Into the Pit

Scholastic. (Five Nights at Freddy’s: Fazbear Frights: Bk. 1). Dec. 2019. 208p. pap. $9.99. ISBN 9781338576016.
Gr 6-9–“Be careful what you wish for” is the theme of these three grisly, macabre tales based on the video game Five Nights at Freddy’s. One tale features Sarah, who wants to be gorgeous like the most popular girls at her school. When an abandoned robot comes to life and offers to grant her a wish, Sarah asks for a perfect body and the robot agrees, as long as Sarah wears a special necklace. As each day progresses, she becomes more beautiful, gaining the attention of the popular kids but losing her lifelong friend, Abby. A tumble in the cafeteria causes the necklace to fall off, and Sarah realizes her limbs are no longer flesh and blood but odd cast-off mechanical parts that belong in a salvage yard, discovering too late that being beautiful comes at a terrible price. The other two stories—in which a boy is horrified that his dad is turned into a murderous bunny, and a teenage girl crawls inside a giant mechanical bear—feature equally loathsome outcomes and will be sure to keep readers up at night.
VERDICT These gruesome novellas featuring characters from the popular video game are a great choice for medium to large collections.

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