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Written by Chris Priestley

Illustrated by Chris Priestley

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Freeze Review

Books of the Month Dyslexia Friendly Books for Interest age 11+ Dyslexia Friendly Books for Interest age 9+ Featured Books for 9+ readers Horror & Ghost Stories School Stories Short Stories

Six spine-tingling short stories with immense page-turning power

October 2021 Book of the Month | Interest Age 9+ Reading Age 8

Chris Priestley, multi-award-winning master of the macabre, here presents six sensational, interlinked ghostly stories that will undoubtedly induce delighted gasps of surprise in readers who relish spine-tingling twists. With his intricate illustrations enhancing the chilling atmosphere, Priestley commands a magician’s prowess to conjure the eerily unexpected.

The morning after a frenzy of unsettled nightmares, Maya and her classmates are set the task of writing spooky winter-themed stories, with new girl Winter having no trouble coming up with an idea. As Maya’s friends write and share their creepy stories, she’s gripped by the feeling that these are not stories at all. From the ancient frozen bodies that emerge from floodwaters, to the grimacing zombies that shuffle towards school, the tales seem real, like memories of events she’s actually experienced. Then, when it’s Winter’s turn to tell her tale, reality bites with icicle-sharp frights.

The set-up of interlinked narratives works a terrifying treat and, being published by Barrington Stoke, these gripping ghost stories boast the additional benefit of being ultra-inclusive - the book was written, edited and printed with the needs of reluctant and dyslexic readers at the fore.

Joanne Owen

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Freeze Synopsis

Master of horror Chris Priestley – dubbed “the M.R James of children’s literature” – returns with Freeze; a series of multi-narrative ghostly tales, each more terrifying than the last...Filled with Chris’s creepy illustrations and heartpounding twists and turns, this collection of stories will delight those who enjoy a thrill with their reads. 

When Maya and her classmates are asked to write a creepy story with a winter theme, they come up with some brilliant ideas. Rising floodwaters uncover long-buried bodies and ghostly children take to the ice on a frozen canal. But as each of the stories is read out in class, Maya grows more and more uncomfortable. She features in each of her friends' creepy tales and they start to feel a little too real.

Finally, when a mysterious new girl stands up to read the last story of the day, the light outside dims and it starts to snow. The classroom starts to freeze but everyone is trapped. Can Maya stop the story before the nightmare comes true?

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ISBN: 9781781129838
Publication date: 02/09/2021
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781781129838
Publication date: 2nd September 2021
Author: Chris Priestley
Illustrator: Chris Priestley
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 128 pages
Suitable for: 9+ readers
Genres: Horror & Ghost Stories, School Stories, Short Stories
Recommendations: Books of the Month
Collections: Scary Reads for Halloween!,
Other Categories: Dyslexia Friendly Books for Interest age 11+, Dyslexia Friendly Books for Interest age 9+

About Chris Priestley

Chris Priestley has been a cartoonist and illustrator for many years, working mainly for magazines and newspapers.  He currently has a weekly strip cartoon called 'Payne's Grey' in the New Statesman. Ever since he was a teenager Chris has loved unsettling and creepy stories, with fond memories of buying comics like 'Strange Tales' and 'House of Mystery', watching classic BBC TV adaptations of M R James ghost stories every Christmas and reading assorted weirdness by everyone from Edgar Allen Poe to Ray Bradbury.  He hopes Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror will haunt his readers in the way those ...

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