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Title:
Spiders in the hairdo : modern urban legends
Author:
Holt, D. (David)
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Publication Information:
Little Rock, AR : August House, 1999.
Physical Description:
111 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Language:
English
Reading Level:
720 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 5.4 3.0 47269.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 5.3 7 Quiz: 24212 Guided reading level: NR.
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ISBN:
9780874835250
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Winner of the Garden State Teen Book Award & 2002 YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults Hey, did you hear the one about the lady who had her beehive hairdo sprayed so hard that spiders started to nest in it? Of course you did, it happened to your next-door neighbor's cousin. Or was it your cousin's next-door neighbor? Folktales are not the exclusive domain of the past. They're alive and kicking in urban legends, those stories that are told as true, but always as happening to a friend of a friend. We hear them in conversation and recognize them on the Internet. In this collection, you'll encounter stories about stupid criminals, scams and conspiracy theories, students clever enough to outsmart the professor though not smart enough to pass the test, and jerks who get their just desserts. Based on David Holt and Bill Mooney's two-man storytelling show and their Grammy nominated audio, this collection will make your hair stand on end... possible into the shape of a beehive hairdo. These urban legends will teach readers the importance of courage and resourcefulness.


Author Notes

Bill Mooney is a full-time racing journalist. He lives in Lexington, KY.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

This modest collection of urban myths assembles 50 brief stories from modern oral tradition. Commonly attributed to FOAFs (friend of a friend), they are intriguing and often frightening tales passed along in casual conversation. These tales are the substance of modern folklore, an evolving treasury of evanescent narratives. From the famous Vanishing Hitchhiker to incredulous tales of alligators in the New York City sewer system, these stories are alive in the modern information dynamicnewspapers, hearsay, Internet exchanges, schlock movies. The authors have collaborated on three books, two audiotapes, and three two-man performances, and their work has appeared on PBS. Entries are grouped into such self-explanatory chapters as, Say What? Language Barriers and Scams and Conspiracy Theories. An amusing anthology of our collective imagination, fears, and humor, this is a book for all audiences: young, old, scholarly, and just curious.Richard K. Burns, MSLS, Hatboro, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


School Library Journal Review

YA-Teachers or librarians have only to read or tell one of these modern urban legends to a YA audience and the book will be in permanent circulation. All of the stories are brief and easy to read. They are funny, scary, or eerie-and-some are all of the above. Some of the selections are as familiar as "the Vanishing Hitchhiker," but most of them will be new to YAs. A delightful addition to folklore collections.-Judy Sokoll, formerly at Fairfax County Public Library, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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