Nightbooks

Nightbooks

A boy is imprisoned by a witch and must tell her a new scary story each night to stay alive. This thrilling contemporary fantasy from J. A. White, the acclaimed author of the Thickety series, brings to life the magic and craft of storytelling. Alex?s original hair-raising tales are the only thing keeping the witch Natacha happy, but soon he?ll run out of pages to read from A boy is imprisoned by a witch and must tell her a new scary story each night to stay alive. This thrilling contem...

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Title:Nightbooks
Author:J.A. White
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Genres:Childrens
ISBN:0062560107
Edition Language:English
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:304 pages pages

Nightbooks Reviews

  • Laurie
    Aug 26, 2018
    Interest Level: 5-8; Reading Level: 6.4 How cool would it be to live in an apartment that had a magical library that had thousands and thousands of books? Dream come true, right? Wrong! Not this apartment and not this library! Alex sneaks out one night to destroy a book of his writi...
  • KWinks
    Aug 07, 2018
    This was an exciting read! I love stories within stories and each of the little bonus tale is pretty chilling! What I loved about this was the originality and the fresh modern spin. No spoilers, but Alex is dealing with something that I had to deal with when I was younger and I have NE...
  • Marzie
    Jul 23, 2018
    3.5 Stars This book for middle graders has its strong points, including a child central character who loves to read and especially to write. It also shows a collaborative friendship develop out of adversity between the protagonist, Alex, the young writer, Yasmin, a girl stranded in ...
  • Ms. Yingling
    May 31, 2018
    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus Alex ventures down to the basement of his apartment building to burn his creepy short stories that he feels make him a weird outsider, and he hears his favorite movie playing in an apartment when the elevator stops on the wrong floor. Even though he kno...
  • Chase
    Aug 27, 2018
    This is a nice twist on both Hansel and Gretel and Scherazade, showing that even today the old stories can be retold and that there are still truths to be found in fairy tales. If your child enjoys books like Goosebumps then go ahead and get them this wonderful book. If however they...
  • Valerie McEnroe
    Aug 11, 2018
    Alex is obsessed with all things scary. Unfortunately, he learns too late that obsessions can lead to one?s demise. He?s on his way to the basement to destroy his writing notebooks when he hears ?Night of the Living Dead? on the TV in another apartment. He knocks on the door an...
  • Jennifer
    Jul 22, 2018
    Received advanced reader copy from publisher via Baker & Taylor book supplier As Alex creeps from his apartment to destroy the notebooks that hold the scary stories he has written, he finds himself drawn to apartment 4E and then trapped inside. The resident witch requires that ...
  • Kim McGee
    Aug 06, 2018
    Alex is a creepy kid with a love of all things scary but when he decides that it makes him look weird to his family and classmates, decides to get rid of all his scary stories and journals. It turns out that it is a good thing he doesn't get the chance to destroy them because it is the...
  • Diana
    Sep 09, 2018
    Really enjoyable with many creepy and folktale elements, and lots of food! There is an overarching theme of hunger/want just like original folk/fairytales, though it is in a modern setting. There is physical hunger; those not getting enough and those getting more than enough and wastin...
  • Pop Bop
    Jan 16, 2018
    More Than Just Scheherazade Lite When I looked at the blurbs for this book I got the impression that it would end up as a sort of scary story anthology loosely held together by a Scheherazade frame. I was wrong. This is much more interesting than only that, in terms of being a fully...
  • Carina Olsen
    Jan 14, 2018
    This is my fifth book read by this awesome author. I absolutely adored his first four books, which was the most amazing middle grade series. Which is why I have been dying to read new books by him for ages. I felt sure that I would love this, because his first books were so good, but o...
  • Llyr Heller-Humphreys
    Sep 08, 2018
    Enjoyable middle grade spooky story. Unique take on "bad" characters. ...
  • Hazel West
    Aug 10, 2018
    Gah! J. A. White is definitely one of my absolute favorite middle grade authors. I loved his Thickety series, and Nightbooks did not disappoint either. It's quite a bit different than his other series, but just as deliciously dark. I loved the nods to 1,001 Nights and Hansel and Gretel...
