Saturday, February 16, 2008

THE DEADLY CATCH (The Midnight Library Tales #8) by Damien Graves

“The Deadly Catch” is the tale of two boys who kayak into danger. Warnings to stay inside the retaining wall and not venture into the open sea, fall on deaf ears. David and Adam are more interested in looking for real life sharks than listening to a cautious adult. What follows is a mysterious fog, what appears to be an abandoned boat, and a gray, slimy residue. Maybe there is something to be said about a little bit of caution.

The second story titled “The Trap” will scare the pants off anyone with a fear of mice. After Katie’s mother leaves their house in a phobia-induced panic, Katie and her father are left to battle a massive invasion of mice. Beware! This one could interrupt your sleeping for a few night.

“Sticks and Stones” is the story of Shiny Time lip gloss. Who knew that something as innocent as lip gloss could change the life of a teenager. Strange things begin happening, and Kelly finally begins to accept the fact that her fabulous new purchase might be the cause.

Great for middle grade and reluctant readers, these stories are enjoyable separately or as a complete collection. They would provide excellent models for student-driven writing.

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