Tucson Festival of Books

Why Kids Love Spooky Stories


So why do kids love spooky stories? Three middle grade authors share their new books and talk about why spooky stories are good for kids. R.L. Stine is the king of spooky books, starting with the Goosebumps and Fear Street books. Matt McMann's new Monsterious series combines mysteries and monsters, while Nidhi Chanani creates a graphic novel world in which a monster lives below her grandmother's boba shop.


Panelists
Nidhi Chanani

Nidhi Chanani is a freelance illustrator, cartoonist and writer. Born in Calcutta and raised in suburban Southern California, she creates because it makes her happy—with the hope that it can make others happy too....

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Matt McMann

As a professional musician, Matt McMann played an NFL stadium, a cruise ship and the International Twins Convention. Now he writes the kind of spooky mystery-adventure books he loved as a kid, including the "Monsterious" series....

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R. L. Stine

R.L. Stine is the creator of the best-selling "Goosebumps" series, which has more than 400 million copies in print worldwide and celebrated 30 years in 2022. "Goosebumps" is one of the best-selling children's series of all-time and inspired a popular television show, as well as a feature film starring Jack Black that opened at #1 at the box office....

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Books:
Scariest. Book. Ever. (Goosebumps House of Shivers #1)
R. L. Stine
Children
Scholastic, Incorporated
September 2023
ISBN 9781339014982
160 pages
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Goblin Monday (Goosebumps House of Shivers #2)
R. L. Stine
Children
Scholastic, Incorporated
March 2024
ISBN 9781338752250
160 pages

Super Boba Café (Book 1)
Nidhi Chanani
Children
Abrams, Incorporated
October 2023
ISBN 9781419759574
224 pages
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Escape from Grimstone Manor (Monsterious, Book 1)
Matt McMann
Children
Penguin Young Readers Group
May 2023
ISBN 9780593530719
192 pages
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The Beast of Skull Rock (Monsterious, Book 4)
Matt McMann
Children
Penguin
January 2024
ISBN 9780593530801
208 pages
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