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Book Review: Music From The Dead by Bebe Faas Rice

Music From The Dead by Bebe Faas Rice is a young adult horror novel originally published in April 1997.  Marnie and her cousin Peter drive up to the mansion that Marnie's father rented for the summer ahead of her father.  When the cousins arrive at the mansion called Stonycraig and settle in, Marnie is nervous because she thought she saw a shadow in one of the windows.  Then, she starts hearing a woman crying late at night.  Are the stories about Stonycraig being haunted true? This is a book I originally read as a teenager, and I remember being impressed by the storyline and writing.  I recently decided to reread it as an adult to see if it was as good as I remembered.  I have to say it was phenomenal.  Well-written and unputdownable.   Even though there were parts that came back to me as I made my way through Music From The Dead , I still found it to be perfectly eerie and creepy.  There was even a little bit of romance but nothing inappropriate for a tween or teen.  The only com

Book Review: Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark (Scary Stories, #1) by Alvin Schwartz

With the movie Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark coming to movie theaters in August 2019, I had to reread the book of the same name. I loved the Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark trilogy when I was in middle school and remember them being very creepy. Although I don't think I ever got rid of my copies from my childhood, I didn't know where they are, so I ordered the entire trilogy with the original artwork from Amazon.com.

When the books were delivered to my house yesterday, I was excited to dive right in to the first book because the sight of the books brought back all the feels from my childhood. However, in the hour it took me to read the first book, Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark, I was very disappointed because it wasn't nearly as good as I remembered it to be. Although, the pictures were just as wonderful as they always were . . . and super creepy.

The stories that were still creepy that I enjoyed were Room For One More, The Hook, The Babysitter, and High Beams. With that being said, the latter two were my favorites, and they did feature in various horror movies including I Know What You Did Last Summer and Urban Legends. I had forgotten that High Beams was in Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark and didn't even make the connection between it and the scene in Urban Legends, which is one of my favorite horror movies.

The reading level for Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark by Alvin Schwartz is a 4.5, which means a child in fourth grade in the fifth month of school should be able to read this book independently. Now, that doesn't account for your child's maturity level. If they don't like scary or ghost stories, then this might not be the book for them.
I think I was the exception not the rule when it came to scary stories, books, and movies. I absolutely loved them from a young age. I watched my first horror movie at the age of 7, which was Poltergeist. As far as the movie Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark, I'm not sure how age appropriate it will be for kids, but as an adult, I am looking forward to watching it. I hope it is everything I hope it to be.

My adult self gives this book three out of five stars. My child self would have given it five out five stars because I remember loving it so much! Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark by Alvin Schwartz is the perfect collection of scary stories and urban legends to read at night at home or around a campfire for upper elementary kids and tweens.

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