Something Wicked This Way Comes Book Summary and Study Guide

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Will Halloway and Jim Nightshade, two almost 14 year olds in small town Illinois of the 1920's become intrigued by Cooger and Dark's carnival and its October arrival. They come to the attention and chase of the sinister Mr. Dark, who is giving people their most secret wishes. Finally, it is up to Will's aging and reticient father to brave the dark carnival and rescue the boys from Mr. Dark and his troupe of grotesques.
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The review of this Book prepared by Travis Barrett

One of the great works of 20th century fantasy. Unlike Bradbury's other "story collection novels" (e.g., _The Martian Chronicles_, _Dandelion Wine_, even _Green Shadows, White Whale_), this is truly a novel: whole, organic, and complete. There are two protagonists, 13-year-old best friends, who must unravel the mystery of the Dark Carnival that comes to their Midwestern town and seems to suck up the bodies and souls of their neighbors.
The review of this Book prepared by David Loftus

A traveling circus offers a city the power to return to or advance to whatever age they choose, claiming a major price. A young boy fights to keep the city and his friend from paying that price.
The review of this Book prepared by Wendy Edwards

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 20%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 30% Tone of book    -   very upbeat FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy story on current Earth Magical Beings/Mental/Magical/Powers    -   Yes magical powers:    -   magical powers (general) Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Horror story?    -   Yes Horror plotlets    -   the monster chased me!

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a teen


Earth setting:    -   20th century Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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