Beware the Glitter of the Golden State!
Charles David Clasman and David Anthony, co-authors of over twenty books, present Mystery Underground: California Creatures. Read a scare ... if you dare!
Mystery Underground is a collection of scary short stories for kids, middle grade readers, and everyone who likes a good scare. The stories combine the monsters and mystery of Goosebumps with the surprise endings of The Twilight Zone. They are the perfect scary stories to read in the dark, around the campfire, or under the covers at night with a flashlight.
This book contains thirteen scary short stories set around the state of California. Readers will encounter werewolves, sharks, saber-toothed cats, and other mysterious creatures of legend.
1: TAR PIT TERROR
LOS ANGELES, CA
Many fossils of prehistoric animals--from dire wolves to mastodons--have been found in the La Brea Tar Pits. When Liam and Charlotte discover a saber-toothed cat's paw, they soon realize that not all fossils want to be found.
2: WHERE THE WILDFIRES ARE
Thousands of wildfires strike California every year. Some are caused by humans and some by nature. Others still are caused by the unexplained ... until now.
3. NO. 13 PENCIL
SAN DIEGO, CA
Jackson is an amazing artist. His drawings of monsters are realistic and terrifying. What happens when they come to life?
4. COYOTE HOLLOWS
DEATH VALLEY, CA
Welcome to bleak and dangerous Death Valley, California. The rugged land deserves its name. Claire and her father are about to find out why.
5. THE MAN IN THE GRAY SUIT
MALIBU BEACH, CA
Surfers Brody and Tristan seek the perfect wave on the perfect day. What they find, however, is the deadly Man in the Gray Suit.
6. THE BOOT
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, CA
Jase and Lucy's grandparents claim to be retired monster hunters. The kids don't believe them, of course. Not really. Not until they encounter monsters of their own.
7. THE RED MOTHER
REDWOOD NATIONAL PARK, CA
Sofia and Kevin hope to find the tallest redwood tree in California. Its location is a carefully guarded secret. So, too, is the existence of the mysterious Red Mother.
8. SUPERSTITIOUS SISTER
Donovan thinks Friday the 13th is like any other day. He's glad it's the start of the weekend. His sister, though, is the superstitious type. When she challenges him to a series of dares, they both learn the real danger of the day.
9. WHAT MAKES THE EARTH QUAKE
SAN BERNARDINO, CA
As the visitor in town, Anthony wonders what the fuss about California earthquakes is all about. Imagine his shock when the terrifying answer chases him through the streets.
10. TOLL TO THE TROLL
SAN FRANCISCO, CA
From the dizzying heights of Golden Gate Bridge, Billy and his friends can see grim Alcatraz prison on its lonely, rocky isle. They never suspect that the prison isn't empty and that its ferocious inhabitants stalk the night.
11. TRICK AND TREAT
The old Meyer house is supposed to be abandoned. So why are orange lights glowing in the windows on Halloween night? More importantly, what do Harper, Lindsey, and Max find when they peek inside?
12. MOVIE MONSTERS
What if Hollywood isn't all special effects and actors? What if some of it is real? Kaylee and Sydney find out when they visit the movie monster zoo.
13. THE RATTLE
BEVERLY HILLS, CA
Today Kendra turns thirteen. She's excited about becoming a teenager, but her mother is absolutely ecstatic. Exactly what kind of gift does she have waiting for Kendra downstairs?
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