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Grosset & Dunlap, 2003 - Juvenile Fiction - 128 pages
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Tucked away in a dark alley of Bleaktown, Sebastian Cream's Curiosity Shop sits, waiting for the right customer to make a purchase. Most people don't even notice the tiny shop full of creepy and mysterious items for sale, but if you do...look out! There's no telling what strange adventures await the kids who buy from Sebastian Cream's Curiosity Shop. Full of chilling excitement that will make you "scream," each book is packed with pick-your-path choices that put the reader in control of the story's outcome!

Ben Michaels has always wanted to be a great magician, and he can't resist buying the Dr. Presto's Magic Kit that beckons him from the window of Sebastian Cream's Curiosity Shop. But there's no way for Ben to know that Dr. Presto, a real magician who died when one of his tricks went terribly wrong, wants to use the kit to come back to life! When Ben gets the magic kit home and starts trying the spells, he realizes that this magic kit is not for kids. These spells really work-with some crazy consequences! Can Ben reverse the spells, get his life back to normal, and keep Dr. Presto from coming back? The choice is yours!

Illustrated by Brian W. Dow.

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Tracey West grew up in a small town in New Jersey. After high school, West attended Rutgers University and studied English and Journalism. She worked on the college newspaper and as a newspaper reporterbefore graduating and getting a job as an editorial assistant at a small publishing company. From there West moved to a company that packaged children¿s books and sold them to other publishers. She started submitting ideas for books that other writers would then turn into stories. Finally, she wrote her first book, a Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys Supermystery called Spies and Lies. At the same time, she and two friends came up with an idea for a children¿s book called Great Uncle Dracula. They wrote the book under the pseudonym Jayne Harvey. West then went to work for Scholastic, and when she left in 1996, she decided to try writing books full time. In 1997 she started Pure West Productions and began writing, editing, and packaging books and magazines. Although writing Pokémon kept her busy, Scholastic picked up her original series, Pixie Tricks. She went on to write eight books in the Pixie Tricks series and continued to write new stories for the popular Pixie Tricks website, www.pixietricks.com. In August 2003, Grosset & Dunlap published West's new series, Scream Shop, a Pick Your Path series that lets readers choose what will happen in the story. West also writes many books based on cartoon characters such as Samurai Jack, SpongeBob Squarepants, the Looney Tunes, the Powerpuff Girls, Sailor Moon, Cardcaptors, Cubix, and Scooby Doo.

Brian W. Dow lives in North Revere, Massachusetts.

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