Thursday, October 23, 2014

Shelf Life [kids]

Haunted CanadaHaunted Canada 4: More True Tales of Terror by Joel Sutherland, 117 pages.
@SPL:  J 133.1097 Sut

The 28 “true tales of terror” selected for the fourth installment of the popular “Haunted Canada” series will take readers to some of Canada’s creepiest corners, from British Columbia to Newfoundland and north to the Territories.

Readers will visit the “Hospital of the Dead” in Inglewood, Alberta, the “Tombs of Hell” in Kingston, Ontario, and the “Valley of the Headless Men” in the Northwest Territories’ Nahanni National Park Reserve. In Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia, readers will meet the ghostly “lady in blue” and in Quebec City, the malicious spirit of Marie-Josephte Corriveau, whose body was displayed in a metal cage after her hanging in 1763 to warn townspeople against murder.

There’s even a ghost at Toronto’s Hockey Hall of Fame where, among the displays about famous players such as Wayne Gretzky and Maurice Richard, is a resident ghost who occasionally glides out from one of the walls - only to disappear a few seconds later.

The abandoned town of Tranquille, British Columbia is especially eerie these days. Once the site of a large tuberculosis sanatorium, Tranquille is not only haunted above the ground, but the nearly two kilometres of underground tunnels are also haunted!

As the book’s publisher notes, these chilling tales will surely have readers sleeping with the lights on!

** Recommended for ages 9 years and up.
The Waking Dark
The Waking Dark by Robyn Wasserman, 454 pages.
@SPL:  YA FIC Wasse    

In the quiet, sleepy, isolated town of Oleander, Kansas, a mysterious and evil darkness is emerging. No one knows exactly what it is, what it is called or from where it is coming.

Then twelve people are suddenly and violently murdered in the space of a few hours. In each case, the murderer is one of the most unlikely people in Oleander: a relative, a friend or a neighbour. Why? No one has the answer, and the day becomes known as “the Killing Day”.

A year later, a deadly tornado strikes Oleander and the town is shattered once again. The army places the town under a strict military quarantine.

Completely cut off from the rest of the world and without power (there is no Internet access, cellphone or television reception), the town’s inhabitants are trapped and they begin to turn on one another.

It begins to seem very possible that the Killing Day was only the beginning of the horror that threatens to destroy Oleander completely.

Reminiscent of a Stephen King story, Robyn Wasserman’s haunting novel of madness and blood is a great choice for Halloween reading (however it is much more appropriate for adults and older teens than for younger teens).

** Recommended for ages 15 years and up.

This review appears in the Stratford Gazette. Written by Sally Hengeveld, Librarian.

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