Thirteen Chairs

Thirteen Chairs

by Dave Shelton


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Thirteen Chairs by Dave Shelton

A spine-tingling collection of ghost storiesWhen a boy finds himself drawn into an empty house one cold night, he enters a room in which twelve unusual-looking people sit around a table. And the thirteenth chair is pulled out for him.One by one, each of those assembled tells their ownghost story: tales of doom and death; of ghostly creatures and malevolent spirits; of revenge and reward. It is only at the end of the night that the boy starts to understand what story he must tell . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781338032482
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 08/30/2016
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 500,406
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Dave Shelton is the creator of the comic strip GOOD DOG, BAD DOG. His debut novel for children, A BOY AND A BEAR IN A BOAT, was shortlisted for numerous awards in the United Kingdom and won the Branford Boase Award—an award given to an outstanding children’s or young adult novel by a first-time writer. He lives in Leicester, England with family. You can visit him online at

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From THIRTEEN CHAIRS:Jack stands in the dark on the landing of the old house, and looks at his feet. He is outside the last of three doors, the one that is underlined with flickering light. He doesn't move. He stares down at the twin crescents of light reflecting on the toes of his shoes. He looks at the thin highlights along the edges of the bare floorboards and at the pattern of the grain in the wood in the pale puddle of light that leaks under the door. He has been here for minutes, his hand on the door handle, debating whether or not to go in. Common sense insists that he must not, because there is no way of knowing what might be inside. But curiosity insists the opposite, for the same reason.And Jack is a curious boy.

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Thirteen Chairs 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Christopher_Anthony_603 More than 1 year ago
Thirteen Chairs, by Dave Shelton, is a bone chilling book that is made up of thirteen short bone chilling stories. Unlike some other books however, Thirteen Chairs ties each of those shorter stories into one larger story. It is about a boy named Jack that finds himself in an old, mysterious, abandoned house. In this house, Jack finds a room with twelve other people waiting for him, thirteen candles, and thirteen chairs (Hence the name of the book). Jack is a curious boy, so he sits down in the circle of chairs and listens to the twelve others each tell their very own stories, and subsequently blowing out the candles placed in front of them. As each person goes on, telling their spooky stories, Jack is left wondering what he should tell the others when it comes to be his turn to speak. Thirteen Chairs was a quick and easy read. This did not make it boring though. Shelton uses simple language to tell a story that kept me interested and reading on and on. While the book overall was good, some of the stories could be predictable, or just not scary. This was not a problem with most of the stories though. The book had a twist ending, but for those who read closely, the end was hinted at for some time before it was actually revealed. One thing I disliked about the book, was its lack of connect ability. Jack is given an age and is said to be curious, but besides for that, there isn’t really much to connect with him. The same can be said for the other characters in the book, except with even vaguer ages. Dave Shelton has written five books in total, with Thirteen Chairs being his most recent publication in 2014. His other books all receive decent ratings, mostly around 3.5 stars out of five. I personally have not read them, so I can’t personally judge the whether or not they are any good, but if they are anything like Thirteen Chairs, I would probably enjoy reading them as well. Overall, I definitely would recommend this to anyone who wants a quick read that is sure to give you the chills. This book has its stronger points and its weaker points, but it was a fun and interesting book that grabbed my attention for hours at a time, and I think deserves some recognition.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this. Very different with a surprise ending!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was well put together. Interesting stories.
Chancie More than 1 year ago
It started off as a very interesting book, and I loved the stories, but it soon becomes obvious that they all follow a similar pattern, so they became pretty boring. There also isn't very much story around the characters telling the stories. I thought that the final story would be something incredible or surprising, but it wasn't. Overall, it was good at first, but it slowly wavered and became boring instead.