More Spooky Books for Middle-Schoolers

Since you can't have enough spooky reads this time of year. Here are some more suggestions for Middle-Graders on up.

If you're looking for spooky reads for younger readers, take a look at Shan's List for Younger Children.

bookcover of The Graveyard BookThe Graveyard Book
By Neil Gaiman

*Starred Review* from Booklist

It takes a graveyard to raise a child.

Nobody Owens, known as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a graveyard, being raised by ghosts, with a guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor the dead. There are adventures in the graveyard for a boy—an ancient Indigo Man, a gateway to the abandoned city of ghouls, the strange and terrible Sleer. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, he will be in danger from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod's family.

In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories
Retold by
Alvin Schwartz

Seven spine-tingling stories in this one.


Closed for the Season
By Mary Downing Hahn

Winner of the 2010 Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery

Two 13-year-old boys, Arthur and Logan, set out to solve the mystery of a murder that took place some years ago in the old house Logan's family has just moved into. The boys' quest takes them to the highest and lowest levels of society in their small Maryland town, and eventually to a derelict amusement park that is supposedly closed for the season.

Mary Downing Hahn has written
a long line of excellent
...and many more.

The Halloween Tree
By Ray Bradbury

Fiona Webster --Eight boys set out on a Halloween night and are led into the depths of the past by a tall, mysterious character named Moundshroud. They ride on a black wind to autumn scenes in distant lands and times, where they witness other ways of celebrating this holiday about the dark time of year. Bradbury's lyrical prose whooshes along with the pell-mell rhythms of children running at night, screaming and laughing, and the reader is carried along by its sheer exuberance.

The Kneebone Boy
by Ellen Potter

Life in a small town can be pretty boring when everyone avoids you like the plague. But after their father unwittingly sends them to stay with an aunt who’s away on holiday, the Hardscrabble children take off on an adventure that begins in the seedy streets of London and ends in a peculiar sea village where legend has it a monstrous creature lives who is half boy and half animal. . . .
One of Pam's favorite reads for 2010. This story isn't particularly a Halloween story, but it is a great, fun mystery romp. (YA and Adults will like this one too.)

The Boneshaker
by Kate Milford, Andrea Offermann (Illus.)

*Starred Review* from Booklist

We've all heard about what can happen at the crossroads. It's where a person's path can change, sometimes for the good and sometimes for the bad. And that's where the Devil stands, waiting to tempt. But it's not the devil (or is it?) that comes to the small turn-of-the-century town of Arcane (1913), but Doctor Jake Limberleg's "Nostrum Fair and Technological Medicine Show".

Don't miss Librarian Shan's List of Spooky Picture Books in three flavors:
Very Mild, Slightly Spookier, Spookier Still!