Scary, Mysterious & Fantastical Stories

Toads and Diamonds

Posted by on Oct 31, 2016 in Age-o-Meter:: 10-14, Scare-o-Meter: 4 | Comments Off on Toads and Diamonds

Toads and Diamonds

SNATCH A STORY   An Excerpt from the novel Toads and Diamonds: At the well… Diribani dipped her jar into the pool. Full, its weight stretched her tired arms. Grunting with the effort required to lift it above her shoulders, she settled the water jar onto the cloth ring that kept it steady on her head. Tana would be the first to remind her that poor girls earned their every meal, or they didn’t eat. Diribani’s lips twisted in a wry smile. Perhaps she wasn’t as skilled as her stepsister, but she could strive to work as hard. Leaving the...

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On a Windy Night

Posted by on Oct 31, 2016 in Age-o-Meter: 4-7, Scare-o-Meter: 3 | Comments Off on On a Windy Night

On a Windy Night

SNATCH A STORY     THE WICKED READ   On a Windy Night By Nancy Raines Day Illustrated by George Bates Published by Abrams, Harry N., Inc ISBN-13: 9780810939004 Age Range: 5 – 7 Years On a windy Halloween night, as a little boy makes his way home after trick-or-treating, he hears a voice: “Cracklety-clack, bones in a sack. They could be yours—if you look back.” As his heart flip-flops with fear, the boy dashes through woods and fields that seem full of haunting shapes—owls, ghosts, skeletons, and more. The detailed...

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Take Me To Your BBQ

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Take Me To Your BBQ

SNATCH A STORY     THE WICKED READ   Take Me to Your BBQ by Kathy Duval Illustrated by Adam McCauley Published by Disney-Hyperion ISBN-13: 9781423122555 Age Range: 3 – 5 Years Aliens have landed on Willy’s farm, and they’re not leaving without a square dance and a square meal! So fire up that grill, lay on the barbeque sauce, and snatch up that fiddle. Told in verse, this rollicking story puts a twist on the typical encounter with the third kind. Adam McCauley’s out-of-this-world illustrations match...

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Unlike Other Monsters

Posted by on Oct 31, 2016 in Age-o-Meter: 3-5, Scare-o-Meter: 1 | Comments Off on Unlike Other Monsters

Unlike Other Monsters

SNATCH A STORY   The True and Scary Story of VideoScare, Inc. (It’s Not Really True) An Original Zander Tale by Audrey Vernick Some people like to be scared. They go on rollercoasters. See scary movies. Enjoy a late night haunted hayride. And when there’s nothing scary going on, they might take advantage of being scared by video. Let’s face it: It’s not always possible to be scared in person. Others will do anything to NOT be scared. They avoid spiders. And turn on all the lights before entering a room. But there was once a monster,...

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Princess Juniper of the Hourglass

Posted by on Oct 31, 2016 in Age-o-Meter: 7-10, Scare-o-Meter: 3 | Comments Off on Princess Juniper of the Hourglass

Princess Juniper of the Hourglass

SNATCH A STORY   Scene from the middle grade novel Princess Juniper of the Hourglass (Chapter 12): The next morning, Juniper and Toby, along with a few other early risers, trekked over to inspect the animal enclosures. Yesterday, the brand-new fence had stood upright; today it bulged grotesquely inward, limp branches teetering in loose soil. The ground inside the horses’ enclosure was fully torn up and trampled. Inside, five horses nervously pawed the ground, eyes darting from side to side. Five horses, where there should have been...

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Hensel and Gretel: Ninja Chicks

Posted by on Oct 30, 2016 in Age-o-Meter: 4-8, Scare-o-Meter: 2 | Comments Off on Hensel and Gretel: Ninja Chicks

Hensel and Gretel: Ninja Chicks

SNATCH A STORY     THE WICKED READ   Hensel and Gretel: Ninja Chicks By Corey Rosen Schwartz Illustrated by Dan Santat Published by Penguins Young Readers Group ISBN-13:9780399176265 Age Range: 5 – 8 Years New from the team behind The Three Ninja Pigs and Ninja Red Riding Hood These ninja chicks are anything but chicken! When Hensel and Gretel’s dad gets snatched by a fox, the sisters put their ninja skills to work to track him down before he can be stir-fried. But are these two little chicks ready to take on a dark...

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Pieces and Players

Posted by on Oct 30, 2016 in Age-o-Meter: 8-12, Scare-o-Meter: 3 | Comments Off on Pieces and Players

Pieces and Players

SNATCH A STORY   Close your eyes and listen to the artsy opening to Pieces and Players:     THE WICKED READ   Pieces and Players By Blue Balliett Book Published by Scholastic, Inc. ISBN-13: 9780545299916 Audiobook Published by Scholastic Audio Narrated by Bahni Turpin Age Range: 8 – 12 Years THE PIECES Thirteen extremely valuable pieces of art have been stolen from one of the most secretive museums in the world. A Vermeer has vanished. A Manet is missing. And nobody has any idea where they and the other eleven...

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The Infamous Ratsos

Posted by on Oct 30, 2016 in Age-o-Meter: 4-8, Scare-o-Meter: 1 | Comments Off on The Infamous Ratsos

The Infamous Ratsos

SNATCH A STORY     THE WICKED READ   The Infamous Ratsos By Kara LaReau Illustrated by Matt Myers Published by Candlewick Press ISBN-13: 9780763676360 Age Range: 5 – 8 Years Louie and Ralphie Ratso are no softies! Readers are sure to chuckle as the determined Ratso brothers’ plans to act tough go hilariously awry. Louie and Ralphie Ratso’s dad, Big Lou, always says that there are two kinds of people: those who are tough and those who are soft. Louie and Ralphie are tough, tough, tough, just like Big Lou, and they’re going...

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Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures

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Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures

SNATCH A STORY   Close your eyes and listen to the magical opening to Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures:     THE WICKED READ   Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures By Maggie Stiefvater & Jackson Pearce Book Published by Scholastic, Inc. ISBN-13: 9780545709262 Audiobook Published by Scholastic Audio Narrated byCassandra Morris & Peter McGowan Age Range: 8 – 12 Years Here’s a list of things Pip Bartlett can talk to: —Unicorns —Miniature Silky Griffins —Bitterflunks Basically, all...

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Marvin and the Moths

Posted by on Oct 30, 2016 in Age-o-Meter: 8-12, Scare-o-Meter: 2 | Comments Off on Marvin and the Moths

Marvin and the Moths

SNATCH A STORY   Close your eyes and listen to the bugged-out opening to Marvin and the Moths:     THE WICKED READ   Marvin and the Moths By Matthew Holm & Jonathan Follett Book Published by Scholastic, Inc. ISBN-13: 9780545876742 Audiobook Published by Scholastic Audio Narrated by Ramón de Ocampo Age Range: 8 – 12 Year Middle school is off to a rocky start for Marvin Watson. Doomed to misfit status, his only friends are a girl with major orthodontics, the smelliest boy in school, and the trio of sarcastic...

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