jean russell Supernatural Stories

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Supernatural Stories

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A collection of thirteen stories with a supernatural theme, by authors including Joan Aiken, Joan Phipson, and Catherine Storr.

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Grade 4-8 Thirteen British and Australian stories of mild horror by authors familiar to American readers. Joan Aiken contributes another delightful comic look at the Armitage family, complete with a pet unicorn. Dick King-Smith adds a disturbing tale of gypsies and death, one of the few that does not end happily. Most of the children in the tales are at ease with the supernatural features, or at any rate are not damaged by them. Some, like the frightened girl in Gwen Grant's ``Spring-Heeled Jack'' actually take measures to conquer the ghosts. Jan Mark ends the collection with the lighthearted ``Welcome, Yule,'' telling of ancient Christmas carollers determined to carry on the tradition to modern times. A few stories, such as Farrukh Dhondy's ``Demon Kite,'' fail to hold up next to their stronger counterparts. The stories in this collection have not been widely reproduced in other sources for American children. A good choice for children who cannot get enough of scary stories. Anne Osborn, Riverside Public Library, Calif.
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The contributors to this cohesive collection are 12 authors, mostly British, including Joan Aiken, Vivien Alcock, Dick King-Smith and Jan Mark. By nature, these are not climactic stories, but ambiguous, suggestive slices of life. In most of them, a sympathetic longingfor a childless woman, a new kid in class, even a parrotprecedes an uncanny, sometimes dire event. In others, an object appears to dominate its owner. A few are comical. "Mr. Hornet and Nellie Maggs" by Alison Morgan stands out because of its protagonist, who changes for the better, as well as for its memorable secondary characters. The effect of the stories in general, however, is quite subtle. Ages 9-12.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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