All Hallows' Eve: 13 Stories

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A boy is trapped in a possessed car that has stalled in the path of an oncoming train. A girl is dragged into a crypt during a field trip to an eighteenth-century cemetery. A group of friends meet their fate after an unsettling visit with a backwoods psychic. And that's just the beginning.
    
Celebrated author Vivian Vande Velde is at her spine-tingling best in this collection of thirteen scary stories, all of ...

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Overview

A boy is trapped in a possessed car that has stalled in the path of an oncoming train. A girl is dragged into a crypt during a field trip to an eighteenth-century cemetery. A group of friends meet their fate after an unsettling visit with a backwoods psychic. And that's just the beginning.
    
Celebrated author Vivian Vande Velde is at her spine-tingling best in this collection of thirteen scary stories, all of which take place on Halloween night. With tales that range from the disturbing to the downright gruesome, this is one collection that teens will want to read with the lights on . . . and the doors locked.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Vivian Vande Velde spins 13 systematically scary yarns that all take place on All Hallows' Eve. Readers encounter a car possessed by a vengeful spirit, a mausoleum inhabited by a murderer and a family of ghosts as well as other creatures that will give them goosebumps. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
VOYA - Snow Wildsmith
Halloween, or All Hallows' Eve, has long been a time of ghoulies and ghosties. Vande Velde takes the reader into the heart of that haunted time with these stories, each set on Halloween night. A class trip to a cemetery proves almost fatal for a teenage girl. Five friends decide to consult a psychic, but they might not like what the future has in store for them. A boy learns the hard way the consequences of being rude to a witch. Two girls are "best friends forever" and one of them intends to keep it that way. Most of Vande Velde's work has a fantasy or spooky element to it, but in this collection she focuses on more traditional horror stories. The main characters do not meet with a good end in many cases. The stories are mostly strong, especially the surprising Morgan Roehmar's Boys and the poignant Holding On, although they rely rather heavily on the surprise twist at the end, which sometimes is not much of a surprise and seems forced. Because it is a collection of horror tales, there is some blood and violence but little strong language and few adult situations. The cover is appropriately ghostly, with a blurry face, mouth open in a scream, and a blood-red color scheme. It is a recommended purchase, not only because this collection of stories is nicely done but also because of the dearth of decently written horror for the middle grades.
Children's Literature - Anita Barnes Lowen
Things that happen on All Hallow's Eve can be unsettling and inexplicable. These thirteen eerie tales all take place on Halloween and might make readers think twice before venturing out. A possessed car stalls in the path of an oncoming train with Justin trapped inside. The school field trip to an old cemetery turns deadly, but not for Janelle who is lured inside a mausoleum by a baby's cries. Brian is certain the Zolla family are vampires; now he is about to find out if they are just pretending. And no one wants a best friend like Nikki, not if you want to stay alive. Not too gory, not too gruesome, but thirteen short stories that are scary enough to raise goose bumps and send shivers down the spine.
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up-A collection of 13 stories that will thrill and chill readers. Each tale takes place on Halloween, and some stories are variations on familiar tales. Many are set in upstate New York, which lends a nice Ichabod Crane feel to the book. Well crafted, these spine-tingling selections rely on "gotcha" moments and old-fashioned suspense rather than gross-out horror. While all of them are enjoyable and worth mulling over, several stand out: in the creepy "Morgan Roehmar's Boys," a girl acting the part of a knifing victim during a haunted hayride comes face to face with a long-dead child murderer. "Pretending" describes a first date gone horribly wrong. "MARIAN" features a teen driver who finds himself at the mercy of his car, and the horrifying "My Real Mother" describes an adopted teen who searches for her blood (and, as it turns out, blood-sucking) mother, while leaving behind a gruesome mess at her adoptive parents' home. The writing is crisp and concise and truly packs a punch. Fans of horror fiction and suspense will not be disappointed.-Elaine Baran Black, Gwinnett County Public Library, Lawrenceville, GA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
These new tales are all set on Halloween, and readers hoping for eerie doings featuring a cast of ghosts and unwary young folk won't be disappointed. From a spectral serial killer who rises again in "Morgan Roehmar's Boys" to a helpful clan that rescues a terrified teen from a maniac during a "Cemetery Field Trip," most of the dead-but-not-gone characters are still tangible enough to work their wills on the living. Tossing in the occasional witch ("Come in and Rest a Spell"), vampire ("My Real Mother") or werewolf ("Pretending"), Vande Velde dishes up a varied menu of voices, settings and plot twists. Though the spark of brilliance that lights up the stories in her Being Dead (2001), and most of her longer fantasies, shines more palely here, there's plenty to chill, challenge or even charm. (Short stories. 10-13)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152064730
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/6/2010
  • Pages: 225
  • Sales rank: 839,289
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Lexile: 1010L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Vivian Vande Velde has written many books for teen and middle grade readers, including Heir Apparent , User Unfriendly , All Hallow's Eve: 13 Stories, Three Good Deeds, Now You See It ..., and the Edgar Award–winning Never Trust a Dead Man. She lives in Rochester, New York. Visit her website at www.vivianvandevelde.com.

