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Lubar, David. In the land of the lawn weenies; and other misadventures.

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In this collection of short stories, the bad guy sometimes wins! I intend to read some of these stories aloud in my class around Halloween because they are so different. Usually just a few pages in length, they can be used to interest students in the rest of the book. One of my favorites is "The Evil Tree." A young boy notices a man standing by a tree with a gate in it on his way home from school. He knows he's never seen this before so he speaks to the man, who tells him this is a tree that is used to store evil and it is his job to guard the world from this evil. Our young man is so intrigued that he must see what is inside. He jerks open the gate and steps inside, only to hear the gate close and lock behind him--one less evil being living in the world. Stacey Conrad, Reading Teacher;, Palmyra, MO
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Date:Sep 1, 2003
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