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Editorial Reviews

These particular tales from Favorite Scary Stories of American Children were selected for their appropriateness for listeners in grades 4-6. The tales include "Old Raw Head", "Ghost of Vengeance", and "Spirit of Fire". The folkloric stories have been culled from around the world, and have been especially influenced by Asian culture, though listeners will hear the Ozarks in this collection as well.

Richard Young and Judy Dockrey Young have been married since 1982 and they have both made a career out of telling stories. They frequent schools and professional storytelling events, and they even perform regularly at Silver Dollar City theme park in their home state of Missouri. In these scary stories, husband and wife alternate narration.

Publisher's Summary

Everybody loves scary stories, and nobody loves them more than children. Storytellers Richard and Judy Dockery Young gathered these stories from the most discerning of critics: the children themselves. These are the tales kids tell most often and most often ask to be told.

The stories in this multicultural collection come from the Ozark Mountains and the desert Southwest, from Native Americans and Hawaiians, and from American immigrants from such faraway places as Japan and Laos. The nine stories in this collection for older children include: "Wylie and the Hairy Man", "She's Got Me", "Blood Red Cedar", "Married to a Ghost", "Old Raw Head", "Ghost of Vengeance", "The Ki'in Spirits", "The Tiger's Eyes," and "Spirit of Fire."

For Grades 4-6

(P)1991 Richard Young and Judy Dockrey Young

Critic Reviews

"Excellent!" (The Washington Times)
"Richard and Judy Young are remarkable narrators." (Booklist)
"These stories have stood the test of time through retelling and they are identified by children across the nation to be among their favorites." (Orange Sentinel)

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