The Joy of Spooking



The Joy of Spooking Do You Dare Set Foot In SpookingIt S The Terrible Town On The Hideous Hill And Joy Wells Is A Proud Resident A Fan Of Classic Horror Stories, Joy Is Convinced That Famous Author E A Peugeot Based His Spine Tingling Tales On Spooking Take The Eerie Similarities Between The Nearby Swamp And The Setting Of His Masterpiece, The Bawl Of The Bog Fiend Could The Story Be True Could The Bog Fiend Be On The LooseThings Become Truly Horrifying When Joy Learns That Darlington, The Despicable Suburban City Where She Is Forced To Go To School, Is Planning To Build A Water Park Over Her Beloved Bog It Is Up To Her To Safeguard The Endangered Area And Its Secrets Little Does She Know That There Is Someone Determined To Destroy Not Only The Bog But The Town Of Spooking Itself And Anyone Who Dares Stand In His WayP J Bracegirdle Spins A Yarn Of Delicious Devilry And Macabre Mayhem In The Very First Book Of The Joy Of Spooking Trilogy.


About the Author: P.J. Bracegirdle

Born in Montreal, P J Bracegirdle has done everything from keeping the stage door of a haunted old Scottish theater to pushing laundry carts along dark tunnels under an insane asylum His last job involved pretending to write thick manuals nobody really read for products few people ever used Becoming an author was my life s work, says PJB, if, that is, a life s work can consist of staring off Born in Montreal, P J Bracegirdle has done everything from keeping the stage door of a haunted old Scottish theater to pushing laundry carts along dark tunnels under an insane asylum His last job involved pretending to write thick manuals nobody really read for products few people ever used Becoming an author was my life s work, says PJB, if, that is, a life s work can consist of staring off into space instead of attending to whatever menial task is expected of you ,PJB now writes books for children, which is muchfun than writing for adults, he says Adults have an amazing capacity to suck the joy out of such noble pursuits as Reading and Writing until they resemble their favorite pastimes Working and Suffering Not surprisingly, PJB recommends long spells of staring into space to others wishing to follow in his footsteps If you wait long enough and stare with sufficient blankness, things come into sharp focus that are completely invisible to others Some are beautiful and moving, others are frightening and terrible Happily, these are the very same things you need to write down as an author Which is very convenient, I might add


10 thoughts on “The Joy of Spooking

  1. says:

    Joy Wells lives in the crumbling town of Spooking with her parents and her younger brother, Byron Spooking lies high on a hill overlooking the city of Darlington The town has seen better days, most of the homes are uninhabited or need major repair The shops on Main Street are all closed The few kids that live in Spooking are bussed down to Darlington to go to school.Darlington, down the hill from Spooking, is a perfect and unimaginative place The houses are all alike and the people are all Joy Wells lives in the crumbling town of Spooking with her parents and her younger brother, Byron Spooking lies high on a hill overlooking the city of Darlington The town has seen better days, most of the homes are uninhabited or need major repair The shops on M...

  2. says:

    I picked up this book used because the cover reminded me of another MG novel I enjoyed called Horns and Wrinkles Turns out, it s the same cover artist Not that has anything to do with anything, but stillThe story Joy is a girl living in a tiny town called Spooking A nearly forgotten town on the edge of the much larger town of Darlington The Darlings tend to be unfriendly toward the residents of Spooking Joy and her brother are called Spookies and are pretty much tormented by the Da I picked up this book used because the cover reminded me of another MG novel I enjoyed called Horns and Wrinkles Turns out, it s the same cover artist Not that has anything to do with anything, but stillThe story Joy is a girl living in a tiny town called Spooking A nearly forgotten town on the edge of the much larger town of Darlington The Darlings tend to be unfriendly toward the residents of Spooking Joy and her brother are called Spookies and are pretty much tormented by the Darlington children And one day, it s announced at...

