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Gr 4-8–These 10 spooky stories include a classic Halloween scare: visitors get their admission fee of $25 back if they make it to the top floor of a haunted house–but can they? In another, the primary occupant of a dollhouse is a ghost of a child who needs help moving from one consciousness to another. San Souci also writes about an abandoned teahouse with ghosts, a Ouija board that foretells a confusing yet doomed future, and a mother's spirit who is searching for her missing son. The stories are well paced and satisfyingly startling. While some are better written than others, this book won't stay on the shelves for long. Murphy and Revoy's black-and-white illustrations heighten the fright factor, making San Souci's collection even more riveting.Patty Saldenberg, George Jackson Academy, New York City
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Featuring 10 tales of houses haunted by things that growl, smother, lurk, slither, or go bump in both night and day, San Souci’s latest collection has a scare factor somewhere between eerie and creepy. Some familiar summer-camp stories get multicultural augmentation, including “La Casa de las Muertas” and “Chimera House,” starring Little D from inner-city Detroit, while others involve a demon in the teahouse, spiders and dust creatures that take over the world, and a dollhouse looking for new “inhabitants.” For a nice change of pace, there are even a couple of ghost stories with happy endings. As often happens in a collection, the quality of the stories varies, but there are no clunkers, and the best are outright skin-pricklers. Offer this to those who already know San Souci’s work or who want follow-ups for Alvin Schwartz’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark series, should it somehow stay on the shelf long enough to want company. Grades 4-6. --Cindy Welch
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 900L (What's this?)
  • Series: Are You Scared Yet? (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First Edition edition (July 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805087508
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805087505
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #560,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Yeah, it's a kid's book -- but wow, these are fairly intense! Children and pets bite the dust in a number of the tales. Definitely stronger stuff than San Souci's "Short and Shivery" series -- but fine for kids 11 or so who are fairly jaded about bunnies being sucked dry by giant spiders. San Souci writes pretty well and it's a fun collection of riffs on the haunted-house theme -- haunted doll house, haunted dog house, haunted walk-though "haunted house" attraction ... a couple of stories borrow very liberally from J-horror film conventions, to the point that one ghost is described as moving "like a Youtube video when it stutters," or words to that effect. Yes, Mr. San Souci, I've seen "Ringu" too.

Quibble aside, great for brave kids and nostalgic adults who still love a good ghost story. And there's none of that "it wasn't really a ghost" nonsense!
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I really enjoyed the book. The stories keep you on your toes, you find out early on that there's a chance that not all the characters at the beginning of a story make it to the end. There's a wide variety of ghouls in a bunch of different settings which is also nice. Each story is around 30 or so pages which I found to work very well, not too long or short. We get in when the action starts or is close to, without too much exposition. This was a nice intro to San Souci's work and I'll be getting more of his collections.
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