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Deep and Dark and Dangerous
by Mary Downing Hahn
When thirteen-year-old Ali spends the summer with her aunt and cousin at the family's vacation home, she stumbles upon a secret that her mother and aunt have been hiding for over thirty years.
Ghost Town
by Phoebe Rivers
Sara Collins is a normal twelve-year-old girl with an abnormal secret: She is psychic. She's had her abilities for as long as she can remember, but she doesn't like to talk about them. She hopes that if she ignores them, they might go away. Sara wants nothing more than to have a normal life, and to her, "normal" doesn't include anything paranormal. But Sara's life is about to be turned upside down, because she's moving across the country with her dad to an old shore town in New Jersey.
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Ghoulish Song
by William Alexander
When the music of a bone flute given to her by a goblin separates Kaile's shadow from herself, her family believes she has died and become a ghoul, and Kaile must set out to prove that she still lives.
Gustav Gloom and the People Taker
by Adam-Troy Castron
Fernie What, an adventurous young horror fan, moves into the house across the street from the dark mansion of a mysterious boy whose residence is haunted by evil shadows.
Home Sweet Horror
by James Preller
After the death of his mother, eight-year-old Liam and his father and sister move to a new house for a fresh start, but Liam soon discovers that the old house is haunted.
Monsters On the March
by Derek Kent
Charles and the students of Scary School are forced to contend with the angry armies of King Zog and Captain Pigbeard after Zog's toad-faced daughter, Princess Zogette, falls for Charles and decides to follow him back to school.
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Scary School
Professor Gargoyle
by Charles Gilman
11-year-old Robert Arthur must vanquish Professor Gargoyle and learn the creepy origin story of the brand new Lovecraft Middle School (LMS).
by Holly Webb
While others at St. Bridget's Home for Abandoned Girls dream of adoption, Rose wants only a job and independence until she is hired as maid to Mr. Fountain, an alchemist, and realizes that she, like his grand residence, is filled with magic.
Splendors and Glooms
by Laura Amy Schlitz
The master puppeteer, Gaspare Grisini, is so expert at manipulating his stringed puppets that they appear alive. Clara Wintermute, the only child of a wealthy doctor, is spellbound by Grisini's act and invites him to entertain at her birthday party. Grisini accepts and makes a splendidly gaudy entrance with caravan, puppets, and his two orphaned assistants. When Clara vanishes that night, suspicion of kidnapping falls upon the puppeteer and, by association, his assistants--Lizzie Rose and Parsefall.
The Graveyard Book
by Neil Gaiman
After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own.
The Harder the Fall
by Lauren Barnholdt
Kendall Williams talks to ghosts. This time it's Lyra who can't move on. Kendall's efforts to help her jeopardize her own relationships with her best friend and her boyfriend. And when Kendall finally reveals her secret ability, the results are devastating.
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Girl Meets Ghost
The Whispering House
by Rebecca Wade
When the Price family moves into Cowleigh Lodge while their home is being repaired, fourteen-year-old Hannah discovers that the ghost of a girl who died there at age eleven wants help unraveling the mystery of her 1877 death.
Updated 10/17/2013
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