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Burning Baby and Other Ghosts
     

Burning Baby and Other Ghosts

by John Steele Gordon, Robert Mason (Illustrator)
 

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A collection of five ghost stories about a baby in a bonfire, a sinister form under the ice of a frozen waterway, and other apparitions.

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A collection of five ghost stories about a baby in a bonfire, a sinister form under the ice of a frozen waterway, and other apparitions.

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 9-10-The title story is about a middle-aged murderer who builds a Guy Fawkes Day bonfire around his pregnant, teenaged lover's corpse. A small someone comes out of that fire to exact retribution for the man's crime. The other four stories deal as well with the two subjects most fascinating to YAs- sex and death. Gordon uses these themes carefully. He is always teasing, always hinting, but never blatant or graphic. Each story hums with tension, and each character has a distinctive voice. The plots are tightly structured and never lose the tautness and delicious chill so critical to the success of this genre. The British flavor of the writing should present no problem to eager teens looking for lightweight thrills.-Patricia A. Dollisch, DeKalb County Public Library, Decatur, GA
Susan DeRonne
This collection of five ghostly stories is set in the author's English homeland. The title piece deals with the disappearance of a village girl and the local mechanic's unnatural interest in the event. The ghost of the mechanic's baby is seen in the girl's funeral pyre. In "Under the Ice," a boy sees his dead uncle's form in a frozen river. "Eels" is a ghastly tale of a mother who smothers her daughter and feeds her to the eels. In "The Key," two generations of young lovers are thwarted in the hidden reaches of an old manor house. All the stories deal with murder and ghostly retribution--heavy subject matter, though not offensively handled. Violence is hinted at but not explicit. The last tale, "Death Wish," is the weakest. YAs looking for a read on the darker side of life will enjoy this book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781564020673
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
10/01/1993
Edition description:
1st U.S. Edition
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
5.86(w) x 8.58(h) x 0.54(d)
Age Range:
12 - 16 Years

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