Scary, Magical, & Mysterious Stories

I Love You More Than the Smell Of Swamp Gas

Posted by on Oct 31, 2017 in Age-o-Meter: 4-7, Scare-o-Meter: 3 | 0 comments

I Love You More Than the Smell Of Swamp Gas

SNATCH A STORY   This slideshow requires JavaScript.   THE WICKED READ   I Love You More Than the Smell of Swamp Gas By Kevan Atteberry Illustrated by Kevan Atteberry Published by HarperCollins Publishers ISBN-13: 9780062408716 Age Range: 4 – 8 Years Little monster wonders: Does Papa love the swamp more than he loves his little monster? Papa and little monster are on a skink chase in a dark, stinky swamp. Do you love me as much as the skink that you chase…or the smell of the swamp…or the beasts in this place?...

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Creepy Pair of Underwear!

Posted by on Oct 31, 2017 in Age-o-Meter: 4-7, Scare-o-Meter: 2 | 0 comments

Creepy Pair of Underwear!

SNATCH A STORY     THE WICKED READ   Creepy Pair of Underwear! By Aaron Reynolds Illustrated by Peter Brown Published by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers ISBN-13: 9781442402980) Age Range: 4 – 8 Years From the celebrated team behind Creepy Carrots!, Aaron Reynolds and Caldecott Honor winner Peter Brown, comes a hilarious (and just a little creepy) story of a brave rabbit and a very weird pair of underwear. Jasper Rabbit is NOT a little bunny anymore. He’s not afraid of the dark, and he’s definitely not afraid...

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Two Truths and a Lie: It’s Alive!

Posted by on Oct 31, 2017 in Age-o-Meter: 8-12, Scare-o-Meter: 6 | 0 comments

Two Truths and a Lie: It’s Alive!

SNATCH A STORY   Are you a savvy reader? Can you tell fact from fiction?  Here’s a list of ten super-spooky graveyard facts to shiver your timbers. Brrrr! But—this treat comes with a catch! Nine of these facts are TRUE… but one is a LIE. Don’t get tricked! When you’ve decided on your answer, scroll to the bottom of the page!   Strange but (Mostly) True Cemetery Facts   Cemeteries can be disconcerting places, but they’re also interesting. All of these details related to burials are true . . . except, of course, for one. Can you...

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Poison: Deadly Deeds, Perilous Professions, and Murderous Medicines

Posted by on Oct 31, 2017 in Age-o-Meter: 8-12, Scare-o-Meter: 5 | 0 comments

Poison: Deadly Deeds, Perilous Professions, and Murderous Medicines

SNATCH A STORY   Open the POISON FILES if you dare…           THE WICKED READ   Poison: Deadly Deeds, Perilous Professions, and Murderous Medicines By Sarah Albee Published by Random House Children’s Books ISBN-13: 9781101932230 Age Range: 8 – 12 Years Science geeks and armchair detectives will soak up this non-lethal, humorous account of the role poisons have played in human history. For centuries, people have been poisoning one another—changing personal lives and the course of empires...

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Jasmine Toguchi, Super Sleuth

Posted by on Oct 30, 2017 in Age-o-Meter: 4-7, Scare-o-Meter: 3 | 0 comments

Jasmine Toguchi, Super Sleuth

SNATCH A STORY   Excerpt from Jasmine Toguchi, Super Sleuth: One of Linnie’s favorite things to do was play dress up. At her house, we put on her old Halloween costumes and pretend we live in a magical kingdom. I smiled a secret smile. I didn’t tell Linnie that Mom had a kimono for her to wear on Girl’s Day, a Japanese celebration for girls. It was my sister Sophie’s old kimono she’d outgrown. I couldn’t wait to surprise Linnie! Until this year, we had only celebrated Girl’s Day as a family. But Linnie, who is not Japanese American like...

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The Squickerwonkers

Posted by on Oct 30, 2017 in Age-o-Meter: 7-10, Scare-o-Meter: 9 | 0 comments

The Squickerwonkers

SNATCH A STORY   Listen, if you dare…   THE WICKED READ   The Squickerwonkers Series: Squickerwonkers (Book 1) By Evangeline Lilly Illustrated by Johnny Fraser-Allen Published by Titan ISBN-13: 9781783295456 Age Range: 7 – 10 Years Meet Selma of the Rin-Run Royals, a clever little girl who is spoiled to the core. One day Selma stumbles upon a band of colorful marionettes, and gets more than she bargained for. The remarkable Squickerwonkers of the fabulous Squickershow are about to teach Selma that she’ll not always...

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The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street

Posted by on Oct 30, 2017 in Age-o-Meter: 8-12, Age-o-Meter:: 10-12, Scare-o-Meter: 8 | 0 comments

The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street

SNATCH A STORY     THE WICKED READ   The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street By Lindsay Currie Published by Aladdin ISBN-13: 9781481477048 Age Range: 8 – 12 Years A girl unravels a centuries-old mystery after moving into a haunted house in this deliciously suspenseful mystery. Tessa Woodward isn’t exactly thrilled to move to rainy, cold Chicago from her home in sunny Florida. But homesickness turns to icy fear when unexplainable things start happening in her new house. Things like flickering lights, mysterious drawings...

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Hyacinth and the Secrets Beneath

Posted by on Oct 29, 2017 in Age-o-Meter: 8-12, Scare-o-Meter: 7 | 0 comments

Hyacinth and the Secrets Beneath

SNATCH A STORY   An Excerpt from Hyacinth and the Secrets Beneath   Newly arrived in London, 12-year-old Hyacinth accidentally unleashes glowing water from her bathroom sink. She mops up most of it, but a single drop escapes. And then things get really weird… Somebody started knocking loudly on the front door. They called out, “Postman. Sign for a parcel?” Well, actually, they said, “Possssstman. Sssssign for a parsssssel?” I though the way they stretched out the Ss was a little weird – but Lady Roslyn seemed to find it much worse....

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Aliens Get The Sniffles Too! Ahhh-Choo!

Posted by on Oct 29, 2017 in Age-o-Meter: 3-5, Scare-o-Meter: 1 | 0 comments

Aliens Get The Sniffles Too! Ahhh-Choo!

SNATCH A STORY     THE WICKED READ   Aliens Get the Sniffles Too! Ahhh-Choo! By Katy S. Duffield Illustrated by K. G. Campbell Published by Candlewick Press ISBN-13: 9780763665029 Age Range: 3 – 7 Years Ahhh-flying-saucer-shooting-star-CHOO! Laughter is the best medicine when you’re a little alien feeling under the weather. Little Alien is sick. And sick is extra-terrestrial bad when you have two scratchy throats, five ears that hurt, and three runny noses. Splatch! Sputter! Spurt! Luckily Mama and Daddy Alien have an...

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Magic For Sale

Posted by on Oct 29, 2017 in Age-o-Meter: 4-7, Scare-o-Meter: 4 | 0 comments

Magic For Sale

SNATCH A STORY     THE WICKED READ   Magic For Sale By Carrie Clickard Illustrated by John Shelley Published by Holiday House Publishing
 ISBN-13: 9780823435593 Age Range: 4 – 8 Years A deliciously spooky, spectacularly illustrated story of a boy’s adventure in a magic shop that’s perfect for Halloween…and beyond! On the corner of Hemlock and Blight, the magic shop of Miss Pustula Night is open for business. Enchantments fill the shelves, but it’s the rumor of a shop ghost that really has kids excited. Brave Georgie...

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