Wicked Cruel

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Overview

Have you ever heard an urban legend?
 
In this trio of terrifying tales, three boys have a close brush with the unknown as they encounter ghostly horses who run the streets at night, phantom farm children whispering in their ears, and a deceased former classmate who may be less dead than everyone thought. . . .
 
Eerie, thought-provoking, and perfect for Halloween, ...

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Overview

Have you ever heard an urban legend?
 
In this trio of terrifying tales, three boys have a close brush with the unknown as they encounter ghostly horses who run the streets at night, phantom farm children whispering in their ears, and a deceased former classmate who may be less dead than everyone thought. . . .
 
Eerie, thought-provoking, and perfect for Halloween, these scary stories are sure to delight readers who grew up on Goosebumps and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark looking for a good spine-tingler!

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Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
Welcome to Cheshire Notch, N.H., "a town where kids grow up aware of the many spirits in their midst." "It's no rumor," a character states in the opening pages. "I heard it from….Well, I don't remember where I heard it. But from somebody reliable." That's how urban legends work, whether it's the story of the finger in a Big Mac, a fried rat in a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken, or the drowned kid whose body thrashing in the pond can still be heard on dark, quiet nights. Nobody ever seems to have actually witnessed the event in question but hears it related by "my friend's barber's cousin in Chicago." Three ghostly stories explore urban legends—actually rural New England legends—and how they changed lives. A bullied boy moves away and dies from a brain injury, yet he is seen in a music video after his death. A team of horses drowns in a flooded brickyard, but on certain rainy nights, they run free. Five farm children die young, but one mysteriously communicates with a young boy who may be as afraid of girls as of ghosts. Ghosts may not have substance, but these brief novellas do, with their themes of bullying, loneliness, guilt, atonement, life and death. Well-crafted, eerie tales of the bonds between the dead and the living. Wicked good. (Ghost stories. 10 & up)
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Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, June 1, 2013:"Well-crafted eerie tales of the bonds between the dead and the living. Wicked good."
School Library Journal
09/01/2013
Gr 5–9—This collection is comprised of three short and spooky urban legends that take place in a small New England town. In "The Horses of Brickyard Pond," Danny learns that the old tales about a team of ghost horses are true and comes to terms with his less-than-normal family. In "Rites of Passage," seventh-grader Owen has a ghostly encounter on a centuries-old property where five children mysteriously died in the 1800s. The title story is a modern-day legend about the mysterious fate of a bullied boy and how his former classmates are affected. Wallace has written much more than just a set of horror stories. His male protagonists deal with growing up in a natural, believable way (parents, siblings, dating, and bullying issues are at the heart of the tales), but they must also handle being spooked by the seemingly supernatural things going on around them. Kids looking for a scary book will certainly enjoy the suspenseful elements, but they will also be treated to a trio of well-written, thoughtful stories.—Jenny Berggren, formerly at New York Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375867484
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 8/6/2013
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 799,006
  • Age range: 10 years
  • Lexile: 640L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

RICH WALLACE is the acclaimed author of many books for young readers, including the Kickers series, Sports Camp, Wrestling Sturbridge, and the Winning Season series. He lives in New Hampshire with his wife, author Sandra Neil Wallace.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2014

    T love ll

    I have the hard back book and its really a great read soooooo far its starts of boring just a little but it gets so much better

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