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Brewing Up Books: A Halloween Dozens
--selected by Debra Mitts-Smith
October's Dozens, in celebration of Halloween, brews up a mix of spine-chilling
stories guaranteed to set the most complacent trick-or-treaters on edge.
This month's selection includes several helpings of broomsticks, spells,
and rattling bones, folds in some not-quite-normal characters, and adds
a dash of terror, humor, and romance for a kettleful sure to appeal to
witches, monsters, and skeletons.
- Cuyler, Margery. Skeleton Hiccups; illus. by S.D. Schindler. McElderry,
2002. 4-7 yrs
How do you cure Skeleton's hiccups? (BCCB 9/02)
- Donaldson, Julia. Room on a Broom; illus. by Axel Scheffler. Dial,
2001. 5-8 yrs
As a witch and her cat journey through the sky they take on helpful passengers
until the broom snaps. (BCCB 9/01)
- Fleming, Denise. Pumpkin Eye; written and illus. by Denise Fleming.
Shadows and silhouettes will make trick-or-treaters shiver. (BCCB 10/01)
- Gaiman, Neil. Coraline; illus. by Dave McKean. HarperCollins,
2002. Gr. 4-7
A passageway behind a locked door leads Coraline to a nightmarish parallel
world. (BCCB 11/02)
- Howard, Arthur. Hoodwinked; written and illus. by Arthur Howard.
Harcourt, 2001. 3-6 yrs
Mitzi hops on her broomstick to get an especially creepy pet from Cackle and
Company. (BCCB 9/01)
- Jane, Pamela. Monster Mischief; illus. by Vera Rosenberry. Atheneum,
2001. 3-6 yrs
When Little Moe, the smallest monster of all, topples the vat of monster stew,
all its slimy ingredients slither out. (BCCB 9/01)
- Jones, Diana Wynne. Year of the Griffin. Greenwillow, 2000. Gr.
This sequel to Dark Lord of Derkholm features Wizard Derk's griffin daughter,
Elda, and her fellow classmates at Wizard University. (BCCB 12/00)
- Rees, Celia. Witch Child. Candlewick Press, 2000. Gr. 6-9
After Mary's grandmother is hanged for being a witch, Mary flees England for
the Massachusetts colonies. (BCCB 7/01)
- San Souci, Robert D. Cinderella Skeleton; illus. by David Catrow.
Silver Whistle/Harcourt, 2000. 6-9 yrs
Determined to go to Prince Charnel's Halloween Ball, Cinderella Skeleton looks
to a good witch for help. (BCCB 10/00)
- Somers, Kevin. Meaner than Meanest; illus. by Diana Cain Bluthethal.
Hyperion, 2001. 4-8 yrs
In her attempts to create the meanest creature alive, an evil old hag leaves
out one ingredient and the result is an adorably sweet little girl named Daisy.
- Steig, William. Wizzil; illus. by Quentin Blake. Farrar, 2000.
Wizzil the witch is bored and is out to "make somebody suffer."
- Stewart, Sharon. City of the Dead. Red Deer, 2001. Gr. 6-9
The ordinary becomes sinister in these ten tales of the supernatural. (BCCB
- Vande Velde, Vivan. Magic Can Be Murder. Harcourt, 2000. Gr. 7-10
Nora, a seventeen-year old witch, witnesses the murder of a silversmith via
a spell. (BCCB 11/00)
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