The Nightmarys

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Timothy July has been having nightmares. About his brother, who is in a coma after being wounded in Iraq; about his best friend, Stuart, who is behaving like a jerk; about the old biology specimens in jars lining the walls of his classroom; and about Abigail, the new girl who seems to be a magnet for trouble. Or perhaps she is the cause.

Suddenly Timothy’s nightmares are coming true. His brother, his face decaying, approaches Timothy on the street. Stuart ends up in the ...

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Timothy July has been having nightmares. About his brother, who is in a coma after being wounded in Iraq; about his best friend, Stuart, who is behaving like a jerk; about the old biology specimens in jars lining the walls of his classroom; and about Abigail, the new girl who seems to be a magnet for trouble. Or perhaps she is the cause.

Suddenly Timothy’s nightmares are coming true. His brother, his face decaying, approaches Timothy on the street. Stuart ends up in the hospital, terrified that monsters are stalking him. And the specimen jars are tormenting not only Timothy but his teacher as well.

What is the secret in Abigail’s past that is the key to these horrors? And can Timothy figure it out before his nightmares become a deadly reality?

A follow-up to the well-received Stone Child, Dan Poblocki’s second novel will have his readers mesmerized until the last page—and sleeping with the lights on.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Seventh-grade best friends Timothy and Stuart are both upset when Timothy accidentally volunteers to be a project partner in class with a surly new girl named Abigail. But although Timothy and Abigail clash, after viewing a dire-looking painting called The Edge of Doom on a field trip they are forced to bond when strange and dangerous things start happening to them, including visits from two ghostly girls called the Nightmarys. It is up to them to solve a mystery related to Abigail’s family, which involves an ancient cursed bone and a 60-year-old murder, before events turn deadly. Plot twists keep the pacing taut, conspiring to make readers believe that Timothy and Abigail have beaten the latest threat, only to put them in greater danger. Poblocki (The Stone Child) offers plenty of grisly, cinematically creepy imagery for readers who like a good scare, and the tightly wound narrative and ongoing tension between Timothy and Abigail will keep readers holding their breath until even after what they think is the climax. Ages 9-12. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Myrna Dee Marler
Eighth-grader Timothy July has problems; first, his parents are forcing him to keep a family secret; and second, he is having uncontrollable nightmares. In fact, the nightmares are becoming so real that they appear to be happening in the daytime when he is wide awake. When partnered on a history project with the strange, new girl in class, Abby, he discovers that she, too, has secrets and nightmares. His secret and his new friendship with Abby put a strain on his friendship with his former best friend. So, together, Timothy and Abby must find the reason behind the curse that is making their lives so miserable. The plot is complex, involving Egyptian mummies, a mysterious author of young adult mysteries, a professor who went mad and died in jail, an isolated lighthouse, a creepy museum, and living nightmare after nightmare after nightmare. The book's jacket describes the plot as "a thrill ride" and "bone-chilling," apparently just the sort of story to drag young readers into the vortex and satisfy any Pirates of the Caribbean or Indiana Jones junkie. The plot keeps twisting and turning right up until the last page when, finally, all is explained and Timothy and Abby can return to living satisfying young lives. It does have a moral message regarding the relationship between fear and blame and the futility of revenge. For readers looking for a wholesome but action-packed adventure, with a theme that is not didactic, this is a book that may well hook young students into reading. Reviewer: Myrna Dee Marler
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—When seventh-grader Timothy is paired with the new girl, Abigail, for a school project, he doesn't expect to find himself fighting against nightmares: his friend's, his teacher's, and his own. Suddenly, people who make Abigail angry are being haunted by their worst fears. But if she is causing the situation, why is she being haunted, too? And how can she make it stop? Timothy and Abigail discover that what is happening to them is somehow tied to a 60-year-old mystery of a missing girl, but the real cause of the terror taking over their town might be even older. Secrets—Abigail's, Timothy's, and even Abigail's grandmother's—must be revealed before the pair can defeat an ancient curse and put the Nightmarys to rest. Full of tense moments and atmospheric settings, this book will keep readers turning pages as quickly as they can. Poblocki keeps the suspense high as he slowly reveals the truth about who or what is in control. While the plot twists may be somewhat confusing, the strong characters and deliciously frightening action will keep fans of scary stories engaged to the end.—Karen E. Brooks-Reese, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375842573
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 8/9/2011
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 219,568
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.42 (w) x 5.32 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Beginning in fifth grade, Dan Poblocki would gather his friends after school, frightening them with tales of ghosts, monsters, and spooky places.  When his mother began to receive phone calls from neighborhood parents, warning that her son's stories were giving their children nightmares, Dan decided to write the stories down instead. Dan now battles his own neighborhood monsters in Brooklyn, NY.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2012

    Anonymous

    It was awesome im in fifth grade and it was the best book i have ever read! If you wantband awesome scary mysterious book read this

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2012

    I'm awesome n ur not!!!!!

