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VOYABooks one and three of this five-book series deliver on the publisher's promise of fun, high-interest reading material. Some tales are as long as seven pages, but most are quick one- to three-page reads covering a wide range of topics, including the unexplained, the macabre, or the just plain weird. In the first book, written by Jancie Greene, readers will especially enjoy the spooky yet sad story of Andre Marcellin, a painter whose subjects would die days after he painted their portraits. They might also (guiltily) find "What a Way to Go!" to be fascinating, with people dying from flying manhole covers, a river of molasses, and more. Janet Lorimer's book is equally enticing, with sections on "Phantom Ships," "Sunken Cities," and "Historic Vampires," including a look at the vampire Elizabeth Bathory, Queen of Blood. What teen could resist reading about the Queen of Blood? Some topics have been covered elsewhere, such as Roswell and the Jersey Devil, but there are plenty of unfamiliar stories that will have teens shaking their heads and saying, "No way!" Two somewhat glaring omissions are a lack of source notes and no lists for further reading. Nevertheless the content is definitely teen-friendly as is the paperback format and the layout of the books (great for browsing). They are strongly recommended for school or public libraries. The shortness of the stories makes them perfect for reading aloud to groups or classes. A teacher's guide is available. VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P M J (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2006, Saddleback Educational, 76p., Trade pb. Ages 11 to 15.