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Living Ghosts & Mischievous Monsters

by Beatrice Cosgrove, reviewer
Living Ghosts & Mischievous Monsters: Chilling American Indian Stories (written by Dan SaSuWeh Jones and illustrated by Weshoyot Alvitre) is a collection of stories passed down from generations or that may have recently happened. These stories come from American Indian cultures across North America and are truly terrifying. Once upon a time, I had been complaining that I couldn’t find any good ghost stories that really scared me. Then I read Living Ghosts & Mischievous Monsters, and I finally found supernatural and monster stories that I enjoyed reading. These stories are told by the people who the story had been passed down to, or, more terrifying yet, the stories had happened to them. Each story has a unique illustration that is well drawn and goes well with the story. One of my favorites was called My Great Aunt’s Last Ten A.M. Visit. It is about a great aunt who comes for one last visit to her family, though not living. Be aware that these stories can get very scary and sometimes can include violence, so if you avoid these themes, this book may not be for you. I recommend this book to ages 10+. 

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