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Annotation: A collection of thirteen original ghost stories, some in rhyme, by Blaise Hemingway and Jesse Reffsin, accompanied by illustrations by Chris Sasaki and Jeff Turley.
Catalog Number: #193523
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Chronicle Books
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Illustrator: Sasaki, Chris, Turley, Jeff
Pages: 153 pages
Availability: Available
New Title: Yes
ISBN: 1-452-17128-9
ISBN 13: 978-1-452-17128-9
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2017061556
Dimensions: 29 cm.
Language: English
School Library Journal
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!-Margaret Kennelly, iSchool at Urbana-Champaign, IL
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
Readers may not wish to read this chilling collection of stories and poems alone at night.A frame story begins and concludes this collection, with a haunting twist. Two young boys sneak out of their camp cabin late at night to seek out Old Man Blackwood, the keeper of the 13 true ghost stories. Blackwood begins with the story "Reflection," about a haunted mirror that looks back at the viewer, the reflection tapping while the hapless viewer peeks at it from beneath the covers. The short vignettes continue with "The Old Pond," a grief-laden tale of a haunted sibling who becomes the victim of the vengeful dead. The seemingly innocent poem "The Doll" leaves a young girl motherless while "Depth" takes readers to the eerie corridors of a sunken submarine. With further stories such as "Widow in Black" and "The Boy in the Basement," even the titles themselves may cause readers to wonder if they should keep the lights on. Illustrátus is a design collective including authors Blaise Hemingway and Jesse Reffsin and illustrators Chris Sasaki and Jeff Turley. The latter perfectly punctuate this book of horror with wild apparitions, dark woods, and creepy dolls, the chill of the unknown brought to life by their haunting images. The inclusion of characters of multiple races makes these tales shiveringly accessible.Ghastly and imaginative storytelling for the young—and not-so-young. (Horror. 10-14)
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School Library Journal (9/1/19)
Reading Level: 3.0
Interest Level: 1-4

Ghost: Thirteen Haunting Tales to Tell is a ghost story collection for middle schoolers.

Featuring the only true ghost stories in existence (as the book itself will tell you), readers discover 13 eerie encounters that are perfect for sharing—if they dare.

With tales about a finger against the inside of a mirror, a wooded area where the trees look back, and a basement door blocked by a brick wall so thick it stifles the screams from below, this book is sure to haunt anyone who can't resist a spooky story.

• Filled with creepy poems and tales
• Features striking, bone-chilling illustrations from Disney-Pixar talent
• Book contains all original stories

This haunting book will consume your imagination and keep readers of every age up long past their bedtimes.

• Great for those who can't get enough of Halloween, ghost stories, scary movies, and all things spooky, as well as librarians and teachers looking for a thrilling read to share with students
• The perfect book to read by a campfire or during a slumber party—or alone under the covers in the middle of the night
• Add it to the shelf with books like A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz, Coraline by Neil Gaiman, Malice by Chris Wooding, and the Serafina series

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