From the Series Night Fall ™

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

A July storm caused a major power outage in Bridgewater. Now a research project at the Institute for Cryogenic Experimentation has been ruined, and the thawed-out bodies of twenty-seven federal inmates are missing.

At first, Dani Kraft didn’t think much of the breaking news. But after her best friend Jake disappears, a mysterious visitor connects the dots for Dani. Jake has been taken in by an infamous cult leader. To get him back, Dani must enter a dangerous, alternate reality where a defrosted cult leader is beginning to act like some kind of god.

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Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre High/Low, Young Adult
Copyright 2010
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Darby Creek ™
Language English
Number of Pages 112
Publication Date 2014-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 4.5
Text Type Fiction—Paranormal
BISACS YAF021000, YAF026000, YAF045000
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5.25 x 7.5
Lexile 620
Guided Reading Level Z+
ATOS Reading Level 4.4
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 138506
Accelerated Reader® Points 2.0
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, and Reviewed


  • YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, Winner, 2011


The ALAN Review

“Dani Kraft’s hometown of Bridgewater suffers a major power outage. When the backup generators at the Institute for Cryogenic Experimentation fail, the townsfolk learn that the bodies of 27 dangerous cult members who had been frozen for years are missing. Shortly thereafter, Dani’s best friend goes missing. In order to save her friend, Dani must travel to a parallel universe that exists in the dreams of a dangerous cult leader. Along the way, she comes to trust Trey, a boy who she learns is more than just a pretty face. Although she has traveled to a strange and disturbing world and overcome many fears, Dani’s character development remains flat. The lesson to be learned from this tale is: ‘The past—even if it isn’t our past—can reach out like a cat’s paw and change our lives’ (p.103).” —The ALAN Review

Library Media Connection

“These short horror stories are set in the town of Bridgewater, where things are never quite what they seem. The stories are uniformly creepy and full of spirits and demons, as good rises up to fight evil. One title is about a boy who works in a funeral home and receives messages from the dead; another about a girl who travels to a dream world to rescue her best friend; and the third is about a boy who is possessed by a demon. Younger fans of horror might enjoy these stories, but I found them more vaguely unpleasant than truly scary.” —Library Media Connection

School Library Journal

“A high-interest, modern-day horror series…. Each short book delivers an entertaining horrific tale, leaving appreciative readers gasping for breath.” —School Library Journal

Author: Rick Jasper

Rick Jasper is a former middle-school teacher and a long-time magazine editor and writer. A native of Kansas City, Missouri, he currently lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with his daughter.