Nightbooks by J.A. White


My sister and I shared a room as children, so obviously many nights were spent scaring ourselves silly reading from the Scary Stories To Tell in The Dark series.  The stories were short and even more terrifying because so much was left to the imagination. Nightbooks is the best scary story for juvenile fiction I have ever read! A re-imagined Hansel and Gretel, J.A. White sprinkles in Scary Stories to Tell in The Dark type tales inside a larger story.  I can’t praise this one enough! Fully developed and creepily executed, this novel will give you goosebumps but still shares a message of friendship and being authentically unapologetically yourself.
P.S. normally I’m bored with hokey or unexplained scary story endings that feel like cheap attempts to end the story, J.A. White delivers a great ending making this a terror to read cover to cover!
Recently I revised my Tween yoga program and decided to use this book for my first new class format.  (It ended up being around Halloween which is sort of irrelevant except that I was able to use a spooky theme.)  They loved it so much three of the children participating ended up requesting the book so they could read how it ended… Apart from my recommendation, I feel pretty confident in saying that my 4th- 8th graders would recommend it as well!

For Ages: 9-12 yrs. old

For Those That Liked: “Goosebumps” series, “The Darkdeep” and “The Graveyard Book”

Yoga Pose- Step One of Tittibhasana (Firefly Pose):
*Squat with your feet a little less than shoulder distance apart.  Tilt your pelvis forward and lower down between your legs until your pelvis is about knee height.
Bring your left upper arm and shoulder as far as possible underneath the back of your left thigh and place your left hand on the floor at the outside edge of your foot.  Repeat these actions on the other side.
Next Level (Full Tittibhasana):
Lift your feet off the floor by carefully shifting your center of gravity. Press your hands into the floor as you slowly begin to rock your weight back (shifting the weight off your feet and on to your hands).
*Keep your inner thighs as high on your arms as possible as you stretch your legs out to the sides as straight as you can.  Straighten your arms as much as possible. Widening your shoulder blades will round your upper back in order to lift your torso higher.
Without tensing your neck, lift your head and gaze forward. Breathe slowly and hold the pose then release your feet to the floor with an exhale.