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Are You Afraid Yet? by Stephen James O'Meara
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Oct 26, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: graphic-novels, nonfiction, age-middle-school
Recommended to Rebecca by: Susan
Recommended for: 5th grade and up
Read in October, 2009

This fun compilation explains some of the science and psychology behind humans' reactions to monsters and frights both real and imagined. Its 2009 pub date gives it some nice contemporary tidbits (mentions of Twilight, Harry Potter, etc.), and its small breaks into comics storytelling would make this a great choice for reluctant readers or visual learners. Great for kids who like trivia books, too.

Favorite quotes:

"An absence of evidence is not necessarily an evidence of absence." (re: Bigfoot)

"Draculin, a blood-thinning drug developed from vampire bat saliva, helps prevent strokes and heart attacks in humans." (!!!)

"Maggot development is so predictable that courts allow maggots as evidence."

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