  3. says:

    Just as I suspected it would, The Joy of Spooking Fiendish Deeds has earned a place on my list of all time favorites I love the concept, I love the characters and the storyline is engaging and relevant But most of all I love P.J s writing it s my exact kind of slightly dark humor and is full of gems like Joy s brother Byron s thoughts when the two meet a filthy but surprisingly friendly old witch woman at the bog Byron continued to stare at her suspiciously He d read the fairy tales, a Just as I suspected it would, The Joy of Spooking Fiendish Deeds has earned a place on my list of all time favorites I love the concept, I love the characters and the storyline is engaging and relevant But most of all I love P.J s writing it s my exact kind of slightly dark humor and is full of gems like Joy s brother Byron s thoughts when the two meet a filthy but surprisingly friendly old witch woman at the bog Byron continued to stare at her suspiciously He d read the fairy tales, and such chumminess usually meant a kid size oven was preheating somewhere nearby But I m getting ahead of myself Joy, Byron and their parents live in Spooking the terrible town on the hideous hill They don t exactly fit in with the cookie cutter residents of Darlington, the sprawling neighbor city where they have to attend school Joy s hobby is researching the legend of the bog fiend and the horror writer E.A Peugeot and she d really rather have nothing to do wi...

  4. says:

    I labeled this book as fantasy, but I think it s a very mysterious fantasy I expected it to be sort of like Lemony Snicket books a witty, black humor kind of thing It is like that, but it s also muchunusual than I expected The author doesn t get all cutesy or spare any gory details there are some very nearly adult themes in the book The plot is clearly setting up for a series, so there are some elements that seem vague and confusing for now, but all in all I was very interested by I labeled this book as fantasy, but I think it s a very mysterious fantasy I expected it to be sort of like Lemony Snicket books a witty, black humor kind of thing It is like that, but it s also muchunusual than I expected The author doesn t get all cutesy or spare any gory details there are some very nearly adult themes in the book The plot is clearly setting up for a series, so there are some elements ...

  5. says:

    This book seems to have been written for middle school kids That is probably why it seemed to have lagged for me, other than the other issue for me.I will say that one of the issues I have is an eight year old having a crush on a girl I don t know, that just seems weird too me Maybe you can have a crush on someone at eight years old.The other issue is Morris, he just needs to be thrown into time out for being a brat He just needs to get spanked I don t care if he s a genius but he sure di This book seems to have been written for middle school kids That is probably why it seemed to have lagged for me, other than the other issue for me.I will say that one of the issues I have is an eight year old having a crush on a girl I don t know, that just seems weird too me Maybe you can have a crush on someone at eight years old.The other issue is Morris, he just needs to be thrown into time out for being a brat He just needs to get spanked I don t care if he s a genius but he sure did piss me off.The other issue I have is Phipps He just needs to get a life, stop tormenting kids and little old ladies He also decided to torment Madame Portia and accidentally rendered her homeless while he was it He also allowed a guy to be killed by leec...

  6. says:

    Cute, spooky middle grade mystery

  7. says:

    This book is adorable and perfect for the cute, unique kid who likes to beat to their own drum Great imagination and definitely something I could to read if there werestories from this one.

  8. says:

    Children that grow up in relative comfort, love, and sanity get sick of that stuff pretty early in This is no reflection on the people who have raised them or the world in which they inhabit It s just that when you live in safety and security you may wish to shrug off the quiet world in which you live with and make a break for anything that offers you dank corners and mysterious underpinnings The essential premise of P.J Bracegirdle s Fiendish Deeds did not at first appeal to me In spite of Children that grow up in relative comfort, love, and sanity get sick of that stuff pretty early in This is no reflection on the people who have raised them or the world in which they inhabit It s just that when you live in safety and security you may wish to shrug off the quiet world in which you live with and make a break for anything that offers you dank corners and mysterious underpinnings The essential premise of P.J Bracegirdle s Fiendish Deeds did not at fi...

  9. says:

    Bracegirdle, P.J Fiendish Deeds The Joy of Spooking 1 , 224 p McElderry Simon , 2008.Joy loves her rambling old house at the top of Spooking Hill where she lives with her younger brother Bryan and her parents However, she doesn t love the trip to school each day into the town Darlington a town of strip malls and cookie cutter homes which surround her beloved hill When Joy catches the word about a planned w...

  10. says:

    what the heck was with the ending

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