WICKED CRUEL gets a star

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“Well-crafted eerie tales of the bonds between the dead and the living.”

The first review for WICKED CRUEL is in, and it’s a good one. Kirkus gives it a rare star and says the book is “wicked good.”

Here’s the entire review:

[starred review] WICKED CRUEL
Author: Rich Wallace
Publisher: Knopf
Pages: 208
Price ( Hardcover ): $16.99
Price ( Library Ed ): $19.99
Price ( e-book ): $10.99
Publication Date: August 6, 2013
ISBN ( Hardcover ): 978-0-375-86748-4
ISBN ( Library Ed ): 978-0-375-96748-1
ISBN ( e-book ): 978-0-375-89800-6
Category: Fiction

Welcome to Cheshire Notch, New Hampshire, “a town where kids grow up aware of the many spirits in their midst.”

“It’s no rumor. I heard it from… Well, I don’t remember where I heard it. But from somebody reliable.” That’s how urban legends work, whether it’s the story of the finger in a Big Mac, a fried rat in a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken, or the drowned kid whose body thrashing in the pond can still be heard on dark, quiet nights. Nobody ever seems to have actually witnessed the event, but hears it related by “my friend’s barber’s cousin in Chicago.” Three ghostly stories explore urban legends—actually rural New England legends—and how they changed lives. A bullied boy moves away and dies from a brain injury, yet is seen in a music video after he had died. A team of horses drowns in a flooded brickyard, but on certain rainy nights they run free. Five farm children die young, but one mysteriously communicates with a young boy who may be as afraid of girls as ghosts. Ghosts may not have substance, but these tales do, with their themes of bullying, loneliness, guilt, atonement, life and death.

Well-crafted eerie tales of the bonds between the dead and the living. Wicked good. (Fiction. 10 & up)





3 Responses to “WICKED CRUEL gets a star”

  1. Barbara says:

    We can’t wait to read this one!

  2. Rich says:

    Just a couple of more months!

  3. Been waiting for this one since I heard about the tavern.

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