NIGHT TERRORS by Lois Duncan

NIGHT TERRORS

Stories of Shadow and Substance
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Age Range: 9 - 14

KIRKUS REVIEW

 These 11 new stories from award-winning authors of YA mysteries may be set at night but are hardly bedtime reading: Patricia Windsor (``Moon Kill') and Theodore Taylor (``Grind of an Ax'') offer some traditional homicidal maniacs; ghosts in Chris Lynch's ``Bearing Paul'' and Richard Peck's ``Girl at the Window'' lure young people into deadly danger; and Annette Curtis Klause puts a real ``Bogey Man'' in the basement for her unfortunate eight-year-old character to find. Not all of the stories contain supernatural elements--to Harry Mazer's sullen, unnamed lad, the power a loaded gun brings is a ``Beautiful Thing''--or even terror: A seemingly disembodied voice in Norma Fox Mazer's ``The House on Buffalo Street'' leads an unhappy tenant to a new friend, and in Joan Aiken's ``Monkey's Wedding,'' a quirky nonagenarian loses her son, foils a gang of thieves, and gains a great-grandson, all in the same evening. The authors append comments on short story writing and high points in their careers. A sturdy collection, short on gore and explicit violence, long on suspense and imagination. (Short stories. 9-14)

Pub Date: June 1st, 1996
ISBN: 0-689-80346-X
Page count: 175pp
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 1996




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