Haunting Urban Legends

Haunting Urban Legends

by Megan C Peterson
     
 

Urban legends are strange and often scary stories told from person to person. They are often used as examples of what not to do. Read about the killer in the backseat, the creepy statue, and the poisoned sweater. Then share them with your friends if you dare.

Overview

Urban legends are strange and often scary stories told from person to person. They are often used as examples of what not to do. Read about the killer in the backseat, the creepy statue, and the poisoned sweater. Then share them with your friends if you dare.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Toni Jourdan
Urban legends are often stories that are passed down during sleepovers and campouts. You are huddled around the fire and someone leans in to tell the group about an escaped mental institution patient that has been sighted in the area. He has got a hook where his hand should be. The story is told as if it is truly happened, as if the teller knows first-hand about the frightening tale. The internet has helped pass down these “legends” that tap into our basic fears. So, from the hook handed mental case, to the stolen kidney from a traveling salesman, to the phone call that warns the babysitter to check on the children upstairs...these tales have scared countless numbers and some have even been made into movies. Chronicled by chapters, stories are told in short (one to three page) snippets. Be ready to have your pants scared off. Many of these stories seem so real that you are sure that they must be. And that is what makes them so scary. That is what makes them legends. Readers may have heard of some of the stories but others are not as widespread, like the tale of the hideous blemish. The backseat attacker is one that will have you searching your backseat every time you get into your car after dusk. At the end of the book is a section that leads you to other books on the subject and the internet site called Fact Hound. Readers will enjoy the chills that come up their spines as they read about the seemingly true tales that beg to be passed on to the next unsuspecting camper. Just remember that they are not real…or are they? Reviewer: Toni Jourdan; Ages 9 to 13.
School Library Journal
11/01/2013
Gr 3–6—Kids won't be able to resist these exciting collections of ghostly tales-even if they do have to sleep with the lights on. After all, what child doesn't want to read about paranormal prisons or the Mongolian Death Worm? The color palette is appropriately dark and the font choice is reminiscent of typewriter text, which adult readers may find distracting but is unlikely to bother children. The content is introductory and not exactly curriculum-based, but the further reading suggestions and topical websites provided through a publisher's link will help students who want to learn more. Overall, worthwhile additions that will deliver on both the joy of reading and the fright factor.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781429699839
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
07/01/2013
Series:
Snap Books: Scared! Series
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,216,821
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
570L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Megan Cooley Peterson is a children's book author and editor. Her book How To Build Hair-Raising Haunted Houses (Capstone Press, 2011) was selected as a Book of Note by the TriState Young Adult Review Committee. Megan's love of animals began at an early age. Her childhood home was filled with animals, including two cats, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, a salamander, and four dogs. When not writing, Megan enjoys movies, books, and all things Halloween. She lives in Minnesota with her husband and daughter.

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