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"Positively tailor-made for reading—or reading aloud—by flashlight," declares Kirkus Reviews in a starred review.

The phenomenally versatile, award-winning author, Candace Fleming, gives teen and older tween readers ten ghost stories sure to send chills up their spines. Set in White Cemetery, an actual graveyard outside Chicago, each story takes place during a different time period from the 1860's to the present, and ends with the narrator's death. Some teens die heroically, others ironically, but all due to supernatural causes. Readers will meet walking corpses and witness demonic posession, all against the backdrop of Chicago's rich history—the Great Depression, the World's Fair, Al Capone and his fellow gangsters.

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"Dead men may tell no tales, but dead teenagers do. In this clever collection of ghost stories, 16-year-old Mike Kowalski discovers an abandoned cemetery for teenagers where nine 15- to 17-year-old ghosts tell him how they died. The stories span 100-odd years and give a colorful survey of Chicago through the decades and across classes ('Back in those days, Chicago was lousy with funeral homes, what with all them gangsters running around'). Fleming has been rightly praised for her children's nonfiction (Amelia Lost; The Great and Only Barnum), and underneath this group of chill-inducing tales lays a wealth of detail about Chicago's historical immigrant communities, criminal underbelly, the 1893 World's Fair, and more. (Sneaky!) They also span horror subgenres that include campy '50s science fiction, gothic ('Lily,' starring a lovelorn high school student in 1999, is a faithful homage to 'The Monkey's Paw'), and wry Hitchcockian suspense; Fleming brings plenty of humor, too. The genre-flipping and varied narrative voices prevent any sense of monotony. A welcoming and well-written introduction to many styles of horror. Ages 11 — 14. Agent: Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

CANDACE FLEMING's recent nonfiction includes Amelia Lost: The Life and Disapperance of Amelia Earheart; The Great and Only Barnum, a Washington Post Best Book and finalist for the ALA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults; and The Lincolns, winner of a Boston Globe­-Horn Book Award. She is also the author of The Fabled Fifth Graders of Aesop Elementary School, and The Fabled Fourth Graders..., a Bank Street Best Book of the Year. Her picture books include Imogene's Last Stand, a New York Public Library Pick for Reading and Sharing; and Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!, an ALA Notable Book. Learn more about the author and her upcoming titles at candacefleming.com.

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alexa.hernandez54, October 16, 2013 (view all comments by alexa.hernandez54)
The two stories that I read were ghost stories. They were both in Chicago. The main character in the first story is Evelyn. She has a twin sister and both her parents. She’s 14 years old, she’s the type of person who is really bossy, mean and wants everything in her own way.

Evelyn and her family went to Fiercel Chicago. While she was there she went for a walk by herself and saw some stairs with a sign hanging that said “DO NOT ENTER”. Evelyn climbed the stairs and saw a gold frame. She couldn’t make out what was inside. She got closer to it and reached out. She pulled back her hand, started to see a man who appeared out of nowhere. Evelyn saw a mirror. The man told her to not touch it or look at it because there was a demon inside it.

In the second story the main character is Scoot. He’s 52 years old, he would go to college where he had photography class and a project to do. He went to his old neighborhood, but he said it was creepy. He went with his friends and took bunch of pictures, but in one of them there was girl. It seemed like a ghost.


My favorite story from the book was about a girl name Lily. She was 17 years old and liked to read love books. She was in love with her boyfriend Collin. They were both seniors and met in drama class. One Saturday morning they and Collin’s brother Drew were going home from the library when they saw a garage sale. They stopped and took a look at it. Drew told Lily and Collin to check a box out. There was a thing of furrowed leather that had five wrinked fingers with yellow nail on each of them. Collin said, “ What was it?” It’s a genuine, bona fide monkey’s paw, said a voice that came from behind them. It was a middle aged woman. While Drew was taking money out of his pocket the lady was telling them about the house fire. The lady pointed at the empty lot across the street. Mr. Patel’s house stood there. There was a fire and everything he owned went up in flames, everything except that monkey’s paw. The monkey’s paw was magic.



I think that all the stories the author wrote are for kids that are 11 years old and up to read them for people who don’t like to read much, I say this book is fine because it has different stories, they’re not long, and it’s very interesting that you’ll get so into the book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375867811
Author:
Fleming, Candace
Publisher:
Schwartz & Wade Books
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-U.S. Civil War
Subject:
Children s-Scary Stories
Publication Date:
20120731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 5
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.51 x 5.95 x 0.85 in 0.7 lb
Age Level:
from 10

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Product details 208 pages Schwartz & Wade Books - English 9780375867811 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Dead men may tell no tales, but dead teenagers do. In this clever collection of ghost stories, 16-year-old Mike Kowalski discovers an abandoned cemetery for teenagers where nine 15- to 17-year-old ghosts tell him how they died. The stories span 100-odd years and give a colorful survey of Chicago through the decades and across classes ('Back in those days, Chicago was lousy with funeral homes, what with all them gangsters running around'). Fleming has been rightly praised for her children's nonfiction (Amelia Lost; The Great and Only Barnum), and underneath this group of chill-inducing tales lays a wealth of detail about Chicago's historical immigrant communities, criminal underbelly, the 1893 World's Fair, and more. (Sneaky!) They also span horror subgenres that include campy '50s science fiction, gothic ('Lily,' starring a lovelorn high school student in 1999, is a faithful homage to 'The Monkey's Paw'), and wry Hitchcockian suspense; Fleming brings plenty of humor, too. The genre-flipping and varied narrative voices prevent any sense of monotony. A welcoming and well-written introduction to many styles of horror. Ages 11 — 14. Agent: Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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