From School Library Journal
Grade 6–8—A delicious collection of nine funny, frightening, and thoughtful short stories. Coville has a true gift for creating characters and setting, such as the creepy pond at her Auntie Alma's that Margaret is mysteriously drawn to, or the haunted mansion where young ghost communicators Nine and Chris find themselves stranded on a stormy evening. There is something for most readers—a bit of fantasy, a smattering of humorous reality, a dose of science fiction, and a dash of mystery. An author's note explains the origins of the stories. Teens are sure to find the author's insights entertaining and will certainly gobble up these eerie tales.—Shari Fesko, Southfield Public Library, MI
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All the stories in this collection feature encounters with the supernatural, but they vary greatly in tone and content. A few of the selections, such as a tale about a boy who is genetically related to the Frog Prince, are ironic and funny; others fit more neatly into the supernatural-horror genre, such as “The Mask of Eamonn Tiyado,” which features creepy descriptions of peeling faces. A story about a boy with silver eyes who has been touched by a unicorn’s magic captures the mood and feel of a folktale. Characters Nine and Cara, who appeared in Coville’s previous works, return in a story about a ghost who returns to the grave. All of the stories are well paced, and most furnish a surprise at the end. Because of the diversity among the entries, most readers will be able to find something to their liking. Grades 5-8. --Todd Morning