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A Banquet for Hungry Ghosts

A Collection of Deliciously Frightening Tales

Ying Chang Compestine; illustrations by Coleman Polhemus

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

According to Chinese tradition, those who die hungry or unjustly come back to haunt the living. Some are appeased with food. But not all ghosts are successfully mollified. In this chilling collection of stories,Ying Chang Compestine takes readers on a journey through time and across different parts of China. From the building of the GreatWall in 200 BCE to themodern day of iPods, hungry ghosts continue to torment those who wronged them.

At once a window into the history and culture of China and an ode to Chinese cuisine, this assortment of frightening tales—complete with historical notes and delectable recipes—will both scare and satiate!

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  APPETIZERSSteamed DumplingsLONG AGO, IN 200 B.C.E, there was a small village called Bright Stars situated in the northern mountains of China, along the midsection of the Great Wall. The winter was harsh when this section of the wall was constructed. Heavy snowdrifts blocked the narrow paths through the rugged mountains. For months, supply caravans could not make it through to the workforce.That winter, some of the workers mysteriously vanished. Everyone was puzzled as to where they had gone: There were no roads out, and with no food, the escapees would surely perish in the cold. Desperate
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“Compestine (Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party) pens a gruesome but delightful grouping of eight stories about so-called hungry ghosts…who return to seek vengeance. …Compestine includes historical context for the stories and a number of recipes (though some readers may find they lack an appetite). The stories are laced with beautiful (as well as lurid) images and chilling illustrations of the ghosts and their victims. Like the ghosts themselves, Compestine’s memorable stories should prove difficult to shake.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“Eight grisly horror stories are arranged to feed the hungry imaginations of readers fascinated with blood, gore, murders and ghosts, who, like their Western counterparts, want to avenge their deaths and have the things they had in life, especially their favorite foods. … This will whet the appetites of a certain type of ghost gourmet with a sophisticated palate; those with weak stomachs should stay away.”—Kirkus Reviews

“This collection offers up enough fright—and food—to keep kids returning for seconds.”—Horn Book Review

“Compestine (Boy Dumplings, 2009) presents an eight-course offering of chilling tales honoring Chinese food and ghost lore.”—Booklist

“In this collection of gruesome ghost stories, Compestine takes readers through China’s history, from the building of the Great Wall to the modern day. … These stories are not only deliciously frightening but also introduce readers to ancient and modern Chinese customs and beliefs.”—School Library Journal

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A Banquet for Hungry Ghosts

A Collection of Deliciously Frightening Tales

Ying Chang Compestine; illustrations by Coleman Polhemus

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