The Scary States of America

The Scary States of America

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by Michael Teitelbaum
     
 

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Aliens, ghosts, and monsters haunt the pages of this eerie trip around the Scary States of America. With Jason Specter—the nation's unofficial collector of all things paranormalÑas your guide meet the girl in Illinois who can start fires with her mind, the Skunk Ape of Florida that knocks victims flat with its stench, the mischievous Shadow People of

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Aliens, ghosts, and monsters haunt the pages of this eerie trip around the Scary States of America. With Jason Specter—the nation's unofficial collector of all things paranormalÑas your guide meet the girl in Illinois who can start fires with her mind, the Skunk Ape of Florida that knocks victims flat with its stench, the mischievous Shadow People of Arkansas, the Jersey Devil, the extraterrestrials who take human organs as a souvenir of their trip to Washington, and the wailing ghost of a teenage girl trapped forever in an Oregon lighthouse. Some of these visitors from other worlds don't mean to hurt anyone . . . and some of them do.Warning: All of these stories are based on true events. Are you ready to face the terror in your state?


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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Tim Capehart
Every tween knows that America is a scary place, and here is the collection that proves it. Veteran author of hundreds of licensed tie-ins and nonfiction books for middle schoolers, Teitelbaum tells one paranormal story for each of the fifty states plus an extra in the prologue through his (fictional) co-author, tweenager Jason Specter. All of the stories are "based on true events," and every usual suspect is present: Bigfoot, Mothman, aliens, ghosts. Each is accompanied by random facts that one might learn in school, and each purportedly comes from a different youth in that particular state. The Alabama story is the famous Vanishing Hitchiker tale retold. The Tennessee story is the Bell Witch. Some fictional storytellers are Specter's friends from the Internet, who are also interested in the paranormal, whereas others are just scared kids who have had one encounter with the other side and e-mailed him. Older readers will have heard these stories before, but younger readers will be able to extend the spooky fun by searching online for the little-known cases. Readers might never guess how much information is out there on living shadows (Arkansas). The extra story concerns the "birth" of this middle-grade Fox Mulder as Specter meets a ghost in his school's locker room. The target audience will burn through this collection and seek out sequels. It is complete with a nifty Web site (http://www.scarystates.blogspot.com) that is full of sneak peeks at the stories and a fake "How this book came to be" from Teitelbaum. There are no source notes for the stories because Specter supposedly is the source.
Children's Literature - Beverly Melasi
Ghosts, monsters, aliens, and things that go bump in the night! Twelve-year-old Jason Spector is collector of all things weird and scary. The blog on his website is crammed with hundreds of visitors ready to reveal their scariest tales, so Jason has heard some of the scariest things imaginable. Because he has collected so many stories from every state in the U.S. Jason is compelled to present his favorite stories about the paranormal in book form. He even gets the chance to visit with a couple of his blogging friends while visiting their state with his family. Jason begins all his chapters with, "What I learned in history class," adding just enough tidbits of history to tickle the reader's interest. Then it is on to the scary stories! Whether it be an exorcism that goes on for weeks, picking up a dead hitchhiker, or visiting a house that bleeds, this book will keep readers on the edge of their seats and sleeping with the lights on for weeks. Based on true events, these stories are creepy and definitely not for the faint of heart. Reviewer: Beverly Melasi

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307497710
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
07/08/2009
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
552,380
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Michael Teitelbaum has always had an interest in the paranormal, despite a rather normal childhood growing up in Brooklyn, New York. These days, Michael and his wife, Sheleigah, split their time between New York City and their (as yet unhaunted) 170-year-old farmhouse in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York.


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Scary States of America 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its a really good book. I couldn't put it down. It gives you a good scare, I loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book at my local library and it was so good! I wanna buy it to keep on my nook and reread it over and over. Its almost as boss as Hetalia. ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much if you like scary this is a book for you!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great Book it has every thing i want It scares it makes you wonder it gets sad it gets happy everything about so good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read a couple of chapters and hid behind dresser for a month Really good read!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was fantastic its covers all ur paranornmal /monster needs from state to state .Get this book now if u dare.LOVED IT.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
THE SCARY STATES OF AMERICA is a collection of 50 short stories, one for each state, about paranormal experiences ranging from ghosts and supernatural creatures to aliens and crop circles. The stories are framed by the narrative of Jason Specter, a 12-year-old collector of all things scary and bizarre. Though presented as "true" stories from readers Jason has reached through his website, both the character of Jason and the stories are fictional, though the cover notes they are "based on true events."

The variety of the stories is what makes them most appealing. Some are standard fare: the hitchhiking ghost, the aliens who kidnap people to run invasive tests on them. Many, however, are unusual takes on the familiar, like the vicious Bigfoot a bear photographer runs into and the heartbroken ghost haunting a toy store, or unique creatures and tales which will be new to most readers, like those of the skunk ape and the shadow people. Part of the enjoyment is in wondering how much of each story might really have happened, and what you would do in similar situations.

Be warned: many of the stories are quite scary, and some rather graphic when it comes to blood and gore. Many times the teller of the tale barely survives to tell about it, and some have come out of it quite a bit worse for wear. The most exciting stories are those in which Jason plays a direct part, often risking life and limb. Readers will appreciate his skeptical yet open-minded approach.

Though those hoping to catch a glimpse into real recorded paranormal events will have to look elsewhere, this book will make a fun read for those who simply like a good scare. Bring it along to your next campfire or sleepover and read a few aloud in the dark. Chills are guaranteed!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Scary Stories of America is the best book ever! It is soooo Outstanding (maybe a little to scary for younger kids) You should really read it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You should like totally read this book. It totally had my sister scared. I know like totally this is super scary.:P
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Loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I bought about a half dozen scary books for my granddaughter for Christmas because she does not enjoy reading. I hoped perhaps this type book would get her attention. She moaned when she opened the box with the remark, "You know I hate to read. Why did you get me books?" and I told her "because you hate to read!!". This was the first book she choose to investigate. When she found out the stories are based on true accounts, she couldn't put it down. My "scary" choice was because she had previously checked out one of the "Scary Stories" from the public library several times. I included the "Treasury" of these in my selection. She is reading. And comprehending. And enjoying. That's all I ask for.
Jeff Le More than 1 year ago
its. thrilling also exiting you just want to read on and on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldnt put this book down i read it in 4 days and it took my friend a whole year to finish it
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LFriday More than 1 year ago
I am reading a book called THE SCARY STATES OF AMERICA. And this book is about a collection of 50 short stories, one for each state, about paranormal experiences ranging from ghosts and supernatural creatures to aliens and crop circles. The stories are framed by the narrative of Jason Specter (a 12-year-old collector of all things scary and bizarre.) Though presented as true stories from readers. Jason has searched through his website for both the character of Jason and if the stories are fictional or not, though the cover notes they are "based on true events." The variety of the stories is what makes them most appealing. Some are standard fare like the: hitchhiking ghost, the aliens who kidnap people to run invasive tests on them. Many, however, are unusual takes on the familiar, like the vicious Bigfoot a bear photographer runs into and the heartbroken ghost haunting a toy store, or unique creatures and tales which will be new to most readers, like those of the skunk ape and the shadow people. Part of the enjoyment is in wondering how much of each story might really have happened, and what you would do in similar situations. There's something about the book that I notice and that's that before the story starts it shows you an important fact about the country. So in conclusion I really liked the scary states of America, and I hope you will enjoy it too thanks.
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