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Author: J. A. White Narrator: Kirby Heyborne Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2018 ISBN: 9780062841988
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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 book for budding writers and all readers 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 *

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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.