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A Newbery Halloween : A Dozen Scary Stories by Newbery Award-Winning Authors Hardcover – August 1, 1993
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From School Library Journal
Grade 3 Up-A collection of short stories and excerpts of novels by Newbery-winning authors. This anthology is similar in style to the editors' A Newbery Christmas (Delacorte, 1991). Here they present 12 enthralling tales that include delightfully humorous Halloween escapades from characters such as Beverly Cleary's Ramona and Eleanor Estes's Moffat family, side by side with eerie ghost stories from Paul Fleischman and Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. Not every selection has a strict Halloween theme. For example, Arthur Bowie Chrisman's "Ah Tcha the Sleeper" is actually a retelling of a Chinese tale explaining the origin of tea, and Madeleine L'Engle's "Poor Little Saturday" tells of strange goings-on in a deserted Georgia plantation house. However, they are united into a cohesive whole by their shared elements of mystery and supernatural activity. Perfect for reading aloud, the stories evoke a feeling of nostalgia and anticipation. An appendix includes biographical information about the authors and commentaries about their work; sources for the selections are also noted.
Mary Jo Drungil, Niles Public Library, IL
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Top customer reviews
But sometimes you want some good old fashioned children stories, and not ones that talk down to the kids, that bring you back to your own childhood.
THough not all of the stories are Halloween specifically, they are all very good, and just for the ones that are specifically Halloween it's a rare treat to have that. Everyone has spooky stories, but Halloween stories are a rare treat.
It's a nice tome, with a great painting on the cover form Great Americana artists Norman Rockwell, and it's very fitting for the type of classy stories in the book by Newbery award winning authors.
Would not hurt your chances of feeling the Halloween spirit to add this book to your collection. Or maybe even read it too/with your children, if you have any.
Lloyd Alexander, Introduction.
Beverly Cleary, "The Baddest Witch in the World".
Elizabeth Coatsworth, "Witch Girl".
E. L. Konigsburg, "A Halloween to Remember".
Eleanor Estes, "The Ghost in the Attic".
Madeleine L'Engle, "Poor Little Saturday".
Arthur Bowie Chrisman, "Ah Tcha the Sleeper".
Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, "The Witch's Eye".
Charles J. Finger, "The Magic Ball".
Paul Fleischman, "The Man of Influence".
E. L. Konigsburg, "Camp Fat".
Elizabeth Coatsworth, "The Horse of the War God".
Virginia Hamilton, "The Year Halloween Happened One Day Early".
About the Authors.
About the Editors.
There are no illustrations other than the front cover by Norman Rockwell.