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Nightmare: A Spooky Tale in the North Country [Paperback]

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Item description for Nightmare: A Spooky Tale in the North Country by Elizabeth Brush Rebecca Leonard...

The ghosts of one Adirondack cemetery come alive again in autumn, as teenage Will Durant first collects ghost stories from several residents of Raquette Lake, and then tests out his machismo in the graveyard-and has a ghost exerience of his own! This brief ghost story chapter book is aimed at "middle readers" (third through fifth grade) and firmly rooted in a strong sense of place. Not only the plotline, but also the villages, sights, family names and even local recipes in the book are drawn from Adirondack lore. Extensively researched, the book includes a full bibliography of both books and online reference sources. It also includes three authentic Adirondack recipes: for maple sugar cookies, michigan sauce (the m is not capitalized, really) and candied apples, as well as bits of folklore ranging from a description of the sound of a loon to an actual pattern to make a paper helicopter seed.

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Pages   92
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.2"
Weight:   0.1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 15, 2007
ISBN  1934383147  
ISBN13  9781934383148  

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Good book - recipes sound fun.  Dec 19, 2007
Reviewed by India Furney (age 12) for Reader Views (12/07)

When William Durant was a young man he did something he has regretted ever since.

A few days before Halloween, he rented a camp on Indian Point near Raquette Lake. The local townspeople told him to stay away from the graveyard or else the spirits would get angry and he'd have to face the consequences. He doesn't believe them and decides to take a stroll through the graveyard to prove that ghosts don't exist. What happens next will surprise you; perhaps ghosts really do exist.

I liked "Adirondack Nightmare," but feel I'm a little too old for it. It wasn't scary enough for me. I think it would appeal to ages 7 to 9, or kids who don't like books too scary. I thought the recipes inside were cool and want to try them.

Memories Of Some Great Times  Sep 28, 2007
My name is Chuck Bombard. I was born and brought up in Plattsburgh. I lived on "Fox Hill" (Johnson Ave.) and went to Our Lady of Victory High School (class of 1962). I am currently in Tampa, FL. A friend of mine recently returned from a vacation in the Adirondacks and brought me back an autographed copy of "Adirondack Nightmare." As I scanned through the book, my friend watched as my eyes lit up when I saw that the author was from Plattsburgh and on one of the pages was a picture of a michigan hot dog! I told him that the picture of the michigan brought back so many wonderful memories for me. I was in the Army for 29 years and would always return to Plattsburgh to visit family whenever we could. One of our first stops whenever we were back in town was Clare and Carl's michigan red hot stand. My mouth waters just thinking about it. My wife has a great michigan recipe, but we're going to try yours. Thanks for bringing back some memories of great times. Chuck Bombard (I have given the author permission to use this endorsement in any way she sees fit.)
Raquette Lake Halloween  Sep 21, 2007
Halloween Trick or Treat
In time for Halloween is a new book by Rebecca Leonard, titled: Adirondack Nightmare.
The short, fun read-aloud, takes place in Raquette Lake and tells the story of a young boy from Montreal who is foolish enough to break some taboos concerning the local graveyard while visiting the area for a few days.
The story begins with the protagonist saying, "My name is William Durant and it is October 31st, Halloween. As I stare out my dark window, seeing fewer costume children and hearing less laughter than usual on Halloween, I am overcome with remorse."
The young man is remembering and his remorse is based upon the warnings from the locals he did not follow when he was a few years younger than he now is.
The story goes on to tell of the mistakes he made and how those mistakes aggravated the local ghosts enough to raise them from their rest and frighten children to stay home on Halloween.
Included in the book and made part of the story is a sauce recipe for "michigan hot dogs," a recipe for caramel and chocolate covered candied apples and another recipe for maple syrup cookies. This could make for some fun in the kitchen as well as in the reading - as long as you don't stain the book with what you've been eating!
The author says this book is aimed at young readers, grades 2-5, and those young readers will certainly enjoy the helpful illustrations drawn by the author's 15-year old son, Nick.
Leonard and her family live in Plattsburgh where she is the owner of the "Under One Roof Video" store.
The book is currently available from a number of regional and online bookstores.

A great holiday mood-setting story for reading aloud  Jul 10, 2007
Written by mother of two Rebecca Leonard and featuring numerous black-and-white computer-generated illustrations by her son Nick Leonard, Adirondack Nightmare: A Spooky Tale in the North Country is a Halloween adventure novel for young people new to chapter books. Enhanced with tasty original Adirondack recipes like "John and Mary's Best Michigan Sauce Recipe Ever" and "Caramel & Chocolate Covered Candied Apple Recipe", Adirondack Nightmare is goosebump-inducing treat from cover to cover. A great holiday mood-setting story for reading aloud chapter by chapter or allowing novice readers to immerse themselves in the spine-chilling joy of words.
Authentic North Country read!  May 19, 2007
I loved this book and all of the receipe's, especially the michigans! I grew up in the area and this book allowed me to travel back to my roots. Thank you Rebecca and Nick for this wonderful trip down memory lane!

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