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Title:
Scary stories to tell in the dark
Author:
Schwartz, Alvin, 1927-1992.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : HarperCollins, [1981]

©1981
Physical Description:
viii, 111 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary:
Stories of ghosts and witches, "jump" stories, scary songs, and modern-day scary stories.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
640 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.1 1.0 18788.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 4.5 3 Quiz: 10057 Guided reading level: P.
Added Author:
ISBN:
9780397319275

9780397319268
Format :
Book

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East Aurora Library PZ8.1.S399 SC 1981 Juvenile Current Holiday Item Holiday
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Summary

Summary

This spooky addition to Alvin Schwartz's popular books on American folklore is filled with tales of eerie horror and dark revenge that will make you jump with fright.

There is a story here for everyone -- skeletons with torn and tangled flesh who roam the earth; a ghost who takes revenge on her murderer; and a haunted house where every night a bloody head falls down the chimney.

Stephen Gammell's splendidly creepy drawings perfectly capture the mood of more than two dozen scary stories -- and even scary songs -- all just right for reading alone or for telling aloud in the dark.

If You Dare!


Author Notes

Alvin Schwartz was born April 25, 1927.Schwartz began his career as a journalist, but, after the publication of his bestselling book A Twister of Twists, a Tangler of Tongues, he devoted himself to becoming a collector and arranger of folk wisdom, rhyme, and silliness.

Schwartz is known for a body of work of more than two dozen books of folklore for young readers that explore everything from wordplay and humor to tales and legends of all kinds.

Schwatz is best known for the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark series, which featured gruesome, nightmarish illustrations by Stephen Gammell. The series was America's most frequently challenged book (or book series) for library inclusion of 1990-1999.

Alvin Schwartz died in Princeton, New Jersey on March 14, 1992.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Booklist Review

From "The Ghost of the Bloody Fingers" to "The Hook" and "The Big Toe" (tales for which campfires are made), Schwartz offers a collection of stories from American folklore. Besides sending a chill up the reader's spine, this and its sequel, More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, provide students with models of scholarship--careful documentation, lists of sources, and useful bibliographies.


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