Kids & YA
Crisp air, cool nights, and long awaited rain? Fall must be here again! It's the perfect time to curl up with a good book that's just the right amount of spooky. Here are some we think you'll love.
In her first novel for middle-grade readers, bestselling author Alice Hoffman tells a bewitching story of love and friendship that is truly magical.
Twig lives in Sidwell, where people whisper that fairy tales are real. After all, her town is rumored to hide a monster. And two hundred years ago, a witch placed a curse on Twig's family that was meant to last forever. But everything will change when the red moon rises. It's time to break the spell.
A sweet, not too spooky read for kids age 10 and up.
Zach, Poppy, and Alice have been friends forever. And for almost as long, they've been playing one continuous, ever-changing game of pirates and thieves, mermaids and warriors. Ruling over all is the Great Queen, a bone-china doll cursing those who displease her.
But they are in middle school now. Zach's father pushes him to give up make-believe, and Zach quits the game. Their friendship might be over, until Poppy declares she's been having dreams about the Queen--and the ghost of a girl who will not rest until the bone-china doll is buried in her empty grave.
Zach and Alice and Poppy set off on one last adventure to lay the Queen's ghost to rest. But nothing goes according to plan, and as their adventure turns into an epic journey, creepy things begin to happen. Is the doll just a doll or something more sinister?
This Newbery Honor winning book is a pretty creepy read for kids ages 8 and up.
Alistair Cleary is the kid who everyone trusts. Fiona Loomis is "not" the typical girl next door. Alistair hasn't really thought of her since they were little kids until she shows up at his doorstep with a proposition: she wants him to write her biography. What begins as an odd vanity project gradually turns into a frightening glimpse into the mind of a potentially troubled girl. Fiona says that in her basement, there's a portal that leads to a magical world where a creature called the Riverman is stealing the souls of children. And Fiona's soul could be next. If Fiona really believes what she's saying, Alistair fears she may be crazy. But if it's true, her life could be at risk. In this novel from Aaron Starmer, it's up to Alistair to separate fact from fiction, fantasy from reality.
This critically acclaimed mystery is a thought-provoking and very creepy story for readers 10 and up.
The Night Gardener follows two abandoned Irish siblings who travel to work as servants at a creepy, crumbling English manor house. But the house and its family are not quite what they seem. Soon the children are confronted by a mysterious spectre and an ancient curse that threatens their very lives. More than just a spooky tale, it's also a moral fable about human greed and the power of storytelling.
This atmospheric and spooky adventure is a great read for ages 8 and up.
Thirteen-year-old Daniel Anderson doesn t believe Brody Mason's crazy stories about the ghost witch who lives up on Brewster's Hill with Bloody Bones, her man-eating razorback hog. He figures Brody's probably just trying to scare him since he's the new kid . . . a stuck-up snot from Connecticut. But Daniel's seven-year-old sister Erica has become more and more withdrawn, talking to her lookalike doll. When she disappears into the woods one day, he knows something is terribly wrong. Did the witch strike? Has Erica been took?
A seriously spooky read from an award-winning author, suitable for readers age 8 and up.
Sometimes the younger kids want to read their own spooky book, and this very funny story about a zombie hamster should fit the bill without creating nightmares. Parents should enjoy the humor as well, making this an ideal not so spooky read-aloud for kids age 4 and up.
No spooky book list is complete without the still-loved classic story of Bunnicula, the vampire bunny! A delightful, sweetly spooky read for kids age 8 and up.
Annabel Craven hopes she'll fit in maybe even be popular at the Academy. She's worried she'll stay friendless and phoneless (it's true). But when she finds a mysterious phone in the woods near the cemetery, one of her problems is solved . . . and another one is just beginning.
Someone won't stop texting her. And that someone seems . . . dead. How is Annabel supposed to make friends when her phone keeps blowing up with messages from the afterlife? And what will happen if she doesn't text back?
A scary but not too scary read for ages 8 and up.