  • Jenni Frencham
    Mar 09, 2018
    Alex becomes trapped in a magical apartment in his building, and in order to stay alive, he has to tell the witch who captured him a scary story every night. This middle grade retelling of Arabian Nights with a horror twist is appropriate for the target age group, and Alex's short stor...
  • Jess (freaks over books)
    Sep 04, 2018
    It has been a long time since I read a middle book that I enjoyed as much as I enjoyed this book. This book has witches, magic, a wonderful kitty familiar, creepy crawlies, monstrous unicorns, fairy tales, scary stories, friendship, candy houses, it has everything. It gives me Graveyar...
  • Sara
    Sep 10, 2018
    This was a really cool, dark re-telling of Hansel & Gretel/Scheherazade. Alex, a young boy stumbles across an apartment where he can hear his favorite movie being played and he's so drawn to it, he ends up captured by a witch and becomes her prisoner, having to tell her a scary sto...
  • Marathon County Public Library MCPL
    Aug 27, 2018
    Alex loves scary stories, the scarier the better. His favorite movie is Night of the Living Dead, so when he sneaks out of his parent?s high-rise apartment, he is naturally drawn to an odd level apartment where he hears the movie playing. However, when Natacha invites him in, he disc...
  • Shari (colourmeread)
    Sep 13, 2018
    3.5/5 ...
  • Katy
    Jun 21, 2018
    When presented with the opportunity to read Nightbooks ahead of its release date, I reacted as any eloquent-yet-humble bibliophile would: I flailed like a pre-teen girl with front row tickets to her favorite boy band. After being traumatized by J. A. White?s Thickety series (in the b...
  • Petra
    Sep 01, 2018
    For the last few months I wasn't really interested in middle grade but boy oh boy did this book change that. I went it with little to no expectations and story pulled me in from the first page. I really liked our main character, Alex, and his friendship with Yasmin was adorable but I...
  • La La
    Jul 08, 2018
    Even though this was much more suited to Middle Grade age readers than the author's Thickety books, because there was no graphic violence, it had other problems. The good parts were very very good, but the dry boring parts were longer than they had to be. It felt almost like filler, wh...
  • Noura Khalid (theperksofbeingnoura)
    Jul 15, 2018
    Thank you Edelweiss and Katherine Tegen books for sending me a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. ?After his family had finally fallen asleep, Alex slung the bagpack over his shoulder and snuck out of the apartment..? The moment I read the syn...
  • Sandy O'Brien
    Apr 12, 2018
    ?You?re not like everyone else, and there?s nothing you can do about it! We are what we are. These stories, they?re just the real you bubbling to the surface...? Being trapped in a room full of books would be a dream, but not when a witch is the one that traps you there. ...
  • Melanie Dulaney
    Feb 12, 2018
    My personal rating is 3 stars, but readers of scary, creepy and gruesome will rate it much higher. The main character of Nightbooks is Alex, lover of monsters, dark magic, and anything terrifying. He records his very creative horror stories in regular black and white composition books ...
  • Korrina  (OwlCrate)
    May 10, 2018
    I was completely enthralled reading this. It felt like a perfect blend of Grimm?s Fairytales and Neil Gaiman stories. ...
  • Fenny (wit.and.reading)
    Apr 02, 2018
    I was provided an e-ARC of this book by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review! read my full review here: https://witandreading.wordpress.com/2... ...
  • Zayda (Babybibliophile)
    Aug 25, 2018
    Alex has always liked stories, especially scary ones. But when he is kidnapped by a witch living in a nearby apartment, his life is forever changed! Wonderful, wonderful read that completely caught me off guard and sucked me in immediately! ...
  • Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
    Aug 31, 2018
    RTC ...
  • Marta Barrales
    May 23, 2018
    By now I?m truly convinced that middle grade books are the best. Truth is, I?ve been having a very difficult time finding time to read these days. With so much work to do and classes to attend and things to do around my house, I can hardly find a moment to just sit and read. Let al...
  • jenn2.0
    Sep 07, 2018
    This story might intrigue it?s target audience of middle graders but for me it was flat and boring and kind of torturous to get through. Which is the disappointment because I enjoyed the authors previous series but this one just doesn?t even stand on its own ...