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More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
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Oct 28, 11

bookshelves: children-s-lit, young-adult-lit, thriller-mystery

I had to read this book for an assignment on "banned books" in a children's lit class. To save myself a trip to the library, I went to my (then) second grade daughter's and my (then) fourth grade daughter's classrooms and asked their teachers if they had "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" in their classroom collections. Both teachers said that they had had it in the past but that their copies had been "read to death" and they had not gotten around to replacing them. Fortunately, the literacy specialist at my children's school had a copy of "More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" and she let me borrow it. She also commented that kids were CONSTANTLY checking these books out and that I was lucky to have come on a day when one was there.

After reading it, I can certainly understand why parents would object to it. It's QUITE gruesome. I had to look at the copyright date (which is 1984) after I read "Wonderful Sausage". It was enough like the Jeffrey Dahmer story that I thought it might have been written AFTER that happened. It also reminded me a little of "The Silence of the Lambs". That said, I read several of the stories to my (then) 7 year old and my (then) 9 year old and they LOVED them. I couldn't believe it. I also remembered the thrill I used to get as a child when we would sit around the fire at girl-scout camp telling scary stories. For whatever reason, children ENJOY these creepy stories. Although I do NOT like them, I do not advocate banning them.
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