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Feb 27 2008

Uncle Montague's tales of terror by Chris Priestley

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Bloomsbury, 2007
(10+) This book of short stories loosely bound together by Edgar's visit to his uncle Montague, will set teeth chattering, as Edgar realises that some of the stories must be true, and must be set close by in the woods surrounding his uncle's house. Several of the stories are vaguely familiar, but told so well, with sinister overtones and matchless descriptions, that they are truly creepy.
When Harriet meets a young girl in the hallway next to a door which doesn't normally open, she follows her new friend, but to her chagrin, for the child is from the doll's house, and the door, one which takes Harriet away. The Un-door is at once familiar but very spooky with its hints of supernatural intent. Many of the stories come together at the end, as Edgar leaves his uncle's house, wanting desperately to return to the normalcy and calm of his parents, but what he meets in the woods terrifies him even more.
Fran Knight

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