Dare to Be Scared 4: Thirteen More Tales of Terror

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In this new addition to the series, author Robert D. San Souci and illustrator David Ouimet join forces to present 13 deliciously frightening tales. Elements of urban legend and folklore are utilized to weave powerful and suspenseful (yet age-appropriate) stories that young readers are sure to revisit, finding new meaning — and shivers — with each reading. In Dare to Be Scared 4, the stories range from "Fairy Godmother" to "A Really Scary Story" that should bear a label warning: Books can be dangerous! In "Snow ...
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Overview


In this new addition to the series, author Robert D. San Souci and illustrator David Ouimet join forces to present 13 deliciously frightening tales. Elements of urban legend and folklore are utilized to weave powerful and suspenseful (yet age-appropriate) stories that young readers are sure to revisit, finding new meaning — and shivers — with each reading. In Dare to Be Scared 4, the stories range from "Fairy Godmother" to "A Really Scary Story" that should bear a label warning: Books can be dangerous! In "Snow Day," Connor soon discovers that you can't make big magic without paying for it big time. It's best to have a flashlight for under-the-covers story-reading that reveals what's really behind the closed doors of the "Principal's Office," on the railroad tracks at dusk in "Heading Home," and the eerie fate of 13-year-old Peter in "Moonrise." David Ouimet's unique scratchboard illustrations and Robert San D. Souci's compelling prose make this a welcome jaunt through the world of ghosts and ghouls along with the children trying to escape their clutches!
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Gr 5–8—These deliciously shivery tales are perfect for campfire spookiness or as Halloween read-alouds. As in the previous books in the series, San Souci relies heavily on folklore and urban legends, giving the stories an even more chilling impact. Additionally, the tales center around children and usually have a rather dark ending. "Heading Home" features a boy who makes the wrong choice to walk the railroad tracks home. He almost pays with his life when he is chased by a ghostly woman who carries her head in a shopping bag. Another scary one is "Woody," which features a sinister half-bird half-Bigfoot creature. The girls in the story are cruel to another girl but they tolerate her because she has a cool camera. One day while out in the woods trying to find Woody, they get into a fight and separate. Then, one by one, they are hunted down until the final girl discovers her cruel fate just a little bit too late. Strong themes such as death and murder are prevalent throughout. Ouimet's dark illustrations are paired perfectly with this creepy collection.—Julie Shatterly, W.A. Bess Elementary School, Gastonia NC
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812627541
  • Publisher: Cricket Books
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Series: Dare to Be Scared
  • Pages: 229
  • Sales rank: 975,054
  • Age range: 8 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 920L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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