Age-o-Meter: 7-10

The Problem with NOT Being Scared of Monsters

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The Problem with NOT Being Scared of Monsters

SNATCH A STORY   The following is an excerpt from the forthcoming chapter book, FOM: Creature in the Basement (a spin-off of the popular picture book The Problem with NOT Being Scared of Monsters)… “Constance! Constance!” I turn to find my little brother standing on his tiptoes on the couch. “Geebs, calm down. It’s just a spider,” I say. The spider is standing in the middle of the living room floor. And that is more than Geebs can handle. “Get rid of it! Get rid of it!” he screams at me. “Why don’t you get rid of it?” I snap back. “NO!” he screams as if the spider has just landed...

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Princess Juniper of the Hourglass

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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 fourteen. “What’s happened?” Juniper asked. “Where have...

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The World Series Curse

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The World Series Curse

SNATCH A STORY   An excerpt  from Trick AND Treat, Chapter 13 of  The World Series Curse:   Ding-dong! Kate’s doorbell in Cooperstown, New York, was ringing. It was Saturday night, and she and Mike were hosting a Halloween party at her house near the National Baseball Hall of Fame. They had invited all their friends from school. Mike and Kate had picked a special theme. It was a World Series Halloween party! Everyone could come as anything they wanted to, like a ghost, a zombie, a ballerina, a dog, or a TV star, as long as they had something baseball-related on them! Kate opened...

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