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GRAVE ERROR

Weirdville – Book 6

Copyright © 2015 Majanka Verstraete

Cover Art Copyright © 2015 Noelle Giffin

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Published by Evolved Publishing LLC at Smashwords

ISBN (EPUB Version): 1622530802

ISBN-13 (EPUB Version): 978-1-62253-080-9

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Editor: Lane Diamond

Interior Designer: Lane Diamond

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PUBLISHER’S NOTE:

At the end of this chapter book of approximately 11,385 words, you’ll find a Special Sneak Preview of the first book in the “Weirdville” series: THE DOLL MAKER. We provide this as a FREE extra service, and you should in no way consider it a part of the price you paid for this book. We hope you will both appreciate and enjoy the opportunity. Thank you.

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Disclaimer:

This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents are products of the author’s imagination, or the author has used them fictitiously.


Books by Majanka Verstraete

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WEIRDVILLE

Drowning in Fear

Fright Train

Grave Error

House of Horrors

The Clumsy Magician

The Doll Maker

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VALENTINA’S SPOOKY ADVENTURES

Valentina and the Haunted Mansion

Valentina and the Masked Mummy

Valentina and the Whackadoodle Witch

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www.MajankaVerstraete.com

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What others are saying about the “Weirdville” series:

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“...reminds me of the books I grew up with by RL Stine and Christopher Pike. If you loved those, these will be perfect.” ~ BookLover

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“My daughters and I love the ‘Weirdville’ series! These books are great for kids who enjoy a little spooky reading but not something so scary they can’t sleep.” ~ A. LeBlanc

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“Oddly, Majanka Verstraete’s ‘Weirdville’ stories are JUST the right balance of creepy and scary for me, and my tolerance hits right in the middle of the 6- to 10-year-old demographic, perfect readers for this series.” ~ Gaele Hi

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“I have read The Doll Maker for myself, but am currently reading it for my 7-year-old son. As an adult, this book wasn’t scary, but an amazingly good read... everything was masterly done for me. To my son? He loves it... and he is so hooked into the story, he’s begging me to keep reading, because he wants to know what happens!” ~ Sabina’s Adventures in Reading

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“This book [The Doll Maker] was like stepping back into my childhood and reading Goosebumps under my blanket with a flashlight. I loved that Verstraete captured that R.L. Stine feel with out being too scary and still very enjoyable.” ~ Lydia “Yay Books!!”

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“My 9-year-old granddaughter Alyssa said, ‘The story was a little spooky and it was awesome. I really loved it because it was creepy.’ This book [Grave Error] was a short but fun read and I enjoyed sharing it with my granddaughter.” ~ Jean Smith

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House of Horrors is my favorite ‘Weirdville’ book to date. There is always the perfect amount of age appropriate scary going on, but this one I found myself holding my breath a couple times or taking a big sigh. Then I laughed at myself... but it is a very good story about facing your own fears....” ~ Tracy Haidle

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Fright Train...is a great addition to the collection. The Doll Maker set a unique stage for the chapter book genre, feeding on some of the basic fears that children have, and react to dramatically. One could try to compare these to the R.L. Stine series, but they would be wrong to narrowly define them in such a way. Verstraete has a very unique storytelling style that touches the child within, but also reaches the adult reader. ~ Penelope Anne Bartotto

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“My 9-year-old granddaughter Alyssa said, ‘The story was a little spooky and it was awesome. I really loved it because it was creepy.’ This book [Grave Error] was a short but fun read and I enjoyed sharing it with my granddaughter.” ~ Jean Smith

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“I read this [Grave Error] to my girls and they loved it. They said it was ‘spooky and funny’ and that they want to read the others. They like the characters and how much adventure that is in these stories.” ~ Star Wars Lover

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“I wasn’t sure I was going to like this book [Fright Train] at first but it really brought me back to my childhood. I remember reading RL Stine as a kid and loving the creepy feeling I would get from his books. It was my first taste of paranormal stories and now as an adult I love them. I thought that the characters were well written, the story line was fantastic, and it moved at an appropriate pace for this type of book.” ~ Angela Eggett

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“As an adult, reading children’s book is sometimes hard to do because our way of thinking is so different. I was a bit skeptical when I started this because it was a children’s book and I didn’t believe I would enjoy it as much as I did. Fright Train easily fit in the world of Goosebumps by R.L. Stine, which I read as a child. It was spooky enough but not overly scary for children. I could easily see this made into a Halloween special and I would watch year after year. Pick this up for the young reader in your life or even for yourself.” ~ Malinda M.


BONUS CONTENT

We’re pleased to offer you a Special Sneak Preview at the end of this book, in which you’ll enjoy the First 2 Chapters of Majanka Verstraete’s THE DOLL MAKER, the first book in this “Weirdville” series.

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Table of Contents

Copyright

Books by Majanka Verstraete

BONUS CONTENT

Table of Contents

Dedication

GRAVE ERROR

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Special Sneak Preview: THE DOLL MAKER by Majanka Verstraete

Acknowledgements

About the Author

More from Majanka Verstraete

More from Evolved Publishing


Dedication

For all those kids out there who love telling scary stories to their friends, and reading scary books in bed at night, wondering if they should leave the lights on or not after reading. Hope you enjoy this story as well!



Chapter 1

The heat caused drops of sweat to tumble down Tess’s forehead. Her brown shoulder-length hair, now pulled back in a ponytail, stuck to her scalp, and her sweat-soaked clothes gave off a rancid smell. She hadn’t moved for over half an hour, except for taking an occasional sip from the glass of Coca Cola sitting next to her. The ice cubes inside the glass had melted, leaving it lukewarm.

Sunglasses shielded her eyes from the merciless sun while she browsed through a book—an adventure novel about two kids getting lost in the desert and stumbling upon a Mayan city.

Boredom had followed her like a silent spectator during the summer holidays. All her friends had fled Weirdville to spend their holidays at sunny locations, some of them even traveling all the way to Europe, but she was stuck here. Her parents had decided to spend their money on redecorating the house rather than on a family holiday, so she had to stay in boring old Weirdville, with nothing to do and no one to hang out with.

Ironically, Weirdville was experiencing the hottest summer the town had ever known, with temperatures rising to over one hundred degrees Fahrenheit—too hot for the renovations her parents had planned. Too hot to do anything except relax in a chair outside next to a makeshift pool—a cheap, plastic pool barely three feet deep—in which she dipped her toes every now and then.

Tess looked up from the book and stared at the forest running from the back of their garden. ‘Forest’ seemed too tall a word for the small group of trees that, with their dry and weathered leaves, looked like they too suffered from the heat.

Benny, Tess’s dog, a brown Labrador with the sweetest eyes and a gigantic appetite, got up from his spot next to her and waddled over to his drinking cup, lapping up some water with his floppy tongue.

Tess groaned and propped herself up on her elbows. Poor dog! The water is probably searing hot by now. She got up to get him some fresh, ice cold water.


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