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Publisher's Summary

A boy is imprisoned by a witch and must tell her a new scary story each night to stay alive. This thrilling contemporary fantasy from J. A. White, the acclaimed author of the Thickety series, brings to life the magic and craft of storytelling.

Alex’s original hair-raising tales are the only thing keeping the witch Natacha happy, but soon he’ll run out of pages to read from and be trapped forever. He’s loved scary stories his whole life, and he knows most don’t have a happily ever after. Now that Alex is trapped in a true terrifying tale, he’s desperate for a different ending - and a way out of this twisted place.

This modern spin on the Scheherazade story is perfect for fans of Coraline and A Tale Dark and Grimm. With interwoven tips on writing with suspense, adding in plot twists, hooks, interior logic, and dealing with writer’s block, this is the ideal audiobook for budding writers and all fans of delightfully just-dark-enough tales.

Summer 2018 Kids' Indie Next List

YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Nomination 

2019-2020 Florida Sunshine State Young Readers Award 

2020 Rhode Island Children's Book Award Nominee 

Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year 2019 (9-12) 

2020-2021 Missouri Association of School Librarians Truman Readers Award Preliminary Nominee 

Texas Bluebonnet Award List 2020-2021

©2018 J. A. White (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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This Book Brought Back My Childhood!

I grew up on R.L. Stine's "Goosebumps," and the Nickelodeon show, "Are You Afraid of the Dark." This book is like the best episode of either. Intensely original, with great pacing and lovable characters, this is a world I look forward to revisiting again!

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A tale inside a tale

My son loved the twists and turns of how this story unfolded. It kept him guessing right up to the end.

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Just the right amount of creepy

I really enjoyed the shorter horror stories that Alex wrote and I wish there had been more of them. The actual story sucked me in in the beginning, but lost steam about halfway through. The end really picked up again though and I found myself back on the edge of my seat. A really fun story, even in scary stuff isn't really your thing.

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Son gives it a 5/5/5!

We didn’t like the yelling parts in the book- the witch yells several times, but overall my son says the story and performance were really good!
Appropriate for an active 11 year old boy!

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Deliciously dark

The more I hear from this author, the more impressed O become. The stories are twisted and dark, yet beautiful. He's a master storyteller that needs more recognition.

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Awesome!

Loved the story and the narration is top notch, so much fun! Highly recommend!!

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Narrator made this book so much better!!!

So the story was great! It was scary but like elementary school scary. But the narrator Kirby Heyborne made this audible version so much better! His witch voice scared me!!!!! His shrill yell was too good! The story is clever and as a librarian I cant wait to read it aloud to 5th-6th graders. They will love it!

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Great story

It was a little slow at the beginning but once we got into it we couldn’t stop reading it!

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Great read! Couldn’t stop listening!

Great story full of adventure, spine-tingling, and courage! I loved it! It’s on the Bluebonnet list this year.

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Creepy but hopeful!

My children loved the stories with in the story. This book inspires creative writing. Well read!