Creepy Urban Legends

Creepy Urban Legends

by Tim O'Shei

Hardcover(Library Binding)

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429645720
Publisher: Capstone Press
Publication date: 07/01/2010
Series: Scary Stories
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile: 640L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 9 Years

About the Author

Tim O’Shei is the author of more than 60 nonfiction books for kids and teens. He’s also a teacher, sports and entertainment journalist, and the founder of Live! Starring … You!, a program where students interview people in the spotlight. He regularly visits schools around the country, teaching workshops and spreading his motto, “Write for your dreams.” He’s been featured on national television, including an appearance on the Travel Channel’s “Mysteries at the Museum.” Tim is a native of Buffalo, New York, where he lives with his wife and three children.

Table of Contents

Creepy Urban Legends

Did You Hear? 4


The Deadly Hairdo 6

Very Scary

Don't Turn on the Light 10

The Babysitter on the Phone 14

Freaky Scary

The Swinging Man 18

The Vanishing Hitchhiker 22

Fact or Fiction? 26

Glossary 30


Internet Sites 31

Index 32

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Creepy Urban Legends 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Sandy5 9 months ago
I came across this book while doing inventory at the library. I thought it looked interesting. An urban legend, “is a surprising, often scary story that is told as if it were true.” These are usually spread by word of mouth or by e-mail and happened recently or not that long ago. They prey upon an individual’s common fears (babysitting at night, sleeping at night) and they usually teach people a lesson. I guess I didn’t realize that an urban legend had all these traits associated with them. Inside this non-fiction children’s book, you will find examples of a few urban legends which are arranged into three sections, Scary, Very Scary and Freaky Scary. There is also a section titled Fact or Fiction? There is a Glossary that lists a few words and their definitions, another page which lists internet sites and books if you want more information on urban legends and finally, on the back page an index. I found it interesting that each section wasn’t labeled. There is nothing to tell you what type of story you are read: Scary, Very Scary or Freaky Scary when you are on that page besides by going to the table of contents. Did I think they were scary? A couple of them were pretty good. A couple of them I have heard before (a slightly different version) and two of them I didn’t find scary at all. All the stories have illustrations with them and sometimes a fear fact. The wording is not hard to read (perhaps 4th or 5th grade). The pictures are not gory but a few are mysterious. For children, I think this depends on the reader and whether the child can handle this material.