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Rules for Ghosting

Posted in Age-o-Meter: 8-12, Scare-o-Meter: 5

Rules for Ghosting

SNATCH A STORY   Scene from the middle grade novel Rules for Ghosting (Chapter 10): Wiley the Ghosterminator flipped the switch and beamed at Oliver. “There, you see these numbers? Right around here—mid-forties—that’s average. Normal, non-haunted atmosphere. But look at that needle—see it rise? Great gadzooks! I haven’t seen such a reading in—well, in quite a while, I assure you.” Wiley’s eyes bulged and Oliver leaned over to watch as the needle climbed up, and up, and up. Finally it hovered near the very top of the narrow screen. “These numbers are astronomical. I would say there’s a...

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Wings of Fire, Book #2: The Lost Heir

Posted in Age-o-Meter: 8-12, Scare-o-Meter: 5

Wings of Fire, Book #2: The Lost Heir

SNATCH A STORY   Close your eyes and listen to the thrilling opening to Wings of Fire, Book #2: The Lost Heir:     THE WICKED READ   Wings of Fire, Book #2: The Lost Heir By Tui T. Sutherland Book Published by Scholastic, Inc. ISBN-13: 9780545349246 Audiobook Publisher: Scholastic Audio Narrated by: Shannon McManus Age Range: 8 – 12 Years The Wings of Fire saga continues with a thrilling underwater adventure–and a mystery that will change everything! The lost heir to the SeaWing throne is going home at last. She can’t believe it’s finally...

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Wings of Fire, Legends: Darkstalker

Posted in Age-o-Meter: 8-12, Scare-o-Meter: 5

Wings of Fire, Legends: Darkstalker

SNATCH A STORY   Close your eyes and listen to the thrilling opening to Wings of Fire, Legends: Darkstalker:     THE WICKED READ   Wings of Fire, Legends: Darkstalker By Tui T. Sutherland Book Published by Scholastic, Inc. ISBN-13: 9781338053616 Audiobook Published by Scholastic Audio Narrated by: Shannon McManus Age Range: 8 – 12 Years Three dragons. One unavoidable, unpredictable destiny. This is the beginning… of the end. In the SeaWing kingdom, a young prince learns he is an animus — capable of wonderful magic that comes with a terrible price. In the...

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Momotaro: Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters

Posted in Age-o-Meter: 8-12, Scare-o-Meter: 5

Momotaro: Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters

SNATCH A STORY   An excerpt from Momotaro: Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters:   Above me stands a turtle boy. A somewhat human-looking creature nearly six feet tall, with arms and legs extending out of a green shell. He cocks his head and considers me with bulbous, wet-looking black eyes. An olive-green third eyelid slides over in a blink. I blink too, thinking I’m dreaming again. “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle?” He sort of looks like one, except his hands and feet are webbed, and he has a shock of short, sleek black hair. Instead of a normal mouth, he’s got a sharp beak. His...

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Ghost Hunter’s Handbook

Posted in Age-o-Meter: 6-12, Scare-o-Meter: 5

Ghost Hunter’s Handbook

SNATCH A STORY   An Excerpt from The Ghost Hunter’s Handbook… How To Tell a Good Ghost Story What could be better than sitting around a fire with some of your good friends trying your best to scare the living daylights out of each other? Having a few good scary stories in your repertoire is a great way to keep a party lively. And to be a good storyteller, you have to know your audience. As with any ghostly activities, there is what I like to call “the fear-o-meter.” Some of your friends might be 100% comfortable with getting spooked while others might have nightmares. It is...

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The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow

Posted in Age-o-Meter:: 10-12, Scare-o-Meter: 5

The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow

SNATCH A STORY     THE WICKED READ   The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow By Jessica Haight & Stephanie Robinson Illustrated by Roman Muradov Published by Random House Children’s Books ISBN-13: 9780385744713 Lexile: 780L Age Range:  10 – 12 Years Fear Not the Unexpected.   Eleven-year-old Fairday Morrow is less than thrilled that her family is moving thousands of miles from civilization to the quiet country town of Ashpot, Connecticut, where she’s absolutely certain she’ll die of boredom. As if leaving New York City and her best friend, Lizzy, the only other...

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