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4.41  ·  Rating details ·  22 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Charlie’s parents drop him off at the train station so he can visit his grandma in Weirdville. It’s a cold winter evening, so when his usual train is cancelled at the last second, Charlie wishes he’d stayed home.

An hour later, shivering from the cold, he climbs onboard the next train to Weirdville, even though he’d rather not. It looks like something straight out of the n
Published December 2nd 2013 by Evolved Publishing
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Jean Smith
Jun 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
Reviewed by Alyssa, dictation taken by Grand mother, Jean Smith

The main character of this story is Charlie. His mother drops him off at the train station to catch a train to his Grandmother’s house in Weirdville. The wait is long and cold. He’s warned not to get on the train by a stranger who offers him a ride. But Charlie knows not to talk to strangers or ride with them.
When the train arrives he gets on. His ride is very scary. He meets a woman with pale skin, a giant conductor and two kids. Th
Eustacia Tan
Jun 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: blog-tour
So, we've come to the end of the this blog tour! Before I review, thanks for letting me participate Majanka, it's been really fun!

Fright Train is, to me, the most original book that I've read in this series. Creepy dolls and scary carnival attractions have appeared in many horror books for kids (and for good reason), but I have yet to see one for trains. Trains, I associate with stories like The Boxcar Children (although not strictly related to trains), The Little Engine who Could and The Railwa
Sharon Hatt
Jun 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great kids’ book! Similar in style to R.L. Stine; I read this with my 14 and 10 year old kids, both liked the story but my 10 year old had some trouble with a few of the bigger words. The story is about Charlie, he is being sent to stay with his Grandma while his parents work on their house. His mom drops Charlie off at the train station with his ticket, however, things go wrong from the start; the train is delayed, it’s snowing, he forgot his scarf (so he’s freezing) and a strange woman tries t ...more
Heidi Lynn’s BookReviews
First, I would like to thank Majanka Verstrate for providing me with this book so that I may bring you with this review.

I really enjoyed reading the Acknowledgements in this book. It was interesting to learn who inspired the author to write this book and other horror stories. Without these authors she would not be where she is today. I liked how she thanked Noelle Griffin the talented artist whom made the artistic covers for the books.

To me as a reader I enjoy reading about the author. I loved
Penelope Bartotto
Dec 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Fright Train (Weirdville) is the third book in the Weirdville series by author Majanka Verstraete and is a great addition to the collection. The Dollmaker set a unique stage for the chapter book genre, feeding on some of the basic fears that children have, and react to dramatically. One could try to compare these to the R.L. Stine series, but they would be wrong to narrowly define them in such a way, Verstraete has a very unique storytelling style that touches the child within, but also reaches ...more
Jun 05, 2015 rated it really liked it

Charlie is left at the train station by his mother so he can go to see his grandmother. After his train is delayed he boards a strange train going to Wierdville and his night suddenly becomes very strange.
I read this book with my 7 and 11 year olds and they thought it was fantastic. My 7 year old does not enjoy reading as much as his brother but was completely captivated by the plot and the characters. The descriptive text was well written for the age range and the characters were interesting. I
Jun 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Fright Train by Majanka Verstraete
Reviewed by Kaila for CBR

I read this to my 8 and 7 yr old girls and they loved it. We didnt have to read the first two to understand this one. They loved how scary and yet not scary it was. They are asking me to read the rest of the series with them. The characters didn't scare them enough to cause issues with them but scared them enough to talk about how books aren't real. lol They also loved the adventure in the story and the characters were very fun. We will
Jaime Kurp
Jul 08, 2015 rated it really liked it

Fright Train

by Majanka Verstraete

Reviewed by Jaime Kurp

This was a very interesting book. This is a story about Charlie who needs to get on the train to go stay with his Grandma. But he get on the wrong train, a very bad train. He has to fight his way to stay alive and make it to Weirdville. On the train he does meet some new friends that help him out. If you are looking for some adventure with some mystery then read this book.

