For those who love to feel their blood run cold, these ghost stories should be fulfilling. Of the seven tales, alternately told by Richard and Judy Young, "Frozen Charlotte" and "Pennywhistle!" are the most successful, the most chilling and the most regional. Some stories depend greatly on the blood and gore aspects of scary tales, as in "Old Raw Head" and "Blood in the Root Cellar." Both storytellers have clear, sinister tones which serve their stories well; Judy Young's slightly nasal tones evoke a frostier feeling. In all, the mix of chillers and gore should provide something for almost everyone aged 8 to 12.
Parents are sometimes concerned that violence or gore in scary stories will be bad for children. This is not so; they provide hope through happy endings, and offer the child both positive and negative examples of behavior. With their imaginary violence, scary stories teach moral principles, good social behavior, courage, heroism, and hope.
The stories is in this collection include: "Old Raw Head", "Frozen Charlotte", "Mary Calhoun", "Blood in the Root Cellar", "Old Walleyes", "Pennywinkle!", and "Vanishing Rider."
For Adults and Young Adults
"The Youngs' stories accurately reflect the culture they are derived from and offer the hearer a vivid picture of that culture." (Teresa Pijoan, Storyteller)
Another perenial favorite of our little autumnal addicted family. These stories are slightly different from your usual "ghost" stories because there is a lot of the Ozarks flavor in them. They are enchanting. The short story format is perfect for keeping children occupied in the car while running errends. The writing is crisp and vivid. The narration is transporting, you can smell the woodsmoke and hear the rustling of the wind in the trees. I would definitely recommend this story.
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