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Spooooky Books for Brave Children

Do you have a Wednesday or Pugsley Addams in your home, or a junior paranormal expert? These books are sure to cause teeth-chattering shivers for fans of ghost stories, and delight those rare and special youngsters who aren't prone to nightmares.

Nightmare Hour

Nightmare Hour by R L Stine

Not just this book, but ANY of the R. L. Stine books are good for creeping out middle school kids!

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The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid Of Anything

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid Of Anything by Linda Williams

This one is not THAT scary, and is good for the little ones still prone to nightmares.

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The Girl With the Silver Eyes

The Girl With the Silver Eyes by Willo Davis Roberts

Katie can "do things" that other's can not, just using her mind. Wandering around with her strange silver eyes, she finds herself getting into trouble.

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Behind the Attic Wall

Behind the Attic Wall by Sylvia Cassedy

Maggie, the unlovable outsider, hears voices from the empty attic of her new home in an old boarding school. What is waiting for her behind the attic wall?

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Bunnicula by James Howe

Well, it may not be the spookiest book out there, but a bunny with fangs definitely suits the Halloween season!

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Wait Till Helen Comes

Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn

Nothing's spookier than a ghost haunting your new home, unless it possesses your odd little sister. I remember reading this book and NOT SLEEPING FOR DAYS.

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The October Country

The October Country by Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury has an amazing gift for providing a dark, eerie tone in this short story collection.

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The Tailypo

The Tailypo by Joanna C Galdone

This tale (TAIL!) scared me half to death when I was in first grade. *shudder*

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The House With a Clock In Its Walls

The House With a Clock In Its Walls by John Bellairs

John Bellairs, the name in Gothic mysteries for middle graders, wrote terrifying tales full of adventure, attitude, and alarm. For years, young readers have crept, crawled, and gone bump in the night with the unlikely heroes of these Gothic novels: Lewis

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The Graveyard Book

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman, modern master of macabre and fairytale, spins this yarn based loosely on "The Jungle Book."

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The Gilded Bat

The Gilded Bat by Edward Gorey

Edward Gorey - I can't say enough about him.

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The Gashlycrumb Tinies

The Gashlycrumb Tinies by Edward Gorey

Delightful, and horrible, all at the same time!

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The Witches

The Witches by Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl does it again, this time with the tale of bald, creepy witches who want to turn all of the world's children into mice!

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The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King

Yes, it is Stephen King, but it is a shorter tale, and comparable to Lord of the Flies with intensity.

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Amphigorey by Edward Gorey

Edward Gorey was a master of gothic art and poetry. His Edwardian and Victorian influenced limericks and verse are light-hearted, yet tragic and over the top with dreadful comic mishaps, as illustrated in one of the stories included, The Gashlycrumb Tin

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Lord Of the Flies

Lord Of the Flies by William Golding

  Even though Lord of the Flies is a frequent submission on any banned books list, many high school students are first introduced to this classic piece of literature in their freshman English class. Using very young protagonists set in a harsh, wi

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Legend Of Sleepy Hollow

Legend Of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is a famous short story by Washington Irving that was published in 1820 in his collection, The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. It tells the tale of Ichabod Crane, a poor school teacher who falls in love with a love

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Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Coraline is a fantasy/horror novel by British author Neil Gaiman, published in 2002 by Bloomsbury and Harper Collins. It was awarded the 2003 Hugo Award for Best Novella, the 2003 Nebula Award for Best Novella, and the 2002 Bram Stoker Award for Best Wo

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His Dark Materials Trilogy

His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman

The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials #1), The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials, #2), and The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials, #3) are the three books that make up the controversial and moving trilogy by Philip Pullman.

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The Thief Of Always

The Thief Of Always by Clive Barker

The Thief of Always is a novel by Clive Barker that was published in 1992. It is a fable written for children, it is included for adults too. The book contains many black and white drawings by the author, and the cover illustrated by the author. His offic

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Complete Stories and Poems Of Edgar Allan Poe

Complete Stories and Poems Of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe

This single volume brings together all of the poems and stories of Edgar Allen Poe.

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Scary Stories To Tell In the Dark

Scary Stories To Tell In the Dark by Alvin Schwartz

Scary Stories to Tell in The Dark is the first of three in a series of children's books written by Alvin Schwartz and illustrated by Stephen Gammell. The scary stories of the title are pieces of folklore and urban legends collected and adapted for mo

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More Scary Stories To Tell In the Dark

More Scary Stories To Tell In the Dark by Alvin Schwartz

More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (Scary Stories #2) This collection includes the chilling stories One Sunday Morning, The Little Black Dog, Clinkity-Clink, The Drum, Wonderful Sausage ,  Oh, Susannah , and many more tales to del

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Alice's Adventures In Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass

Alice's Adventures In Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel, Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There , tell the story of a young girl in a fantasy world filled with peculiar, anthropomorphic creatures. The classic tale of literary nons

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