From Ask the Bones, a collection of folklore adapted by authors Arielle North Olson and Howard Schwartz, comes this tale of an unemployed man, who at his time of desperation meets a cousin of his who invites him to stay with her, saving him from homelessness and, presumably, starvation. He and his family enjoy their new life with their cousin until the man’s wife learns a dark secret about the woman.
“If you’re heading to camp this summer, this might be the perfect book to read before you go. It’s not a handbook or manual on survival, rather it’s a compilation of 22 scary folktales to tell around the fire or during a late-night gabfest in the cabin. Between these pages you’ll encounter ghosts, witches, demons, evil eyes, giants, monsters, talking heads and other beasties from near and far, Japan to Iceland, Eastern Europe to Mexico. The sources for the tales are listed at the back of the book. Many of them come from respected regional and national archives. The stories are short, just five to six pages each. Several of them are illustrated with pencil drawings, which are moody, if not exactly scary. Older elementary and middle school students will get a kick out of scaring themselves silly with these horror stories.”
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