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Author: J. A. White Narrator: Kirby Heyborne Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2018 ISBN: 9780062841988
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J. A. White, acclaimed author of the Thickety series, delivers a thrilling contemporary middle grade fantasy that highlights the magic of storytelling when one young boy is imprisoned by a witch in a New York apartment and must tell her a new scary story each night to stay alive. Perfect for fans of Coraline and A Tale Dark and Grimm.

Alex has loved scary stories his whole life.

He never imagined he be trapped in one.

When Alex sneaks out in the middle of the night, he becomes imprisoned by the witch Natacha in her magical apartment. Another child in the apartment, Yasmin, assures Alex that she’s already tried every means of escape. Only Natacha holds the bonekeys that lead back to their world, and she’ll never part from them.

But Natacha likes stories. And Alex’s only chance for survival is to keep Natacha satisfied by reading her one of his own hair-raising tales each night. But Alex is running out of time—and original stories—and he’s desperate for a way out of this twisted place.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Nightbooks is another winner from J. A. White. A creepy, thrilling reinvention of Hansel and Gretel that leaves us both frightened for our hero and also impressed by his resourcefulness. Like the best fairy tales, Nightbooks makes you doubt whether Good can beat Evil in the end, particularly when Evil has this many tricks up its sleeve. J. A. White is a fantastic writer and spins a dark fairy tale that will keep kids up all night.”

    Soman Chainani, New York Times bestselling author

  • “The blend of folk and fairy tale elements works extremely well under the circumstances, and the protagonists share an enjoyable camaraderie as they attempt to thwart their common enemy.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “A coming-of-age story about kindness and friendship and the importance of choosing to use one’s own power for the good of others.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Readers who prefer their magic dark will be spellbound.”

    Booklist

  • “Engrossing and creepy…A thrilling tale of magic that is just scary enough.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Fast-paced, deliciously creepy, and a loving tribute to the power of storytelling, Nightbooks is sure to delight fans of fairy tales, nail-biting adventures, and things that go bump in the night.”

    Claire Legrand, author of The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls

  • “A spine-tingling dark fantasy about the power of facing down fears and choosing your own fate. White has crafted a chilling fractured fairy tale. Fans of gloomy fare such as Lemony Snicket, Adam Gidwitz, or Neil Gaiman will find an equally twisting and terrifying tale here.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

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About the Author

J. A. White is the author of the Thickety series. He lives in New Jersey with his wife, three sons, and the ghost of their hamster Ophelia. When he’s not making up stories, he teaches a bunch of kids how to make up stories—along with math and science and other important stuff. He wishes dragons were real because it would be a much cooler way to get to work.

About the Narrator

Kirby Heyborne is a musician, actor, and professional narrator. Noted for his work in teen and juvenile audio, he has garnered over twenty Earphones Awards. His audiobook credits include Jesse Kellerman’s The Genius, Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother, and George R. R. Martin’s Selections from Dreamsongs.