Age-o-Meter:: 10-14

Pizza To Die For

Posted in Age-o-Meter:: 10-14, Scare-o-Meter: 6

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 and tell them what I know!” I closed my eyes,...

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Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle

Posted in Age-o-Meter:: 10-14, Scare-o-Meter:: 10

Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle

SNATCH A STORY   Close your eyes and listen to the chilling opening Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle:   THE WICKED READ   The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle By Janet Fox Published by Penguin Young Readers Group Age Range: 10 – 14 Years “An enchanting, ghostly story that had me in its grip until the last page.”  —Jennifer A. Nielsen, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of The False Prince “Keep calm and carry on.”  That’s what Katherine Bateson’s father told her, and that’s what she’s trying to do:  when her father goes off to the war, when...

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Toads and Diamonds

Posted in Age-o-Meter:: 10-14, Scare-o-Meter: 4

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 pavilion’s shade, Diribani almost tripped over a...

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The Vanishing Island

Posted in Age-o-Meter:: 10-14, Scare-o-Meter:: 10

The Vanishing Island

SNATCH A STORY     A chilling excerpt from the novel, The Vanishing Island… When Jacob Beenders was a boy in Holland, his mother told him stories about the Night Demon of the Netherlands, a black-clad boogeyman with fangs and shredding claws. He hides under your bed, she said, or in your wardrobe, and there he stays if you are good. But woe betide the children who misbehave. The Night Demon had caused Jacob many sleepless nights as a child. But the child had grown into a man, who had been a sailor now for more than half his life. He had seen men torn apart by cannonballs,...

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Deadly Flowers: A Ninja’s Tale

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Deadly Flowers: A Ninja’s Tale

SNATCH A STORY   An Excerpt from Deadly Flowers: A Ninja’s Tale: Something was coming up through that drain. That slurping sound came again, a vile, eager little gulp. And then a strange, soft clack-clack-clack. The skin on my back crawled, a chilly ripple that worked its way up my spine and into my scalp. Whatever it was, it sounded hungry. I’d put my sword back in the armory. There was nothing but a water dipper in my hand. A sword is a tool, not a crutch. Use it; do not lean on it. Anything can be a weapon. A stick, a stone. A comb, a needle. Or, of course, a cooking pot. I...

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