All bookseller links are provided so you can get more information about a book. We have affiliate relationships with Barefoot Books, Amazon.com, and Tapestry Books. All revenue generated from sales through these venues is used strictly to cover website costs and minimize donation requests and fundraising campaigns.
    OR        



"In a 1993-94 study conducted at two public hospitals, 23.6% of patients with inadequate functional health literacy di... More


      Printer Friendly

Click cover to buy:

HALF-MINUTE HORRORS

Author: Susan Rich, editor

Reserve at the Library

Publisher: Harper, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2009

Material: hard cover

Summary: From R.L. Stine (known for his Goosebumps stories) to Gail Carson Levine (better known for her YA fairy tales), young readers will instantly recognize the authors in this collection of nearly 75 mini-thrillers. Royalties from the purchase of this book benefit First Book, a literacy nonprofit.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, independent reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 9 to 13; read yourself: 10 and Up

Interest Level: 10 and Up

Age of Child: Read by a 10-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: Our daughter loves ghost stories - the shorter the better. She spent weeks poring over the book. Sometimes selecting a story she hadn't read before, sometimes re-reading (and reading to us) a favorite.

Adult Reader Reaction: As we read this, I kept imagining sitting around a campfire swapping stories. They are suspenseful, but not so over-the-top gruesome as to cause nightmares. Quite a few have that Edgar Allan Poe-esque feel to them. This is definitely going to be a go-to recommendation for kids who like scary stories.

Pros: Kids and adults will love sharing these mini-thrillers. Dormant readers or kids who don't like long chapter books will enjoy being able to move through the stories any way they like.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy! This is a fun, quick read for bedtime, camping or just when you want something a little different.

If You Liked This Book, Try: MYSTERIOUS THRILLS AND CHILLS   THE RETURN OF SKELETON MAN   GEEKTASTIC: STORIES FROM THE NERD HERD

Educational Themes: These are stories for personal, shared reading. They could be a great way to introduce some of the classic writers of the genre (e.g., Edgar Allan Poe).

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - horror, middle grade, anthology

Date(s) Reviewed: December 2014

Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.




                 

Copyright © 2003 - 2017. The Reading Tub, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
The Reading Tub and Turning a Page ... Opening the World are registered trademarks of The Reading Tub Inc.
No use of these trademarks is permitted without written approval of The Reading Tub, Inc.
Privacy Policy.     Site developed by Sites2BeSeen.