Thrills and chills abound in Scary Stories for Young Foxes: The City, Christian McKay Heidicker’s follow-up to the 2020 Newbery Honor Recipient. With eight interconnected stories inspired by horror tropes and paired with haunting illustrations, this terrifying and delightful read will sink its teeth in you and not let go. Fans of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, Neil Gaiman, and R.L. Stine have found their next favorite book…if they’re bold enough to brave the City.
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Is it too soon for books with a fall feel? Back up. Is it ever too soon for books with a fall feel? Doubtful on both ends. Take a book that is fall in a paperback, add hints of childhood nostalgia to it, and what do you get? My next pick of course.
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
This book by Bradbury is one that I started a good seven times. But each of these times means it made me stop for reasons you wouldn’t think. Every time I’d read the first few chapters, I would feel this pit in my stomach, this sense of vertigo from when something is going too fast. It was I, I who was going too fast, growing up too fast.
So naturally, I would deal with it the way I deal with all big emotions; I shoved it under the carpet. The sense of nostalgia it created in me was so potent that I couldn’t do anything but.
The eighth time was the charm though. It is then that I got into the story of Jim Nightshade and Will Halloway. Two best friends chase after the Cooger & Dark’s Pandemonium Shadow Show only to be wrapped in the sinister mystery the traveling carnival brings with it. There is magic, mystery, two boys leaving behind their youth, and the power of friendship in helping to reclaim it all.
If you have never read a Bradbury before, then you are in for a treat because Bradbury’s work strikes the perfect balance between commentary and story, where other authors falter. If you have ready Bradbury’s other popular works such as Fahrenheit 451 and The Illustrated Man, both equally brilliant, then stay. You are in for a treat too.
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