The Young Oxford Book of Nasty Endings

The Young Oxford Book of Nasty Endings

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This is a collection of stories where the main feature is the ending. Sometimes it's an unpleasant or a nasty end, sometimes there is an unexpected twist, but usually the ending comes as a complete surprise to the people in the story.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 160.02 x 233.68 x 25.4mm | 612.35g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • b&w illustrations
  • 0192781510
  • 9780192781512

Review quote

"A dark brew of horror, ghost, crime, and science fiction stories by authors who generally address both older children and adults.... What really happens at the end of the stories is generally left for the readers to decide. But, as the editor says, 'Don't expect to sleep easy.'"--The New York Times Book Review"Revels in the sinister, mysterious, gross, and creepy. The 34 stories by such authors as Roald Dahl, E. Nesbit, and Ray Bradbury promise--or threaten--to leave readers on edge."--Publishers Weekly"Featuring endings that are sometimes gruesome, sometimes wry, and sometimes thoughtful, Pepper's compilation of tales won't disappoint even the most avid readers of short stories or mysteries. The selections are suspenseful, scary, and surprising... Finely crafted stories. Great for sharing on Halloween or around a campfire."--School Library Journal"This fine collection of chilling and cerebral thrillers offers a variety of well-crafted, thought-provoking pieces from around the world. These haunting, goosebump-producing scenarios showcase the talents of familiar...writers... From the subtle to the ironic to the terrifying, the stories in this quality collection prove that the classic macabre effectively transcends time, place, and season."--Booklist"Young adults will appreciate this array of weird stories with unexpected twists and surprises for endings. From evil statues to deadly coffins, each story holds a horrid surprise and very different plots to excite the imagination."--Children's Bookwatch"While many of the stories are brief in length, they are all of high quality in this collection that will find an audience at Halloween and during the rest of the school year."--Kirkus Reviews"Definitely lives up to its title. Pepper has succeeded in gathering a multitude of macabre tales certain to please those intrigued by ghosts, ghouls, gremlins, and other creepy characters... These tales are well-written, satisfying reads...[that] do not include an abundance of gore... Quality tales that will delight and chill those brave enough to indulge! Highly Recommended!"--Book Report"An anthology of clever, well-crafted tales with unexpected twists and /or surprise denouements."--The Orlando Sentinel "A dark brew of horror, ghost, crime, and science fiction stories by authors who generally address both older children and adults.... What really happens at the end of the stories is generally left for the readers to decide. But, as the editor says, 'Don't expect to sleep easy.'"--The New York Times Book Review "Revels in the sinister, mysterious, gross, and creepy. The 34 stories by such authors as Roald Dahl, E. Nesbit, and Ray Bradbury promise--or threaten--to leave readers on edge."--Publishers Weekly "Featuring endings that are sometimes gruesome, sometimes wry, and sometimes thoughtful, Pepper's compilation of tales won't disappoint even the most avid readers of short stories or mysteries. The selections are suspenseful, scary, and surprising... Finely crafted stories. Great for sharing on Halloween or around a campfire."--School Library Journal "This fine collection of chilling and cerebral thrillers offers a variety of well-crafted, thought-provoking pieces from around the world. These haunting, goosebump-producing scenarios showcase the talents of familiar...writers... From the subtle to the ironic to the terrifying, the stories in this quality collection prove that the classic macabre effectively transcends time, place, and season."--Booklist "Young adults will appreciate this array of weird stories with unexpected twists and surprises for endings. From evil statues to deadly coffins, each story holds a horrid surprise and very different plots to excite the imagination."--Children's Bookwatch "While many of the stories are brief in length, they are all of high quality in this collection that will find an audience at Halloween and during the rest of theschool year."--Kirkus Reviews "Definitely lives up to its title. Pepper has succeeded in gathering a multitude of macabre tales certain to please those intrigued by ghosts, ghouls, gremlins, and other creepy characters... These tales are well-written, satisfying reads...[that] do not include an abundance of gore... Quality tales that will delight and chill those brave enough to indulge! Highly Recommended!"