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Spine-tingling books to read if you dare!

Middle School

Cover of Dead Voices (Small Spaces
Katherine
Arden
G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for You
2019

Trapped at a haunted ski resort, Ollie, Coco, and Brian must rely on their friendship and sharp minds if they want to escape.

Cover of The Cabinet of Curiosities
Stefan Bachmann, Claire Legrand,
Katherine Catmull
Alexander
Jansson
2014

A collection of thirty-six forty eerie, mysterious, intriguing, and very short stories. This is perfect for fans of Alvin Schwartz's Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and anyone who relishes a good creepy tale. Great for reading alone or reading aloud at camp or school.

Cover of The Forgotten Girl
Indian Hill
Brown
Scholastic Press
2019

Iris and Daniel awaken a jealous and demanding ghost, one that's not satisfied with their plans for getting recognition but one that is searching for a best friend forever -- no matter what the cost. A spooky original ghost story and a timely and important storyline about reclaiming an abandoned segregated cemetery.

Cover of The Girl in the Locked Roo
Mary Downing
Hahn
Clarion Books
2018

Told in two voices, Jules, whose father is restoring an abandoned house, and a girl who lived there a century before begin to communicate and slowly, the girl's tragic story is revealed.

Cover of Elizabeth and Zenobia
Jessica
Miller
Yelena Bryksenkova
Amulet Books
2017

When timid Elizabeth's father takes her and her fearless friend Zenobia to his family home, Zenobia becomes obsessed with finding a ghost there, and then Elizabeth learns she had an aunt who disappeared from the house years ago.

Cover of Spirit Hunters (Spirit Hun
Ellen
Oh
Harper
2017

Harper Raine, the new seventh-grader in town who must face down the dangerous ghosts haunting her younger brother.

Cover of Thornhill
Pam
Smy
Roaring Brook Press
2017

Parallel stories set in different times, one told in prose and one in pictures, converge as a girl unravels the mystery of the abandoned Thornhill Institute next door.

Cover of The Riverman
Aaron
Starmer
Farrar Straus Giroux
2014

The first book in a trilogy about a girl who claims she is visiting a parallel universe where a nefarious being called The Riverman is stealing the souls of children. She asks a boy to write her biography because she fears her soul may be next.

Cover of The Nest
Kenneth
Oppel
Jon Klassen
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
2015

Agonizing over his sick baby brother's struggles to survive, Steve is visited in his dreams by a mysterious wasp queen who offers to save his brother at a formidable cost.

Cover of The Gathering (Shadow Hous
Dan
Poblocki
Scholastic Inc.
2016

Poppy Caldwell is an orphan who keeps seeing a figure standing behind her in the mirror at the group home where she lives, but she does not associate this ghost with the letter that mysteriously appears in her file, claiming to be from a long-lost aunt, and inviting her to Larkspur House. She is one of five children who find themselves gathered in this strange house with a deadly past, and apparently no intention of letting the children escape.

Cover of Nightbooks
J.A.
White
Katherine Tegen Books
2018

Alex's original hair-raising tales are the only thing keeping the witch Natacha happy, but soon he'll run out of pages to read from and be trapped forever. He's loved scary stories his whole life, and he knows most don't have a happily ever after. Now that Alex is trapped in a true terrifying tale, he's desperate for a different ending--and a way out of this twisted place.

 

High School

Cover of The Dead Girls of Hysteria
Katie
Alender
Point
2015

Sixteen-year-old Cordelia and her family move into the house they just inherited in Pennsylvania, a former insane asylum the locals call Hysteria Hall--unfortunately the house does not want defiant girls like Delia, so it kills her, and as she wanders the house, meeting the other ghosts and learning the dark secrets of the Hall, she realizes that she has to find a way to save her sister, parents, and perhaps herself.

Cover of Season of the Witch (Chill
Sarah Rees
Brennan
Scholastic Inc.
2019

The summer before her sixteenth birthday, Sabrina Spellman prepares to leave the mortal world behind when a mysterious wood spirit's spell forces her to make a difficult choice. From the creator of Riverdale and a Netflix series based on the classic Archie comic series. This prequel novel tells an all-new, original story.

Check out the graphic novel too. 

Cover of Chilling Adventures of Sab
Roberto
Aguirre-Sacasa
Robert Hack
Archie Comic Publications
2016
Cover of Five Nights at Freddy’s:
Scott Cawthon and
Kira Breed-Wrisley
Claudia Shroder
Scholastic Inc.
2020

A graphic novel rendering of the best-selling novel follows the experiences of young Charlie and his friends, who reunite 10 years after a tragic pizza-place fire before discovering the murderous agenda of the restaurant’s living animatronic mascots.

Cover of  Deathless Divide (Dread N
Justina
Ireland
Balzer & Bray/Harperteen
2020

The sequel to the New York Times bestselling epic Dread Nation is an unforgettable journey of revenge and salvation across a divided America. Jane McKeene hoped her life would get simpler: Get out of town, stay alive, and head west to California to find her mother. Nothing is easy when you're a girl trained in putting down the restless dead, and a devastating loss on the road to a protected village called Nicodemus has Jane questioning everything she thought she knew about surviving in 1880s America.

Cover of Camp So-and-So
Mary
McCoy
Carolrhoda Lab
2017

A mysterious summer camp hosts twenty-five teen girls, divided into five cabins. Each cabin is drawn into a version of a classic camp story. Unless the girls can discover who's manipulating them and find a way to change how those stories end, some of them might not make it out of summer camp alive. The cabins' storylines weave in and out of one another, taking unexpected turns and pretzeling beloved tropes into a unique adventure.

Cover of The Conference of Birds (M
Riggs
Ransom
Dutton Books
2020

Jacob Portman has a mission: Deliver newly contacted peculiar Noor Pradesh to an operative known only as V. Noor is being hunted. She is the subject of an ancient prophecy, one that foretells a looming apocalypse. Save Noor--Save the future of all peculiardom.

Cover of Animus
Antoine J.D.
Revoy
First Second
2018

The residents of a quiet Japanese neighborhood have slowly come to realize that inauspicious, paranormal forces are at play in the most unlikely of places: the local playground. Two friends, a young boy and girl, resolve to exorcise the evil that inhabit it, including a snaggle-toothed monster.

Cover of Lockdown: Escape from Furn
Alexander
Gordon Smith
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
2009

When fourteen-year-old Alex is framed for murder, he becomes an inmate in the Furnace Penitentiary, where brutal inmates and sadistic guards reign, boys who disappear in the middle of the night sometimes return weirdly altered, and escape might just be possible.

Cover of Smoke and Key
Kelsey
Sutton
Entangled Teen
2019

When Key awakens to find that she has died, she must uncover the secrets of her life and death, and enlists the help of Smoke, a boy with a fierceness that rivals even the living.

Cover of The Dark Descent of Elizab
Kiersten
White
Delacorte Press
2018

The events of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein unfold from the perspective of Elizabeth Lavenza, who is adopted as a child by the Frankensteins as a companion for their volatile son Victor.