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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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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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