The Unexplained: Hauntings: The World Of Spirits And Ghosts

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Easily spooked readers, watch out! Spirits, ancient swords of flame, and bands of skeleton musicians on phantom trains might truly exist. Fearful premonitions and time shifts provide glimpses into the past and future. Do you want to know what chills await you? You'll learn of a cadre of ghostly soldiers who reportedly marched through an abandoned cellar; two women who slipped hundreds of years back in time; and Abraham Lincoln's frightening dream of being assassinated--just days before it happened. From armies in...
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Easily spooked readers, watch out! Spirits, ancient swords of flame, and bands of skeleton musicians on phantom trains might truly exist. Fearful premonitions and time shifts provide glimpses into the past and future. Do you want to know what chills await you? You'll learn of a cadre of ghostly soldiers who reportedly marched through an abandoned cellar; two women who slipped hundreds of years back in time; and Abraham Lincoln's frightening dream of being assassinated--just days before it happened. From armies in the sky to omens of disaster for the Titanic, these tales will make goose bumps crawl up and down your flesh... 48 pages (all in color), 5 1/2 x 8. NEW IN PAPERBACK
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VOYA - Hilary Theyer
This new series entitled The Unexplained is aimed right at the teen audience of The X-Files and graphic novels, though it fails this group in some regards. Each book introduces one particular theme, and relates several tales of hauntings, visions from previous time periods, and other unexplained events. The stories are brief, and well written for sharing at slumber parties and around campfires. They discuss such topics as the meaning of Stonehenge, the supposed curse on King Tutankhamen's tomb, and Abraham Lincoln's vision of his own death. The most notable problem in the series lies in its format, which has bright colors, text tilted at all angles, and words highlighted for dramatic effect. All of this is an attempt to visually capture the reader, but once readers are into the stories it is nothing but a distraction. Text is obscured by the backgrounds, pages have more than one narrative without a clear division, and small typos are scattered throughout. A lesson could be learned from the highly successful, but very simple Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark series by Alvin Schwartz (Lippincott-Raven). There are also no source notes for the tales, and anyone trying to follow up on these events has nothing to help them. Some subjects will be familiar to teens, but many will be brand new, and the addition of a bibliography would have been very useful. There is also no background on the authors. These books will circulate well with YAs interested in the paranormal and could make great give-away items at Halloween parties, but the drawbacks are a serious consideration in purchasing for libraries. Other titles in this series (by the same authors) include Alien Encounters and The Uncanny. Glossary. Index. Illus. Photos. Note: This review was written and published to address two titles: Hauntings: The World of Spirits and Ghosts and Mysterious Places. VOYA Codes: 3Q 4P J(Readable without serious defects, Broad general YA appeal, Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9).
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Gr 5-8-Five strange unexplained incidents are examined in each of these titles. Alien includes some frequently described cases such as Kenneth Arnold's original "flying saucer" view in 1947 and the Siberian explosion of 1908. Added to these are more obscure reports of an Australian pilot who may have encountered a UFO before disappearing, a high-speed aircraft over Belgium in 1990, and one British woman's experience with ball lightning. Each carefully described case is accompanied by accounts of similar events, some related scientific facts, and several theories that might explain them. Hauntings includes an eerie vision of Roman soldiers in York, England, in 1953, and Lincoln's famous death premonition, both of which are standard fare in books of this type. However, the supplemental historical material and possible explanations give these well-written tales more substance than is found in most surveys. In both volumes, a wealth of colorful illustrations and a few archival photographs heighten the drama. While psychedelic background colors and patterns also offer visual excitement, they, and the variously shaped text blocks, occasionally interfere with the text.-Ann G. Brouse, Big Flats Branch Library, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806938813
  • Publisher: Sterling Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/1/1998
  • Series: Unexplained Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.82 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.42 (d)

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