I don’t know if you guys ever tackled this but my stars, this book was terrifying to me. I found it in my Catholic school library when I was 9 and it has photos in it that look like stills from some movie you’d see when you were home alone.
Basically a whole town gets infected by a strange fog and the people start slowly turning into plants, they get strange marks on their face and at one point they find a woman that has completely turned into a cactus. It’s really effectively done.
Like a lot of things produced in the 1970s, it has a real downer ending as well.
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OMG, yes! I checked this out of the school library a hundred times, and it always freaked me out. Years later when I moved to Savannah for school I found the the moss and kudzu really disturbing…
I was in second grade and saw that book at the school library. I got so pissed at the book lady when she wouldn’t let me check it out, because it was considered a 5th grade book. So much for higher learning.
I still have my Weekly Reader Book Club edition from third grade!Â The story is profoundly “meh,” but who needs text when there are all those brilliant photos?Â One of my all-time traumatic favorites.
@Propagatrix – Holy macaroni – this was part of your third-grade reading?Â That book would have been on my “must destroy” list for the pics alone.