One Terrible Halloween

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Sam: Dog Detective is bored. There are no ghosts in her house, no monsters, no mysteries! Luckily, Halloween is only a week away; soon Woodford will be crawling with vampires, goblins, mutants and witches. And the sheepdog sleuth's excitement grows when she and her friends, Jennie and Beth, uncover a spooky legend. Once every hundred years on Halloween night, real live ghouls slink out of the woods searching for children to steal away! When Sam sees hooded, white-faced creatures piling out of a creepy black van, ...
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Overview

Sam: Dog Detective is bored. There are no ghosts in her house, no monsters, no mysteries! Luckily, Halloween is only a week away; soon Woodford will be crawling with vampires, goblins, mutants and witches. And the sheepdog sleuth's excitement grows when she and her friends, Jennie and Beth, uncover a spooky legend. Once every hundred years on Halloween night, real live ghouls slink out of the woods searching for children to steal away! When Sam sees hooded, white-faced creatures piling out of a creepy black van, she knows the ghouls have arrived -- but will she be able to put a stop to their horrible Halloween plot?
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
The seventh story in the "Sam, Dog Detective" series has Jennie and Beth scaring themselves silly over the idea that ghouls may emerge this Halloween since they're supposed to appear every hundred years and carry away children. When four white-faced, ghoul-like creatures inhabit the nearby Catherby's house, the children are sure this is ghoul-central and are further convinced when a doorbell ring produces a series of eerie effects, both visual and audio. However, in the long payoff, they finally discover that the four are part of a rock band about to play at the local high school Halloween dance and that everyone has overreacted. The Catherbys, grandparents to one of the band members, offer everyone Halloween candy with a special snack for Sam. As in other books in the series, Sam the sheepdog continues his smart repartee, rendered here in italics, and Jennie represents his thoughts to her friend Beth. No real illustrations but a changing icon-like rendition of Sam the sheepdog decorates the chapter beginnings and a cartoon balloon reveals a snappy comment. Lovers of talking dog stories, light mysteries, and series books will find enough in this to keep reading. It does take a long time to get to the finish, however, 2002, Kids Can Press,
— Susan Hepler
School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-In this eighth book about the dog detective, Sam is looking forward to getting candy treats and hopes that this will be the scariest Halloween ever. She continues to communicate telepathically with 10-year-old Jennie, who keeps her supplied with people food. After Jennie's friend Beth finds a local legend about ghouls at the library, the trio starts noticing unusual things happening at the Catherbys' house down the street. Although the elderly neighbors are usually at home, the young detectives find the house empty, with trunks piled up on the porch, and see ghouls pulling into the driveway. Although Sam isn't as smart as she thinks she is, the mystery is solved steadily and predictably. Tiny pictures of the canine with humorous captions open each chapter and are used as text breaks throughout. Because of the simple writing, humor, and high interest of a dog detective solving a not-so-scary mystery, this book may appeal to reluctant readers as well as fans of the series.-Debbie Stewart, Grand Rapids Public Library, MI Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Tiny pictures of the canine with humorous captions open each chapter and are used as text breaks throughout. Because of the simple writing, humor, and high interest of a dog detective solving a not-so-scary mystery, this book may appeal to reluctant readers as well as fans of the series.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781553371397
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Series: Sam: Dog Detective Series
  • Pages: 120
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Labatt is an editor and writer. She is the author of the Dog Detective Sam mystery series, the Sam and Friends graphic mystery novels, the Puppy Sam level one early readers and a novel called A Puppy is for Loving. With all these dog books you can guess what Mary does on her Clear Creek, Ontario farm. She breeds and raises Rough Collies and Welsh Springer Spaniels. In the picture you can see Mary with two of her collie mothers, Annabel and Chloe.
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