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Publisher: Harper, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2009
Material: hard cover
Summary: From R.L. Stine (known for his Goosebumps stories) to Gail Carson Levine (better known for her YA fairy tales), young readers will instantly recognize the authors in this collection of nearly 75 mini-thrillers. Royalties from the purchase of this book benefit First Book, a literacy nonprofit.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, independent reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 9 to 13; read yourself: 10 and Up
Interest Level: 10 and Up
Age of Child: Read by a 10-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: Our daughter loves ghost stories - the shorter the better. She spent weeks poring over the book. Sometimes selecting a story she hadn't read before, sometimes re-reading (and reading to us) a favorite.
Adult Reader Reaction: As we read this, I kept imagining sitting around a campfire swapping stories. They are suspenseful, but not so over-the-top gruesome as to cause nightmares. Quite a few have that Edgar Allan Poe-esque feel to them. This is definitely going to be a go-to recommendation for kids who like scary stories.
Pros: Kids and adults will love sharing these mini-thrillers. Dormant readers or kids who don't like long chapter books will enjoy being able to move through the stories any way they like.
Borrow or Buy: Buy! This is a fun, quick read for bedtime, camping or just when you want something a little different.
Educational Themes: These are stories for personal, shared reading. They could be a great way to introduce some of the classic writers of the genre (e.g., Edgar Allan Poe).
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.