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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (440 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Candace Fleming Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9780307991096
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The phenomenally versatile, award-winning author, Candace Fleming, gives teen and older tween readers 10 ghost stories sure to send chills up their spines. Set in White Cemetery, an actual graveyard outside Chicago, each story takes place during a different time period from the 1860s to the present, and ends with the narrator's death. Some teens die heroically, others ironically, but all due to supernatural causes. Readers will meet walking corpses and witness demonic posession, all against the backdrop of Chicago's rich history - the Great Depression, the World's Fair, Al Capone and his fellow gangsters.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Kirkus Reviews Best of Children's Books 2012
  • Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, May 1, 2012:
    “Light on explicit grue but well endowed with macabre detail and leavening dashes of humor.”
  • Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, May 21, 2012:
    “A welcoming and well-written introduction to many styles of horror.”

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelley | 2/14/2014

    " A number of dead teenagers, from a variety of time periods, share their death story with Mike, a teenager who gave a ride to a ghost. All the stories are set in and around Chicago, which was both cool and distracting. Salt Creek! County Line Rd! All real towns! The prologue was the only one that was really spooky for me - what Mike tripped over in the cemetery, yikes, and that poor, poor mother. The others had a great sense of time and setting but lost me in the 50s. I think kids who dig spooky stories will enjoy it a lot, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 2/9/2014

    " Grades 5 or 6 and up-- Mike is driving home late one night in the suburbs of Chicago when he sees a figure in the road and narrowly avoids hitting her. He gives her a ride home, but when he notices that she left her saddle shoes in the car, he goes up to her door, where her mother tells him that the girl he just gave a ride to has been dead for over 50 years. Each year on this date, she appears to someone as she walks along the road. Mike takes her shoes to the small local graveyard and when he reaches the section of the cemetery set aside for people who died in their teens, he is beset by a group of adolescent spirits who want to tell their stories. The nine stories that follow are suitably chilling to satisfy kids who can't get enough ghost stories. An afterword from Candace Fleming gives the historical context of each of the stories that are included in the collection. A fun and shivery read for upper elementary and middle school students. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 1/31/2014

    " It appears that there is nothing that this author can't do well! In this deliciously creepy book, nine different ghosts describe in chilling fashion what happened on the day they died. The fear factor is heightened by the fact that the deaths all occurred in or near Chicago and the stories are being told in a cemetery. Mike Kowalski who narrowly escaped death himself--he doesn't know this until the end of the book--listens in astonishment to the stories that only seem to grow sadder and more horrifying as he listens. One of the most appealing aspects of this collection for me is how Fleming reaches back to familiar stories of suspense such as "The Monkey's Paw" in her story "Lily" that describes what happens to that paw and combines elements of Edgar Allan Poe's "Berenice" and Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper" in her "Edgar." She does so in chilling fashion. This would be a great readaloud on a dark night or during a slumber party. Readers won't want to skip the back matter in which she explains the inspiration for each of the short stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 1/30/2014

    " I enjoyed the audio version, with each chapter read in a different voice, but I wished the stories weaved together somehow. A quick read and plenty of spookiness. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeanette | 1/14/2014

    " It was fun to read the spooky campfire stories, but the over all story didn't really have a point. It didn't actually go anywhere. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sarah | 12/17/2013

    " I thought this was horribly weak & far fetched. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Manda | 11/12/2013

    " Fun spookiness "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 10/23/2013

    " Each chapter of the book is a different "ghost" story. It's kind of creepy. Some stories are ways teens could have really died and some are more science fiction. This would be great for a Halloween Party read. Or sharing ghost stories around a campfire. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 harlequin {Stephanie} | 10/18/2013

    " Very Similar to goosebumps stories. Only not nearly as creepy as it claims. One or two I really enjoyed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 10/7/2013

    " Everybody loves ghost stories, but what if the ghosts themselves were telling the stories? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teresa Haverstock-holroyde | 7/27/2013

    " A perfectly spooky Halloween read, snuggle under the blankets & prepare to be scared!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jean | 1/26/2013

    " Golden Sower Preview. This is not a literary masterpiece, but I predict it will be very popular with my many ghost-story fans. After all the stories I heard from my chronically-missing-curfew daughter, she never came up with anything this good. Maybe I should share it with her daughter....:) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 1/8/2013

    " Legitimately SCARY scary stories. Fantastic. I'm blown away by Candace Fleming's versatility as a writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie Williams | 10/1/2012

    " If you like spooky stories then this is the book for you. Honestly, it is not my favorite genre but I can appreciate how my students like this kind of thing. Some of the stories were a bit campy for me but it was enjoyable overall. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 7/29/2012

    " I loved this book considering myself as the audience, but I think young kids would have a hard time with the intensity of some of the stories...I have adult friends that put it down because it was just too creepy. This book is one for future Stephen King fans :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sophia | 7/15/2012

    " A collection of how-I-died stories told by the ghosts themselves. "

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About the Author
Author Candace Fleming

Candace Fleming is the prolific author of The Great and Only Barnum, a YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction nominee and a Publishers Weekly and Booklist Best Book; The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary, a Boston Globe–Horn Book Award recipient; Our Eleanor, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults; and Ben Franklin’s Almanac, a James Madison Honor Book. She is also the author of many highly acclaimed picture books.