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Blair's Nightmare (Stanley Family #3)

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The Stanley kids and their stepsister try to keep secret a dog that Blair finds, keep David out of the clutches of the school bully, and find out if some escaped convicts really are nearby. Sequel to The Famous Stanley Kidnapping Case.
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published November 1st 1999 by Atheneum Books (first published 1985)
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Nov 21, 2010 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my least favorite book in the Stanley series, and yet I'm giving it 3 stars anyway, which is saying a lot about Zilpha Keatley Snyder as an author. She really knows how to create fun and interesting characters. I just wish she'd created a plot I could get more into here.

Basically, this is a story about a dog. An enormous one, appropriately given the name Nightmare, as initially everyone believes that Blair is not telling the truth when he claims a giant dog visits him every night. Once t
Feb 17, 2009 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 28, 2011 Myles rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-stuff
Blair gets used more for creepy village-of-the-damned prescience in this outing, which is nice.

It's the end of the summer after they've returned from Italy (the 'famous' kidnapping isn't referred to, it really is best forgotten) and David and co. have been trying to convince their parents to let them have another pet, to no avail.

David is still our narrator, but Snyder has given him something interesting to think about, that is, a bully. But there's more going on: Amanda's become even more boy
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The last few chapters had me laughing out loud. A refreshingly fast read with just the right number of sticky situations for the family to go through. It almost makes me want to trade my Pug for an Irish Wolfhound.
Oct 14, 2008 Maria rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is the third installment in the Stanley family series (although I forgot this and read it second this time). The children have aged and seem to have grown out of the magic for the most part, although there is still a sense of mystery. I also thing the characters seem more one dimensional which is a shame since it seems like they would get richer the more time was spent writing about them. One nice thing about the books though are the black and white illustrations. They are nothing at all li ...more
Jun 09, 2012 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the latest Stanley family novel, 6 year old Blair has been sleepwalking lately and talking about seeing a dog no one else can see. Also, some escaped convicts might be hiding in the woods nearby. Meanwhile, David is dealing with a bully at school. The blended family also grows closer throughout the course of this novel.
I really admire Snyder for being able to tell a tale that is interesting and plausible and, while meant for children, is also enjoyable to an adult reader.
Feb 07, 2010 Phoebe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another Stanley adventure, this time involving Blair and the dog everyone thinks is imaginary, escaped prisoners, and David's unlikely friendship with the school bully. Well written and funny. Out of print.
Sep 17, 2013 Craig rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pre-2011
Again, the fear of criminals on the loose and adolescent traumas via bullies come together to make for a really solid book about handling fear and anxiety in children.
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I really love this book. This is the first book of Zilpha Keatley Snyder I've read.'twas amazing!
I'm looking forward to reading the rest of his books.
Read in elementary school and found it good and scary.
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The recipient of three Newbery Honor Book awards for "The Egypt Game," "The Headless Cupid," and "The Witches of Worm," Zilpha Keatley Snyder has been writing books for children since 1964 when her first book, "A Season of Ponies," was published. Since that time she has completed 43 books, mostly for children aged 9 to 13, but also including two books for young adults, four picture books for young ...more
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