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All Hallows' Eve

13 Stories
By Vande Velde, Vivian

Harcourt Children's Books

Copyright © 2006 Vande Velde, Vivian
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0152055762

Come in and Rest
a Spell

Don't be shy. Don't be afraid. Come on in. Granny doesn't bite. See, Granny has hardly any teeth left. I couldn't bite if I wanted to.
Are you nervous because it's All Hallows' Eve? This is a spooky night. The dead walk, witches convene, a door opens between the world of the seen and the world of the unseen.
And sometimes that door lets all sorts of evil onto the earth.
No, no, don't leave. I'm just telling stories. Silly old granny that I am. The night is cold and dark, and you've walked so far to get here, and I just want to help you.

Eye of newt
Mandrake root
Tear of pity from a heartless soul . . .

Granny is good at helping people. No one has ever complained.
Let me guess what you need.
You're such a pretty young thing, with skin so soft and smooth, and your hair thick and dark, and your eyes clear, and your limbs firm and strong, and you even have all your teeth. Lucky, lucky you.
Granny misses her teeth.
What could a girl like you possibly need? What keeps you from being happy?
Is there sickness in your family? No, no, don't answer: Granny is guessing. And Granny would have guessed, even before you shook your head, that you don't have the look ofsomeone dealing with that particular sorrow.
Are you needing money to survive? No, you're too beautiful to have done without meals or to be having no place to lay your head at night.
Is there someone who has crossed you, someone you want to put a curse on? Maybe . . . but Granny thinks you probably know how to get back at people, so you wouldn't need magic for that.
Granny guesses she sees a light in your eyes-- not fever, or hunger, or the thought of revenge.
Granny guesses it's love. Granny guesses you're in love with a boy who doesn't love you back.
See! Granny's good at this.
Granny can help.

Wing of bat
Tooth of rat
Water that someone has drowned in . . .

Is he handsome? Is he rich?
Oh, yes, Granny knows the young man you mean. Granny thinks he's a fine choice. If Granny were younger, she'd want him for herself.
Granny has just the spell to bind him to you.
Granny must mix this, and this, and a little bit of this.
Yes, yes, it smells bad, but it's just what you need.
Drink it all.
All.
Yes, every last bit.
He will love your face, and your form, and your voice, and the way you move.
To be happy, he will need to see your eyes, to hear your laugh, to smell your scent, to touch your skin, to taste your lips. To be happy, he will need your happiness.
He will find completeness only in you.

Stain of blood
Graveyard mud
Dying breath of a murdered man . . .

You may feel light-headed.
Oops, Granny warned you. Here, take my hands. Granny will hold you steady while the spell works its way through you.
Yes, you're perfectly right: He needs to drink down the potion that will tie him to you.
Or should I say: to your beautiful, healthy, young body.
I'll make sure he drinks that.
The spell I just did? That lets us trade, you and Granny.
Don't struggle. It's no use, and you'll only bruise our beautiful skin.
Do you feel your limbs growing sore and weak? Do you recognize your features forming on me?
It's no use screaming; Granny is the only one who can hear.
Fine, then. Be that way: Let go of my hands. Too late now, anyway.
Oh, Granny sees. You're not so much recoiling from me as convulsing from the poison.
Did I forget to mention the poison?
I can't very well have you complaining about me. Granny has never had any complaints.
You just go ahead and lie there on the floor. It won't be too much longer, and the pain won't get much worse.
I'll go see to your young man.
He and I will be very happy together.
And if we're not-- I have a spell for that, too.


