The Most Frightening Story Ever Told

The Most Frightening Story Ever Told Roald Dahl meets R L Stine in this spine tingling and hilarious tale from a bestselling author Billy Shivers doesn t have a lot of excitement in his life He prefers to spend his days reading alone in

  • Title: The Most Frightening Story Ever Told
  • Author: Philip Kerr
  • ISBN: 9780553522099
  • Page: 295
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Roald Dahl meets R L Stine in this spine tingling and hilarious tale from a bestselling author Billy Shivers doesn t have a lot of excitement in his life He prefers to spend his days reading alone in the Hitchcock Public Library So it is a bit out of character when he finds himself drawn to the Haunted House of Books, and a competition daring readers to survive an enRoald Dahl meets R L Stine in this spine tingling and hilarious tale from a bestselling author Billy Shivers doesn t have a lot of excitement in his life He prefers to spend his days reading alone in the Hitchcock Public Library So it is a bit out of character when he finds himself drawn to the Haunted House of Books, and a competition daring readers to survive an entire night spent inside.The Haunted House of Books is a cross between a bookstore and a booby trap It s a creaky old mansion full of dark hallways and things that go bump in the night, and the store s ill tempered owner, Mr Rapscallion, only adds to the mystery.But the frights of the store itself are nothing compared to the stories it holds These stories are so ghastly, so terrifying, so shocking that once you ve read them, you ll never be the same.Does Billy dare begin Do you Not for the faint of heart, oscillating between spooky and mysterious, this will appeal to readers looking for a fright School Library Journal

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    About "Philip Kerr"

    1. Philip Kerr

      Kerr has published eleven novels under his full name and a children s series, Children of the Lamp, under the name P.B Kerr.Librarian s note There is than one author in the database with this name.

    318 thoughts on “The Most Frightening Story Ever Told”

    1. A haunted bookstore that carries only horror stories and books about the macabre? Set in a town called Hitchcock? I'm in!As a lover of books, indie bookshops, and all things spooky, you can imagine I had high hopes for The Most Frightening Story Ever Told, a middle-grade story about a young boy named Billy Shivers who, after a car accident leaves him in poor health, finds comfort in the local Haunted House of Books. He spends day after day in this store, reading ghost stories and getting to know [...]


    2. One of my favorite kids books in a while. It ranks right up there with The Graveyard Book for me and I am a huge Gaiman fan. The names of the characters are hilarious and the Poe references are spot on. Billy Shivers is a veryunique protagonist. You won't be disappointed!



    3. I'm not even going to bother with a full review on this one. Here are my objections:1. The main character decides not to spend time in the library because he has to be absolutely silent there or the librarian with shush him. Really, people, can we get beyond the shushing librarian trope? 2. The narrator (who is not the main character) constantly beats into the reader's head that people, particularly kids, do not read. Most of the books in the library are supposedly "never touched" by anyone, oth [...]


    4. What a surprise ending! I never expected the ending so I will not spoil it for anyone who wants to read this book. There are a few places where it drags but it's well worth pushing through to the end.


    5. "Scary-story enthusiast Billy Shivers helps out when the Haunted House of Books threatens to go out of business"-- Provided by publisher. Just loved this book. The scary stories on the side would be perfect for any campfire. Great book for 5th grade and up.


    6. Sort of a spooky version of Mr. Lemoncello's Library. Not really very scary and a bit wordy in places, especially when the author indulges himself and includes "songs" that the main character has written. A good story nonetheless.


    7. I Loved this book, fantasy, magic, and horror all comes together in this tween/YA book. I Recommend this book very much!!! Could not put it down! My favorite read of 2016!!!!!! 🤣❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️


    8. E ARC from Edelweiss Above the TreelineBilly Shivers is recuperating from a bad car accident, and his family doesn't have a lot of money. He loves to read, and spends a fair amount of time in the public library, but there are a limited amount of the ghost books that he loves to read. When he finds The Haunted House of Books, he tries to ingratiate himself to the difficult owner, Mr. Rapscallion, so that he can read books in the store. He manages to come to an agreement with the owner, but busine [...]



    9. Although I guessed the ending of this book pretty early on, I did enjoy parts of it, especially the scary stories that were included, one presumably by the great Edgar Allan Poe. The author has cleverly inserted insider references to masters of horror, including the very name of the town where the story takes place--Hitchcock. The action revolves around a lonely boy, Billy Shivers, who spends much of his time reading in the local library. When he happens upon a flyer for the Haunted House of Boo [...]


    10. Since his accident, Billy Shivers has read just about every book in the children’s section of the Hitchcock Public Library, so he’s delighted and amazed when he walks into the Haunted House of Books. Not only is it stocked full of every kind of scary story from ghosts to vampires—Billy’s favorite books—but the owner, Mr. Rapscallion, has tucked magical sleight of hand tricks and booby traps into every dark corner of the old bookstore. Billy’s even more thrilled when Mr. Rapscallion r [...]


    11. The Most Frightening Story Ever Told is a pretty strange book.Not because it's creepy, or scary, or unsettlingbut because Philip Kerr doesn't seem to know what kind of story he's trying to write.Is it a goofy Roald Dahl knockoff?Is it pretend-scary like Goosebumps?Is it a creepy novel ala Neil Gaiman?Is it derivative of all these things? YUP!To be fair, there are some clever bits in this book. Kerr throwing in a couple of "authentic" old creepy stories is a nice touch, even though it might turn- [...]


    12. A young tattered boy finds refuge in a bookshop which sells only paranormal books. During his "internship" there we read about other fascinating stories and facts such as lost stories written by Poe, and the history of Frankenstein. In the meantime, a contest a la Willy Wonka style is given to encourage young students to revive the power of reading and to save the bookstore from closing its doors forever. While this is definitely a middle grade book, there are some incredible nuggets of facts an [...]


    13. Originally, I picked up this book for my son because, like the main character (another Billy), he really likes to read. But I tore through this before he even had a chance. Calling it a cross between Roald Dahl and R.L. Stine isn't too far off the mark. My first thought was actually Louis Sachar, but still.I can't say that the story scared me, and I had pretty well guessed the ending, though there were some creepy parts and the story was very good However, the Author's Note at the end I read rig [...]


    14. For the most part, it's okay. I think the writer went too far delving into Dahl's writing style. So much so that this book could easily be compared to Charlie&the Chocolate Factory. That being said, I like the tone and characters, even if they were a little cheesy at times. Although I will say that I didn't see the twist coming at the end! A good one shot that is a good combination of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Graveyard Book.


    15. BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR! If you appreciate a good ghost story and have a sense of humor, this should be at the top of your list. I dare you not to love this story!


    16. I received a copy of this book from Random House Children's Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


    17. The book was nice, but kinda slow. The mini stories weren't scary at all especially "new shoes" I seriously don't get it. The ending did shock me though I'll have to admit.


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