Tales from Beyond the Brain

  • Illustrated By: Steven P. Hughes
  • Pages:192
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Themes:Horror, scary, sci-fi, apple for teacher, fig pollination
  • Available:09/03/2019
  • Age Groups:Fiction Ages 9-12
  • Lexile:680L
  • Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient:W
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Imagine walking home from school one day and seeing a brain on the side of the road, a brain that, it turns out, is looking for a new home.

Or instead of paying attention to the teacher, you shoot a paper airplane across the room and accidentally rip a hole in the fabric of the universe. And what would you do if you discovered that your class reading group was actually recruiting kids with telekinetic powers? Tales from Beyond the Brain is a collection of thirteen spooky stories that are as outrageous as they are terrifying. It's a throwback to the weird tales of yesteryear, in the vein of Tales from the Crypt and The Twilight Zone, but with contemporary characters and settings. Getting an education has never been more dangerous.

The epub edition of this title is fully accessible.

"A good choice for middle-grade readers looking for something smart and scary."
– Kirkus Reviews
“Enough twists, freaky turns and bizarre endings to keep young readers engaged and wanting more. Recommended.”
– CM: Canadian Review of Materials
“Each tale quickly builds suspense before closing with a zing...to effectively introduce young readers to the pleasures of the genre.”
– Publishers Weekly
“Elementary school students looking for something to read after they have exhausted the entire Haunted Canada Series will treasure this, and it is an ideal choice for chapter-book reading children asking for scary books…Also perfect for reluctant readers, and teachers and librarians everywhere will greatly appreciate this addition to the too-small collection of truly scary books for the target age range.”
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“Szpirglas writes with a casual straightforwardness and has a keen sense of when to embrace terror and, crucially, when it is more effective to cut away...In the main, genuinely scary, achieving Edgar Allan Poe’s ideal ‘single effect’: every element of each story working together to frighten a new generation of children.”
– Quill & Quire
“Will satisfy young horror enthusiasts. Each tale is brief and segmented and will not overwhelm readers. In addition to the great stories are the graphics. Ominous, black and white sketches are interspersed and add to the engagement and excitement of the tales.”
– Must Read Literature
"All around pretty good!...I would recommend this book to people who like spooky stuff."
– Canadian Children's Book Centre (CCBC) Canadian Children’s Book News, student take-over edition
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