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Spooky Cemeteries

Do the dead tell tales? Readers will find out in this scary trip through 11 of the world’s spookiest graveyards. Among the stops: Chestnut Hill Cemetery in Rhode Island. That’s where a little girl named Mercy Brown is buried. In the late 1800s, her family was hit by tuberculosis. First, her mother and sister died. Then Mercy herself became sick and died. In desperation to save his tubercular son, her father—who had become convinced that Mercy was a vampire rising from the grave each night to suck the life blood from her sibling—dug up her body, cut out her heart and burned it, and served the ashes to her brother. Such compelling historical nonfiction will keep readers eagerly turning the pages in this macabre exploration of the world of the dead.

 

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Dark Mansions

A big, beautiful mansion sounds like a great place to live. But what if its many rooms hold only memories of pain and suffering? What if sad spirits haunt the hallways and ghostly screams echo out the large windows? No amount of money can stop a house like that from becoming a nightmare. Among the 11 mansions in this book, readers will discover a beautiful plantation where a ghostly hound howls on stormy nights; Manhattan’s oldest home where a spirit shushes schoolchildren; and an architect’s dream house that turned into a nightmare with the swing of an axe. Riveting true tales and full-color photos will keep children turning the pages to discover more spooky stories.

 

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Creepy Islands

For most people, islands are a place to spend a relaxing vacation. Tourists often visit these beautiful locations to enjoy warm sandy beaches and rest by gentle ocean waves. Yet what if instead of sand and sun, an island is full of ghosts and other spooky creatures lurking in the shadows. Among the 11 creepy islands in this book, children will discover a ghostly pirate who continues to look for the gold he buried hundreds of years ago, a lighthouse keeper who haunts the building where he once worked, and a small island where all of the inhabitants mysteriously disappeared. The creepy photographs and chilling nonfiction text will keep children turning the pages to discover more spooky stories.

 

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Shuttered Horror Hospitals

Great medical triumphs have taken place at hospitals. But are these medical buildings also a great place to go looking for ghosts? According to some, they are. Ghost hunters believe that the spirits of dead people often linger in the locations where they spent their final moments. So what better place to look for these restless souls than in a hospital? Among the 11 hospitals in this book, children will discover a huge medical facility abandoned by everyone but the ghosts of long-dead patients; a hospital that is so creepy it was used as a set for horror movies; and a temporary hospital built on a Civil War battlefield that is now considered one of the most haunted spots in America. Chilling tales and the dark histories surrounding these medical buildings will keep readers eagerly turning the pages for more.

 

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Abandoned Amusement Parks

There is something both sad and creepy about an abandoned amusement park. Perhaps it’s because a place that was once packed with fun seekers has become slowly choked with weeds. Or maybe it’s because the sound of kids’ excited laughter has been replaced with the quiet creaking of rusted rides. When the only visitors are the spirits of those who died there long ago, an amusement park can be a scary place to visit. Among the 11 amusement parks in this book, children will discover a roller coaster left to rot after nearly killing its passengers, a theme park that is now home to alligators and snakes, and the ghost of a man who is still trying to take a ride on a Ferris wheel that stopped working years ago. The haunting photographs and chilling nonfiction text will keep children turning the pages to discover more spooky stories.

 

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Haunted Prisons

Few sounds are as chilling as the metal bars of a prison slamming shut. Often, criminals are locked up in cells with other murderers, thieves, and robbers—sometimes for years, sometimes for life. Yet what about being locked up with a ghost? Some people say that the souls of those who died in prison are unable to rest in peace. As a result, ghosts and other spirits are often reported to haunt jails and prisons around the world. Among the 11 prisons in this book, children will discover Alcatraz, the legendary prison that housed some of America’s most dangerous criminals, and which is said to still be home to some of their spirits; a Civil War prison where some people claim to hear the whispers of dead soldiers; and the Tower of London, where a headless queen haunts the hallways. The spooky photographs and chilling nonfiction text will keep children turning the pages to discover more creepy stories.

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Abandoned Insane Asylums

What secrets are buried within the crumbling walls of old asylums for the insane? Readers will get a glimpse of what these nightmare facilities were like before the dawn of the modern era. From the wretched overcrowding of London’s Bethlem Royal Hospital (which inspired the English word bedlam), where citizens could pay a penny for the pleasure of poking “lunatics” through the hospital’s bars with sticks, to Christian Church Hospital in Kansas City where Dr. Robert Patterson beat and chained patients and performed ice-pick lobotomies—this scary book will rivet young readers while also giving them an understanding of how far mental health care has come. Eleven asylums are explored, with tales of not only what they were like but of the spirits said to still haunt them.

