The Too-Scary Story

Written & Illustrated by Bethanie Deeney Murguia


Grace wants Papa to tell her a scary bedtime story... but her little brother Walter doesn't want it to be TOO scary! So as Papa invents the story of two children out for a walk in the woods, Grace and Walter take turns correcting him. But when darkness falls, a shadow looms, and footsteps follow the children all the way home, will the siblings triumph over the too-scary story?


Reviews and Awards

⋆ “A convincing portrayal of a likable and highly diverse group of geeky middle-school students, eager to outwit the bad guys, authority, and sometimes one another. A satisfying stand-alone sequel; new readers and old friends will be hoping for further adventures.” - Booklist, starred review

⋆ "An intricate plot, fast-paced action, short chapters, and changing perspectives characterize this smartly structured tale… A satisfying stand-alone sequel; new readers and old friends will be hoping for further adventures." - Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"[A] smart, complicated mystery caper, reminiscent of the Ocean’s Eleven movies, Mission: Impossible, and The Westing Game… Sheer fun." - Horn Book

"This sequel is even better than the first book… It has more depth and character development, and the plot is complex and engaging. Although it is recommended that kids read the first one, this book can also be enjoyed as a stand-alone… Those who enjoy realistic fiction with action, mystery, and humor will have a hard time putting this novel down." - School Library Journal  


Purchase Options
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Summer 2017
Picture Book
ISBN: 978-0-545-73242-0
Price: $16.99/$20.99
Trim Size: 9 1/2" x 10 1/4"
Page Count: 40
Foreign Rights: Scholastic
Translation Rights: Scholastic
Rights Available? yes


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