    I loved this book its probably the best book i have ever read. Since i liked that one so much i got the stone child and its really good so far to.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2012

    Love

    I love this book!!!!!!! Its awesome i lllllooovvvveee this book!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2012

    Best book ever

    If you want good creepy

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2012

    Nice:)

    This was a very good book! You should get it if you want a good mystery, i wouldnt call it a horror because i dindnt find it scary. To me there was to much dialogue and not enough djectives but i still liked it. All in all good book !

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2012

    Awsome

    I love this book my principal bought the book for me and it is good.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    AMAZING

    Omg it was soooooo good and the best part is that it has its own little swist to make it even better



    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2012

    K

    Such good book

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2012

    Awesome!

    Really good book. Very suspencful! : )

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 18, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    I find it fantastic that a book can be so amazing that you actually miss the characters..haha :)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 2, 2012

    You MUST check it out!!!!.

    It is an amazing involving a lot of twist and turns. I believe it is a very entertaining book (hopefully a series) that is eye catching excitement for all readers

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2012

    Book

    I just brought the book it sounds good so far

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2012

    story of the year

    For the character types of the story, they are all protagonists. There are four different characters Mary, Abigail, Timothy, and Mr. Clark and they are all protagonists. Now there is a believability of characters because they all seem like normal kids, but inside them are evil spirits. The reader makes you think that they are normal kids because the kids are going to school, and just the normal things, but if you mess with the wrong girls like Abigail and Mary then you will be sorry. The story also has a believability of events because all the kids just act like normal seventh graders. They do not act suspicious or even look suspicious, they are just kids who like us teens get jealous of other kids and try to get mad and fight those we are jealous of. The suspense is very good, because it keeps you wanting to keep reading. One of the suspense’s was about a boy who was forced to work with the new girls who are really quiet. When his best friend finds out that he is partners with the girls instead of him he gets mad and they start to fight. Then the school goes to a museum and the boys’ best friend throws a water balloon at the girl to be mean. After that they all start to experience weird things and finally the girl tells the boy that the twins named Mary and Abigail are haunting them. The story keeps you turning pages because you actually do not know what is going to happen next so you want to find out, and in order to find out you have to keep reading so that is how it is a page turner story. The story turns out to be fiction because it talks about like paranormal and things like that. The story is fiction because there is no possible way that your nightmares could haunt you while you are awake and there are no such things as ghosts unless you believe in that kind of stuff. Anyways, the paranormal there talking about is when they say that a curse turns the boys Mary and Abigail were haunting, their worst fears into reality, even though their fears are just the beginning. They were saying that the curse stems from a strange artifact that gains strength by devouring a human soul and it needs to feed again.I have to say that whoever is going to read this book, you will enjoy it very much because it is suspenseful and creepy.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2012

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    This book is the worst thing i ever read!!!!!! Dont wast your money on it and if you do you well br saying swears all around the place so take my idvise DONT BUY!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 22, 2010

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    This was a scary, thrilling, creeptastic read! Timothy and Abigail team up on a school project, and after a scary nightmarish event in the basement of the museum, and an encounter with a tall creepy man in an overcoat, their lives begin to spiral out of control. Timothy and Abigail have to face some of their worse nightmares. Timothy's friend and one of the teachers at school are having nervous breakdowns after seeing things that can't be explained, and it all seems to be pointing back to Abigail. Only thing is, if Abigail is doing it, she doesn't know how, and she surely doesn't know how to stop it.


    Timothy was a great male main character. He was smart and funny. Even while scared and vulnerable he was still strong. He was a great and loyal friend from beginning to end. Abigail was quirky and strong-willed, and great counterpart to Timothy. I especially loved Abigail's grandmother, this frail old woman was amazing and could still kick-butt in her own way!


    Dan Poblocki did a great job of bringing all of the nightmares to life and making this book creepy and still fun at the same time. It was intense and kept me on the edge of my seat from the first page to the last. Normally I can figure out the mysteries in a book before they were revealed and that just didn't happen with this one. I loved the way it was all wrapped up, even when I thought I had the ending all figured out and new curve ball was thrown at me!


    I recommend this one to anyone who loves a good YA, thriller, mystery, or horror book. Just make sure you have all the lights on as you read it ;-)

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2014

    No one cares

    No one cares if u have the two boooks so hhhhhhhaaaa back to ya

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2013

    READ THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I am 12 and i read this it is not scary at all ya"ll r crazy of ya"ll think that it is!



    Btw i LOVE this book!


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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2013

    Guss what suchers i have boh of the book stone child and nightmrys

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2013

    Bookaholic (^_^)

    AMAZING is the only way to discribe it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2013

    Awesome Book AWESOMEST BOOK EVER

    A nice chill and goosebumps on the back and a great excitment!

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