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HAUNTED HOUSES by Robert D. San Souci


From the Are You Scared Yet? series, volume 1

by Robert D. San Souci & illustrated by Kelly Murphy & Antoine Revoy

Age Range: 8 - 12

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-8050-8750-5
Publisher: Christy Ottaviano/Henry Holt

As the title indicates, within this collection readers will find some ten haunted abodes, including a fun house that is not so much fun, a dollhouse, a Japanese tea house and a doghouse, among others. Although the spirits described vary from benign to downright malignant, they are all very much real—no fraudulent spooks here. San Souci moves his readers around the country and from one social milieu to another. A Detroit gang banger, a girl who is newly moved to Maine and a Latino boy whose family is on a pilgrimage to his artist great-grandmother's former home all encounter haunts of varying types. These original tales are not for the fainthearted: Many of the stories’ protagonists end their tales dead—or worse. By turns poignant and downright scary, this is a solid addition for stouthearted middle-grade readers. (Short stories/horror. 8-12)