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Out to Get You: 13 Tales of Weirdness and Woe



by
Josh Allen
illustrated by
Sarah J. Coleman

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Holiday House
Imprint
Holiday House
ISBN
9780823443666
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$16.80
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The everyday world is full of sinister secrets, and these page-turning stories show that there’s darkness even where you least expect it. Readers will sleep with one eye open…

Get ready for a collection of thirteen short stories that will chill your bones, tingle your spine, and scare your pants off. Debut author Josh Allen masterfully concocts horror in the most innocent places, like R.L. Stine meets a modern Edgar Allan Poe. A stray kitten turns into a threatening follower. The street sign down the block starts taunting you. Even your own shadow is out to get you! Spooky things love hiding in plain sight. Thirteen eerie full-page illustrations by award-winning artist Sarah J. Coleman accompany the tales in this frightful mashup that reads like a contemporary Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.

Black-and-white illustrations created with pencil, pen, and ink.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

176

Trim Size

8" x 6"

Dewey

F

AR

4.5: points 5

Lexile

660L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Dec 2019

Book Genres

Horror, Short Stories

Topics

Horror. Short stories. Schools. Friendship.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Kirkus Reviews, Booklist*, School Library Journal*

School Library Journal

Move over “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark,” you’ve got a new neighbor. These chill-worthy, macabre tales are sure to keep many a young reader awake at night. Take, for instance, the tale of Ivy, who found a greenish-black marker on the floor in her class one day. No one claimed it, so she took it for herself; the marker was ideal for drawing a tiny little vine with just three leaves on her hand. Imagine her horror the next day when she discovers the imaginary vine has begun crawling up her arm. Too late, she realizes that taking a shower “waters” the vine and causes it to grow. Desperately, she refuses to shower…for a long, long time. All her friends desert her in her smelly state but she doesn’t care, she just wants the vine to stop growing. Horror and tongue-in-cheek humor meld seamlessly in these unique tales. The settings and characters—including preteens, parents, and principals—will make a lasting impression on readers. In the same vein as Stephen Gammell’s illustrations for Alvin Schwartz’s “Scary Stories,” black-and-white drawings enhance the authenticity of the dark, shady, and grotesque. A top-notch thrill-ride of creepy, crunchy horror. This collection belongs on every young horror shelf.

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Move over “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark,” you’ve got a new neighbor. These chill-worthy, macabre tales are sure to keep many a young reader awake at night. Take, for instance, the tale of Ivy, who found a greenish-black marker on the floor in her class one day. No one claimed it, so she took it for herself; the marker was ideal for drawing a tiny little vine with just three leaves on her hand. Imagine her horror the next day when she discovers the imaginary vine has begun crawling up her arm. Too late, she realizes that taking a shower “waters” the vine and causes it to grow. Desperately, she refuses to shower…for a long, long time. All her friends desert her in her smelly state but she doesn’t care, she just wants the vine to stop growing. Horror and tongue-in-cheek humor meld seamlessly in these unique tales. The settings and characters—including preteens, parents, and principals—will make a lasting impression on readers. In the same vein as Stephen Gammell’s illustrations for Alvin Schwartz’s “Scary Stories,” black-and-white drawings enhance the authenticity of the dark, shady, and grotesque. A top-notch thrill-ride of creepy, crunchy horror. This collection belongs on every young horror shelf.

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