The Nightmarys

The Nightmarys

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by Dan Poblocki
     
 

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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.

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Overview

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

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
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375893179
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
08/24/2010
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
700,631
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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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The Nightmarys 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book!!!!!!! Its awesome i lllllooovvvveee this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book my principal bought the book for me and it is good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you want good creepy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Omg it was soooooo good and the best part is that it has its own little swist to make it even better
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good book. Very suspencful! : )
Laura813 More than 1 year ago
I find it fantastic that a book can be so amazing that you actually miss the characters..haha :)
YMCA More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just brought the book it sounds good so far
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No one cares if u have the two boooks so hhhhhhhaaaa back to ya
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 More than 1 year ago
AMAZING is the only way to discribe it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A nice chill and goosebumps on the back and a great excitment!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To scary for kids under 17
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Meow
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the first line and i instantly fell in love! There are very few books that catch  my attention and this one was definitely one of them. When i read it i felt like i was inside the story. This book is always going to be my favorite and i would read it again for the first time if i could :P
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so good i am on pg.215 in FOUR days so good:) lol myki
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
:) coolz
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is my fav book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Qas thinking about getting it when i have enough money. Have a nook simple touch too