Friday The 13th Reads

Book Review by Nancy Knight at

What are kids reading these days?

When I was young, nothing creeped me out more than a good ghost story. Alvin Schwartz’ “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” series was pretty much perfect: Classic, bare-bones tales that scared or surprised you at different turns — and don’t even get me started on those creepy illustrations by Stephen Gammell.

Of course, that series ended in 1991, so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that today’s spooky books are quite a bit different. Beyond the classics-turned-horror stories, ala “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and the Undead,” we’ve got the Skeleton Creek series.

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