Anyone who grew up with those urban legends of ghosts in the road, or ghostly truck drivers saving other drivers will love Trucker Ghost Stories, edited by Annie Wilder. It's actually subtitled, "And Other True Tales of Haunted Highways, Weird Encounters, and Legends of the Road." It's a terrific collection of stories told by truckers, or about ghostly encounters on the road.
Wilder breaks the collection into four parts: Just Plain Weird, Messages and Assistance from the Spirit World, Haunted Highways: Legends and Lore of the Road, and Time Slips. That first part deals with everything from UFO encounters to skinwalkers in Arizona. My favorite section is part two, Messages and Assistance from the Spirit World. That section relates stories of truckers and other drivers saved by everything from ghostly lights to ghosts of other truckers. Two of those stories were particularly moving. "My Guardian Angel is a Truck Driver" is an unusual story of a Hillsborough County, Florida deputy sheriff who encounters the same truck driver twice in her life. And, Gary M. Vaughn's story, "Babe", actually made me tear up, the story of a truck that passed from one trucker to another, with interesting results.
The stories vary in length and quality. Wilder is shrewd enough to include a foreword by trucker and writer Terry L. Aldershof. He began and ended the book on a high note. Trucker Ghost Stories brings a slightly different viewpoint to ghost stories, an interesting take on the subject. There are enough fascinating stories to make this anthology a worthwhile addition to any ghost story collection.
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Splish, Splash, Splosh!: David Melling
Book: Splish, Splash, Splosh! Author: David Melling (@DavidMelling1) Pages: 22 Age Range: 2-5 Splish, Splash, Splosh! by David Melling is a medium-sized boar...
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