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More bones : scary stories from around the world (original 2008; edition 2008)

by Arielle North Olson, Howard Schwartz, E. M. Gist

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Can you escape from an evil wizard? Can you outrun a corpse? Can you learn secrets from a severed head? These terrifying questions, and many more, enliven twenty-two tales collected from around the world and retold. From China to Egypt, and Spain to Hawaii, people have gathered for generations to listen to spooky stories that make the backs of their necks prickle. You can share their nightmares of monstrous sea ghosts with sharp green teeth, women with blood-red hair that turns into snakes, skulls that defy death, and treasure chambers that can trap you inside forever. In huts and palaces, by campfires and hearths, people huddle close together to hear these tales. But if you read them alone, beware!… (more)
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Title:More bones : scary stories from around the world
Authors:Arielle North Olson
Other authors:Howard Schwartz, E. M. Gist
Info:New York, N.Y. : Viking , 2008.
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More Bones: Scary Stories from Around the World by Arielle North Olson (2008)

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  lcslibrarian | Aug 13, 2020 |
Very entertaining! Simple scary stories from around the world. I love that, under the title of each story, it states what country/region the story is from. While the reading level is at about middle grade, some of the content may not be. Some of these stories are pretty gruesome. Loved the artwork too. Great addition to the stories. ( )
  SumisBooks | May 25, 2020 |
A haunted bell, made from the armor of a cruel baron who was murdered by the peasants of his village, which foretells disasters. A beautiful woman whose suitors are flee from her, screaming, when she is alone with them. A school of magic with a terrible price. An angry mermaid that grants wishes that turn back upon the fisherman who angered her.

You'll find these and other frightening folk tales in More Bones: Scary Stories from Around the World by Arielle North Olson and Howard Schwartz. This book retells 22 stories from diverse places, such as Ireland, Germany, Egypt, Spain, Japan, China, and more.

This book is very much in the vein of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, though aimed at a slightly older audience, and with somewhat less frightening illustrations drawn by E. M. Gist. Also like that book, More Bones includes a bibliography listing the sources of the stories retold within. This is a nice feature, especially since the books are generally old enough to be in the public domain, like Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry by W. B. Yeats.

The stories are something of a mixed bag. Some of them are quite good, if simple, like "Youth Without Age" or "The Severed Head," while others are fairly dull, like "The Haunted Violin." There are more hits than misses, though.

Some of the artwork is close to being as frightening as that in Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, though I don't like it quite as well. This may just be a result of nostalgia, though--the illustrations are good.

More Bones is a great book for someone who wants something a little more mature than Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, and the bibliography will provide plenty of additional stories, for those who are interested. Definitely pick it up if you're interested in scary folk tales.

This review also appears on Barba Non DB. ( )
  Sopoforic | Feb 6, 2014 |
Shhh! Have you heard about the man who marries . . . a corpse?! Or what about the magic school where one student in every class is never allowed to leave? Or the beautiful red-haired maiden whose hair is actually serpents? Many of these tales go back hundreds of years and to the farthest corners of the earth, but as diverse as they are, they also reveal one important truth: everyone loves a scary story. The authors have dug deeply?from Egypt to Iceland?to find the spookiest stories for More Bones. Listen! Can you hear the bones beginning to rattle?
  trevians | May 15, 2012 |
Scary stories for kids. This book is collection of scary stories, I can see how upper elementary and middle school would enjoy this collection. ( )
  kresslya | Apr 7, 2012 |
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For Randy and Melissa, Jens and Janet, Laura, Eric, Miranda, and Rose—with much love.

—A.N.O.
For Shira, Nati, Miriam, Ari, and Ava.

—H.S.
I would like to dedicate this book to Mom, Dad, Jeff, and Krista, for all their support and guidance in life; to Doug Stambaugh for all his help; to Meadow for more love than one man deserves; but most importantly, to the loving memory of Basil.

—E.M.G.
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The many readers of Ask the Bones have made their wishes clear—they want to hear bones rattle as soon as they open our books. (Introduction)
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Can you escape from an evil wizard? Can you outrun a corpse? Can you learn secrets from a severed head? These terrifying questions, and many more, enliven twenty-two tales collected from around the world and retold. From China to Egypt, and Spain to Hawaii, people have gathered for generations to listen to spooky stories that make the backs of their necks prickle. You can share their nightmares of monstrous sea ghosts with sharp green teeth, women with blood-red hair that turns into snakes, skulls that defy death, and treasure chambers that can trap you inside forever. In huts and palaces, by campfires and hearths, people huddle close together to hear these tales. But if you read them alone, beware!

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