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Why kids like horror stories

Whether it’s shuddering through the latest horror film or delighting in the gory side of Halloween, many children seem to love being scared. What is it about being scared that lights up so many kids, tweens and teens?

Being Scared is an Easy Way to Take Risks
Children, particularly those in the late tween and teen years, tend to want to take risks. This occurs due to their cognitive development, which makes them feel invulnerable. They have few opportunities to take actual risks, however, like jumping from high places or traveling at high speeds. In other words, adult supervision, days filled by structured activities and their own self-control thwart their developmental desires. Therefore, it’s easiest to “take risks” by braving a haunted hayride, watching a scary Halloween movie, or going on a mind-bending roller coaster. They get the same sense of living on the edge, but in a forum that’s accessible and acceptable.

Being Scared Creates a Sense of Adventure
Tweens and teens also crave some unpredictability and adventure in their lives. A good portion of their days center around routines, including school, homework, mealtime and bedtime. While routines are important for healthy functioning, too much of the same thing can lead to boredom and even mood issues. Developmentally, tweens and teens are peaking in terms of physical abilities, energy and need for novelty. It makes sense, then, that they love being scared, because it “shakes things up” in their lives.

Being Scared Provides a Feeling of Success
Young tweens are developing a crucial part of their personality called industry. This means they want to feel like they can take on tasks and be successful at them. By putting themselves in scary situations, they get to actively test themselves. When they’ve made it through a whole horror flick, for example, their sense of industry is bolstered, as is their sense of self-esteem.

Being Scared Helps Children Understand Death
Children do not have an adult understanding of death until about thirteen years of age. As they struggle to understand the abstract concept of death, children often become fascinated by the topic. Since death is rather removed from everyday American lives, however, it is a difficult topic to explore. In addition, children find that if they discuss death or draw pictures involving death, teachers and parents tend to respond negatively. Therefore, a safe and culturally-acceptable way of exploring death is through horror movies and Halloween activities.

All in all, although being scared may overwhelm them at times, children find the feeling irresistible because it serves their ever-changing developmental needs.


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Book review: Artemis Fowl and the last colony

Author: Eoin Colfer
Characters: Artemis Fowl, Artemis’ butler, Leon Abbot (Demon)
Brief summary: Artemis Fowl was a brave boy who fought against demons. Until recently he was the only human to have discovered that fairies to exist. But a second juvenile genius wants to capture one for scientific studies and not just any old fairy. The newcomer intends to trap a demon, the most human hating species unknown to man. He has brilliant mind. He used it for criminal activities.
I liked the book because it is really adventurous and I liked Artemis Fowl also and his brilliant mind.
Reviewed by: Antony Evan Alosius, Class 7-A

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Book review: Goosebumps, Monster blood

Author: RL Stine
Main characters:Aandy, Evan
A brief summary:Evan is going to his great aunt Kathryn’s house. He goes to a small toy shop,and buys a bottle of monster blood. At first, the monster blood is fun to play with, because it can bounce back. Tigger his dog eats some of the stuff and suddenly Triger starts to grow and grow; monster blood is also growing, because if you open the can,it can’t help itself. So it is enough to fill a bucket, bathtub, then a shed!!!! Now it is up to Evan and Andy to destroy monster blood and save the world……..
Reviewed by: Abin Tom, Class 7-A

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Book review: Two states, the story of my marriage

Author: Chetan Bhagat
Brief summary: This is the story of a girl and a boy who come from different states, culture & background, who fall in love and decide to get married. But they face a lot of problems to make their families accept this marriage. How do they get their acceptance? Read this interesting novel by Chetan Bhagat and find out.

Book review by: Sai Vaishnavi, X-D

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Book review: Oliver Twist

Name of the book: OLIVER TWIST (Abridged edition)
Author: CHARLES DICKENS (Retold by Rani Sircan)
Pages: 87
Summary of the book:
Oliver Twist was an orphan. Soon after his birth his mother died and he was brought up in an orphanage and after some time because of ill treatment he ran away from there and accidentally joined a group of robbers. There they forced him to steal and be a pickpocket. But he refused to lead a life of crime and escaped from there. After that he was with a family for sometime. There he is seen by someone who knew his father and he and his friends try to find his true ancestry and they succeed in it. And with that they too find his half brother who tried to make him a thief. The story ends with that he settles with his father’s friend who recognize him as his adopted son. It is a very thrilling novel with many twists and turns and of course added with adventure.
Book review by: Aravind P.G., Class VIII B

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