 

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Haunted Houses

Most haunted houses were once the scenes of gruesome events or some deep human unhappiness. Rose Hall Great House in Jamaica is no exception. The mistress of the house, Annie Palmer, began her reign of terror at 18. As a girl, her parents had relocated from Ireland to Haiti and promptly died of yellow fever, leaving Annie in the care of a Haitian nanny rumored to be a voodoo priestess. It is said that she trained Annie in the occult. After marrying John Palmer in 1780, Annie reportedly murdered him by poisoning his coffee. Thereafter, she had numerous boyfriends murdered along with two more husbands. When Annie finally died, the slaves burned all of her possessions and buried her as deep in the ground as they could. The house is still said to be haunted by “The White Witch of Rose Hall,” and the story of Annie’s haunting is the basis for over a dozen gothic novels. This nonfiction account of a haunted house along with 10 other haunted house histories will keep young readers on the edges of their chairs, scarily awake!

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Monstrous Morgues of the Past

Morgues, funeral homes, and mortuaries are all places where the dead are kept before they reach their final resting place—the grave. Here, corpses are prepared for funerals or autopsied to find out the cause of death. According to some people, morgues are also places where ghosts reside long after the bodies of the dead have been removed from the building. What is legend and what is fact? Kids will have to read Monstrous Morgues of the Past and then decide for themselves. Among the 11 morgues in this book, readers will discover former funeral homes where the dead refuse to leave; a morgue in 19th-century Paris where over one million visitors came each year to view the dead; and a former disaster site in Chicago that is still haunted by a sobbing ghost called “The Gray Lady.” The chilling nonfiction text describing the dark histories surrounding these morgues will keep thrill-seeking readers eagerly turning the pages for more.

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Creepy Stations

Most people stop at stations for a brief time when they travel by train or subway. As passengers come and go, the stations are filled with happy greetings and sad good-byes. But are the stations also filled with something more out of the ordinary? According to some, spooky ghosts and mischievous spirits have been spotted lurking in the shadows. Among the 11 creepy stations in this book, children will discover a haunted underground station in London that was once used as an air-raid shelter during World War II, and a stop along the Pony Express where the sounds of horses’ thundering hooves can still be heard. The haunting photographs and chilling nonfiction text will keep children turning the pages to discover more spooky stories.

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Shocking Seafood

Are you in the mood for seafood? How about trying live octopus arms? Just make sure you chew them well before you swallow—you wouldn’t want one of the suckers on the wiggling arms to get stuck in your throat. Or perhaps you’d prefer a more traditional meal of rotten shark meat. After decaying in an underground pit for two months, the meat is dried out in a shack for a few more months—just enough time for a nice brown crust to form on the outside. Where do people eat foods like these? All over the world! In Shocking Seafood, kids will be amazed to learn about the wide variety of creatures from the sea that are cooked—and eaten—by people from different cultures all around the globe. Large, eye-popping photos, a colorful map, and fascinating fact boxes on every two-page spread are sure to delight young readers.

 

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Slithery, Slimy, Scaly Treats

Are you hungry for some reptile treats? Then why don’t you try a bowl of lizard soup? What’s that—you’re in the mood for something spicier? Then rattlesnake chili is what you want. Just remember to cool off by washing it all down with a refreshing glass of snake blood. If you’re hungry for an amphibian dish, have a plate of barbecued frogs. Where do people eat foods like these? All over the world! In Slithery, Slimy, Scaly Treats, kids will be amazed to learn about the wide variety of reptiles and amphibians that are cooked—and eaten—by people from different cultures all around the globe. Large, eye-popping photos, a colorful map, and fascinating fact boxes on every two-page spread are sure to delight every reader.

 

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Secrets of Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World leaves kids of all ages wide-eyed and amazed, making it a favorite family destination. From Epcot to the Magic Kingdom to Hollywood Studios, it’s an enchanting place where imagination knows no bounds. Secrets of Walt Disney World uncovers the little extras and hidden facts that enhance your visit—and shows how Walt Disney’s incredible dream continues to inspire and entertain countless people every day.

 

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Secrets of Disneyland

Ever since Disneyland opened in Anaheim, California in 1955, Disney’s Imagineers have worked nonstop to make sure every family enjoys a magical experience. Secrets of Disneyland reveals tons of behind-the-scenes tidbits about the theme park, along with fascinating facts that make it the Happiest Place on Earth. Filled with bright photos, fun quizzes, and information on everything from Main Street, U.S.A. to Mickey’s Toontown and Frontierland, it’s the perfect guide for planning the perfect visit!