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The Book of Bad Things

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  517 ratings  ·  75 reviews
One kid's trash is another kid's terror in this spooky supernatural mystery.

When Cassidy Bean leaves New York to spend the summer upstate, she's disappointed to find that Whitechapel is not the quiet, pleasant suburb she remembers. Ursula Chambers, the strange old hermit at the end of the cul-de-sac, has passed away under mysterious circumstances. And the townspeople are s
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published August 26th 2014 by Scholastic Press
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Dana Decker
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was such a fun book. I love a good creepy middle grade book. This follows a girl who writes down anything bad or scary in a journal so she can learn to cope with her fears and anxiety.Can her fears end up saving her and her friends ? Who knows... Short and fun. Definitely worth your time and space on your shelf. I want to read the rest of his work now. So much fun.
Oct 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Very good book showing that sometimes bad things can be good
Nick Pes
This book follows the story of 12-year-old girl Cassidy and her adventures in Whitechapel, New Jersey. However, the town starts to have peculiar, supernatural activities. After her neighbor Ursula dies, bodies start dying, and worst of all, they're missing. People start seeing Ursula's ghost. The terror continues.

This book was very well-written and as an author Dan has met up to his expectations. I would recommend this book for 5-6th graders.
Pam ☼Because Someone Must Be a Thorn☼ Tee
I finished THE BOOK OF BAD THINGS last night, and if you have a Middle-grader that likes spooky stories, this would be a good choice.

It's a Scholastic book, and I have to say that via Netgalley I've been reading more of their spooky stories for Middle-graders and Young Adults and they're very well done. They might not be for all adults, but I find that I have no trouble enjoying them.

THE BOOK OF BAD THINGS has a female protagonist with male and female friends of all ages -- Zero love story (hu
Mar 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
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I really liked this book. It kept me at the edge of my seat. I couldn't wait to see what happened next. I read it one setting.It's equal parts mysterious and creepy filled with zombies and ghosts. I just wish I read this when I was younger it really would of creeped me out. I still enjoyed the creep factor though. Overall an enjoyable read.
Chelsea Hagen
Jul 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. I liked it's short chapters, making it easier to read. The story kept you interested right to the very end. I liked character Cassie because she was in a foster home and had experienced tragedy.
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, middle-school
Quarter 1: Book review
"The Book of Bad Things" follows Cassidy Bean and her friends Joey, Ping, and Hal as they get to the root of strange things happening in the town of Whitechapel.

I've read some of Dan Poblocki's books in the past, and all of them were excellent. I read this book with high expectations, and they were definitely met. It had no love story, a unique story, and most of all, it was actually creepy. It had me laying in bed thinking about what was happening, and what would happen ne
Liesl Stach
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Jonah Sawallish
Oct 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Choice book #2 quarter 1
The book of bad Things by Dan Poblocki
The story follows Cassidy Bean who lives in new York city has been coming to Whitechapel a suburban town for the past 2 summers.But it is not the same as she remembers her host brother is acting odd and the old hermit Ursula chambers has died and is not happy with the people who took her stuff.Cassidy must save the town before it's to late.This was an okay but content wise it's not the best "Thriller" if your looking for one.
Mar 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Cassidy has a notebook that she writes about everything that scares her. It helps with her anxiety. When she visits friends in a quiet suburb; Cassidy and her friends find out that the dead are restless and the entire town is in danger. Part zombie thriller and part vortex thriller, the story has interesting twists and turns.
Jen Bojkov
Good Stephen-King-lite for upper-elementary readers or maybe even younger MS readers. Short chapters interspersed with journal entries about supernatural phenomena make for a fast-paced and engaging read for reluctant readers- as long as they are looking for a spooky book.
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great mystery and horror story. Love his books!
Sarah ➖Goddess of Mischief➖
This seemed a lot more juvenile than his other books
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
So long ago I don't think I can give a fair, in-depth review. I love Poblocki as a suspense writer for younger readers, and I would recommend it to them.
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An amazing book which brings out the aspects of friendship and teaches us a way to fight our own demons.
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Well written... a great read for Halloween!
Wesley K.
Jan 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wes Kane
3rd and 4th period
Mrs. Toney
SUMMARY: The book starts out with Cassidy Bean on the bus explaining her book of bad things. She says it’s her safe keeping. She writes down what she is afraid of in it. Then she says that she is going to the Tremonts house. She says it’s for a summer camp type thing. She says that this is her last year because next year she’ll be too old. She says they live in a housing edition.
When she gets there she notices that something is wrong with her best friend at th
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: crappy-pastas
This book was ok, like I say with all of this authors books this wasn't really a horror book it's just scary for the characters not the reader. This book was also hard to get into, it was kinda boring. I was very disappointed.
{My Thoughts} – Cassidy is a sweet twelve year-old girl that has been through a bad experience in her past. She has a neighbor that so nicely saved her from that bad experience and since had given her a notebook to right down all the things that scare her. She carries that notebook with her everywhere.

