Thirteen Chairs

Thirteen Chairs

eBook - 2014
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<Div>Jack stands in the dark on the landing of the old house, and looks at his?feet . . . He has been here for minutes, his hand on the door handle, debating whether or not to go in. A high-ceilinged room lit only by candles. Thirteen chairs, one empty. Twelve mysterious storytellers, waiting to begin. Come in! Take your place. We have been expecting you. Do you dare to listen to our stories? Do you dare to tell your own? Jack is a curious boy. Are you curious too?</div>
Publisher: New York : David Fickling Books Ltd, 2014
ISBN: 9781910200292
Branch Call Number: OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource (217 p.)
Additional Contributors: Overdrive, Inc

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A spine-tingling short-story collection. When Jack opens a door to find 12 strangers sitting around a table, and an empty chair waiting for him, he joins an eerie storytelling circle. One by one, the strangers tell their stories - until the only story left to tell is Jack's. Ages 12+

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ArapahoeKati Oct 29, 2018

Progressively spooky stories makes up a fun and fast read if you want something scary, but not terrifying, for Halloween.

Jul 31, 2016

Read through this round of creepy stories to find out what Jack finds out--what happens at the creepy old house once a year? Scary but fun.

Apr 27, 2016

I had trouble, initially, getting into this book. I don’t know if I was just a bit too distracted or what. However, once I actually got through the first story, I was officially hooked, and just read it straight through.

I liked how all the stories had their own flavor / were truly told in the ‘voice’ of the person presenting them. My favorite was probably the Woodsman one, simply because trying to read it out loud made me laugh. There are nods to classic horror stories in some of the tales, but also some refreshingly modern ones. A particularly creepy one, to me, was “Unputdownable”. It tells the tale of a book that truly hooks. While none of the stories are particularly unique, they’re well-written and easy to read.

Thirteen Chairs is definitely a solid collection of ghost stories, which kind of surprises me because it’s aimed at 12-17 year olds. I like how it was all tied together via just a few pages in between each story. Shelton does a good job of building the tension in the young boy. The ending, which is a little bit of a surprise even though it really shouldn’t have been, was interesting and disconcerting. Plus, the idea of a bunch of ghosts getting together to try to scare each other is just a fun, unique idea.

Overall, Thirteen Chairs by Dave Shelton didn’t quite live up to my expectations (I think I was thinking it’d be a bit more adult than it was), but it was a good read nevertheless. The stories are definitely appropriate for the intended age range, and perhaps even a bit younger (depending upon the maturity level of the child.) Obviously, its one adults can enjoy, too, if they keep in mind that it is aimed at a younger audience. After all, a good ghost story never gets old.

Nov 06, 2015

I find books of shorts stories hard to review because some a really good and some are not. For example I did not care much for the story that the Polish man told. I really did enjoy the story that was set in Antarctica. I enjoyed the set up to these stories about the people meeting up to tell the stories to each other.

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