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The Best Ghost Stories Ever (sch Cl) (Scholastic Classics) Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 1200L (What's this?)
  • Series: Scholastic Classics
  • Mass Market Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks; 1ST edition (September 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439574269
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439574266
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 4.2 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,115,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Edith Tabitha Bunbury on December 5, 2004
I have read many collections of ghost stories, but this is by far the finest I have ever encountered. Judging from his selection of tales, the editor is clearly a man not only of great intelligence but also knowledge in his field and exquisite editorial skills. Buy this book for chilly October nights, snowy winters by the fire, and all your summer camping trips. An invaluable source for the scary!
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Grumple Dumple on August 22, 2006
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Contents:

***The Empty House by Algernon Blackwell......1

***The Monkey's Paw by W.W. Jacobs......21

***The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving......34

***The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allen Poe......70

***The Judge's House by Bram Stoker......78

***A Ghost Story by Jerome K. Jerome......100

***The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman......108

***The Romance of Certain Old Clothes by Henry James......128

***The Story of Clifford House by Anonymous......152

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An excellent collection of very spooky ghost stories from authors who were known for their ability to write them.

I recommend this book to you!
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33 of 42 people found the following review helpful By cwhitec on November 5, 2006
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I purchased this book because I like to read ghost stories. I am also a teacher, and my kids read them as well. I was somewhat disappointed when I perused the book after receiving it. Most of the stories I had already read...in college courses. My kids didn't like them either; unless you have an exceptionally bright child, the stories are a little deep and complex for anyone under 16. Also, if parents knew the true symbolism of "The Yellow Wallpaper," they may not want their child to read it. I had a hard time with this story being in the context of a children's book.

These stories are also a little too long and out-of-date to capture a child's interest. I teach 7th and 8th grade, and if they got bored with the stories, I'm sure anyone younger would too. If you are an older person, you may enjoy these stories a little more, as we tend to appreciate and understand "classics" a little better. But, like I said, if you have a bright child that enjoys multifaceted stories, by all means, buy the book. That's my .02.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Camp on April 10, 2011
_The Best Ghost Stories Ever_ (2003), edited by Christopher Krovatin is an anthology of nine old-fashioned and classical ghost stories. How well you like it may depend in part on how much you value something novel. If you do, you may not greet this book with cries of wild abandon. These stories are all old standbys rather than dazzling new and clever pieces. But the title indicates that Krovatin was looking for classic chillers, and it is hard to quibble with his choices. The stories are: Algernon Blackwood's "The Empty House," W.W. Jacobs's "The Monkey's Paw," Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," Edgar Allan Poe's "The Masque of the Red Death," Bram Stoker's "The Judge's House," Jerome K. Jerome's "A Ghost Story," Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper," Henry James's "The Romance of Certain Old Clothes," and Anonymous's "The Story of Clifford House".

The Jacobs, the Poe, the Irving, and the Stoker were tales that I read repeatedly as a child. I remember vividly reading the Stoker for the first time in fourth grade. My God, I thought. That's not the way it _should_ have ended! The other tales were ones that I encountered a bit later in life, when I knew a bit more about the Way of the World and the Finer Works of Literature. The James is given a certain amount of power in its depiction of female sibling rivalry. And the Gilman. Is it a portrait of a woman going insane from weaknesses within herself, or is it an account of a husband driving his wife insane? You decide.

The Jacobs, the Irving, and the Poe have been made into radio shows, television episodes, or movies several times. But the original stories have usually remained superior to the various dramitizations. Are these stories effectively scary? Sometimes. But they are always literate.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Yvonne A. Tucker on January 20, 2008
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A whole different type of Ghost story. Keeps you on the edge of your seat at all times.
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By D. O. S. Brady on December 21, 2012
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got this for my daughter and she loves scary stories. She says this is her favorite scary book. She has read it several times
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