When this book begins she is going to Whitechapel to live with a host family for the summer. She had been there before and she is friends with their son Joey. Her first few days there she learns Jo
Ms. Yingling
Mar 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Cassidy loves spending the summer in a community away from the city, in a stable family, with a friend, Joey, to play with. She's back again, but this time, it's a last minute arrangement, and her host family forgets to pick her up. She does run into the nice Hal, who helps, but she knows that things are not going to be the way they were. Last summer, Joey's dog died after choking on a piece of blanket that he pulled out of the basement of Ursula Chambers' house, and Joey blames Cassidy and hasn ...more
Amanda Harris
Sep 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Cassidy, a soon to be teenager, lives in New York City with her mother Naomi, who most of the time is a no show in her life. Every summer Cassidy visits Whitechapel, New Jersey to stay with her "host family". Last summer wasn't very successful. Joey, the son of Rose and Dennis (the host parents), and Cassidy's friend, was devastated by the death of his prized pet, Lucky. Now that she is back, Joey hasn't really given her a warm greeting. It seems like this summer will be another total disaster. ...more
Alyssa (Books Take You Places)
Apr 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Originally reviewed at Books Take You Places

Cassidy was a wonderful main character, it was easy to love her and I can’t tell you how much I adore how real Dan Poblocki’s characters feel. Cassidy certainly doesn’t have it easy in New York, and I really felt for her and the way that she needs this escape to Joey’s house and family. Joey is dealing with some issues of his own, most importantly the loss of his dog, and the belief that his neighbor Ursula Chambers isn’t all that she seems. Joey’s nex
Nov 30, 2015 rated it it was ok
Soon-to-be-teen Cassidy is set to spend her second summer away from the noise and congestion of NYC with the Tremont family of Whitechapel, New Jersey. The trip is part of a program that sends at-risk urban youth to the suburbs to stay with a sponsor family. Upon her arrival, she discovers that all is not well in the community. For starters, Joey, the son who is her own age, is distant and somber. Cassidy thinks this is because he holds her responsible for his dog’s death last summer. She is als ...more
Sinai C.
Jun 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have read all of Poblocki's horror books save one, The Haunting of Gabriel Ashe, and this book is easily my second favorite (my all-time favorite being The Ghost of Graylock). Why did I like it so much? Well, I was really sort of worried for the characters almost the entire time. And it was actually a very mature book--with characters dying in violent ways, scary zombies, five-pointed stars, etc. etc. I love how Poblocki includes teenagers in his book; not just 12 and 13 year olds, but 17 and ...more
Do we still have Fresh Air Kids? I guess so. Well, Cassidy is one. Every summer she leaves her eccentric mom in her Brooklyn apartment and travels by bus to Whitechapel, NJ to live with Joey, his older sister Deb, and their parents. But this year, nobody's there to pick her up, leaving her feeling insecure and unwanted. Even worse, Joey, usually her best summer buddy, is hostile and uncommunicative.

Why? Well, there's a dead dog, and a dead neighbor, and soon enough there are ghostly appearances
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Grayson J
I chose this book because before I chose it I played a Ouija bored and got interested in this kinda stuff. The story takes place in modern time in the summer at a complex of houses called White Chapel. The character is facing external and internal because she has mental thoughts about evil things and then she experiences them. The main character Cassidy is dynamic because at the beginning of the book shes more reserved and shy and scared but at the end she realizes she doesn't need to be like th ...more
Nov 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Cassidy spends her summer away from the city and her negligent mother. The family she stays with has a son, Joey, just her age and he and Cassidy have always gotten along. But at the end of the previous summer, Joey's dog, Lucky, meets with an unfortunate accident for which Cassidy feels responsible. Now she's not sure she's welcome. Things are strained, at best, as her time begins. But the town is focused on the passing of Ursula, the old woman who lives in the big house on the hill. With no fa ...more
Apr 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Book of Bad Things by Dan Poblocki an addicting and enchanting book about a girl who, every since someone broke into her apartment, writes down all her fears in a journal. Every summer she stays with a rich host family out in the country, and this summer (which will be her last) she finds out the weird old lady (Ursula) at the end of the street died. Once strange things start to happen she tries to find out what is behind all these weird happenings and if it has to do with what happened last ...more
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Review: THE BOOK OF BAD THINGS by Dan Poblocki

I discovered the work of Dan Poblocki several years ago, and became an immediate, enraptured fan. Although his newest has characters who are in the category of upper middle/lower YA ( three of the main protagonists are 12 headed for 13), this story is relevant for older YA and also.adults (which I think is true of his earlier writings as well). His writing is engrossing, with a special way of interweaving several backstories (in some cases, parallel
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Author of The Stone Child, The Nightmarys, The Ghost of Graylock, and the Mysterious Four series,The Haunting of Gabriel Ashe, and The Book of Bad Things.