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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 680L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (August 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 037584256X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375842566
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,039,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 5-8–When seventh-grader Timothy is paired with the new girl, Abigail, for a school project, he doesn't expect to find himself fighting against nightmares: his friend's, his teacher's, and his own. Suddenly, people who make Abigail angry are being haunted by their worst fears. But if she is causing the situation, why is she being haunted, too? And how can she make it stop? Timothy and Abigail discover that what is happening to them is somehow tied to a 60-year-old mystery of a missing girl, but the real cause of the terror taking over their town might be even older. Secrets–Abigail's, Timothy's, and even Abigail's grandmother's–must be revealed before the pair can defeat an ancient curse and put the Nightmarys to rest. Full of tense moments and atmospheric settings, this book will keep readers turning pages as quickly as they can. Poblocki keeps the suspense high as he slowly reveals the truth about who or what is in control. While the plot twists may be somewhat confusing, the strong characters and deliciously frightening action will keep fans of scary stories engaged to the end.–Karen E. Brooks-Reese, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Timothy doesn’t really know what to make of Abigail, the new girl in his seventh-grade class. After she is humiliated before her classmates, bad things start happening. Timothy’s best friend sees the clawed monster from his favorite video game at the bottom of a pool. Their teacher begins to get paranoid about the creepy specimen jars surrounding his classroom. But it’s not Abigail’s fault; in fact, she is seeing visions of the Nightmarys—two sinister little girls who beckon her to come play with them. It’s a marvelously disorienting setup, and Poblocki has a knack for cornering his characters in the most unlikely of vulnerable places: a laundry room, a changing room, a hospital bed. As the plot begins to hammer sense into the horrific happenings—it all has to do with a mystical jawbone, an insane professor, and a demon called the Daughter of Chaos—the scares get bigger, though often less impactful. More than anything, this is a mystery, complete with clues and secret codes, and Poblocki’s deft handling of the multiple threads makes this a devilish delight. Grades 6-10. --Daniel Kraus

More About the Author

Dan was born in Providence, Rhode Island, and lived in Woonsocket and Lincoln before moving to Basking Ridge, New Jersey when he was eleven years old. Dan now lurks in Brooklyn, NY.

Growing up in small towns shaped Dan's imagination. He was always curious what was out in the dark of the woods or just over the horizon. Often, if he and his friends didn't have an answer, they would make one up.

He still does.

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Horror movies, books, whatever!
The author manages to create a more intriguing story set on a richer canvas with deeper, more realized characters.
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I recommend this one to anyone who loves a good YA, thriller, mystery, or horror book.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Angela on October 5, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This was a scary, thrilling, creeptastic read! Timothy and Abigail team up on a school project, and after a scary nightmarish event in the basement of the museum, and an encounter with a tall creepy man in an overcoat, their lives begin to spiral out of control. Timothy and Abigail have to face some of their worse nightmares. Timothy's friend and one of the teachers at school are having nervous breakdowns after seeing things that can't be explained, and it all seems to be pointing back to Abigail. Only thing is, if Abigail is doing it, she doesn't know how, and she surely doesn't know how to stop it.

Timothy was a great male main character. He was smart and funny. Even while scared and vulnerable he was still strong. He was a great and loyal friend from beginning to end. Abigail was quirky and strong-willed, and great counterpart to Timothy. I especially loved Abigail's grandmother, this frail old woman was amazing and could still kick-butt in her own way!

Dan Poblocki did a great job of bringing all of the nightmares to life and making this book creepy and still fun at the same time. It was intense and kept me on the edge of my seat from the first page to the last. Normally I can figure out the mysteries in a book before they were revealed and that just didn't happen with this one. I loved the way it was all wrapped up, even when I thought I had the ending all figured out and new curve ball was thrown at me!

I recommend this one to anyone who loves a good YA, thriller, mystery, or horror book. Just make sure you have all the lights on as you read it ;-)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Faye on June 30, 2011
Format: Hardcover
It's refreshing to read a book that's not part of a series. Especially one that held my interest so well and freaked me out along the way. I'm a sucker for scary things. Horror movies, books, whatever! Poblocki did an amazing job of creating a spine-chilling novel! It was completely freaky throughout. I mean, who isn't scared of creepy figures in your room at night watching you?

