Scary, Magical, & Mysterious Stories

Jasmine Toguchi, Super Sleuth

Posted by on Oct 7, 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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Hyacinth and the Secrets Beneath

Posted by on Oct 7, 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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Ossiri and the Bala Mengro

Posted by on Oct 6, 2017 in Age-o-Meter: 4-7, Scare-o-Meter: 3 | 0 comments

Ossiri and the Bala Mengro

SNATCH A STORY     THE WICKED READ   Ossiri and the Bala Mengro By Richard O’Neill & Katharine Quarmby Illustrated by Hannah Tolson Published by Child’s Play-International ISBN-13: 9781846439254 Age Range: 4 – 9 Years A Traveller girl creates her own musical instrument from a willow branch and lots of recycled objects. She plays it enthusiastically, but it sounds terrible! Ignoring warnings not to awaken the ogre in the hills, Ossiri goes there to practice playing her instrument. Will she wake the ogre,...

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Pizza To Die For

Posted by on Oct 6, 2017 in Age-o-Meter:: 10-14, Scare-o-Meter: 6 | 0 comments

Pizza To Die For

SNATCH A STORY   At fourteen, future chef Mikki Norden is ready for any kitchen emergency – except the unexpected death of her mentor, Mr. Baldacci. But Mikki’s learned a lot about solving crimes from her mother, an almost-published mystery author. So when the local New Jersey police rule Mr. B’s death a heart attack, she knows she has to prove otherwise. But then, one night, she is kidnapped … An Excerpt from Pizza to Die For: “That’s why you kidnapped me. You. You both. You killed Mr. B, didn’t you? You’re afraid I’ll go to the police...

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The Infamous Ratsos Are Not Afraid

Posted by on Oct 4, 2017 in Age-o-Meter: 4-8, Scare-o-Meter: 4 | 0 comments

The Infamous Ratsos Are Not Afraid

SNATCH A STORY Ratsos fans — have no fear! The trailer for this spook-tacular story is here!     THE WICKED READ   The Infamous Ratsos Are Not Afraid Series: Infamous Ratsos Series #2 Published by Candlewick Press ISBN-13: 9780763676377 Age Range: 5 – 8 Years When Louie and Ralphie Ratso set out to transform a cluttered lot into an arcade, they end up conquering a few surprising fears along the way in this follow-up to the Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book The Infamous Ratsos. Louie and Ralphie Ratso have a genius idea: if...

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Cat’s Colors

Posted by on Oct 2, 2017 in Age-o-Meter: 3-5, Scare-o-Meter: 1 | 0 comments

Cat’s Colors

SNATCH A STORY   Cat has a magical surprise for young readers…   THE WICKED READ   Cat’s Colors By Airlie Anderson Illustrated by Airlie Anderson Published by Child’s Play-International ISBN-13: 9781846437618 Age Range: 3 – 7 Years What better thing to do on a gray day than collect some colors? Cat decides to do just that, but where will she find them? A charming, deceptively simple story about making the most of the world around us and giving something back in return.   Look For It If You Dare… Local Library...

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Two Truths and a Lie: It’s Alive!

Posted by on Oct 2, 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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Lowriders In Space

Posted by on Oct 2, 2017 in Age-o-Meter: 8-12, Scare-o-Meter: 4 | 0 comments

Lowriders In Space

SNATCH A STORY     THE WICKED READ Lowriders in Space Series: Lowriders #1 By Cathy Camper Illustrated by Raul the Third Published by Chronicle Books ISBN-13: 9781452128696 Age Range: 8 – 12 Years Lupe Impala, El Chavo Flapjack, and Elirio Malaria love working with cars. You name it, they can fix it. But the team’s favorite cars of all are lowriders—cars that hip and hop, dip and drop, go low and slow, bajito y suavecito. The stars align when a contest for the best car around offers a prize of a trunkful of cash—just...

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Starring Carmen

Posted by on Sep 29, 2017 in Age-o-Meter: 4-7, Scare-o-Meter: 1 | 0 comments

Starring Carmen

SNATCH A STORY     THE WICKED READ   Starring Carmen! By Anika Denise Illustrated by Lorena Alvarez Gómez Published by ABRAMS ISBN-13: 9781419723216 Age Range: 5 – 7 Years Meet Carmen! She LOVES the spotlight and applause. She’s an actress, a singer, a dancer—a one-girl sensación! She exhausts her parents with her nightly performances and completely overshadows Eduardo, her adoring little brother. But when Eduardo shows his big sister how much he loves her in a way even Carmen can’t ignore, will Carmen realize that...

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Lost In Ghostville

Posted by on Sep 28, 2017 in Age-o-Meter: 8-12, Scare-o-Meter: 5 | 0 comments

Lost In Ghostville

SNATCH A STORY   Chapter Five of Lost in Ghostville: …Leaving the haunted hotdog, I peeked into a couple of doors. All I found was a broom closet and a bathroom — another girls’ room. “Don’t tell on me,” I said. “I’m going in.” I pushed open the door. It was too dark to see and after a couple of steps I banged into the sink. Something skittered up my arm and over my shoulder. “What was that?” I ran back out into the hall, shaking my arm and brushing wildly at my back. “Get it off!” Vicki cringed. “Hold still.” “Get it off!” She...

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