- Age Range: 9 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 4 - 6
- Lexile Measure: 730 (What's this?)
- Paperback: 260 pages
- Publisher: August House (October 1, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1939160995
- ISBN-13: 978-1939160997
- Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #486,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Roberta Simpson Brown Bio:
Known as the "Queen of Cold Blooded Tales," Roberta has told her stories from coast to coast, including performances on National Public Radio, Voice of America and TV's Lifetimes Beyond Chance. Brown is the author of 10 books, and this is her fourth scary story collection from August House. Her chilling stories are set in familiar, contemporary settings like: schools, family rooms, farms, and even campgrounds that create an undercurrent of something very, very scary pulling the reader into the undertow of terror. Roberta grew up on a farm near Russell Springs, Kentucky, at the edge of Appalachia and she graduated from Berea College before pursuing a career in education and becoming a writer. She is married to Lonnie E. Brown, who has co-authored 4 books with her. The two of them currently live in Middletown, Kentucky and enjoy ghost hunting with their friends. In their spare time, Roberta and Lonnie also perform ghost stories at schools and libraries and conduct paranormal investigations with the Louisville Ghost Hunters and The American Ghost Society.
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The Scariest Stories Ever Told is a collection of eerie, and ghostly tales akin to the chronicles penned by Alan Schwartz in the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark series. Man, I had all of those books as a kid. I would have loved to add this one to my collection at that age. As it was, several of my cubs borrowed my ereader and had a ball reading the stories aloud. Even as adults, Jonas and I quite enjoyed them as well.
The book is broken into several categories, whose titles are pretty much self-explanatory. The first is 'Something’s Not Safe at School’. These stories all happened either on school property, or while school kids are on a field trip. Our favourite was The Stick Man. Talk about creepy!
Next is ‘Shadows in the Woods and by the Water’. As you may guess, these tales focus on encounters in fen and lake, vale and forest. We really liked The River Crow. Of course, our family does have an affinity for corvids. In some world folklore, these birds are spirit birds, associated with, among others, the Morrigan. This triple goddess is a fierce warrior associated with death. Then there's the giant demon crow Yata Garasu made notable today as a Yu-Gi-Oh! card.
'Welcome to Your New Home’ deals with moving to a new location, either by a family move or by being orphaned. My favourite story from this section is Silly Question. I know the cat involved isn't supposed to be a cait sidhe, but it really reminds me of the tales of phantom cats from Celtic lore. Like the cu sidhe, the black dogs, these larger than average supernatural kitties can have quite the temper. Mark My Words was very creepy to me. Fire and sociopaths should never meet…
'Things Aren't Always What They Seem’ is, again, pretty self-explanatory. These stories all have a bit of a surprise to them. My favourite was The Bookworm. Haha. And in the future, I'm going to tread careful at book signings! My cubs, on the other hand, loved Costume Party. Being the savvy adults, Jonas and I saw where it was going pretty quickly. Then it was fun to see when it hit each of them. Surprisingly, none of those who figured it out said anything, and there were squeals of glee from the youngest at the reveal. Was I ever that young? Perhaps a better question, was I ever not cynical and suspicious?
‘Better Not Mess with What's Best Left Alone’ is the final section. Sometimes there are things you just shouldn't mess with. Rest in Pieces, about the consequences of disturbing a grave, and Swampers, about the creatures of the swamp getting their own back against humans hunting them, were our favourites. I also really liked Fireflies, though it seemed more appropriate for the previous section.
All told, this was a wonderful, well-crafted collection of scary stories perfect for younger audiences for whom serious horror is a little harsh yet. These make great read-aloud stories for storytelling groups. Perhaps, come Halloween, we can gather a neighbourhood group of kids for just such an occasion. Our backyard renovations should be just done and we can use the fire pit!
🎻🎻🎻🎻 Recommended for fans of spooky tales perfect for the campfire. If you like Alan Schwartz’ work, you’ll love this collection of chilling chestnuts
I wanted to read this book first to myself instead of to my 10 year old as I wanted to make sure the stories were not that scary for him. With that being said I have to say this is something I think he would really enjoy. I didn't feel them to be too scary just enjoyable.
Each of the short stories are different and creepy. If as an adult you are wanting something that will make you leave the light on this would not be for you. I think the target audience would be more of the pre-teens on up. I believe this book would be good to read around Halloween just because ghost and creepy things are meant to be read around that time.
I tried to find which story I really liked but I couldn't though I think one of the stories that stayed with me is called The Bookworm. This was one I was not expecting to go the way it did it was just oh man you know that will creep some kids out. If you are like me you like to introduce your kids into things slowly and this is one book that I would introduced my 10 year old into the whole scary/creepy genre.
She uses hints and words to empower the reader to interact with their own mind as to what lurks in the dark where you've been told not to go. Read and enjoy, but don't take it to bed with you for it may cuddle up next to you.
Nash Black, author of Games of Death
Don't look out your window if you're reading this book at night--something may look back at you.
Don't take this book to bed with you--you won't sleep a wink.
Don't read this book when you are alone in the house.
Don't look down the sink drain when you are brushing your teeth--a yellow eye may be watching you.
Above all, don't read the story titled "Silly Question." You already know the question. You don't need to know the answer.
I expect you'll turn a deaf ear to these words of wisdom from an older and wiser person. Most of the characters in this book did too. But when you get squeezed in between fear and horror, don't call on me for help! I'll be hiding under my bed with all the shades pulled down and the doors locked.