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Cursed Grounds

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There are places around the world that seem to be under a dark spell. Mysterious events happen on these grounds, and many visitors report experiencing paranormal activity. These cursed places have the power to cause injury, disaster, or even death. But what is legend and what is fact? Kids will have to read Cursed Grounds and then decide for themselves.

Among the 11 cursed places in this book, children will discover a city in ruins that people are afraid to enter to this day; a rocky creek that may be inhabited by a dead woman’s spirit; and the frozen grave of a man who lived more than 5,000 years ago. The haunting photographs and chilling nonfiction text will keep readers eagerly turning the pages for more as they discover spooky locations around the world.

 
Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 4
BISACS JNF052030
Genre Narrative Nonfiction, Nonfiction
Copyright 2011
Publisher Bearport Publishing
Series Scary Places
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Dimensions 8 x 10
ISBN 9781617721472, 9781617722028, 9781617722462
Title Format Reinforced book, Multi-User eBook, Savings Bundle
Dewey 133.1'2
ATOS Reading Level 5.6
Lexile Reading Level 900
Scholastic Reading Counts Level 5.2
AR Quiz Number 142559
Author Steven L. Stern
 

Cursed Grounds

We’re in the midst of a supernatural nonfiction book rush, but few are as genuinely hair-raising as the Scary Places series. As with the publisher’s similarly creepy HorrorScapes series, the high-interest text is ideal for reluctant readers, with each two-page spread focusing on a single horrifying habitat. While not especially sophisticated, the layout is nonetheless effective, with cunning integration of stock art, photographs, period illustrations, gritty textures, and—scarier than anything else—the prevalent use of grainy snapshots showing the interiors of various abandoned buildings and cellars. Cursed Grounds digs deep for some strange ones: Utah’s Highway 191, Australia’s Babinda Creek, and even Chicago’s Wrigley Field. Monstrous Morgues of the Past turns up some stories that will have young readers agape: the Parisian morgue that became a tourist sensation, the haunted lab where 1,400 brains of the mentally ill were kept in jars, the shipwreck disaster that haunted Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Studios. Shuttered Horror Hospitals is rife with evil sanitoriums, plus one particularly nasty tale of the 160,000 who died from leprosy on an island near Venice, Italy. Boxed factoids (or folklore) ratchet up the thrills throughout, and a map and glossary cap off the fine back matter.

Cursed Grounds

We’re in the midst of a supernatural nonfiction book rush, but few are as genuinely hair-raising as the Scary Places series. As with the publisher’s similarly creepy HorrorScapes series, the high-interest text is ideal for reluctant readers, with each two-page spread focusing on a single horrifying habitat. While not especially sophisticated, the layout is nonetheless effective, with cunning integration of stock art, photographs, period illustrations, gritty textures, and—scarier than anything else—the prevalent use of grainy snapshots showing the interiors of various abandoned buildings and cellars. Cursed Grounds digs deep for some strange ones: Utah’s Highway 191, Australia’s Babinda Creek, and even Chicago’s Wrigley Field. Monstrous Morgues of the Past turns up some stories that will have young readers agape: the Parisian morgue that became a tourist sensation, the haunted lab where 1,400 brains of the mentally ill were kept in jars, the shipwreck disaster that haunted Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Studios. Shuttered Horror Hospitals is rife with evil sanitoriums, plus one particularly nasty tale of the 160,000 who died from leprosy on an island near Venice, Italy. Boxed factoids (or folklore) ratchet up the thrills throughout, and a map and glossary cap off the fine back matter.

Author/Illustrator biography
Detailed maps
Glossary of key words
Index
Table of contents
Full-color illustrations, Full-color photographs, Historical photographs