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The stuff of nightmares

The stuff of nightmares

Blackman, Malorie

A brother and sister have fallen into comas following a rail crash. Death comes to visit them and asks them both to tell him the most frightening stories they can. They take it in turns, each trying to tell a more scary story than the one before to please Death, hoping that he will let them wake up from their comas

Paperback, Book. English. Young adult fiction. Suspense fiction.
Published London: Corgi, 2008
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Statement of responsibility: Malorie Blackman
ISBN: 0552554634, 9780552554633
Intended audience: Adolescent.
Note: Originally published: London: Doubleday, 2007.
Physical Description: 341 p. ; 20 cm.
Subject: Nightmares Fiction.

Accelerated Reading

Book Level: 4.3
Interest Level: UY
Points: 12
Quiz Number: 211049

Author note

MALORIE BLACKMANhas written over sixty books and is acknowledged as one of today's most imaginative and convincing writers for young readers. She has been awarded numerous prizes for her work, including the Red House Children's Book Award and the Fantastic Fiction Award. Malorie has also been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. In 2005 she was honoured with the Eleanor Farjeon Award in recognition of her contribution to children's books, and in 2008 she received an OBE for her services to children's literature. She has been described byThe Timesas 'a national treasure'. Malorie Blackman was the Children's Laureate 2013-15.


"A superbly told thriller that will keep readers hooked"
The Bookseller||"Malorie Blackman is already a bestseller andThe Stuff of Nightmarescan only add to her fame . . . This book seems bound to be extremely popular"
Independent||"Blackman reaches reluctant readers like few others"
The Times||"Malorie Blackman is one of the most versatile and forthright of all authors for young adults. She has brought us an ambitious panorama of broken societies and depicted motive and action in searingly effective ways . . . This is a remarkable book, powerful, fearful"
Carousel||"It is an intelligent, original and compelling novel"
Cork Evening Echo

Back cover copy

It begins with a ride on a train.

But where it ends is on a precipice of horror - dangling on the border between life and death.
It's a moment when Kyle discovers he's not the only one in his class who knows about fear.

Not the only one who has nightmares.

And now, as Death stalks the carriages, it's a moment when nightmares become real.

Nightmares of wars, and a world devastated by chemical weapons. Of a body being slowly stolen, bit by bit. Of monstrous actions and monstrous creatures from old myths. Of jealousy, obsession and a stalker outside your window. Nightmares of everything imaginable.

What will it take for Kyle to finally face his greatest fear?

Pacy, compelling and seriously creepy, don't read this chilling novel late at night!

Not suitable for younger readers.