The Bones of Fred McFee by Eve Bunting

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In this rhythmic story, an unsuspecting brother and sister bring a toy skeleton home from the harvest fair. They name it Fred McFee and hang it from a sycamore tree. Soon, eerie things begin to happen: The rooster disappears. The hens won't lay. Most terrifying of all, Fred's bones dance clickety-clack as night winds howl. And then on Halloween night, Fred McFee vanishes!

Eve Bunting's gleefully ghoulish tale is sure to become a Halloween classic.

About Eve Bunting

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EVE BUNTING is the author of many acclaimed books for young readers, including the Caldecott Medal-winning Smoky Night. Her numerous honors include the prestigious Kerlan Award for her body of work. Ms. Bunting lives in Southern California.KURT CYRUS is the illustrator of a number of children's books, including three he also wrote: Tangle Town, Slow Train to Oxmox, and, most recently, Oddhopper Opera: A Bug's Garden of Verses. He lives in Cottage Grove, Oregon.
Published September 1, 2002 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Old dog Sam now avoids the tree and “the rooster’s gone and the hens won’t lay, / since we got Fred McFee.” Then: “The dark is dropping like a cowl— / There’s no star to be seen.

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This ominous book, thrillingly chillustrated in high-contrast scratchboard, describes an uncanny Halloween decoration.

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