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. Volume XXIII Number 11. . . .November 18, 2016
In Haunted Canada 6, a collection of 25 spooky stories, readers are treated to a variety of tales from across Canada that are sure to give them the shivers. Each story lists where it takes place which will be sure to interest kids even more when they come upon a story set in their hometown. The style of the text switches between eyewitness accounts to more story-like prose: the latter helps to immerse the reader into the story while the eyewitness accounts remind the reader that these are not fictional stories but true experiences. The text is accessible in its vocabulary and structure but is so interesting that it will appeal to a wide range of reading levels and ages (adults included). The stories are short in length but contain enough background to create a spooky ambience that will make this a great read-aloud book. One of the most exciting things about this book is the inclusion of pictures. These add an increased level of fear to the stories. For example, when reading about a haunted doll that watches and winks at people, readers actually get to see a picture of the dollís glassy eyes and cracked skin. Some of the stories are scarier than others, but they are all generally quite creepy and, therefore, may frighten some children.
A great read for all ages and abilities and perfect for the Halloween season, Haunted Canada 6 is sure to fly off the shelves and enter into readersí dreams (or nightmares!).
Stephanie Johnson is a graduate of the Master of Library and Information Studies Program from the University of Alberta.
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