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Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle

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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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The Vanishing Island

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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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