NIGHT TERRORS by Jim Murphy

NIGHT TERRORS

Age Range: 11 - 13

KIRKUS REVIEW

 An old gravedigger embeds five mild horror stories, all featuring young people, into an account of his peregrinations. In ``Catseye,'' Jessica and the malicious Kristen discover a backless closet in a witch's house; the trip that three teens are making to a party is interrupted when their car breaks down near a hungry couple's isolated shack; Brian brings a large and famished collection of mummified Egyptian animals to life; a prospective grave-robber is seized and buried by a living watchman and an animate corpse, working together; and, in ``Just Say Yes,'' Kelly is invited by her science teacher--and, to her amazement, her bubble-headed best friend--to be a werewolf. The stories--nearly free of explicit gore or violence--follow predictable paths and are written in a conventional style that's at odds with the narrator's gruff, personal voice. Compared to Gordon's The Burning Baby and Other Ghosts (p. 1273), this collection seems decidedly anemic. (Short Stories. 11-13)

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-590-45341-6
Page count: 160pp
Publisher: Scholastic
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1st, 1993




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