Review of The Cabinet of Curiosities

The Cabinet of Curiosities: 36 Tales Brief & Sinister by Stefan Bachmann, Katherine Catmull, Claire Legrand, 
and Emma Trevayne; illus. by Alexander Jansson Middle School    Greenwillow    488 pp. 6/14    978-0-06-233105-2    $16.99 Four “curators” — Bachmann, Catmull, Legrand, and Trevayne — travel to lands peregrine and outré to fill their Cabinet of Curiosities museum, sending back […]

Unexplained phenomena

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Allman, Toney Are Extraterrestrials a Threat to Humankind? Middle school, high school     80 pp.     ReferencePoint Kallen, Stuart A. The Search for Extraterrestrial Life Middle school, high school     80 pp.     ReferencePoint Marcovitz, Hal Aliens in Pop Culture Middle school, high school     80 pp.     ReferencePoint Netzley, Patricia D. Alien Encounters Middle school, high school     80 pp.     ReferencePoint […]

Review of Bow-Wow’s Nightmare 
Neighbors

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Bow-Wow’s Nightmare 
Neighbors by Mark Newgarden and Megan Montague Cash; illus. by the authors Preschool    Porter/Roaring Brook    64 pp. 9/14    978-1-59643-640-4    $17.99    g Bow-Wow is back in this fanciful wordless follow-up to Bow-Wow Bugs a Bug (rev. 7/07). This time, the stalwart canine sets out to retrieve his stolen doggy bed from the ornery ghost […]

Horn BOO! 2014

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Something wicked this way comes with our annual 
selection of “spooktacular” new books for Halloween,
 with reviews written by the Horn Book staff. Ready, Steady, Ghost! by Elizabeth Baguley, 
illus. by Marion Lindsay Preschool, Primary    Disney-Hyperion    32 pp. 8/14    978-1-4231-8039-5    $16.99    g Leave castle-haunting to the bigger ghosts; little ghost Gilbert longs to 
find “a […]

Atmospheric audiobooks

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These audiobooks offer intrepid listeners stories of supernatural and psychological suspense, all with vividly evoked settings. In the world of Jonathan Stroud’s The Screaming Staircase (first book in the Lockwood & Co. series), ghost-busting firms employ psychically sensitive children to neutralize supernatural pests infesting London. Lucy Carlyle joins an indie agency — consisting of Lucy, […]

YA supernatural baddies

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Looking for a book to send a chill down your spine? These four new novels involving creepy paranormal characters are perfect for the occasion. Abandoning university for a (failed) archaeological dig in the Carpathian Mountains, Abigail Rook, star of William Ritter’s Jackaby, finds herself aboard a ship bound for America. Landing in the town of […]

Off-the-wall picture books

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Here are some off-the-wall books for the Halloween season, from funny and not-very-scary for younger readers to suspenseful and weird for older readers. In Laura Vaccaro Seeger’s Dog and Bear: Tricks and Treats, best friends Dog and Bear prepare for and enjoy Halloween. They go shopping for costumes (Bear gets distracted when he spies “another […]

Eerie places

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A creepy space can go a long way toward creating the tone for a scary story. These novels all transport readers to places that are likely to give them the willies. A building is the main character in Benny Lindelauf’s Dutch import Nine Open Arms. A family of nine moves into the titular rundown brick […]

Five questions for Julie Berry

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Julie Berry’s 2013 book All the Truth That’s In Me (Viking, 14 years and up) is a dark, claustrophobic — and beautiful — novel set seemingly out of time and narrated (in her own head) by a young woman whose tongue was cut out by a captor she escaped. The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place […]

Happy Halloween!

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It may not be known as “the most wonderful time of the year,” but we happen to think Halloween-time is pretty great. If you haven’t already heard about All Hallow’s Read, it’s definitely time you did! Created by Neil Gaiman in 2010, “All Hallow’s Read is a Hallowe’en tradition. It’s simply that in the week […]