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Presents eighteen short tales of terror, including "Baby Fat," "The Haunted High-Rise," and "The Othermother"
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Grade 4-6-This collection of 18 horror stories might seem the perfect answer to all those requests for "short" and "scary." However, instead of being truly frightening, these tales are entirely predictable and opt for merely grisly endings that generally involve murder or dismemberment by some unearthly creature. After reading one or two, any element of suspense has completely disappeared, and all that's left is a series of rather dull characters and bloody finales. A much better choice would be Paul Jennings's Unmentionable! (Viking, 1993), or any of his other story collections, which use the same surprise-ending idea with more satisfying results.
Arwen Marshall, New York Public Library
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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