Are any of you old enough to remember the Nickelodeon show “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” (Please say yes, please say yes, please say yes! I’m really hoping I haven’t reached the age where I can say, “You know, when I was a kid …”) Well, anyway, if any of you do remember that show, then you’ll know what I’m talking about when I say that Vivian Vande Velde has written a collection of short stories that are WAY scarier.
For those of you who were able to attend our awesome Read-a-Thon, you know that Vivian is a local author (from Rochester!) who made a special guest appearance and signed some autographs. I picked, from her HUGE selection of YA and children’s books, “Being Dead” and had it autographed. Then, the book sat on my shelf for several months because I COMPLETELY forgot I even had it. Boy, do I wish I’d remembered it around Halloween time because it’s the PERFECT Halloween read.
The first story in “Being Dead” had me so thoroughly creeped out that I slept with a night light. (That’s not an easy confession to make, either. I am sacrificing my reputation to convince you readers to read this book. Don’t let me down!) I hate to give away too many details – I don’t want to spoil any of the stories. You’ll just have to take my word for it when I say read this book (with the lights on …).
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