download Textbooks Nightbooks (Audio Download): J. A. White, Kirby Heyborne, HarperAudio: Audible AudiobooksAuthor J. A. White –

Oh what a great reading it was As an adult lover of middle grade age literature, I can recommend it to any 12 book lovers. My 13 yr old son had to read this book over the summer for a project and he LOVED it Very much like a Brothers Grimm story. When I looked at the blurbs for this book I got the impression that it would end up as a sort of scary story anthology loosely held together by a Scheherazade frame I was wrong This is much interesting than only that, in terms of being a fully realized tale, and while it s somewhat predictable it ends up being like a clever and engaging improvisation on Hansel and Gretel.MILD PREMISE SPOILER Our hero, Alex, has drawn the attention of his teachers and school counselor because he loves writing creepy, scary short stories The kind with grim reapers, death portents, ghosts and ghouls, and the like Alex thinks of himself as just a budding writer with a taste for the macabre, but he is a little worried that he might be on a path to actually becoming the weirdo his teachers suspect he is Isn t that an interesting take on being the school outsider Anyway, just as Alex resolves to change his ways he is captured by an actual witch, and figures out that he can only survive his captivity by providing his witch captor with a new scary story every night She s used up every other printed scary story, and she craves novelty So, the irony of now having to write scary stories after having just resolved not to is not lost on either Alex or the reader It is Alex s struggle to figure out who he is and what he wants, and whether to give himself up as a writer to his muse, and how to write stories under a very literal deadline , that adds punch and an interesting underlying tone to the adventure.That aside, the book has a number of strong suits White can create an atmosphere of creepy dread with the best of them, see his Thickety books , and he shows that off right in the first chapter as he creates the scariest and creepiest fourth floor in the history of New York City apartment buildings Well, not Rosemary s Baby creepy, but you get the idea The same can be said for the witch s lair, which exists somewhere outside of reality The witch is sort of a modern witch, but drifts seamlessly from old school witchiness to internet savvy witchiness, which is handled with great style On top of that, of course, is Alex s attempts to escape There is suspense here and clever world building and plotting Eventually the book has to commit to resolving that major point, and so it becomes at the end a fantasy adventure escape fairy tale, but that s fine because everything has to wrap up somehow.As to those scary tales, we only hear a few of them and they re pretty brief This is not at all an anthology of scary stories and, to me, the scary stories were the least interesting part of the book I suspect young readers will like them, but they end being like chapter breaks rather than central to the book.What is central to the book is Alex s growth as a person, as a writer, and as a confident actor The other person trapped in the lair, Yasmin, becomes an important character as she and Alex bond, and strong themes of friendship and loyalty are developed as part of that development Yasmin is also deadpan funny in a tough girl fashion, so she adds spice and energy to the project.The upshot is that this is a ambitious and accomplished book than it first appears It may be aimed a bit younger than the Thickety series, but it is well done and offers a young reader a bit of a thrill, a call out to old school fairy tale witches, and some interesting character themes to think about That struck me as a nice combination Please note that I received a free advance ecopy of this book without a review requirement, or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book. My personal rating is 3 stars, but readers of scary, creepy and gruesome will rate it much higher The main character of Nightbooks is Alex, lover of monsters, dark magic, and anything terrifying He records his very creative horror stories in regular black and white composition books until an event pushes him to destroy them On his way to do just that, he is lured into an apartment in his building and enters a witch s lair Shades of Hansel Gretel Poor Alex is thrust into a prison with not only Witch Natacha, but her loyal feline familiar Lenore, and fellow captive and apparent slave Yasmin In order to stay alive and soothe the earthquake like rumblings of the magical dwelling, Alex must tell Natacha a terrible story each night or face dire consequences Yes, 1001 Arabian Nights Author J A White spins short horror stories within the main book that will send chills up the spine of even the most calloused lovers of the genre and I was very interested in how or if Alex and Yasmin would escape and return to their homes and families Ultimately, the conclusion had few surprises, but I found myself pleased with how the author wrapped it all up But this book is truly dark and will be disturbing to many There isn t a single instance of profanity or the slightest sexual innuendo or action, but librarians and parents should give serious thought to the age group they are purchasing for It would not surprise me if professional reviews place it squarely with at least the 12 and up crowd as White s Thickety series was A 2020 2021 Texas Bluebonnet Award nominee A boy is imprisoned by a witch and must tell her a new scary story each night to stay alive This thrilling contemporary fantasy from J A White, the acclaimed author of the Thickety series, brings to life the magic and craft of storytelling Alex s original hair raising tales are the only thing keeping the witch Natacha happy, but soon he ll run out of pages to read from and be trapped forever He s loved scary stories his whole life, and he knows most don t have a happily ever after Now that Alex is trapped in a true terrifying tale, he s desperate for a different ending and a way out of this twisted place This modern spin on the Scheherazade story is perfect for fans of Coraline and A Tale Dark and Grimm With interwoven tips on writing with suspense, adding in plot twists, hooks, interior logic, and dealing with writer s block, this is the ideal audiobook for budding writers and all fans of delightfully just dark enough tales SummerKids Indie Next List YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Nomination Florida Sunshine State Young Readers AwardRhode Island Children s Book Award Nominee Bank Street Best Children s Book of the YearMissouri Association of School Librarians Truman Readers Award Preliminary Nominee Texas Bluebonnet Award List Prior to reading this, my daughter s favorite book series was Eragon Now she loves this book and has read it twice, even though she was initially reluctant to read it at all it was a school assignment. I read this book aloud to my 2nd grade class and they LOVED it It can get a little scary and parts but not to bad I also contacted the author during quarantine and asked if I could record myself reading to my class and he offered to read a few chapters Bought this for my 9 year old daughter shes still trying to figure out what type of books she s into but she really enjoyed reading the book She d read it out loud and sounded somewhere in between a kids fairy tale and a goosebumps book. Nightbooks is a great introduction to spooktacular stories It was filled with fantastic snippets of fairy tales, new scary stories and really great characters. Our 7th grader is really enjoying this book summer reading Also, not really scary at least not for a 7th grader Enjoy