Ghostwise: A Book of Midnight Stories

Ghostwise: A Book of Midnight Stories

by Dan Yashinsky
     
 

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In this mix of midnight stories, Dan Yashinsky has collected ghost stories and other strange and scary tales from around the world. From Cathy Miyata's ghost story from Japan to Jamie Oliviero's Central African tale about the limits of grief to Gail de Vos's contemporary legend about a ghostly premonition from Canada, Ghostwise offers true stories, tall tales, and

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In this mix of midnight stories, Dan Yashinsky has collected ghost stories and other strange and scary tales from around the world. From Cathy Miyata's ghost story from Japan to Jamie Oliviero's Central African tale about the limits of grief to Gail de Vos's contemporary legend about a ghostly premonition from Canada, Ghostwise offers true stories, tall tales, and scary yarns.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Randy Brough
This is an evocative collection of spooky tales meant to be read and retold around a campfire or at a story hour perhaps. The thirty-five stories included are brief-none are longer than ten pages and most are considerably shorter. There are no names to hook a potential audience, but the stories are uniformly entertaining and ripe for retelling. The collection is essentially Canadian in nature, and Canada encompasses a wide variety of cultures and traditions: Nootka, Quebecois, Tlingit, and Scottish, to name a few. There also are stories from China, the Ukraine, Jamaica, Ireland, and the American South. Some of the stories are ancient and some contemporary, but they all involve what the author coins "ghost-wisdom." Loup-garous, Japanese demons, wendingos, fox fairies, and the Devil himself haunt the pages of this special book. In Chris Cavanaugh's Ti-Flor and the Devil an Acadian girl saves her village by tricking the devil, a master fiddler, into dancing on three of his own magical fiddle strings. The Piper's Tale by Jim Strickland is about Willie Johnstone, a Scottish tinker and bagpiper stolen by fairies to entertain them for twenty years, and the tragic consequences this kidnapping has upon poor Willie's family. Cathy Miyata's No Pear-A-Bow is of a Japanese shapeshifter that terrorizes solitary travelers who happen across its lonesome domain. Refreshingly void of the carnage that seems requisite in most supernatural fiction these days, Ghostwise is proof that an old-fashioned ghost story well told can still chill the spine. A bonus is an appendix that provides concise biographical information for each storyteller, and in most instances insightful commentary by the storyteller on the genesis of their contribution. VOYA Codes: 4Q 3P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses, Will appeal with pushing, Middle School-defined as grades 6 to 8, Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9 and Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780874834994
Publisher:
August House Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/2006
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.37(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.69(d)
Age Range:
9 - 18 Years

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