Copyright 2006 by Vande Velde, Vivian
All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording, or any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher.

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Table of Contents

Contents

Come in and Rest a Spell

MARIAN

Morgan Roehmar’s Boys

Only on All Hallows’ Eve

Cemetery Field Trip

Best Friends

Pretending

I Want to Thank You

When and How

When My Parents Come to Visit

Edward, Lost and Far from Home

My Real Mother

Holding On

 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2013

    Great book!

    One of my favorite collections of scary story books ever!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2012

    Hell

    Hella good book

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  • Posted September 13, 2011

    A Great Frightening book

    All Hallows' Eve is a great scary book for young and old readers who loves to be scare. The book is actually split into 13 scary stories that will give you goosebumps and haunt you in your nightmares. Each story have a different character that are either killed or just lucky that they survived. Each story either have ghosts, witches, vampires,or werewolves. I would recommend this to any friend. What i really enjoyed about this book is the way the author made sure each 13 stories ended with a shocking surprise. Vivian Vande wrote the book really well she was sure that each story will shock you with fear. She is one of the best story writers i had ever read so far. I highly recommend this book to any reader.

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  • Posted August 9, 2011

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    Reviewed by Jennifer Wardrip aka The Genius for TeensReadToo

    I have been a fan of Vivian Vande Velde ever since I read CURSES, INC. AND OTHER STORIES. I quickly followed that up by reading several of her other books, including NOW YOU SEE IT... and COMPANIONS OF THE NIGHT. Ms. Vande Velde is the master of spooky stories, whether they be contemporary, paranormal, or fantasy. What she's even better at, though, is writing short stories that have a way of staying with you long after you finish reading them. With ALL HALLOWS' EVE, the author has brought us thirteen original short stories that, as a whole, scared the bejesus out of me. Whether the story is two pages long or ten, you find yourself immersed in the life of whatever tale the author is telling--and find yourself coming out, at the end of it, glad you're reading with the lights on. The stories in this collection include: COME IN AND REST A SPELL MARIAN MORGAN ROEHMAR'S BOYS ONLY ON ALL HALLOWS' EVE CEMETERY FIELD TRIP BEST FRIENDS PRETENDING I WANT TO THANK YOU WHEN AND HOW WHEN MY PARENTS COME TO VISIT EDWARD, LOST AND FAR FROM HOME MY REAL MOTHER HOLDING ON There is nothing timid about this collection. I have always loved Halloween; it is, in fact, my second favorite holiday, beat out only by Christmas. After reading these short stories, though, I will never look at hay rides, cemeteries, school trips, cackling old ladies, or scarecrows on front porches in the same way. I read, on a regular basis, the stories of horror/paranormal authors Dean Koontz and Stephen King, and these stories by Vivian Vande Velde freaked me out just as much as those by my horror heroes. Be warned, though. Read MORGAN ROEHMAR'S BOYS, CEMETERY FIELD TRIP, and MY REAL MOTHER at your own risk--and with those lights on.

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  • Posted September 20, 2010

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    A satisfying mix of thrills

    After reading All Hallows' Eve, by Vivian Vande Velde, I wandered over to the author's website and found a long list of books, many of them fantasies for teens, and even a section with a wise and fascinating essay on why books shouldn't be banned. I think I like this author! (Wish I could be in one of her writers' groups!)

    All Hallows' Eve is a fun collection of scary Halloween tales; thirteen of them, of course, all different, all fascinatingly original. There's Granny, offering that perfect spell to the teenaged grandchild. There's the mysteriously talented GPS in a rather battered old car. There's Matt, trying to cope with his quarreling parents when they visit his grandmother's house; lost Edward; found Harlan; five friends having their fortunes told. There's something for everyone-at least, for everyone who fancies a Halloween scare.

    I loved these tormented teen stories, haunting, funny, scary, strange and sad; and I know I'll be looking out for more books by this author. Meanwhile I'll work my way through the writing advice on her site; she seems like an excellent teacher to hope to learn from.

