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KIDS

BOOKLISTS

Ages 9-12

All Things Scary

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Ghost and Bone by  Andrew (Andy) Prentice
Twelve-year-old Oscar Grimstone is cursed with killing things at a touch, and can also transform into a ghost, but a journey to the city of ghosts may lead him to discover his true identity.
Ghost Hunter's Daughter by Dan Poblocki
Claire doesn't believe in ghosts, even though her dad is a ghost hunter on TV. But then her dad disappears. And a strange boy in her class, Lucas, knows something about ghosts. One of them has a message for her: Her dad has been taken, and he's in grave danger. Together, Claire and Lucas set out for the town of Hush Falls, where her dad was last seen. Legend says that a tall man in a dark tattered coat lurks near the local reservoir, and anyone who gets too close to old Lemuel Hush is never heard from again. Claire and Lucas are determined to rescue her father. But how can they save him from the ghost of Hush when everyone knows that seeing the ghost means that you're destined to die...
Haunt Me by  K. R. Alexander
Maria has never gotten over her sister Isabella's death . . . and the guilt she feels about what happened. It hangs over everything she does, even an innocent slumber party with her two best friends. When one friend suggests they play a game that summons the spirits of the dead, Maria thinks it's all make-believe. But then she starts to hear from a spirit -- a spirit claiming to be her sister. Maria doesn't want to think it's possible, but the sinister spirit has a way of making her listen. Has her sister actually returned?
Hoodoo by  Ronald L. (Ronald Lenard) Smith
In 1930s Alabama, twelve-year-old Hoodoo Hatcher is the only member of his family who seems unable to practice folk magic, but when a mysterious man called the Stranger puts the entire town at risk from his black magic, Hoodoo must learn to conjure to defeat him.
Monstrous Devices by  Damien Love
Alex, nearly thirteen, flees with his grandfather across snowy Europe to escape the human and mechanical assassins that pursue them, trying to retrieve a powerful object.
Small Spaces by  Katherine Arden
After eleven-year-old Ollie's school bus mysteriously breaks down on a field trip, she has to take a trip through scary woods, and must use all of her wits to survive. She must stick to small spaces-- Provided by publisher.
Spirit Hunters by  Ellen Oh
Feeling uncomfortable from the moment she arrives in her new home, Harper is dismayed by local rumors that her house is haunted and that every family that has ever lived there has suffered terrible tragedies, a situation that turns sinister when her cheerful little brother begins acting in alarming ways.
The Creakers by  Tom Fletcher
Searching for answers after all the adults in her town disappear, eleven-year-old Lucy goes through a passage under her bed into an upside-down world inhabited by sticky, smelly Creakers.
The Forgotten Girl by  India Hill Brown
When eleven-year-old Iris sneaks out at night to make snow angels, she was not expecting to raise the ghost of Avery Moore, a girl her own age; but bringing to light the segregated and abandoned black cemetery seems like the perfect way to help Avery get the recognition she craves, and it will also be a good idea for the school project about the history of her small North Carolina town, where racial tensions are never far from the surface--only it seems that if Avery gets everything she wants Iris will join her as a ghost, best friends forever.
The Griffins of Castle Cary by  Heather Shumaker
Siblings Meg and Will must uncover the haunted history of their Aunt's quaint town in order to save their younger sister, Ariel, from a ghost intent on keeping her as a friend. Set in England.
The Undrowned by  K. R. Alexander
Samantha and Rachel used to be friends. But then Rachel betrayed Samantha . . . and Samantha decided to make her life a living nightmare. Then one day, Sam and Rachel found themselves in a fight by a lake. Samantha pushed Rachel . . . and watched as Rachel fell back. And back. Into the water. And gone. No way to save her. No way she could be alive. The next day, Rachel shows up to school as if nothing happened. And now she's the one who wants to make her former friend's life a living nightmare . You saw her die . . . but now she's back.
They Threw Us Away by  Daniel Kraus
Buddy wakes up in a garbage dump and, after finding other teddy bears there, becomes their leader as they embark on a perilous journey to fulfill their destiny.
Series -
Teddies Saga
Thirteens by  Kate Alice Marshall
Neil Gaiman's Coraline meets Stranger things in a dark and twisted story about a sleepy town with a dark secret-and the three kids brave enough to uncover it.
Too Bright to See by  Kyle Lukoff
In the summer before middle school, eleven-year-old Bug must contend with best friend Moira suddenly caring about clothes, makeup, and boys; a ghost haunting; and the truth about Bug's gender identity.
Where the Woods End by  Charlotte Salter
Twelve-year-old Kestrel lives in a seemingly endless forest, and in order to escape she will need to defeat her Grabber, a creature that builds its body to reflect her greatest fear.
Updated 09/16/2021