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Scariest Stories Ever
Roberta Simpson Brown
0874833019
September 1993
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From AudioFile
Roberta Simpson Brown presents the many facets of horror in this collection of spooky tales. THE Scariest Stories Ever, meant for older listeners, consists of mostly violent, gory tales. The telling is more frantic with a touch of terror in her voice. The assortment of tales provides something for everyone. M.P.T. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine


Lamplight Tales
Roberta Simpson Brown
1413755240
September 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Storytelling is a universal language we all share, regardless of who we are, how old we are, or where we come from. Lamplight Tales is an original collection of the kind of tales that were passed on to me as a child, when family and friends gathered around oil lamps at night and entertained each other. Lamplight Tales sent chills crawling over our skin, but the flickering flames from the lamps held our fear at bay and kept the warmth of friendship, family, and fun in our hearts. Are these tales true? Some are as true as the gospel. And the others? I hope not, but I was certainly convinced that they could have happened! Lamplight Tales work just as well around campfires or in shadowy places on sunny days. Enjoy this unique part of our heritage, and let these stories inspire you to tell some tales of your own!


Queen of the Cold-Blooded Tales
Roberta Simpson Simpson Brown
0874834082
May 1995
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
The ghosts of murder victims return to finger their killers and violently avenge their deaths; nature takes on ominous tones in the hooting of an owl, the nighttime crashing of waves on the shore, or the petals of a dying rose; and fate never fails to administer a righteous justice in this collection of 23 contemporary horror stories. Brown ( The Walking Trees ), a professional storyteller who lists National Public Radio among her performing credits, deftly retains an oral quality in these short tales. Her quirky imagination and macabre sense of humor lead the reader on eerie, atavistic journeys, sometimes concluding with an O. Henry-like twist. While the stories lose a bit of their effectiveness on paper, they are tailor-made for reading aloud--on nights, say, when the moon is hidden and unknown things are...


Queen of the Cold-Blooded Tales
Roberta Simpson Brown
0874833329
Sept 1993
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
The ghosts of murder victims return to finger their killers and violently avenge their deaths; nature takes on ominous tones in the hooting of an owl, the nighttime crashing of waves on the shore, or the petals of a dying rose; and fate never fails to administer a righteous justice in this collection of 23 contemporary horror stories. Brown ( The Walking Trees ), a professional storyteller who lists National Public Radio among her performing credits, deftly retains an oral quality in these short tales. Her quirky imagination and macabre sense of humor lead the reader on eerie, atavistic journeys, sometimes concluding with an O. Henry-like twist. While the stories lose a bit of their effectiveness on paper, they are tailor-made for reading aloud--on nights, say, when the moon is hidden and unknown things are...


Scared in School
Roberta Simpson Brown
0874834961
January 1997
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
Gr 4-5--The best element here is the title. The book is billed as a collection of scary school stories but these tales about alien janitors, people-eating computers, hungry chalkboards, etc., seem thrown together rather than thoughtfully constructed. The format is also confusing. The beginning chapters seem to indicate that strange things will happen to a particular group of children but the focus broadens abruptly, leaving readers baffled. Characters who appeared in earlier chapters disappear without a trace. None of the figures, nor the stories for that matter, evokes much emotion. The tales are all flat and underdeveloped and that's a shame because the seeds for good stories are here. As an oral teller, Brown is superb and her other collections, The Walking Trees (1991) and Queen of the Cold Blooded Tales...


Scary Stories for All Ages
Roberta Simpson Brown
0874833027
September 1993
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From AudioFile
Roberta Simpson Brown presents the many facets of horror in this collection of spooky tales. ScarY STORIES FOR ALL AGES, intended for ages 7 and up, explores the supernatural and unexplained. Brown's tempo is slow and eerie like the ghosts in the stories, and her country drawl fits the rural settings of the stories. M.P.T. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine

Book Description
Created especially for children and grown-ups who love spooky stories but want to be sure they'll sleep through the night, these stories are fun to follow, but provide only gentle frights. Because Brown is a middle-school teacher, her stories are alive with settings, sounds, and images familiar to young audiences, as well as adults.


Strains of Music
Roberta Simpson Brown
1413744184
January 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
From humble roots in Cajun Corners, Sheila Banet achieves her dream of becoming a country music superstar. To maintain the carefree image fans like, she keeps dark secrets about her past and present - including a husband, William, and a daughter, Kana. When events lead to William's death, his father, Great Pa, is the only witness, but the shock triggers a stroke that keeps him in a coma and speechless for four years. Sheila takes Kana on tour as her sister, but when Jim Granger, Sheila's manager, learns her secrets and blackmails her into deeper trouble, Kana's childhood friend, Joe Tarwater, heads an investigation. As Kana becomes the romantic interest of both men, she learns Great Pa is awake and able to speak, and wishes to reveal her father's killer. Will Sheila reveal her secrets, too, and acknowledge Kana as her...

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