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  • Posted October 26, 2008

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    Reviewed by Jennifer Wardrip, aka "The Genius" for TeensReadToo.com

    I have been a fan of Vivian Vande Velde ever since I read CURSES, INC. AND OTHER STORIES. I quickly followed that up by reading several of her other books, including NOW YOU SEE IT... and COMPANIONS OF THE NIGHT. Ms. Vande Velde is the master of spooky stories, whether they be contemporary, paranormal, or fantasy. What she's even better at, though, is writing short stories that have a way of staying with you long after you finish reading them. <BR/><BR/>With ALL HALLOWS' EVE, the author has brought us thirteen original short stories that, as a whole, scared the bejesus out of me. Whether the story is two pages long or ten, you find yourself immersed in the life of whatever tale the author is telling--and find yourself coming out, at the end of it, glad you're reading with the lights on. <BR/><BR/>The stories in this collection include: <BR/><BR/>COME IN AND REST A SPELL <BR/>MARIAN <BR/>MORGAN ROEHMAR'S BOYS <BR/>ONLY ON ALL HALLOWS' EVE <BR/>CEMETERY FIELD TRIP <BR/>BEST FRIENDS <BR/>PRETENDING <BR/>I WANT TO THANK YOU <BR/>WHEN AND HOW <BR/>WHEN MY PARENTS COME TO VISIT <BR/>EDWARD, LOST AND FAR FROM HOME <BR/>MY REAL MOTHER <BR/>HOLDING ON <BR/><BR/>There is nothing timid about this collection. I have always loved Halloween; it is, in fact, my second favorite holiday, beat out only by Christmas. After reading these short stories, though, I will never look at hay rides, cemeteries, school trips, cackling old ladies, or scarecrows on front porches in the same way. I read, on a regular basis, the stories of horror/paranormal authors Dean Koontz and Stephen King, and these stories by Vivian Vande Velde freaked me out just as much as those by my horror heroes. Be warned, though. Read MORGAN ROEHMAR'S BOYS, CEMETERY FIELD TRIP, and MY REAL MOTHER at your own risk--and with those lights on.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2007

    The Scary Part comes all of a sudden.

    It's never what I expect to happen of course but anyway. The Scaryness comes almost right at the end and then it just ends abruptly too. It's good horror though. I'm reading Now You See It.....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2006

    Courtesy of Teens Read Too

    I have been a fan of Vivian Vande Velde ever since I read CURSES, INC. AND OTHER STORIES. I quickly followed that up by reading several of her other books, including NOW YOU SEE IT... and COMPANIONS OF THE NIGHT. Ms. Vande Velde is the master of spooky stories, whether they be contemporary, paranormal, or fantasy. What she's even better at, though, is writing short stories that have a way of staying with you long after you finish reading them. With ALL HALLOWS' EVE, the author has brought us thirteen original short stories that, as a whole, scared the bejesus out of me. Whether the story is two pages long or ten, you find yourself immersed in the life of whatever tale the author is telling-- and find yourself coming out, at the end of it, glad you're reading with the lights on. The stories in this collection include: COME IN AND REST A SPELL, MARIAN, MORGAN ROEHMAR'S BOYS, ONLY ON ALL HALLOWS' EVE, CEMETERY FIELD TRIP, BEST FRIENDS, PRETENDING, I WANT TO THANK YOU, WHEN AND HOW, WHEN MY PARENTS COME TO VISIT, EDWARD, LOST AND FAR FROM HOME, MY REAL MOTHER, and HOLDING ON. There is nothing timid about this collection. I have always loved Halloween it is, in fact, my second favorite holiday, beat out only by Christmas. After reading these short stories, though, I will never look at hay rides, cemeteries, school trips, cackling old ladies, or scarecrows on front porches in the same way. I read, on a regular basis, the stories of horror/paranormal authors Dean Koontz and Stephen King, and these stories by Vivian Vande Velde freaked me out just as much as those by my horror heroes. Be warned, though. Read MORGAN ROEHMAR'S BOYS, CEMETERY FIELD TRIP, and MY REAL MOTHER at your own risk--and with those lights on.

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