Bites: Scary Stories to Sink Your Teeth Into by Lois Metzger, Ellen Wittlinger, Douglas Rees, Neal Shusterman, Kevin Emerson, Christopher Paul Curtis, Terry Black, Joshua Gee, Peter Lerangis
I bought this books in hopes of having more scary stories to read to my classes around Halloween. Unfortunately these stories are not scary at all. None of them are likely to frighten even the youngest of my students. They aren't ideal for read-alouds either. I was pretty disappointed, but I'm hoping the companion book Bones will be a better read.
These short stories sharing the common theme of "bites" (werewolves, ghost dogs, vampires, etc.) are perfectly appropriate for the middle school classroom. All of these tales are modern and not too hard to read for your average young teen, and its not that easy to find a book like that, trust me. Like Twilight Zone episodes with ironic twists at the end, most of these are narrated with authentic, modern-day teen voices. "Going Old School in the Obama Age" is awful and pointless, but the rest of the stories range from okay to good. I recommend this to any boy who enjoyed "Curse of the Campfire Weenies" despite its ridiculous title, and I recommend that one to any kids who enjoy this one that is more appropriately marketed to "tweens" and younger teens.
dark funny fast-paced
- Plot- or character-driven? Character
- Strong character development? No
- Loveable characters? N/A
- Diverse cast of characters? Yes
- Flaws of characters a main focus? No
Moderate: Ableism, Blood, Violence, and Cultural appropriation