THE BURNING BABY by John Gordon

THE BURNING BABY

and Other Ghosts
Age Range: 12 - 14
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Five macabre tales of murder or suicide victims returning to exact gruesome retribution: Bernard conceals the body of the pregnant local teenager he's killed beneath a huge bonfire, only to have a ``Burning Baby'' crawl out of the fire's heart and into his lap; a corpse rises to drag its murderer ``Under the Ice'' of a frozen fen; a retired schoolteacher feeds her illegitimate granddaughter to the ``Eels'' in a canal--and the favor is returned (``When the sun came up and filled the room with warmth, Miss Jervis lay quite still. Her nightgown, however, heaved with a life of its own''). Gordon's writing is simple and unforced; he describes his ghastlies with a deft precision that will leave readers shivering--and eager for more. For stout hearts only. (Fiction. 12-14)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1993
ISBN: 1-56402-067-3
Page count: 112pp
Publisher: Candlewick
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 1993