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What mysteries are hidden within a dark, deserted cave? People have used caves for shelter and protection throughout history, but some of these places have been marked by tragedy. Could the caves be haunted by ghosts who wander through their shadowy chambers?

Among the 11 spooky places featured in this book, readers will explore a cave of lost treasure hidden by Spanish conquistadors over 350 years ago, a cavern where a 13-year-old boy discovered the largest underground lake in the United States, and a cave where the mournful ghost of a young woman searches desperately for her lost love. The mysteries of these eerie places and the spirits said to still haunt them will keep readers turning the pages.

 
Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 4
BISACS JNF052030
Genre Narrative Nonfiction, Nonfiction
Copyright 2012
Publisher Bearport Publishing
Series Scary Places
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Dimensions 8 x 10
ISBN 9781617724565, 9781617725012, 9781617725456
Title Format Reinforced book, Hosted eBook, Savings Bundle
Dewey 133.10914'4
ATOS Reading Level 6.2
Guided Reading Level S
Lexile Reading Level 1050
Scholastic Reading Counts Level 9.4
AR Quiz Number 149937
Author Natalie Lunis
 
  • 2013 Children's Choices, 2013

Haunted Caves

After producing such spine-tingling, if esoteric, volumes as Monstrous Morgues of the Past (2011), Shuttered Horror Hospitals (2011), and Wretched Ruins (2010), is there anywhere left for the Scary Places series to go? Have no fear, fright fans. Dark Mansions separates itself from the haunted houses and castles of previous entries by a slim technical margin, but that doesn’t mean that Williams doesn’t dig up some spooky stuff. The 11 two-page spreads, most of which have roots in the 1800s, include mansion mysteries that involve such high-profile figures as Aaron Burr and Frank Lloyd Wright. Ever better, though, are the grisly, lesser-known stories, such as Indianapolis’ Hannah House, where a fire once killed a basement full of Underground Railroad fugitives: since then, the house has shown many signs of being haunted. Doors have opened and closed on their own. A chandelier has rocked without any wind present, and paintings have fallen from the walls. Most disturbingly of all, people have heard moans and seen ghosts in the shadows of the basement. Haunted Caves, meanwhile, revels in the echoing voices and ghostly tapping of various soldiers, hermits, explorers, and guides who either got lost in the caves or whose spirits couldn’t help but return. A gritty design snazzes up the effective mix of on-site photos and historical snapshots… At the same time, sidebars offer up additional factoids, related hauntings, and further unsourced—but chilling—speculation. Solid new entries in a reliable, reluctant reader-friendly series.

Haunted Caves

After producing such spine-tingling, if esoteric, volumes as Monstrous Morgues of the Past (2011), Shuttered Horror Hospitals (2011), and Wretched Ruins (2010), is there anywhere left for the Scary Places series to go? Have no fear, fright fans. Dark Mansions separates itself from the haunted houses and castles of previous entries by a slim technical margin, but that doesn’t mean that Williams doesn’t dig up some spooky stuff. The 11 two-page spreads, most of which have roots in the 1800s, include mansion mysteries that involve such high-profile figures as Aaron Burr and Frank Lloyd Wright. Ever better, though, are the grisly, lesser-known stories, such as Indianapolis’ Hannah House, where a fire once killed a basement full of Underground Railroad fugitives: since then, the house has shown many signs of being haunted. Doors have opened and closed on their own. A chandelier has rocked without any wind present, and paintings have fallen from the walls. Most disturbingly of all, people have heard moans and seen ghosts in the shadows of the basement. Haunted Caves, meanwhile, revels in the echoing voices and ghostly tapping of various soldiers, hermits, explorers, and guides who either got lost in the caves or whose spirits couldn’t help but return. A gritty design snazzes up the effective mix of on-site photos and historical snapshots… At the same time, sidebars offer up additional factoids, related hauntings, and further unsourced—but chilling—speculation. Solid new entries in a reliable, reluctant reader-friendly series.

Haunted Caves

Each book highlights 11… frightening places, with two to three paragraphs of information, a pullout box containing a related fact, and artwork consisting mostly of atmospheric photographs of the places and people involved. There is not a lot of detail about any of the sites, although the text mixes historical facts with information about the supposed ghost sightings and may prompt further research without keeping readers up at night. Mansions is a bit spookier than Caves as it includes an ax murderer and a young girl who broke her neck running into a clothesline, but both books will satisfy readers looking for a good scare… the chilling covers will keep these books in constant circulation.

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