a disturbing doll, what lurks underwater, hungry monsters, mysterious old librarians, delightfully disturbing ghosts, and the unknown are explored. The tales vary as to how scary they can be, but each one draws from childhood fears and urban legends that continue to frighten each new generation. Some stories are in rhyming verse, others are in short prose paragraphs, and some include sound effects. Some of the selections are short, some are longer, and one story acts as an envelope to deliver the delightfully horrible tales straight to readers front step. Wonderful illustrations help to depict the fear within each story and leave readers with a lasting image to haunt them for days. The text is always clear against these illustrations, making it easy to read about what lies in the darkness in certain tales, while highlighting the dangers within. While there are some mentions and illustrations of blood and traumatic injuries, they are not severe and can be easily skipped for those who want horror that is not too real. Overall, this is a delightfully horrific and atmospheric collection to share aloud or under the blankets with a long-lasting flashlight.
VERDICT A collection of creepy stories perfect for children who want a good scare!

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