I Scream, You Scream! (Scary Tales Series #2)

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Welcome. Take a seat. Buckle up, nice and tight. We’ve got a story to tell. But be warned. I Scream, You Scream! isn’t just any tale. This is a Scary Tale, from James Preller.


Meet Sam Carver, an ordinary kid with a very special ticket in her pocket. This ticket will send her and her new friend Andy on a most unusual ride—one that will leave them screaming for more.

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Welcome. Take a seat. Buckle up, nice and tight. We’ve got a story to tell. But be warned. I Scream, You Scream! isn’t just any tale. This is a Scary Tale, from James Preller.


Meet Sam Carver, an ordinary kid with a very special ticket in her pocket. This ticket will send her and her new friend Andy on a most unusual ride—one that will leave them screaming for more.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Magi Evans
Samantha, aka Sam, loves amusement park rides, the scarier the better. So as she stands in line for the grand opening of the newest ride in Dr. Z’s Adventure Park, she is more than thrilled that in her pocket is a ticket that lets her be one of the first to ride the Dragon’s Tooth. But her parents are disconcerted when they are told that they cannot accompany her, and that she must leave her cell phone behind. Sam is not worried; it is just a ride. She starts the ride next to a very quiet little boy named Andy. Almost immediately things go wrong. An explosion separates their car from the others; rocks fall around them, and then the whole building is engulfed in flames. A firefighter tells them that the whole city is under attack, and that they must get out and run into the woods. Once out of the building, Sam and Andy see a space ship, and then an alien creature confronts them. Though frightened, Sam feels responsible for Andy, who seems at first to be disengaged from all the chaos. But when they find a cave to hide in, he is the one who figures out that the bats in the cave can show the way out. Once out of the cave, Sam’s true identity is revealed, along with a surprise ending. Some readers will figure out the twist before it comes, but those who enjoy this type of scary story will be satisfied with the ending. Bruno’s detailed black and white drawings lend just the right eeriness to the tale. Librarians who cannot keep Scary Tales to Tell in the Dark on the shelves will definitely want to add this “Scary Tales” series to their collection. Reviewer: Magi Evans; Ages 8 to 11.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781250018885
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
  • Publication date: 7/9/2013
  • Series: Scary Tales Series , #2
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 808,613
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

James Preller

JAMES PRELLER is the author of Six Innings, Bystander, and the Jigsaw Jones series.  He lives in Delmar, New York, with his wife, three kids, two black cats, and a not-so-scary dog. 


IACOPO BRUNO is a graphic artist and illustrator who lives in Italy.

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The Carvers stood first in line for the grand opening of the Dragon Tooth, advertised as the greatest thrill ride in amusement park history. Samantha gazed back at the zigzag of customers, people of every shape, size, and color. She couldn’t believe her good luck.

The word “excited” didn’t exactly describe Sam’s feelings. She was ecstatic, overjoyed, tweaked, gonzo, completely over the moon. Her hands fluttered like hummingbirds, darting up to her thick black hair, drifting skyward, then diving down into her pockets.

Who could blame her? Sam was visiting her favorite place on the planet: Doctor Z’s Adventure Park. No one loved amusement parks more than eleven-year-old Sam Carver. She loved everything about them. The crowds, the food, the noise —music blaring, bells dinging, children screaming,


Sammy loved the buttery smell of popcorn that filled her nostrils, the sweetness of cotton candy, the grease of hot dogs and burgers. But most of all, she loved the rides, every single one—the Whirligig and the Wheel of Wonder, the Windseeker and Skyscreamer, the Gravitron and Richochet and Cloud Chaser. She worshipped the Wall of Death and dearly loved the Spiral of Doom.

For Sam, there was only one rule: the scarier, the better. And after each ride, Sam would cry: “Again, again, again!”

She checked—once again, for the 100th time—for the thick, cardboard ticket in the front pocket of her dress. She bounced on her heels in anticipation. Her eyes lifted to watch a red-tailed hawk glide through the clouds. Bird in the sky, she thought, I know how you feel.

“I’m sooooo excited!” Sam told her parents. “I feel like a bottle of soda, all fizzy inside, ready to pop.”

“Try not to explode,” her father said. “That might be messy.”

Mrs. Carver looked up from her folded newspaper. She enjoyed word games, and completed the crossword puzzle every morning. Sam liked to help her mother solve the Daily Jumble and play with anagrams, where you rearranged the letters of one word to form new words.

She pretended her own name, Samantha, was an anagram.




Oh well, it was a disappointing list.

Sam was certain that today was going to be the best day of her life. She turned to her parents and beamed a smile of pure sunshine. “Thanks for bringing me, Mom and Dad. I can’t believe how happy I am.”

Months before, Sam had entered a contest by clicking on a link and, amazingly, despite the odds, actually won a prize. Her reward? A ticket to be among the first customers to enjoy the Greatest Thrill Ride Ever Created. But was Sam brave enough?

Oh yes, surely she was. Nothing frightened Sam Carver. Nothing, that is, except for dentists, bats, and homework. The usual things. Dentists, of course, with their fat fingers fumbling in your mouth. But bats creeped Sam out the most, with their leathery wings and tiny teeth and weird human faces.

Besides, homework scared everybody!


Text copyright © 2013 by James Preller.

Illustrations copyright © 2013 by Iacopo Bruno

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    Posted February 20, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2013

    This boonk

    Im getting scared just by readinvdg the summery

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2013

    This book was ok

    This book was not bad at all but have to say 4 out of 5 stars

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