Half-Minute Horrors
Half-Minute Horrors
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Annotation: An anthology of very short, scary stories by an assortment of authors and illustrators including Chris Raschka, Joyce Carol Oates, Neil Gaiman, Jack Gantos, and Lane Smith.
Catalog Number: #4477907
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
All Formats: Search
Publisher: HarperCollins
Copyright Date: 2009
Edition Date: 2009
Pages: 141 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-06-183379-7
ISBN 13: 978-0-06-183379-3
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2009018293
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
A volume full of mostly one- or two-page horror stories from over 70 authors may sound like a gimmick, but it plays like the worst night of sleep you've ever had. Horror is the genre most suited for this stab-and-run format, and the authors seem to revel in the campfire-story quickness. At least four monster-in-my-bedroom tales exploit fears that will cut all too close to the target audience, and several babysitting-gone-wrong stories should not peat: not read while babysitting. The best are true examplars of narrative economy: Sarah Weeks' One of a Kind has the gut punch of a good urban legend; Daniel Ehrenhaft's The Rash is as gruesome as it sounds; and Chris Raschka's On a Tuesday during That Time of Year has no apparent point but to upset the reader ll done! Heavyweights Lemony Snicket, Neil Gaiman, M. T. Anderson, and more weigh in, but it's Arthur Slade's one-paragraph cautionary tale What's Coming that will haunt the most nightmares. The scattered art-based stories hit a few awkward notes, but this one's a creepy keeper.
Horn Book
When their classmate Amanda goes missing, three otherwise unconnected students are left to analyze the many clues she left behind. Amanda had always been cryptic, but sketches, handwritten notes, and other remnants reveal lies and provoke more questions. The first in a proposed eight-book series, this opener is gimmicky but engaging. An interactive website extends the mystery.
Publishers Weekly

Featuring a who's who of authors and artists (Margaret Atwood, Avi, Neil Gaiman, Jonathan Lethem, Lauren Myracle, James Patterson, Brian Selznick and many more), this collection of more than 70 chilling snippets is ideal for campfires and car trips. The stories—some a couple sentences, some a few pages—range from darkly humorous (Jerry Spinelli's murderous twist on the age-old “chicken or egg” question) to outright creepy (Josh Greenhut and Brett Helquist's illustrated story about terrifying revelations from a Ouija board). These are inherently quick reads, but with enough plot and detail to encourage further imagining. Ages 10–up. (Sept.)

School Library Journal
Gr 48 This thrilling addition to the shiver-inducing arsenal will appeal to even the most reluctant of readers. The book contains dozens of short (most are one to three pages long) tales that range from silly (Adam Rex's one-page graphic comic) to grotesque (M. T. Anderson's "An Easy Gig") to morbid (Faye Kellerman's "Deep Six"). Unlike many short-story collections, this anthology forms a cohesive unit based on its purposescaring children silly. It possesses that delicious campfire quality of urban legends and lame jokes told late at night when everyone wants to be entertained. Youngsters may choose to read it straight through or to browse the stories, folktales, poems, and illustrations that make up this eclectic yet unified volume. Chock-full of selections by notable contributors such as Lane Smith, Neil Gaiman, Kenneth Oppel, Jack Gantos, James Patterson, and R. L. Stine, Half-Minute Horrors is the perfect choice for that smirking child who disdains fiction starring happy puppies or home-run heroes. Caitlin Augusta, Stratford Library Association, CT
Reading Level: 3.0
Interest Level: 4-7
Reading Counts!: reading level:4.4 / points:5.0 / quiz:Q47479
Lexile: 720L
Guided Reading Level: P

How scared can you get in only 30 seconds? Dare to find out with Half-Minute Horrors, a collection of deliciously terrifying short short tales and creepy illustrations by an exceptional selection of writers and illustrators, including bestselling talents Lemony Snicket, James Patterson, Neil Gaiman, R.L.Stine, Faye Kellerman, Holly Black, Melissa Marr, Margaret Atwood, Jon Scieszka, Brett Helquist, and many more. With royalties benefiting First Book, a not-for-profit organization that brings books to children in need, this is an anthology worth devouring. So grab a flashlight, set the timer, and get ready for instant chills!

Something you ought to know / by Lemony Snicket
The chicken or the egg / by Jerry Spinelli
In hiding / by Kenneth Oppel
The old man in the picture / by Richard Sala
The babysitter / by Erin Hunter
Grand entrance / by James Patterson
Halloween mask / by Sonya Sones
Teton / by Tom Genrich & Michele Perry
Nanny / by Angela Johnson
The legend of Alexandra & Rose / by Jon Klassen
What's coming / by Arthur Slade
An easy gig / by M. T. Anderson
Mr. Black / by Yvonne Prinz
The foot dragger / by M. E. Kerr
Trick / by Adam Rex
Hank / by Dean Lorey
One of a kind / by Sarah Weeks.

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