Note: I received a review copy of the book.

Malinda McConnell
Jul 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As an adult, reading children's book is sometimes hard to do because our way of thinking is so different. I was a bit skeptical when I started this because it was a children's book and I didn't believe I would enjoy it as much as I did. Fright Train easily fit in the world of Goosebumps by R.L. Stone, which I read as a child. It was spooky enough but not overly scary for children. I could easily see this made into a Halloween special and I would watch year after year. Pick this up for the young ...more
Apr 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the 3rd installment in the Weirdville Series.
When a train ride to Grandma's turns into a chilling ride for Charlie he must figure out how to help himself and the other passengers on board.
My 12 year old daughter and I read this book together and we both enjoyed it. It has just the right amount of scary to make you squirm and keep you interested but not to keep you up all night!
Each book in the series can stand alone.
I would highly recommend this series.
Gabryyl Pierce
Jul 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read this for myself (no kids) and I enjoyed it. The kind of book I would have enjoyed as a kid.

Didn't need to read the previous books to make sense of this one, but I might actually take a look at them!
Alicia Marietta
Dec 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Majanka does a wonderful job of bringing the spooky to the kids, but not to the point that they will have nightmares. I have to say being a "horror junkie" that even as an adult I've enjoyed The Weirdville series. ...more
Reads A-Lot
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
On the way to Grandma's house, young Charlie awaits a train―a train to Weirdville. After a short delay, he comes across a strange woman warning him not to board the train. I wonder why. Of course, never one to listen to strangers, he boards the train. Then he meets another woman with the same warning, including that the boy was in danger. He won't be pleased? Who's He? Before he knew it, Charlie was running from the conductor named Thaddeus and meets a couple of kids. Apparently, the train to W ...more
K.C. Riley-Gyer
A quick little read written for pre-teen children. Something to give them a little scare if they’re into that sort of thing.
Niki Driscoll
Aug 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished
I was given an ARC for an honest review

This was a quick easy read with a spooky theme. The third in the series but easily read as a stand alone book we join young Charlie on a train ride to his grandmothers. The problem seems to be that the train he got on was not the right one and now he is not sure if he will get off alive. Even though this had a scarey undertone, it was not so frightening that small children will have nightmares. The author presented the trains inhabitants in a non frightenin
Dec 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Fright Train was a really well written children's book. It really captivates your attention and I really enjoyed reading it. It was a scary book, but for the age group it's targeted to, it's not too scary.

Charlie is going to visit his Grandma in Weirdville and his mom drops him off at the train station. After his train is delayed and being out in the cold for a while a lady comes over to check on him, but just then the train to Weirdville shows up. This train is pretty old fashioned and run dow
Nov 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Charlie is going to visit his Grandma in Weirdville for Christmas. To get there he must take the train all by himself. When a creepy old engine arrives to take him to his destination, a strange woman warns him not to board, but Charlie decides that an old train is safer than a stranger . . . little does he know that the fright is just beginning.

Fright Train is a spooky little story, that definitely kept up the suspense. Readers of R.L. Stine will love the set-up and creepy characters. The main c
Jessica Mitchell
Dec 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Charlie is dropped off by his mom to get on a scary train to his grandma's house. Will he survive the experience. A good little children's scary story. ...more
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Author Majanka Verstraete has written more than twenty unique works of fiction. A native of Belgium, Majanka’s novels explore the true nature of monsters: the good, the bad, and just about every species in between. Her young adult books include the acclaimed Mirrorland (YA Dark Fantasy) and Angel of Death (YA Paranormal) series of novels.

Majanka is currently developing a new YA shifter series wit

Other books in the series

Weirdville (6 books)
  • The Doll Maker (Weirdville, #1)
  • House of Horrors (Weirdville, #2)
  • Drowning in Fear (Weirdville,  #4)
  • The Clumsy Magician (Weirdville,  #5)
  • Grave Error (Weirdville, #6)

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