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Children's Fiction Horror & Ghost Stories

Jake and the Giant Hand Teachers' Guide

Dundurn Teachers' Guide

by (author) Eleanor Creasey

Initial publish date
Dec 2017
Horror & Ghost Stories, Fantasy & Magic, Monsters
Recommended Age
9 to 12
Recommended Grade
4 to 7
Recommended Reading age
9 to 12
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    Publish Date
    Dec 2017

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The first in a series of scary tall tales from award-winning children’s novelist Philippa Dowding.

Why is Grandpa acting so weird? And why are there so many giant flies?
Jake spends every summer on his grandpa’s farm. But this year, things are a little weird. First, there are huge flies everywhere. Second, Grandpa is acting kind of funny. And third, Jake’s friend Kate keeps trying to scare him with creepy stories. Last year’s tale about the swamp creature was bad enough, but this year’s story about a hand that someone found in a farmer’s field is even worse. And it wasn’t just any hand either. It was a giant’s hand!
It might just be the creepiest story of all. It can’t be real. Can it?

About the author

Eleanor Creasey is a retired teacher and school principal. She is the author of four teachers' resource guides to facilitate classroom discussion of novels. On Remembrance Day is her first book. She lives in Ottawa.

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Editorial Reviews

This is a well-crafted horror story with a suspenseful buildup and truly creepy details . . .

School Library Journal

Jake’s adventures and his questions will attract readers interested in ghost stories and mysteries, as well as adventure. The author’s tongue-in-cheek opening and closing will relieve any fears that some of these readers may develop.

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Philippa Dowding has cooked up a delicious blend of mystery, humour, and adventure that middle-grade readers are sure to devour!

Richard Scarsbrook

A tall tale for around the campfire.

Allan Stratton

Recommended ... Jake and the Giant Hand is a good book for reluctant readers. It is an easy read, with simple language and a similar presentation to a fireside ghost story.

CM Magazine

A fast-paced read...funny and creepy


Richard Scrimger

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