Scary Stories and some Not-So-Scary Stories

Anderson, M.T.  The Clue of the Linoleum Lederhosen

Looking forward to a vacation, Katie, Lily, and Jasper attach their flying Gyroscopic Sky Suite to the Moose Tongue Lodge and Resort, where they mingle with other child heroes found in books, and where they become embroiled in a mystery involving lederhosen-clothed quintuplets and a screaming ventriloquist.

Avi  Something Upstairs: a Tale of Ghosts

When he moves from Los Angeles to Providence, Rhode Island, Kenny discovers that his new house is haunted by the spirit of a black slave boy who asks Kenny to return with him to the early nineteenth century and prevent his murder by slave traders.

Byars, Besty  McMummy

Looking after an eccentric scientist's greenhouse doesn't seem any stranger than the other odd jobs taken by Mozie and his partner Battie--until Mozie discovers a large, mummy-shaped pod on one of the plants.

Coville, Bruce  The Monsters of Morley Manor

Anthony and his younger sister discover that the monster figures he got in an unusual box at an estate sale are alive, but they have no way of knowing that the "monsters" will lead them on fantastical adventures to other worlds in an effort to try to save Earth.

Gaiman, Neil  The Graveyard Book

Nobody Owens is a normal boy, except that he has been raised by ghosts and other denizens of the graveyard.

Gaiman, Neil  Coraline

Looking for excitement, Coraline ventures through a mysterious door into a world that is similar, yet disturbingly different from her own, where she must challenge a gruesome entity in order to save herself, her parents, and the souls of three others.

Gaiman, Neil  The Wolves in the Walls

Lucy is sure there are wolves living in the walls of her house, although others in her family disagree, and when the wolves come out, the adventure begins.

Hamilton, Virginia  The Dark Way

A collection of folk tales, legends, and myths involving the supernatural, from cultures around the world.

Howe, James  Bunnicula: a Rabbit Tale of Mystery (Bunnicula Series)

Though scoffed at by Harold the dog, Chester the cat tries to warn his human family that their foundling baby bunny must be a vampire.

Hahn, Mary Downing  All the Lovely Bad Ones

While spending the summer at their grandmother's Vermont inn, two prankster siblings awaken young ghosts from the inn's distant past who refuse to "rest in peace.

Hahn, Mary Downing  Wait Till Helen Comes

Molly and Michael dislike their spooky new stepsister Heather but realize that they must try to save her when she seems ready to follow a ghost child to her doom.

Jacques, Brian  Seven Strange and Ghostly Tales

A collection of seven creepy stories

Mahy, Margaret  The Haunting

After a shy and rather withdrawn eight-year-old begins receiving frightening supernatural images and messages, he learns about a family legacy which could be considered a curse or a rare gift.

McKissack, Pat  The Dark Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural

A collection of ghost stories with African American themes, designed to be told during the Dark Thirty--the half hour before sunset--when ghosts seem all too believable.

Mercer, Sienna  Switched (My Sister the Vampire Series)

Upon moving to Franklin Grove, eighth-grader Olivia Abbott, a pink-loving cheerleader, learns that she has a twin sister, Ivy Vega, whose "goth" appearance hides a weird secret.

Rand, Jonathan  The Michigan Mega-Monsters (American Chillers Series)

When Rick Owens arrives for a week at Camp Willow, he meets two new friends, Sandy Johnson and Leah Warner. Together, the three friends find out that the legends of the Michigan Mega-Monsters aren't legends at all!

Rex, Adam  Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich

Stories in verse about the monster-sized problems Dracula, Wolfman, Bigfoot and other monsters have.

San Souci, Robert  Short and Shivery: Thirty Chilling Tales

A collection of thirty short and spooky tales from the folklore of Russia, Virginia, Ireland, Canada, and other areas of the world.

San Souci, Robert  Even More Short and Shivery

A collection of scary traditional tales from all over the world.

Schwartz, Alvin  Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Stories of ghosts and witches, "jump" stories, scary songs, and modern-day scary stories.

Schwartz, Alvin  More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

More traditional and modern-day stories of ghosts, witches, vampires, "jump" stories, and scary songs.

Stine, R.L.  Revenge of the Living Dummy (Goosebumps Series)

The thrill ride begins when 12-year-old Britney Crosby encounters an old ventriloquist's dummy with a lively secret--and a wicked plan. Just when she thinks the nightmare is over, Britney receives an invitation to an amusement park where everything is not as it seems. Who--or what--is summoning ordinary kids to HorrorLand? Britney and her friends must find out fast--or remain trapped forever in the scariest place on Earth.

Wright, Betty Ren  Christina's Ghost (One of a number of ghostly books by Betty Ren Wright)

Christina's summer in a spooky, isolated Victorian house with her grumpy uncle turns into a ghostly adventure.

Young, Richard and Judy  Favorite Scary Stories of American Children

A collection, selected by children as their favorites, of twenty-three spooky tales from a variety of ethnic traditions.


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