An Apple for the Creature

An Apple for the Creature


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Includes a never-before-published Sookie Stackhouse story!

What could be scarier than the first day of school? How about a crash course in the paranormal from Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner, editors of Home Improvement: Undead Edition? Your worst school nightmares—taking that math test you never studied for, finding yourself naked in school assembly, not knowing which door to enter—will pale in comparison to these thirteen original stories that take academic anxiety to whole new realms.

In #1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris’s story, "Playing Possum," Sookie Stackhouse brings enough birthday cupcakes for her nephew's entire class but finds she's one short when the angry ex-boyfriend of the school secretary shows up.

When her guardian, Kate Daniels, sends her undercover to a school for exceptional children, teenaged Julie learns an all-new definition of "exceptional," in New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews's "Magic Tests."

For those who like fangs with their forensics, New York Times bestselling author Nancy Holder offers "VSI," in which FBI agent Claire is tested as never before in a school for Vampire Scene Investigation.

And in New York Times bestselling author Thomas Sniegoski's "The Bad Hour," Remy Chandler and his dog Marlowe find evil unleashed in an obedience school.

You'll need more than an apple to stave off the creatures in these and nine other stories. Remember your first lesson: resistance is fruitless!


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425256800
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/04/2012
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Charlaine Harris is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling paranormal fantasy series featuring Sookie Stackhouse (the basis for the HBO series True Blood), the New York Times bestselling mystery series featuring lightning-struck corpse locator Harper Connelly, and other acclaimed novels.

Toni L. P. Kelner is the author of the “Where Are They Now?” mysteries and the Laura Fleming mystery series. She has won an Agatha Award and a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, and has been nominated for the Anthony and Macavity awards.


Southern Arkansas

Date of Birth:

November 25, 1951

Place of Birth:

Tunica, Mississippi


B.A. in English and Communication Arts, Rhodes, 1973

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"A buffet of frightening fun."—Reader to Reader Review

 "School is back in session with this delightful collection of tales featuring many different types of education." —
"Fresh, inventive and downright entertaining." —
"Entertaining and worth reading. This excellent collection will appeal to the growing legion of paranormal fans." —Library Journal
"Fresh, interesting tales...[that] star some of the more famous series characters like Sookie Stackhouse." —Alternative Worlds

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An Apple for the Creature 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
MadHatterReads More than 1 year ago
I love anthologies! I know that some people don't and prefer to skip them. But for me, the stories found in anthologies add to the particular series or world that they're set in. They may contain more of the series backstory than is contained in the main series novels, perspective from other series characters, or sometimes it's just a slice of life from our main characters that we wouldn't usually get to see. And if you're really lucky...and actually read all of the stories in the may stumble across a new series that sparks your interest. I so enjoyed An Apple for the Creature! All the stories have a school-theme with a paranormal twist. When I picked it up, I got it because it had "Magic Tests" from the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews and "Playing Possum", a Sookie Stackhouse story, by Charlaine Harris. I did a happy dance when I realized that Faith Hunter had contributed "Golden Delicious" from her Jane Yellowrock series. Those were the first three that I read (yes I skipped around a bit) and all three were terrific. "Magic Tests" is told from Julie's (Kate and Curran's ward) POV and "Golden Delicious" focuses on Rick LeFleur. Both stories do a wonderful job of expanding our view of the world the series are set in. "Playing Possum" is pure Sookie and it reminded me of why I fell in love with Sookie in the first place. Once done with those, I went back to the beginning and read the rest. I enjoyed them all...some a little more than others...but all were well written. But I was intrigued by "The Bad Hour" by Thomas E. Sniegoski. This is a story from the Remy Chandler series, which I hadn't heard of before. Remy is an angel, one of the Seraphim in fact, who has chosen to leave Heaven and live on Earth as a private detective. One of the powers he has chosen not to repress is the ability to speak any language, including that of animals, so he can talk with his faithful Labrador, Marlowe. "The Bad Hour" takes Remy and Marlowe into a mystery surrounding a dog trainer and her school. You all know what a animal lover I am, so I was hooked immediately! As soon as I finishing it, I ordered the first of the series so I can read more of their adventures. Pick up An Apple for the Creature, you'll enjoy it!
cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
Playing Possum is a short story in the Sookie Stackhouse series by popular American author, Charlaine Harris. Sookie delivers to her nephew Hunter’s classroom, twenty-three perfect cupcakes for the class’s Labor Day party, and meets his new teacher, young Sabrina Yarnell, who has certain attributes Sookie immediately recognises. When Sookie and Hunter return to the car for goody bags, they become aware of another arrival, and not a benign one. Sookie instantly realises her priority is the safety of the children and staff. What could be a major tragedy is cleverly averted by the combined efforts of Sabrina, Hunter and Sookie. An excellent little dose of Sookie (and Hunter).
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