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The Puppet's Payback and Other Chilling Tales

The Puppet's Payback and Other Chilling Tales

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The author of wildly popular ghost stories, Mary Downing Hahn has created a group of tales for fans of her "scary but not too scary" books. Even the stories without actual ghosts are spooky. Each tale turns something ordinary--a pigeon, a white dress, a stranger on the bus, a puppet--into a sinister link to the supernatural. For the human characters, secrets from the past or careless behavior in the present can lead to serious trouble. All the stories have a young person as the central character, so all will resonate with young readers who enjoy the eerie, the creepy, and the otherworldly. In a concluding note, the author talks about how she came to write ghost stories.

Author: Mary Downing Hahn
Publisher: Clarion Books
Published: 09/01/2020
Pages: 192
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.80lbs
Size: 8.30h x 5.30w x 1.00d
ISBN: 9780358067320
Audience: Ages 9-12

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 4.6
Point Value: 5
Interest Level: Middle Grade
Quiz #/Name: 509255 / Puppet's Payback and Other Chilling Tales

Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 06/01/2020
School Library Journal 08/01/2020 pg. 72
Booklist 08/01/2020 pg. 71
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 10/01/2020

About the Author
Mary Downing Hahn, a former children's librarian, is the award-winning author of many popular ghost stories. Her work has won more than fifty child-voted state awards. An avid reader, traveler, and all-around arts lover, Ms. Hahn lives in Columbia, Maryland. Visit her online at

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