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The fearsome Chupacabra stalks the desert valley, while a grandson wanders far from the ranch. The woman who’s just moved to the neighborhood wears strange sunglasses after dark. What could be behind them? A man picks up a hitchhiker—only to discover that his passenger is not human. Kids of all ages will find chills and thrills in these tales of the weird, the macabre, and the mysterious, all collected from the lore and legends of the Lone Star State. In addition to “Skinwalker,” the authors’ most requested ...

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The fearsome Chupacabra stalks the desert valley, while a grandson wanders far from the ranch. The woman who’s just moved to the neighborhood wears strange sunglasses after dark. What could be behind them? A man picks up a hitchhiker—only to discover that his passenger is not human. Kids of all ages will find chills and thrills in these tales of the weird, the macabre, and the mysterious, all collected from the lore and legends of the Lone Star State. In addition to “Skinwalker,” the authors’ most requested school concert story, this new volume adds spine-tingling twists on the account of La Llorona, the weeping woman, said to be the world’s best-known ghost; the classic tale “The Money’s Paw”; the story of “The Screaming Banshee Cattle of the Night Swamp,” and seven others. Told with humor and lively modern-day detail, these renderings by veteran storytellers not only please and entertain but preserve a wealth of folklore from a culturally diverse region of the country.

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Children's Literature - Sarah Maury Swan
As the title implies, this is the second book of spooky tales about Texas taken from its various cultures. "La Llorona at Mission Concepcion" tells of a llorona who weeps for her lost children and entices other children to join her in the river. "Mary Culhaine" is about a girl who outwits a somewhat polite zombie. "Skinwalker" is a Navajo tale about a shape shifter hitching rides with unsuspecting motorists, who end up dead. Next up, two sisters want a "Gypsy Drum," but must be very bad to earn it. "The Woman with Cat's Eyes" tells of a witch who borrows her cat's eyes at night and roams the neighborhood stealing the things. A retelling of "The Monkey's Paw" is the next entry and is as creepy as ever. Human-flesh eating milk cows are the core of the "Screaming Banshee Cattle of the Night Swamp." "Chupacabra and Berto" features a blood sucking coyote-like animal that haunts the Rio Grande valley. "Catfish and the Owl" has an evil witch who turns into an owl to attack a boy; but good triumphs over evil once again. Gene, protagonist of "Two Graves," the final story, is a runaway who spends the night in a sad haunted house and solves the mystery of the vanished wife. The stories are all good spooky stories, but the writing is quite spotty—some good and some bad. Still, spooky stories tend to supersede poor writing. Reviewer: Sarah Maury Swan
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780896727007
  • Publisher: Texas Tech University Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Pages: 104
  • Sales rank: 1,449,553
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Tim Tingle and Doc Moore travel throughout the United States and Mexico collecting and telling stories for all ages and perform for children and young adults at countless schools and libraries.A native of New Jersey now living near Albany, N.Y., Jeanne A. Benas is a graduate of Syracuse University.

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