Age-o-Meter: 8-12

The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street

Posted in Age-o-Meter: 8-12, Age-o-Meter:: 10-12, Scare-o-Meter: 8

The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street

SNATCH A STORY     THE WICKED READ   The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street By Lindsay Currie Published by Aladdin ISBN-13: 9781481477048 Age Range: 8 – 12 Years A girl unravels a centuries-old mystery after moving into a haunted house in this deliciously suspenseful mystery. Tessa Woodward isn’t exactly thrilled to move to rainy, cold Chicago from her home in sunny Florida. But homesickness turns to icy fear when unexplainable things start happening in her new house. Things like flickering lights, mysterious drawings appearing out of nowhere, and a crackling noise she...

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Hyacinth and the Secrets Beneath

Posted in Age-o-Meter: 8-12, Scare-o-Meter: 7

Hyacinth and the Secrets Beneath

SNATCH A STORY   An Excerpt from Hyacinth and the Secrets Beneath   Newly arrived in London, 12-year-old Hyacinth accidentally unleashes glowing water from her bathroom sink. She mops up most of it, but a single drop escapes. And then things get really weird… Somebody started knocking loudly on the front door. They called out, “Postman. Sign for a parcel?” Well, actually, they said, “Possssstman. Sssssign for a parsssssel?” I though the way they stretched out the Ss was a little weird – but Lady Roslyn seemed to find it much worse. “The Saltpetre Men!” she cried out. “They’ve found...

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Two Truths and a Lie: It’s Alive!

Posted in Age-o-Meter: 8-12, Scare-o-Meter: 6

Two Truths and a Lie: It’s Alive!

SNATCH A STORY   Are you a savvy reader? Can you tell fact from fiction?  Here’s a list of ten super-spooky graveyard facts to shiver your timbers. Brrrr! But—this treat comes with a catch! Nine of these facts are TRUE… but one is a LIE. Don’t get tricked! When you’ve decided on your answer, scroll to the bottom of the page!   Strange but (Mostly) True Cemetery Facts   Cemeteries can be disconcerting places, but they’re also interesting. All of these details related to burials are true . . . except, of course, for one. Can you find the fib among the facts?   1) La...

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Lowriders In Space

Posted in Age-o-Meter: 8-12, Scare-o-Meter: 4

Lowriders In Space

SNATCH A STORY     THE WICKED READ Lowriders in Space Series: Lowriders #1 By Cathy Camper Illustrated by Raul the Third Published by Chronicle Books ISBN-13: 9781452128696 Age Range: 8 – 12 Years Lupe Impala, El Chavo Flapjack, and Elirio Malaria love working with cars. You name it, they can fix it. But the team’s favorite cars of all are lowriders—cars that hip and hop, dip and drop, go low and slow, bajito y suavecito. The stars align when a contest for the best car around offers a prize of a trunkful of cash—just what the team needs to open their own shop! ¡Ay...

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Lost In Ghostville

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

Lost In Ghostville

SNATCH A STORY   Chapter Five of Lost in Ghostville: …Leaving the haunted hotdog, I peeked into a couple of doors. All I found was a broom closet and a bathroom — another girls’ room. “Don’t tell on me,” I said. “I’m going in.” I pushed open the door. It was too dark to see and after a couple of steps I banged into the sink. Something skittered up my arm and over my shoulder. “What was that?” I ran back out into the hall, shaking my arm and brushing wildly at my back. “Get it off!” Vicki cringed. “Hold still.” “Get it off!” She hesitated, then finally let out a shriek and as her eyes...

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Poison: Deadly Deeds, Perilous Professions, and Murderous Medicines

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

Poison: Deadly Deeds, Perilous Professions, and Murderous Medicines

SNATCH A STORY   Open the POISON FILES if you dare…           THE WICKED READ   Poison: Deadly Deeds, Perilous Professions, and Murderous Medicines By Sarah Albee Published by Random House Children’s Books ISBN-13: 9781101932230 Age Range: 8 – 12 Years Science geeks and armchair detectives will soak up this non-lethal, humorous account of the role poisons have played in human history. For centuries, people have been poisoning one another—changing personal lives and the course of empires alike. From spurned spouses and rivals, to condemned...

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