Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
Jim and Will have been best friends forever. They live next door and were born only minutes apart. Where Will is cautious, Jim is wild, which is why they make such a great team. One day a lightning rod salesman comes to town, telling the boys a serious storm is headed their way and will strike Jim’s house. He is so convinced, he gives Jim a free lightning rod. But the storm doesn’t hit that night. Instead, a carnival comes to town even though it’s October. And this isn’t just any carnival. It is designed to discover your deepest desires and worst fears to trap you forever. Now the boys must save each other, even if they don’t want to be saved.
This classic from 1962 is featured in the 2019 Illinois Reads to celebrate the many wonderful works of Illinois native Ray Bradbury. Recommended for readers in high school and up.
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