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Children's Fiction Paranormal

Horror House (Countdown to Danger)

by (author) Jeff Szpirglas

Scholastic Canada Ltd
Initial publish date
Jul 2022
Paranormal, Interactive Adventures, Survival Stories
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jul 2022
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Jul 2022
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7


30 dangerous paths. 30 minutes to escape. YOU choose the path to survive — in the spookiest Countdown to Danger yet!


This spooky installment of the choose-your-own-path series features serious survival scenarios, horror style! Readers determine their own fate as they dodge obstacles like ravenous zombies, shapeshifting monsters, haunted clocks and deadly booby traps!

The door slams behind you, and you realize that you and your cousin are trapped in Smithson House, that old, derelict mansion at the edge of town. This house is possessed by all manner of ghosts and ghouls — and at the stroke of midnight, the supernatural powers in this building will use you to BREAK OUT. Unless, of course, you manage to escape by reversing the curse that holds all of you here.

You’ve got 30 minutes to stop the ghosts and save your cousin . . . or die trying!


About the author



JEFF SZPIRGLAS is the author of multiple books in the Countdown to Danger series. In addition to his choose-your-own-path titles, Jeff has written award-nominated non-fiction books and several terrifying novels and horror collections for middle-grade readers, including Tales from the Fringes of Fear and Tales from Beyond the Brain. With his wife, Danielle Saint-Onge, he is the co-author of the Orca Echoes books X Marks the Spot!, Something's Fishy and Messy Miranda. He's worked at CTV Television and was an editor at Chirp, chickaDEE and Owl magazines. He has twin children, two cats (the cats are not twins) and one dog. In his spare time, he teaches elementary school. He lives in Kitchener, Ontario. Visit him online at


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Editorial Reviews

Praise for Countdown to Danger: Canadian Survival: “Every scenario is action-packed and the pace is breathtaking . . . Canadian Survival is an especially good choice for reluctant readers, even those ages 12 to 14.” — CM: Canadian Review of Materials

Other titles by Jeff Szpirglas