From the Series Night Fall ™

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

It looks like a pizza exploded on Nick Barry’s face. But bad skin is the least of his problems. His bones feel like living ice. A strange rash―like scratches―seems to be some sort of ancient code. And then there’s the anger…

Something evil is living under Nick’s skin. Where did it come from? What does it want? With the help of a dead kid’s diary, a nun, and a local professor, Nick slowly finds out what’s wrong with him. But there’s still one question that Nick must face alone: How do you destroy an evil that’s inside you?

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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 4.2
Text Type Fiction—Paranormal
BISACS YAF021000, YAF026000, YAF045000
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5.25 x 7.5
Lexile 540
Guided Reading Level W
ATOS Reading Level 3.9
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 138505
Accelerated Reader® Points 2.0
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, and Reviewed

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.


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


The ALAN Review

“This novel, reminiscent of (and referential to) Steven King, couples a thrilling horror story with a message important to early adolescents: No one is alone. Unlike King’s work, however, the protagonist is not a tragic hero, but a victorious hero who resists evil. Accessible to adolescent readers, the story moves quickly…and the shortness of each chapter paired with the size and arrangement of print helps the novel’s exciting page.” —The ALAN Review

The Horn Book Guide

“A breezy hundred-page read for supernatural horror fans who might balk at more substantial books.” —The Horn Book Guide

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