Dare to Be Scared: Thirteen Stories to Chill and Thrill

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This illustrated collection by the author of Short and Shivery: Thirty Chilling Tales includes ghost tales, ?jump? stories, dark fantasy, and science fiction, all set in contemporary situations that will seem hauntingly familiar to young readers. Several of the stories draw on the rich heritage of legends, folklore, and cultural traditions as they extend into children?s lives today. With suspense, action, and manageable ?scare level,? these stories will be popular around the campfire and during summertime ...
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Overview


This illustrated collection by the author of Short and Shivery: Thirty Chilling Tales includes ghost tales, ?jump? stories, dark fantasy, and science fiction, all set in contemporary situations that will seem hauntingly familiar to young readers. Several of the stories draw on the rich heritage of legends, folklore, and cultural traditions as they extend into children?s lives today. With suspense, action, and manageable ?scare level,? these stories will be popular around the campfire and during summertime sleepovers.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Robert D. San Souci pens a collection of fantastic, frightful stories in Dare to Be Scared: Thirteen Stories to Chill and Thrill, illus. by David Ouimet. Selections range from short tales like "Nighttown," in which a boy's vacation in the Caribbean goes horribly awry, to longer entries like "Hungry Ghosts," in which a restless spirit swallows a boy's soul. All provide a suspenseful atmosphere and plenty of dark doings, complemented by Ouimet's eerie b&w artwork. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Award-winning author Robert. D. San Souci has penned a chilling collection of thirteen original short stories just for readers who, as the author notes in his dedication, "love to be scared." In "Nighttown," Sammy knows he is dreaming by the way the town looks at night, but yet he cannot wake up. When he asks for directions to the hotel where he and his parents are staying, the would-be helpers' teeth suddenly become longer and longer. Just when Sammy thinks he's safe in his hotel room, though, the reader knows his nightmare is not over. Other stories feature haunted houses, ghosts who return for treasured items, aliens, marauding ants, a cave monster, an amusement park ride that never ends, and a dead ancestor who takes over the body of a young boy. The tales are a satisfyingly creepy read, perfect for dark nights with a flashlight under the covers. Black-and-white drawings by David Ouimet complete the otherworldly atmospherics. 2003, Cricket Books, Ages 8 to 12.
— Valerie O. Patterson
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-From a horrible dream a boy can't wake up from to an alien-driven bus to an eerie house with an alarming inhabitant, these stories cover the gamut of scary themes. Some are barely shiver inducing, while others, like the Halloween tale of a mean big sister who attracts an evil spirit, are deliciously horrifying. Although they are all original, many of these stories feature themes and plots that are the staples of folklore, making them natural candidates for reading or telling aloud, preferably around a campfire or at midnight during a sleepover. While kids may shrug at the tamer stories, they will marvel at the poignant twist in "Smoke" and shudder at the ominous "Bakotahl." The hilarious and spooky tale of an aunt who contacts her rude niece by cell phone from beyond the grave is destined to be told at summer camps throughout the land. The dark, black-and-white, pen-and-ink drawings add an appropriately menacing touch to the stories.-Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Some kids better watch out. That's the ultimate, dark message in the majority of these stories in which nasty brats get their comeuppance in a variety of unpleasant, eerie ways. The good kids-well, they were just in the wrong place at the wrong time. The tales range in scare level from amusingly macabre to downright spooky, and some seem to have bolted straight out of The Twilight Zone. What's not to like-fanglike teeth, alien commuter buses, killer ants, relatives who return from the dead, becoming one's own ancestor, deathly amusement-park rides, and legendary (yet, alas, all too real) monsters? Readers will relate-maybe at their peril-to the culturally diverse middle-grade boys and girls who people these strange accounts. Ouimet's black-and-white etchings are fittingly bizarre. (Fiction. 8-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812626889
  • Publisher: Cricket Books
  • Publication date: 6/5/2003
  • Series: Dare to Be Scared Series
  • Pages: 159
  • Sales rank: 996,565
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.82 (w) x 8.58 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author


Robert San Souci is an award winning author known for his storytelling. His books Cut From the Same Cloth: American Women of Myth, Legend, and Tall Tale and The Hired Hand both won the Aesop Award, and he is the author of two Caldecott Honor Books, The Talking Eggs, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, and The Faithful Friend, illustrated by Brian Pinkney.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2005

    Scary

    This book definitly gave me chills. Be sure to read it during the day beacuse if you read it at night you will be scared forever!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2003

    real cool fun scary thrills, chills, with fun scary science fiction fun.

    this book is the best scary storie book I think I'v ever read its fun it will keep you pretty entertainded. and excited it has some suspence. you dont know whats gowing to happen in this book this book TOTALLY ROCKS! I RECOMEND IT FOR PEOPLE WHO LOVE SCARY STORIES. LET ME TELL YOU I DO. I give it 5 stars wohoooooooooo! [a message for all those who love scary stories] if you dont read this you are soooooooo MISSING OUT!

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