The Book of Bad Things

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One kid's trash is another kid's terror in this spooky supernatural mystery.

When Cassidy Bean leaves New York to spend the summer upstate, she's disappointed to find that Whitechapel is not the quiet, pleasant suburb she remembers. Ursula Chambers, the strange old hermit at the end of the cul-de-sac, has passed away under mysterious circumstances. And the townspeople are shocked to discover that Ursula was a hoarder: Her farmhouse is teeming ...

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Overview


One kid's trash is another kid's terror in this spooky supernatural mystery.

When Cassidy Bean leaves New York to spend the summer upstate, she's disappointed to find that Whitechapel is not the quiet, pleasant suburb she remembers. Ursula Chambers, the strange old hermit at the end of the cul-de-sac, has passed away under mysterious circumstances. And the townspeople are shocked to discover that Ursula was a hoarder: Her farmhouse is teeming with stacks of newspapers, piles of furniture, mounds of antique dolls and taxidermy animals.

Cassidy watches as the people of Whitechapel descend upon Ursula's farmhouse, claiming her abandoned treasures for their own. She listens as rumors spread that Ursula's vengeful ghost is stalking the town with a warning from beyond the grave. And when Cassidy resolves to uncover the truth behind the strangeness, she learns there are more bad things in the world than she ever suspected. . . .

Modern master of the macabre Dan Poblocki is back with another scary story best read at night.

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Praise for THE HAUNTING OF GABRIEL ASHE:

"The social dramas mesh well with the supernatural elements . . . . Poblocki creates a real sense of suspense." - BOOKLIST

"Poblocki creates danger by not pulling punches. An atmospheric, creepy ghost story best read at night." - KIRKUS REVIEWS

Praise for THE GHOST OF GRAYLOCK:

"Poblocki misses nary a horror-story trope as he propels his cast through one terrifying incident after another to, at last, a climactic flight. Definitely a story to be read by flashlight." - BOOKLIST

"Poblocki is in his element with eerie happenings and atmospheric settings. Short chapters with cliff-hanger endings and several twists and turns in the plot will ensure that the pages turn quickly. Give this book to Mary Downing Hahn fans and others who enjoy spine-tingling mysteries." - SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

VOYA, October 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 4) - Shana Miles
The world is full of bad things, like cramped apartments in the city and moms who resent their daughters for actually looking forward to summers in the country with rich strangers. And then there are the mysterious things that really strike fear in your heart. Cassidy has a trick to deal with her fear, just so it does not creep up from her gut and choke the life out of her. It is her book of bad things, a journal where she explains the origins and real-life facts about all the mysterious stuff that makes her scared. But some stuff is unexplainable, like the ghost lady who seems to be killing people in town. Will the book still work if the mystery she fears really is as scary as she imagines? Poblocki’s story follows young Cassidy on her last summer with a host family, and in classic middle-school-summer style, all is not well. With a jumpy old friend who feels like family and a few fun, new folks, she digs into a deadly mystery in hopes that the murderous wind does not start blowing her way. Fun and creepy in all the good ways, the story is a solid pick for a juvenile library and any middle school collection. Reviewer: Shana Miles; Ages 11 to 14.
Kirkus Reviews
2014-06-25
Will 12-year-old Cassidy's summer escape from New York City literally be killer?For the past two years, Cassidy Bean has been in a program that places city kids with suburban families for the summer. When the Tremonts seem hesitant to have her back, Cassidy thinks it's because of something that happened the previous year. Still, they do invite her again, but when she arrives in Whitechapel, New Jersey, she finds the Tremont's son Joey, also 12, is no longer fun or friendly. Cassidy also learns that the neighborhood's creepy curmudgeon and hoarder, Mrs. Chambers, has died. After the Chambers house is cleared out and the townsfolk pick over her treasures, ghost sightings abound—and more people die. Cassidy and her new friend, Ping, persuade Joey to help them find out what's behind the ghosts and the disappearing bodies. What they discover is worse than anything in Cassidy's therapy journal, her Book of Bad Things. Poblocki's return, full of mystery, monsters and ghosts, is sure to satisfy his fans. A solid main character, Cassidy is surrounded by a good supporting cast, and her past troubles figure nicely in the tale and its resolution. Ghostly bits and creepy action are more interesting than the cause of the "haunting," but the book will nevertheless supply chills, especially if read at night.Old-school, John Saul-style horror for preteens. (Horror. 9-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545645539
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/26/2014
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 166,537
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 810L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Dan Poblocki is the author of THE STONE CHILD, THE NIGHTMARYS, THE GHOST OF GRAYLOCK, THE HAUNTING OF GABRIEL ASHE, and the Mysterious Four series. He lives in Brooklyn with two adorable cats and more books than he has room for. Visit him at www.danpoblocki.com.
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