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They're Coming For You: Scary Stories that Scream to be Read by [Penn-Coughin, O.]
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Length: 128 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Age Level: 9 - 18 Grade Level: 4 - 12

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"...so many children's books about ghosts and goblins fail to deliver the level of fright that many children desire. For the students that truly want a fright, I recommend They're Coming For You. --Sonya Hervey, School Librarian

This is one of the best collections of truly scary stories for students age 9-12 I have ever read. My students beg me to read it to them over and over again. It is ALWAYS checked out... --Library Crystal

About the Author

O. Penn-Coughin ("open coffin") is the author of the "They're Coming For You: Scary Stories that Scream to Be Read" series. At last count, he has shared his stories with more than 100,000 students at well over 200 schools across the U.S. and Canada. He haunts Bend, Oregon with his wife, two daughters, and one crazy cat. Learn more at CoughinBooks.com

Product Details

  • File Size: 1180 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: You Come Too Publishing (September 22, 2010)
  • Publication Date: September 22, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0042FZQHG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,816 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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As an elementary school librarian, the most frequent question I hear is "Where are the scary books?." That question is sometimes difficult to answer because so many children's books about ghosts and goblins fail to deliver the level of fright that many children desire. For the students that truly want a fright, I recommend "They're Coming For You", if it is in the library. The many copies that I have, rarely make it to the shelf. They stay checked out most of the time. "They're Coming for You" is one of the most popular books in the library. This is one book that I know is actually being read at home because I hear the younger siblings of the 5th and 6th graders repeating the phrases from the book. Joseph Kehoe has visited our school on several occasions and the students LOVE to hear him read passages from his books. This book of short, scary stories is ideal for reading aloud in the classroom, at a sleep over, a Halloween party or anytime you want a fright. It is a perfect blend of age appropriate children's content and scary scenarios. If you are looking for a great picture book, check out Kehoe's "The Yacumama." I read it to several classes and the students loved it too. "They're Coming for You" is a great book. You won't be disappointed. The students at my school never are!
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A Kid's Review on December 3, 2010
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Watch out for the deadly book ahead! Stay Out! Mr. Coughin is a nightmare-worthy, heart-stopping, breathless author. O. Penn-Coughin has stupendously-scary bone chilling stories that have to be read. His mysterious voice is spectacular!
My favorite story is "The Missing Cat". Morgan saw a missing cat sign. He said to himself, "I will find a cat that looks like that, dye it white, and get the reward." That he did do. So, he called the lady. He was never seen after he went there. Now, is your chance...close the book right now!!
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I purchased this book to read to my daughter's 3rd grade class for Halloween. They loved the stories and were all asking where they could purchase the book and how much it cost. I was worried that it might be too scary for some of them so I chose stories that were less scary & one that was mildly scary. My 8 year old daughter then ended up reading the entire book (she regularly reads scary stories) and loved it!
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I drive a carpool of six children to school once a week. For those of you counting, yes!, that does fill every seat in my vehicle. As you might guess, the kids (who are all as close as siblings) are tempted to bicker and squabble in those tight quarters. The solution? Scary stories. I started this tradition a few years ago in a desperate attempt to quiet the children. And in order to hear a good scary story, they will sit quietly and hang on my every word (I read them the night before and then repeat them for the kids).

I've been through a few great anthologies of scary stories and this is a good one. Some of the stories are creepy, some are mysterious, some have silly endings, and some are downright frightening. All are about the right length for our 10-minute commute to school. And all are entertaining enough to keep the carpool chaos to a minimum!
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As an adult I was feeling nostalgic for something in the vein of the "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" books that gave me the creeps as a kid. The preview for this book stated that it is written in similar style and comparable to Alvin Schwartz's classic series. Don't be fooled. This book is not even remotely creepy. Not even would it frighten any child younger than 5. The writing style is also tacky and extremely censored compared to what Schwartz produced over twenty years ago, not to mention the gruesome sketches by Stephen Gammell that still give me shivers to this day. In fact, they just plain scarred me for most of my younger years!
Bottom line: skip this baby stuff and give Schwartz's classic series a read instead.
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I ordered this book to read to my daughter.Its a bit above her reading level, but we both are enjoying the short stories.I havent read them all to her yet, but so far im happy with this purchase.I recommend.
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This is the worse horror anthology I have ever read. the stories are intended for children, but that is not an excuse for them to read as if they were also written by children. The author has a bad habit of starting a good story and giving it a crappy ending. I wish I had never bought this rubbish.
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By CJR on September 9, 2011
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I only spent $3 on the Kindle version of this, and yet still feel cheated. These stories aren't scary, suspenseful, or even mildly entertaining. Here's a story:
Dad tells son a monster will eat him if he isn't good and strong. Boy asks mom and mom says everything is all right. Boy is eaten by the monster. The End.

Was that an exciting, scary, or even slightly original story? There is no mood to any of these, no build up of suspense, and no respect for the reader. I'm not expecting much, just some cheap entertainment and maybe a chill or two. These stories are too simple to tell anyone over age 4, but too macabre for anyone that young (lots of death, but no scares, chills, or excitement).

Try "Pumpkin Jack Skull" [...]. For one thing, it's free. Also, the stories, while nothing great, are far superior to anything in this book. So disappointed.
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