Darkness Creeping: Twenty Twisted Talesby Neal Shusterman
Imagine being trapped forever in someone else’s nightmare, with no means of escape. Or caught on one of the most terrifying roller coasters of all time, when suddenly the tracks ahead just disappear. Enter the world of Darkness Creeping, where hollow-eyed skulls arrive in the mail and nothing is as it seems. Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winner and beloved… See more details below
Imagine being trapped forever in someone else’s nightmare, with no means of escape. Or caught on one of the most terrifying roller coasters of all time, when suddenly the tracks ahead just disappear. Enter the world of Darkness Creeping, where hollow-eyed skulls arrive in the mail and nothing is as it seems. Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winner and beloved author Neal Shusterman walks on the dark side with this classic collection of masterfully creepy stories so horrifying, you may have to read them twice to remind yourself they’re not real.
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A good subtitle for this delightfully demented collection might be "Be Careful What You Wish For . . . ." Highlights include "Who Do We Appreciate?," in which a teenager referees a children's soccer game of unimaginable importance; "Same Time Next Year," which points out a rather obvious problem with the whole notion of time travel; "Connecting Flight," which will make readers NEVER want to board an airplane again; and "Ralphy Sherman's Root Canal," which will make them NEVER forget to brush their teeth. And, if they share the author's aversion to the flying monkeys in The Wizard of Oz , they might want to approach "Monkeys Tonight" with trepidation. Shusterman's characters range in age from early to middle teens. They're mean to their siblings, or don't listen to those older and wiser, or wish for things they shouldn't, and boy, do they regret it. Extremely readable and elegantly creepy, the selections are perfect for reading aloud or recommending to reluctant readers. The brief introduction to each story gives insight into the author's thought processes, and go a little way toward answering that age-old question: "Where do you get your ideas?" The book includes stories originally published in 1993 and 1995, plus four new tales.
Mara AlpertCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
- Penguin Young Readers Group
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- 8 - 12 Years
Meet the Author
Neal Shusterman is an award-winning author and screenwriter. He lives in Southern California with his four children.
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