--Book Report "An anthology of clever, well-crafted tales with unexpected twists and /or surprise denouements."--The Orlando Sentinel "A dark brew of horror, ghost, crime, and science fiction stories by authors who generally address both older children and adults.... What really happens at the end of the stories is generally left for the readers to decide. But, as the editor says, 'Don't expect to sleep easy.'"--The New York Times Book Review "Revels in the sinister, mysterious, gross, and creepy. The 34 stories by such authors as Roald Dahl, E. Nesbit, and Ray Bradbury promise--or threaten--to leave readers on edge."--Publishers Weekly "Featuring endings that are sometimes gruesome, sometimes wry, and sometimes thoughtful, Pepper's compilation of tales won't disappoint even the most avid readers of short stories or mysteries. The selections are suspenseful, scary, and surprising... Finely crafted stories. Great for sharing on Halloween or around a campfire."--School Library Journal "This fine collection of chilling and cerebral thrillers offers a variety of well-crafted, thought-provoking pieces from around the world. These haunting, goosebump-producing scenarios showcase the talents of familiar...writers... From the subtle to the ironic to the terrifying, the stories in this quality collection prove that the classic macabre effectively transcends time, place, and season."--Booklist "Young adults will appreciate this array of weird stories with unexpected twists and surprises for endings. From evil statues to deadly coffins, each story holds a horrid surprise and very different plots to excite the imagination."--Children's Bookwatch "While many of the stories are brief in length, they are all of high quality in this collection that willfind an audience at Halloween and during the rest of the school year."--Kirkus Reviews "Definitely lives up to its title. Pepper has succeeded in gathering a multitude of macabre tales certain to please those intrigued by ghosts, ghouls, gremlins, and other creepy characters... These tales are well-written, satisfying reads...[that] do not include an abundance of gore... Quality tales that will delight and chill those brave enough to indulge! Highly Recommended!"--Book Report "An anthology of clever, well-crafted tales with unexpected twists and /or surprise denouements."--The Orlando Sentinel "A dark brew of horror, ghost, crime, and science fiction stories by authors who generally address both older children and adults.... What really happens at the end of the stories is generally left for the readers to decide. But, as the editor says, 'Don't expect to sleep easy.'"--The New York TimesBook Review"Revels in the sinister, mysterious, gross, and creepy. The 34 stories by such authors as Roald Dahl, E. Nesbit, and Ray Bradbury promise--or threaten--to leave readers on edge."--Publishers Weekly"Featuring endings that are sometimes gruesome, sometimes wry, and sometimes thoughtful, Pepper's compilation of tales won't disappoint even the most avid readers of short stories or mysteries. The selections are suspenseful, scary, and surprising... Finely crafted stories. Great for sharing onHalloween or around a campfire."--School Library Journal"This fine collection of chilling and cerebral thrillers offers a variety of well-crafted, thought-provoking pieces from around the world. These haunting, goosebump-producing scenarios showcase the talents of familiar...writers... From the subtle to the ironic to the terrifying, the stories in thisquality collection prove that the classic macabre effectively transcends time, place, and season."--Booklist"Young adults will appreciate this array of weird stories with unexpected twists and surprises for endings. From evil statues to deadly coffins, each story holds a horrid surprise and very different plots to excite the imagination."--Children's Bookwatch"While many of the stories are brief in length, they are all of high quality in this collection that will find an audience at Halloween and during the rest ofthe school year."--Kirkus Reviews"Definitely lives up to its title. Pepper has succeeded in gathering a multitude of macabre tales certain to please those intrigued by ghosts, ghouls, gremlins, and other creepy characters... These tales are well-written, satisfying reads...[that] do not include an abundance of gore... Quality talesthat will delight and chill those brave enough to indulge! Highly Recommended!"--Book Report"An anthology of clever, well-crafted tales with unexpected twists and /or surprise denouements."--The Orlando Sentinelshow more

About Dennis Pepper

Dennis Pepper is the editor of The Oxford Book of Ghost Stories and The Young Oxford Book of Scary Tales. He lives in England.show more

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