Immerse young readers in local legends with ‘The Ghostly Tales of The Haunted South’

By Jessica Vaughn
Posted 8/19/21

The South is rich in history and allure. As with any place filled with historic buildings and dusty woodland paths, there’s also local legends and folklore aplenty to be found by sifting through …

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Immerse young readers in local legends with ‘The Ghostly Tales of The Haunted South’

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The South is rich in history and allure. As with any place filled with historic buildings and dusty woodland paths, there’s also local legends and folklore aplenty to be found by sifting through the South’s past. From stories about spirits walking with soft steps through local inns, to theaters with patrons and performers that never left (even in death), there’s hundreds of tales of ghouls and haunts. Author Alan Brown has explored numerous spots throughout the South with rumors and whispers of ghosts and unexplainable bumps in the night. Through his ‘Haunted America’ book series, adults have been transported to these haunted spots as the tales are brought to life. Now, Arcadia Children’s Books introduces versions of these tales adapted for younger readers with the ‘Spooky America’ series. ‘The Ghostly Tales of The Haunted South’ is perfect for middle school age readers looking to learn local folklore, history and potential haunted locations, some which are open to the public. Baldwin County residents will instantly recognize our community at the start of the book. Ever been to Bay Minette’s Public Library? Well, the original library location is featured in the book, in the very first chapter. Readers will also recognize nearby cities of Mobile and Pensacola, as well as several other places in neighboring Southern states. Are these places haunted, or not? ‘The Haunted South’ offers young readers the chance to connect to their local communities and the South in a brand-new way. Within the pages of the book, children are introduced to real life locations, many which are still standing today. Some offer tours, while others are still open for business and welcome visitors who are looking to see with their own eyes if the rumors of hauntings are true or not. ‘The Haunted South’ is a blend of history, places and people tinged with folklore and mystery - a staple of the South’s deep-rooted tales passed down from generation to generation. Written in a format that young readers can easily enjoy on their own or reading aloud, these chilling and immersive tales are a great way to pique young readers’ interest in local history, heritage and legends. Visit www.arcadiapublishing.com to learn more, explore all the books in the ‘Spooky America’ and many other series, or to purchase the book.