Spook Season is officially here! Looking for a book that fits the vibe of this gray, windy, and utterly spooktastic time of year? Check out our list! These titles are sure to give you a few goosebumps!
Thief Knot: A Greenglass House Story by Kate Milford
For anyone who loves a good mystery with a paranormal twist, the Greenglass House series by Milford is a must-read. The great thing about THIS title is that while the setting is familiar it is a stand-alone title, so you don’t have to catch up on the series before diving into this story… and that’s very good because this is one you won’t want to miss this spook season!
When Marzana and her best friend Nialla overhear that there’s been a kidnaping in their boring city-state, it’s just what they have been looking for to liven things up! They quickly form a unique team that includes a magician and ghost and get to work on solving this mystery. As they dig deeper into the kidnapping, which seemingly makes no sense, it becomes apparent that, like so many other things in the Greenglass House world, things may not be as they seem. Will they be able to solve the mystery before time runs out?
Camp Murderface by Josh Berk and Saundra Mitchell
If you love Goosebumps, this book is going to right up your alley.
Camp Sweetwater is reopening for the first time in three decades, and Corryn and Tez both end up heading to camp, even though neither of them is super thrilled about it. It doesn’t help that strange things start happening. Corryn’s cabin is teaming with bugs (gross), there appears to be something in the lake, and then there are the voices. After doing some research Corryn and Tez discover that these voices belong to campers who died in a fire years ago. Why are they back to haunt the camp? And what’s up with the creepy lifeguard?
This books has mystery as well as R.L. Stine-worthy ghosts. Bonus: it is set in the 1980’s AND has a sequel being released late spring/early summer of 2021… just in time for summer camp!
City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
The cover of this book absolutely drew me in and the story definitely did NOT disappoint!
Cassidy nearly died in a drowning accident and nothing has been the same since. She now has an ever-present companion, Jacob. Jacob is a ghost and a friend but his death is still off-limits to talk about. Cassidy also can now pull back the “Veil” that separates the living from the dead and see other ghosts too.
Though some people might love the idea of seeing ghosts, Cassidy doesn’t which is why she is so excited for a summer with her parents at the beach… with NO ghosts (excpet Jacob).
Her plans take a turn for the worst when her parents, who just so happen to be a ghost hunting duo, are offered a TV show that will allow them to explore the world’s most haunted places. Places like Edinborough, Scotland.
While there, she meets a ghost named Lara who reveals to her that, as an In-Betweener, Cassidy’s job is to send ghosts she encounters behind the Veil permanently. In an old cities, with old ghosts, that is a very dangerous job.
This is book one, but we also have book two, Tunnel of Bones. Book three, Bridge of Souls, is expected out in 2021.
Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega
Though this book has themes of friendship and family which may not feel spooky at all, it also has evil spirits, a grandma who happens to be a witch, and a cat with a Goonies’ namesake! What more could we ask for?
Lucely and her best friend Syd cast a spell that is supposed to save her firefly spirits. Instead, they unleash evil spirits on their town! Together with Lucely’s grandmother, and her hefty tabby, Chunk, they set out on an adventure to right the wrong and save their friends and family as well as the rest of the town before the spirits take everything they love from them!
The Puppet’s Payback and Other Chilling Tales by Mary Downing Hahn
If you’re looking for scary short stories, but have read every volume of Scary Stories to Tell In The Dark, this book is going to be your new favorite read!
Each chapter of this new offering by the Middle Grade Master of Paranormal, Mary Downing Hahn, is a carefully crafted tale that will have you sleeping with the lights on! The chapters are relatively short, but build such a vivid story, you won’t feel like anything was left out. Perfect for those who love a good ghost story told with plenty of suspense.
Spirit Hunter by Ellen Oh
Moving into a new house always feels a little strange. Things like new sounds to find the cause of are normal, right? Maybe, maybe not.
For Harper Raine, the move into her new house is giving her a bad vibe. Really bad. To make it worse, the word around town is that the house is haunted.
When Harper’s brother, Michael, starts acting strange, she knows somethings wrong. It’s up to her to save him from the ghosts that are haunting him, but how? This book will have you guessing until the end!
If you don’t want to take my word on how great this book is, I’ll let you in on a fun fact : It is a Caudill 2021 nominee! So if you are hoping to vote for the Rebecca Caudill Young Reader’s Book Award this year, this will count toward your reading goal and just might be your favorite!
Oh, and if you read it and love it, be sure and check out the sequel, Spirit Hunters: Island of Monsters!
The Incredibly Dead Pets of Rex Dexter by Aaron Reynolds
I’m a HUGE fan of Aaron Reynolds. Not because he is scary but because he is funny! He is writer of the picture books Creepy Carrots and Creepy Pair of Underwear along with quite a few others, all bound to make you laugh! So why am I including one of his books on this list of scary books?
Well, it just so happens that he came out with a middle grade book that happens to be filled with mysterious ghosts along with a visit from the Grim Reaper!
Rex Dexter wants one thing for his birthday: a dog. This isn’t something he decided on the spur of the moment. Rex has always wanted a dog. It’s his destiny! When the big day comes, Rex sees a box with holes and inside is a… CHICKEN!
An hour later the chicken is dead and Rex has been cursed by the Grim Reaper. Even worse, there are ghosts haunting his room! Not just any ghosts either. The ghosts of dead animals from the zoo. They need Rex’s help to find out who caused their deaths and stop them before another animal at the zoo dies. But how is Rex supposed to do that?
This is a lighter read with plenty of Reynolds signature humor sprinkled throughout, but still a spooky read! It’s perfect for readers just testing the water with spooky books.
Small Spaces by Catherine Arden
Yes, you can judge this book by the cover. It is completely creepy and scary!
Ollie has been escaping into books after dealing with a tragedy. When she comes across a crazy woman about to toss a book into the river, she does what any bookworm would do and snatches it. As Ollie begins to read the story she’s stolen, its a love story of a woman with two brothers who both love her. in the book, the brothers make a deal with a smiling man who grants their wishes at a very high price. It’s a good story, but just that… a story, right?
The next day on a field trip at Smoke Hollow, a farm with it’s own tragic past, Ollie stumbles across the graves. The names match those in the story she read. Could they be real?
Before Ollie can explore to much it’s time to head home, but as they are en route their bus breaks down. Ollie’s teacher head’s back to the farm to get help and after the teacher is gone Ollie and her classmates are left only with the bus driver who gives them a warning: to get moving before nightfall because something is coming for them. Oh, and stick to small spaces. Will Ollie and her friends make it back home? And what about the people from her book? Worse yet, what about the smiling man?
This book is full of mystery as well as ghosts that will really get your heart pumping. The best part? If you like it, this is the first in a series. There will be four all together, each taking place in a different season. Dead Voices, the second book, takes place in the winter and is just as suspenseful and creepy as Small Spaces.
The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo by Drew Weing
There are a lot of great ghostly graphics out there, but this one always gives me the creeps. The story is fantastic, but the art gets me right in the goosebumps this time of year!
Charles has just moved to Echo City and he’s having some trouble with his new “neighbor.” This neighbor steals his stuff aaaaand tries to eat him because he is a MONSTER!!! Luckily for Charles, he is given a business card for Margo Maloo, Monster Mediator.
Margo knows all the monsters in Echo City. Some even say, monsters are afraid of Margo. Charles is lucky she is willing to take his case because for some reason, the monsters around Echo City really don’t like him.
This graphic is the perfect amount of creepy! This is book one but there is also a second book, The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo: The Monster Mall.