Three friends living on Weir Street challenge each other to tell stories about the strange and uncanny happenings in the neighbourhood they secretly name ‘Weird Street’. Tom’s story tells of how his great-grandpa’s brother drowned, right after his wavering outline in a photograph gave a watery warning. In Laila’s tale an empty fortune cookie predicts a short future for a rowdy customer and Asim’s story tells of Macie, haunted by a strange dream of her future home.
Anne Fine has written a trio of unexpected tales, with just the right amount of creepiness, unease and suspense for the intended age range of 8+, cleverly linked by the device of children living on the same street. Are the stories true or just coincidence? Readers can decide for themselves as they absorb this skilfully written collection in the Barrington Stoke series. The characteristic dyslexia-friendly layout and production give extra accessibility to what is already a very readable set of linked stories.