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The Halloween Treeby Ray Bradbury
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A stunning contemporary classic by American literary treasure Ray Bradbury, author of Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles.
Meet the mysterious Mr. Moonshroud, who leads eight boys on a journey back through the centuries to discover the real meaning of Halloween. Prose of exquisite beauty will send shivers of delight — and terror — through readers, who will want to take this trip over and over again, long after the last jack-o'-lantern has gone dark.
"A fast-moving, eerie...tale set on Halloween night....Enhanced by appropriately haunting black-and-white drawings." Booklist
"If you want to know what Halloween is, or if you simply want an eerie adventure, take this mystery-history trip. You couldn't have a better guide than Ray Bradbury." Boston Globe
"A spectacular guide to the nether regions." Kirkus Reviews
"Imaginatively cryptic...skillfully presented." The Los Angeles Times
"There is a great treat in Bradbury's frenetic imagery." The New York Times
The mysterious Mr. Moundshroud leads eight boys on a journey through centuries of the past in order to discover the true meaning of Halloween in a terrifying story that is sure to send shivers up the spine.
A group of children and a "spirit" go back through time to discover the beginnings of Halloween.
"A fast-moving, eerie...tale set on Halloween night. Eight costumed boys running to meet their friend Pipkin at the haunted house outside town encounter instead the huge and cadaverous Mr. Moundshroud. As Pipkin scrambles to join them, he is swept away by a dark Something, and Moundshroud leads the boys on the tail of a kite through time and space to search the past for their friend and the meaning of Halloween. After witnessing a funeral procession in ancient Egypt, cavemen discovering fire, Druid rites, the persecution of witches in the Dark Ages, and the gargoyles of Notre Dame, they catch up with the elusive Pipkin in the catacombs of Mexico, where each boy gives one year from the end of his life to save Pipkin's. Enhanced by appropriately haunting black-and-white drawings."--Booklist
About the Author
Ray Bradbury lives in Los Angeles.
Joseph Mugnaini lives in California.
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