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Horror Books for Middle Grade and YA Readers

Spine-tingling books to read if you dare!

Middle Grade Titles

Cover of The Girl and the Ghost

This retells a Malaysian folk tale in which a lonely girl, Suraya, inherits from her grandmother a pelesit, a ghostly demon, who proves to be a good companion, bringing both danger and hope.

Cover of  Out to Get You: 13 Tales
Sarah J. Coleman

The everyday world is full of sinister secrets and these page-turning stories show that there's darkness even where you least expect it.

Cover of Hide and Seeker

Justin knows that something is wrong with his best friend.Zee went missing for a year. And when he came back, he was . . . different. Nobody knows what happened to him. At Zee's welcome home party, Justin and the neighborhood crew play Hide and Seek. But it goes wrong. Very wrong.One by one, everyone who plays the game disappears, pulled into a world of nightmares come to life. 

Cover of The Sisters of Straygarden

Seven years ago, the Ballastian sisters' parents left them in the magical Straygarden Place. They left behind a warning saying never to leave the house or go into the grass. "Wait for us," the note read. "Sleep darkly." One day, when the eldest, fourteen-year-old Winnow, does the unthinkable and goes outside into the grass, and everything twelve-year-old Mayhap thought she knew about her home, her family, and even herself starts to unravel. 

Cover of Night of the Living Ted
Cosgrove Lee

All kinds of teddy bears--zombies, ghosts, aliens and more--are suddenly alive and creating mayhem and soon there is an army of evil teddy bears on the loose! Can Lisa-Marie and her big brother Vernon save themselves--and the world?

Cover of Don’t Turn Out the Light
Maberry (editor)

Flesh-hungry ogres? Brains full of spiders? Haunted houses you can't escape? This collection of 35 terrifying stories from the Horror Writers Association has it all, including ghastly illustrations from Iris Compiet that will absolutely chill readers to the bone.

Cover of Paola Santiago and the Riv

In Silver Springs, Arizona, her mother's stories of the monstrous La Llorona are thrilling but unbelievable to science-loving Paola until she and her best friends Dante and Emma take a walk through a cactus field near the Gila River.

Cover of Last Dance

An injured dancer uses the aid of a dark spirit to regain her title as prima ballerina, but it comes with a cost!

Cover of Just Beyond: The Horror at
Nichole Matthews and Kelly Matthews

Two Martians unexpectedly land on Earth and have to get home - by highjacking the bodies of two kids and leaving a trail of trouble in their wake that no one may be able to fix!

Cover of Field of Screams (Haunted

Darius and Ryan are excited to visit Scarecrow Farm but when they get lost in the corn maze, they start to panic--especially when they meet something terrifying hidden among the corn. Can they escape?

YA Titles

Cover of Category Five (Five Midnig
Ann Dávila

After the hurricane, some see destruction and some smell blood. Lupe, Javier, and Marisol investigate a series of murders that follow in the wake of a hurricane and in the shadow of a new supernatural threat.

Cover of Clown in a Cornfield

Quinn Maybrook finds herself caught in a battle between old and new, tradition and progress--that just may cost her life when Frendo, the Baypen mascot, a creepy clown in a pork-pie hat, goes homicidal and decides that the only way for Kettle Springs to grow back is to cull the rotten crop of kids who live there now.

Cover of Wicked Fox

After eighteen-year-old Gu Miyoung, a nine-tailed fox surviving in modern-day Seoul by eating the souls of evil men, kills a murderous goblin to save Jihoon, she is forced to choose between her immortal life and his. Vicious Spirits is the sequel.

Cover of The Girl From the Well

"The Ring" meets "The Exorcist" in this haunting story set in Japan about an American boy whose last hope for protection lies with a vengeful ghost.

Cover of The Taking of Jake Livings

When a murderous ghost begins to haunt sixteen-year-old Jake Livingston, high school soon becomes a different kind of survival game.

Cover of The Crossroads at Midnight

In this collection of evocative, unnerving slice-of-life horror, five stories explore what happens when one is desperate enough to seek solace in the unnatural, and what might be waiting for us at the Crossroads at Midnight.

Cover of None Shall Sleep

Eighteen-year-olds Emma Lewis and Travis Bell, recruited by the FBI to interview juvenile serial killers, must turn to a notorious teenage sociopath to help track down a new murderer.

Cover of Don't Tell a Soul

Bram moves to the small town of Louth in order to help her uncle start his new inn, but when she discovers a legacy of silenced women tied to her new home, she sets out to investigate the truth behind the town's 'Dead Girl' myths.

Cover of The Mary Shelley Club

Rachel Chavez is recruited by the Mary Shelley Club, a mysterious society of students who orchestrate Fear Tests, elaborate pranks inspired by urban legends and movie tropes. At first, Rachel embraces the power that comes with reckless pranking. But as the Fear Tests escalate, the competition turns deadly, and it's clear Rachel is playing a game she can't afford to lose.

Cover of House of Hollow

Iris and Vivi work to uncover their dark, dangerous, and possibly magical past when their older sister Grey goes missing. This is a dark, twisty modern fairytale where three sisters discover they are not exactly all that they seem and evil things really do go bump in the night.