'The Nightmarys' is a story told through Timothy. He was partnered up with the new girl in his class, Abigail. Things seem to be normally strange for Timothy but after Abigail is in his life, it goes from strange to bizarre. They suddenly find themselves on a quest to rid themselves from these nightmares that happen whether they are sleeping or not! It was definitely creepy! Poblocki doesn't reveal too much info about the characters so it leaves a lot to imagination. And I love that! I love that I can read about a character and just being able to picture what I think they look like from head to toe.

Poblocki's other novel, 'The Stone Child' is definitely being added to my "To Buy" list. If it's half as good and creepy as 'The Nightmarys' I know I'm going to love it! Poblocki definitely delivered with 'The Nightmarys.' As usual, this was another book I was holding off from and it turns out, I loved it! haha. Can't wait to read 'The Stone Child.'

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on November 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Dan Poblocki's THE NIGHTMARYS provides the vivid story of Timothy, who has been having nightmares about all his friends. It's one thing to have nightmares; it's another thing when they begin coming true. A vivid story of monsters and haunted dreams offers a fine gothic mystery packed with unpredictable twists and turns.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Smith on November 27, 2012
Format: Paperback
Timothy July was your average 7th grader: Stuck in a history class when he'd rather be elsewhere, getting ready to do yet another boring project with his long time best friend and neighbor, Stuart Chen. All that changes however, when Timothy accidently raises his hand and ends up with Abigail Tremens as a partner instead. What was supposed to be a boring trip to the historical museum turns into a series of bizarre and terrifying events. Not only is Timothy and Abigail affected, but Stuart and Mr. Crane, Timothy's history teacher become involved as well.

It all starts several years earlier when Abigail's grandmother, Zilpha Kindred takes a picture of a July 4th sky as the fireworks begin. In her picture, she also captures the kidnapping of her best friend, 14 year old Delia Benson. Delia is never found and her kidnapper denies taking her. Zilpha testifies against the kidnapper, and he is sentenced to life in prison, where he later dies. Revenge has a funny way of rearing its ugly head, and this time it has it's sights on Zilpha and Abigail, Timothy, Stuart and Mr. Crane and others who were involved in the kidnapping case....

Timothy had already been having nightmares about his brother Ben who was injured overseas when his unit was attacked. But now the nightmares were terrifying. Abigail had already been having nightmares about two mean girls that she had nicknamed The Nightmarys. But now they were appearing in her room at night, faceless and taunting. Stuart nearly drowns because he is attacked in the pool by a monster only he can see. The nightmares are turning into real and deadly threats. It's up to Abigail and Timothy to find out what sort of revenge the kidnapper from years ago has somehow cursed them with.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Books and Literature for Teens (BLT) on March 30, 2011
Format: Hardcover
From the author of The Stone Child comes another suspenseful and eerie story of how fear can control and haunt our minds. The Nightmarys is Poblocki's best book yet... perhaps a bit more scarier even. From the very first to the final page, The Nightmarys is sure to entice readers and leave them anxious for more.Poblocki starts out with an unsuspecting and chilling event that sets the entire dilemma into play. I like that it "cuts to the chase" if you will and the whole story is very eventful-there's never a dull moment. I also love how mystery or horror books always play a big part in Poblocki's novels. In the Stone Child, the protagonist must locate the whereabouts of a missing horror writer and in The Nightmarys, the story unfolds as Timothy and Abigail follow clues in book as well. Nathaniel Olmstead, the missing writer from The Stone Child, is also mentioned in The Nightmarys so be sure to keep an eye out for this important reference. The story takes place in a small seaside town in Massachusetts that has some terrifying, dark secrets. Told in three parts, The Nightmarys is a great thriller for young adults or, for the young at heart. Poblocki has great potential and I think either one of his books deserve much more recognition.I'm not a die-hard horror or even mystery novel fan but I have to admit I really enjoy reading Poblocki's books even though they do creep me out a bit. Even if-while you're reading The Nightmarys-objects seem to move out of the corner of your eye or you keep thinking the Nightmarys are going to appear at the foot of your bed, rest assure, Poblocki's characters always triumph over evil. With this said, and a fair warning included, if you're looking for an exciting book with a chilling edge, The Nightmarys is for you!Read more ›
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