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Oct 26

Children's Corner: Fall into Scary Stories

Posted on October 26, 2021 at 2:49 PM by Michael Lang

We’re only a couple of days away from Halloween, a great time to start reading scary stories. The weather’s getting cooler and the sky’s darkening sooner, a perfect setting to cuddle with a cozy blanket and your next spooky read. Choose a title from this list of books.

DB 79950 My big fat zombie goldfish by Mo O’Hara

Tom saves his goldfish, Frankie, from his evil scientist brother's toxic green gunk. But then he starts to notice there's something weird about Frankie--he's a zombie goldfish with hypnotic powers out for revenge. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2013.

DB 89638 The last kids on Earth by Max Brallier

After a monster apocalypse hits the town of Wakefield, orphan thirteen-year-old Jack Sullivan builds a team of friends to help slay the eerily intelligent monster known as Blarg. Commercial audiobook. For grades 3-6. 2017.

DBC08684 Haunted party by Iza Trapani

In this counting book that introduces the numbers from one to ten, a ghost and his supernatural friends have a party on Halloween night. For preschool-grade 2.

DB103762 Ghost attack by David Lubar

Allergy-prone Alex and his cousin, Sarah, are excited to visit their grandparents in their new haunted house. But Alex's tendency to break out in a rash every time a ghost is near causes problems because the phantom needs their help. For grades 2-4. 2017.

DB 92614 Small spaces by Katherine Arden

After the school bus mysteriously breaks down on a field trip, Ollie and her friends must go through the scary woods as night falls. But before they leave, the bus driver creepily warns them to stick to small spaces. Commercial audiobook. For grades 5-8. 2018.

DB 96783 Ghoulia by Barbara Cantini

Ghoulia, a lonely little zombie girl, lives in Crumbling Manor with her Auntie Departed and spends most of her time playing with Tragedy, her beloved albino greyhound. But when Halloween rolls around, Ghoulia hatches the perfect plan to make a friend. Commercial audiobook. For grades K-3. 2017.

DB103771 Boa Constructor by Troy Cummings

Alexander and his fellow monster hunters, Rip and Nikki, must use the resources from the summer maker program at the library to stop a creature from smashing the town to bits--and perhaps even solve a side mystery. For grades 2-4. 2019.

DB 92262 City of ghosts by Victoria Schwab

Ever since Cass almost drowned, she can pull back the Veil that separates the living from the dead and enter the world of spirits. When her family heads to Edinburgh, Scotland, Cass faces dangerous ghosts unlike she ever imagined. Commercial audiobook. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2018.

DB 87643 A guide to the other side by Robert Imfeld

Thirteen-year-old Baylor does not like ghosts, but as a medium he sees them everywhere, and that includes the helpful ghost of his twin sister, Kristina. After an evil spirit terrorizes Baylor and Kristina disappears, he tries to uncover what is happening and find her on his own. For grades 5-8. 2016.

DB 99954 Night of the living Ted by Barry Hutchison

After Lisa Marie and her big brother, Vernon, visit a Create-a-Ted store, something unexpected happens--their teddy bears come to life!  Soon there is an army of stuffed animals creating mayhem all over town. Commercial audiobook. For grades 3-6. 2018.

DB 85187 Eerie Elementary, books 1-4 by Jack Chabert

Books one through four, written between 2014 and 2016, featuring hall monitor Sam Graves and his friends and their battle against their malevolent school. Includes The School Is Alive!, The Locker Ate Lucy!, Recess Is a Jungle!, and The Science Fair Is Freaky!. For grades K-3. 2016.