For this Throwback Thursday, I recommend: Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn.
Twelve-year-old Molly and her ten-year-old brother, Michael, have never liked their younger stepsister, Heather. Ever since their parents got married, she’s made Molly’s and Michael’s lives miserable. Now their parents have moved them all to the country to live in a house that used to be a church – with a cemetery in the backyard. If that’s not bad enough, Heather starts talking to a ghost named Helen and warning Molly and Michael that Helen is coming to them. Molly feels certain Heather is in some kind of danger, but every time she tries to help, Heather twists things around to get her into trouble. It seems as if things can’t get any worse. But they do – when Helen comes.
This frightening ghost story, complete with secrets from the past and unsettled graves, makes it one of my favorite books to recommend to those who want to savor a frightening read on a spooky October night! You can find this novel in the Juvenile section at J HAHN.
Today I recommend: The Girl in the Locked Room: A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn
We are now in the month of October, and I wanted to make sure to feature some scary stories to tingle your spine on chilly autumn nights! In the latest spooky middle grade tale by Mary Downing Hahn, twelve-year-old Jules is tired of being dragged from town to town with her novelist mother and her father, whose work restoring old houses keeps them on the road. Their latest move takes them to Virginia, where Jules encounters a menacing, long-abandoned house, Oak Hill. Readers will know before Jules does that her intuition about the house being haunted is correct! Told in two voices, one being Jules and the other, of a girl who lived in the house a century before, the reader slowly learns of the the girl’s tragic story. With a new local friend, Jules researches what happened at Oak Hill. Can they actually make a difference in the ghost girl’s afterlife? This is a very gentle ghost story: the creepy factor is just right for reading alone at night with the lights out, covers pulled over your head with a flashlight to see the pages.
You can find this book in the Juvenile Fiction section at J 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.
For readers who enjoy horror, but prefer it to be creepy rather than gory Mary Downing Hahn is one of the go-to authors. This page-turning ghost story is for those who enjoy historical settings, and those who enjoy Hahn’s other books.
You can find One for the Sorrow: A Ghost Story in the Juvenile Fiction section at J HAHN.
Jerome, a twelve-year-old black boy, is shot. A white officer said he had a gun. No first aid is offered. Jerome dies, however, his story does not end. He comes back as a ghost and witnesses the events that unfold in the aftermath of his shooting and death. To follow Jerome’s journey in the afterlife, pick up a copy of Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes.
You can find this book in the Juvenile Fiction section at J RHODES.
Today I recommend: Surfside Girls: The Secret Of Danger Point by Kim Dwinell.
Surfside Girls: The Secret Of Danger Point is a fictional graphic novel about two girls who are friends, Jade and Samantha, who live in a tropical area near a beach in the summer. They both love swimming in the ocean, snorkeling and surfing. Samantha jumps out of their Kayak, and discovers an underwater cave that leads to a beautiful stretch of land, where Samantha starts seeing things, like ghosts.
I enjoyed this graphic novel because it was short and interesting. I have never read a book like it. My favorite part is that Samantha is told that the dolphins call her sea kitten. I recommend this book to anyone who feels like reading a non scary ghost story, or a quick and funny graphic novel.
-Elizabeth, Teen Blogger
You can find this graphic novel in the Juvenile Graphic Novel section at J GRAPHIC DWINELL.
It’s time to highlight another book from the 2018-19 Battle of the Books list!
Tessa Woodward and her family have moved from Florida to Chicago. Naturally, there would be changes that Tessa and her family would have to adjust to. However, Tessa wasn’t expecting drawings to mysteriously appear in her sketchbook or her brother’s ventriloquist dummy to cry real tears. If you like books that are a bit scary and would like to read how Tessa tries to uncover the truth to these mysteries and more, then pick up a copy of THE PECULIAR INCIDENT ON SHADY STREET by Lindsay Currie.
You can find this book on the Battles of the Books shelf during the 2018-19 season and in the Juvenile Fiction section at J CURRIE.
Today I recommend: The Empty Grave by Jonathan Stroud.
With the help of some unexpected, and rather ghostly, allies, Lockwood & Co. must battle their greatest enemy yet, as they move ever closer to the moment when the earth-shattering secret of ‘the problem’ will finally be revealed.
This is the fifth and final book in the Lockwood & Company series, and it was just as gripping as the rest of the books! This is a great book for kids who like some chills and ghosts in their books. Fast paced and full of action this was a quick page turner. I don’t want to give away any of the plot but this book has a satisfying ending that wraps up the series well.
If you’re looking for a fast paced adventure or if you enjoyed Jonathan Stroud’s Bartimaeus trilogy you should give this series a shot! You can find this as well as the other books in the series in the Juvenile Fiction section at J STROUD.
Today I recommend: Thornhill by Pam Smy.
Parallel plot-lines set in different times, one told in text and one in art, inform each other as a young girl unravels the mystery of a ghost next door.
If you like to read horror stories, this one’s for you! Set in different time periods, two girls meet in an abandoned building. One girl’s story is told through diary entries and the other girl’s story through black and white drawings. This is a quick read with a message that will stay with you.
You can find this book in the Juvenile Fiction section at J SMY.
On June 8th in 1984 (33 years ago!) Ghostbusters was released in theaters! History.com reports that it was a huge hit:
Despite its hefty $30 million production budget–an unprecedented amount for a comedy–Ghostbusters was a box-office hit by any standards, beating out Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom to become the second-highest-grossing movie of the year with $229 million, behind only Beverly Hills Cop ($235 million). It was equally well-received by critics; Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times, for one,called it “an exception to the general rule that big special effects can wreck a comedy…one of those rare movies where the original, fragile comic vision has survived a multimillion-dollar production.” (http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/ghostbusters-released)
You can celebrate this accomplishment by borrowing the original Ghostbusters movie or the rebooted version from the library!
This week I read: The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud, which is the first book in the series Lockwood & Co.
When London is overrun by malevolent spirits, a talented group of young psychic detectives compete against other ghostbusting agencies in the debut of a new series that finds three intrepid colleagues investigating one of England’s most haunted houses.
I enjoyed this book so much that I have already borrowed the second book in the series, The Whispering Skull. The ghost hunting adventure was fast paced and I was hooked from the beginning. It was everything you want from a thriller with some spooky ghosts and a great deal of suspense that keeps you turning the pages right through to the end. If you’re looking for a fast paced adventure or if you enjoyed Jonathan Stroud’s Bartimaeus trilogy you should give this series a shot! You can find it in the Juvenile Fiction section at J STROUD.