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Half-Minute Horrors
     

Half-Minute Horrors

4.7 11
by Susan Rich, Various (Illustrator)
 

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How scared can you get in just thirty seconds?

Dive into the shortest, scariest stories ever created, with more than seventy instant thrills from the likes of Lemony Snicket, James Patterson, Neil Gaiman, R.L. Stine, Holly Black, Brett Helquist, and Margaret Atwood. You’ll never look at your closet door, your cat, your sock drawer, or even yourself in the

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How scared can you get in just thirty seconds?

Dive into the shortest, scariest stories ever created, with more than seventy instant thrills from the likes of Lemony Snicket, James Patterson, Neil Gaiman, R.L. Stine, Holly Black, Brett Helquist, and Margaret Atwood. You’ll never look at your closet door, your cat, your sock drawer, or even yourself in the mirror the same way again!

Editorial Reviews

Horn Book (starred review)
“It’s a party game: write a scary story that will take less than thirty seconds to read. With a party of seventy-five that includes such guests as Neil Gaiman, Sonya Sones, Jon Scieszka, and Margaret Atwood, the results are bound to be pretty good.”
ALA Booklist
“This one’s a creepy keeper.”
Washington Post
“Only have a minute to be scared? This is your book. Writing just a paragraph or a page, some of the best-loved kids’ book authors each contributed a compact creepy tale to this collection. A definite spook-fest.”
Horn Book
"It’s a party game: write a scary story that will take less than thirty seconds to read. With a party of seventy-five that includes such guests as Neil Gaiman, Sonya Sones, Jon Scieszka, and Margaret Atwood, the results are bound to be pretty good."
Publishers Weekly
Featuring a who's who of authors and artists (Margaret Atwood, Avi, Neil Gaiman, Jonathan Lethem, Lauren Myracle, James Patterson, Brian Selznick and many more), this collection of more than 70 chilling snippets is ideal for campfires and car trips. The stories—some a couple sentences, some a few pages—range from darkly humorous (Jerry Spinelli's murderous twist on the age-old “chicken or egg” question) to outright creepy (Josh Greenhut and Brett Helquist's illustrated story about terrifying revelations from a Ouija board). These are inherently quick reads, but with enough plot and detail to encourage further imagining. Ages 10–up. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Denise Daley
Imagine a story so short that it can be read in less than a minute. The stories in this book are, on average, only two paragraphs in length; and they are written by some of most famous and talented authors of horror stories for young adults. Neil Gaiman, Dan Gutman, R.L. Stine, Jon Scieszka, Lemony Snicket, Katherine Applegate, and Jerry Spinelli are just a few of the authors whose work is included in this collection of spine-tingling terrors. There are over seventy stories in all and each one is amazingly scary. Because they are so brief the reader has plenty of opportunity to let their imaginations run wild. Even renowned illustrators such as Brian Selznick and Lane Smith contributed work to this collection of stories; many so macabre that even some adult readers might be scared. Titles such as "Death Rides a Pink Bicycle," "The Creeping Hand," and "My Worst Nightmare" are just a few of the frightening stories that will satisfy readers who like a quick thrill. Reviewer: Denise Daley
School Library Journal
Gr 4–8—This thrilling addition to the shiver-inducing arsenal will appeal to even the most reluctant of readers. The book contains dozens of short (most are one to three pages long) tales that range from silly (Adam Rex's one-page graphic comic) to grotesque (M. T. Anderson's "An Easy Gig") to morbid (Faye Kellerman's "Deep Six"). Unlike many short-story collections, this anthology forms a cohesive unit based on its purpose—scaring children silly. It possesses that delicious campfire quality of urban legends and lame jokes told late at night when everyone wants to be entertained. Youngsters may choose to read it straight through or to browse the stories, folktales, poems, and illustrations that make up this eclectic yet unified volume. Chock-full of selections by notable contributors such as Lane Smith, Neil Gaiman, Kenneth Oppel, Jack Gantos, James Patterson, and R. L. Stine, Half-Minute Horrors is the perfect choice for that smirking child who disdains fiction starring happy puppies or home-run heroes.—Caitlin Augusta, Stratford Library Association, CT

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061833816
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/06/2011
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
397,275
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Susan Rich has edited a frightening number of books, including those in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, Gloria Whelan's National Book Award–winning Homeless Bird, and the series Flat Stanley's Worldwide Adventures. Born in Winnipeg, she attended McGill University in Montreal and received her master's degree in children's literature from Simmons College in Boston. She has haunted old publishing houses in New York and then Toronto, where she now lives with her devilish husband and ghastly children.

HarperCollins Publishers is a proud supporter of First Book, a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to give children from low-income families the opportunity to read and own their own new books. The primary goal of First Book is to work with existing literacy programs to distribute new books to children who, for economic reasons, have little or no access to books. In this way, First Book effectively leverages the heroic efforts of local tutoring, mentoring, and family literacy organizations as they work to reach children who need help the most. First Book distributes millions of books to hundreds of thousands of children nationwide each year. For more information on First Book, please visit www.firstbook.org.

HarperCollins Publishers is a proud supporter of First Book, a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to give children from low-income families the opportunity to read and own their own new books. The primary goal of First Book is to work with existing literacy programs to distribute new books to children who, for economic reasons, have little or no access to books. In this way, First Book effectively leverages the heroic efforts of local tutoring, mentoring, and family literacy organizations as they work to reach children who need help the most. First Book distributes millions of books to hundreds of thousands of children nationwide each year. For more information on First Book, please visit www.firstbook.org.

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Half-Minute Horrors 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
AnnSD More than 1 year ago
My son doesn't like to read and he loves Halloween, so this was a great book for him. He can read a 2 or 3 page short story and then he really has to think about it to figure out what might happen to the characters when the story ends. Some of the stories are a little old (translation: scary, he's 9) for him, so I just pick out which stories I think he would like. So, the book will last him a long time. There are some great authors in here. Most he doesn't know yet, but some familiar names (Dan Gutman, Neil Gaiman) so he was already looking forward to reading those stories.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
With over thirty stories, from one paragraph to two pages, these are written to scare kids and adults alike from your favorite Young Adult authors. Holly Black, Neil Gaiman, R.L. Stine, and even James Patterson have written for this frightening anthology. Not only are there short stories within the book, but there are also comic strips, poems, and even haikus and limericks included in the mix to creep under your skin. Some art in the book is drawn for you to make your own interpretations. There is a collage of monsters, a Ouija board sending a boy a message of fear, even vengeful animal spirits. Each drawing is beautifully illustrated no matter the subject! Stories vary from ghost children to evil alien parents, monsters under the bed to killer pets! Great for Halloween or any time, HALF-MINUTE HORRORS is short enough to fill anyone's attention span and is worth the read if you like a frightening tale!
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short stories that will definitely creep you out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From yo head to yo waste,from yo head to yo waste ayyee put on yo skii mask
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was really good
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It was good