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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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