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Curse of the Boggin by D. J. MacHale
When supernatural phenomenon start following Marcus O'Mara around, he discovers a key that leads to The Library, a place where all the stories of the living and dead are kept that will help him and his friends solve a terrifying mystery.
Series -
The Library
Curse of the Werewolf Boy by  Chris Priestley
Maudlin Towers School students Mildew and Sponge investigate the missing School Spoon and the appearance of two possible ghosts, one a Viking.
Doll Bones by Holly Black
Zach, Alice, and Poppy, friends from a Pennsylvania middle school who have long enjoyed acting out imaginary adventures with dolls and action figures, embark on a real-life quest to Ohio to bury a doll made from the ashes of a dead girl.
Escape From Shudder Mansion by  R. L Stine
Riley Shiner is obsessed with a video game based on a real haunted house in his neighborhood. He has played the game so often he knows it by heart, but there's a level he just can't seem to beat. Riley and his twin sister Scarlet know the haunted house is full of monsters and evil spirits, but decide to spend the night there anyway.
One for Sorrow : A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn
When unlikeable Elsie dies in the influenza pandemic of 1918, she comes back to haunt Annie to make sure she'll be Annie's best--and only--friend soon.
Please Do Not Feed the Weirdo by  R. L Stine
Jordan and his sister Karla beg their parents to take them to a big carnival that has opened on the other side of town. When they arrive, the two kids are delighted by the rides, the sideshow, the interesting displays, and the great food booths.
The Collector by  A. R Kahler
Josie must discover the connection between a strange house in the woods, her grandmother's stories, and missing children, or risk losing her sister to dark magic.
The Gathering by Dan Poblocki
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--and she is just 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.
Series -
Shadow House
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 Jumbies by  Tracey Baptiste
Eleven-year-old Corinne must call on her courage and an ancient magic to stop an evil spirit and save her island home.
The Owls Have Come to Take Us Away by  Ronald L. (Ronald Lenard) Smith
After something strange happens during a camping trip, twelve-year-old alien-obsessed Simon suspects he has been abducted, but was it real or just his overactive imagination?
The Peculiar Haunting of Thelma Bee by Erin Petti
Eleven-year-old Thelma Bee is a budding scientist who has curiosity and adventure in her blood, but when a ghost kidnaps her father her only clues for getting her dad back are a strange jewelry box and the word "Return" whispered to her by the ghost.
The Shadow Hand by  Kat Shepherd
When babysitter Rebecca discovers that a sinister ruler of darkness has replaced the baby with a changeling, she and her friends must save him by surviving a chilling journey through the Nightmare Realm.
The Worst Pet by  Jaden Kent
Dragon twins Ella and Owen ask their unicorn friends to help control the mischievous gremlins their parents bought them as pets--and the many gremlins that arrive soon after.
Updated 05/13/2019