THE DARK THIRTY : THE CHICKEN
New York : Dell Yearling,
IL 5-8, RL 6.9
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People have been scared of ghosts, witches and monsters throughout time.
Were you ever afraid of a monster in your closet or under your bed or just
monsters that you knew came out at night. Are you still? Ten-year-old Missy
is. She is the “president of the St. Louis chapter of the Monster Watchers
of America, an expert on spotting monster. So when she moved to stay with
her grandparents in Tennessee, she knew right away a monster lived in the
chicken coup. It had “hot mean eyes and foul breath and she could feel
it always watching her when she was playing outside. One night her grandmother
asked Missy to go lock the chicken coup. But Missy knew the monster would
be waiting on her. She could hear its tail swishing. Her grandmother was
asking her to break rule number five: Get in the house before dark and
don’t go out by yourself. “No,” Missy screamed. She couldn’t do it and
ran in the house crying. But Missy’s grandfather told her about a time
when he had to face a monster when he was boy and he made it go away. Would
Missy have the courage to face her monster? Or would it always haunt her
and control her fears?
Read The Chicken Coup Monster, just one of the Southern Supernatural Tales
in the book The Dark Thirty by Patricia C. McKisssack, to discover what
choices Missy makes. (Lisa M. Cave, email@example.com,
North Middle High School Library)
Ghosts -- Fiction.
African Americans -- Fiction.
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