Thirteen Chairs

Everyone loves a good scary story! The same is true for Jack, who has wandered into an abandoned house to find a group of people waiting for him.  Each has a story of their own to tell, and while he is scared, Jack is more compelled to listen.  What is it about these people that makes their stories feel so real?

What I like most about Thirteen Chairs is that it is not merely a simple compilation of stories.  There is a larger story at work here.  Jack’s.  In between each person’s story we return to the real world where we see and feel the rising tension that Jack is feeling. The mysterious nature of this house and the people who live in it.  Each story is told by a different person, which gives each its own distinctive style and flair.  With the Summer Reading Program starting I think teen readers should really give this book a try!

By Brandon B.

Thirteen Chairs

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