Out to Get You: 13 Tales of Weirdness and Woe
Out to Get You: 13 Tales of Weirdness and Woe
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Annotation: A collection of thirteen short stories that reveals frightening secrets lurking in everyday objects.
Catalog Number: #195063
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Holiday House
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Illustrator: Coleman, Sarah
Pages: 169 pages
Availability: Available
New Title: Yes
ISBN: 0-8234-4366-3
ISBN 13: 978-0-8234-4366-6
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2018060602
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* Dive deep into a nightmarish wonderland where everything and nothing is as it seems in this collection of short stories complete with creepy illustrations. This haunting anthology will plunge young horror enthusiasts into their darkest dreams, from evading the demands of a malicious genie to hoping not to be consumed by a hungry house to sympathizing with a shadow sick and tired of serving every whim of his human. Allen expertly weaves intricate, relatable details from the tween experience with elements of the supernatural to present readers with a baker's dozen of chilling tales, some of which impart contemporary life lessons such as being kind to animals, treating others how you'd like to be treated, and behaving well in school and at home, all with a spooky twist in time for Halloween. Selfishness, bullying, and cruelty have no place in this nevertheless scary world, which often changes in a blink. Adults nostalgic for The Twilight Zone or Alvin Schwartz's Scary Stories trilogy might enjoy sharing this book with the next generation of horror fans. Kids who can't get enough Goosebumps will revel in the anticipated but memorable twists of each story, as signposts shift, biology class becomes voodoo chaos, and devils and witches are revealed to reside among us.
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Reading Level: 4.0
Interest Level: 3-6

Thirteen ordinary kids. Thirteen ordinary towns. Danger lurks around every corner!

"Wonderful and weird, compelling and unsettling." - Gary Schmidt, two-time Newbery Honor author

Get ready for a collection of thirteen short stories that will chill your bones, tingle your spine, and scare your pants off. Debut author Josh Allen masterfully concocts horror in the most innocent places, like R.L. Stine meets a modern Edgar Allan Poe. A stray kitten turns into a threatening follower. The street sign down the block starts taunting you. Even your own shadow is out to get you! Spooky things love hiding in plain sight.

The everyday world is full of sinister secrets and these page-turning stories show that there's darkness even where you least expect it. Readers will sleep with one eye open. . . .

A glow-in-the-dark cover and thirteen eerie full-page illustrations by award-winning artist Sarah J. Coleman accompany the tales in this frightful mashup that reads like a contemporary Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.

A Junior Library Guild Selection

Nine lives
The stain on the cafeteria floor
When Daunte vanished, they said he moved to Ohio
The color of Ivy
Neat-o burrito
The voice
Goodbye, Ridgecrest Middle School
Mighty comfy
Sorry, froggy
Staring contest
The shadow curse.

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