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Middle School Scary Reads
The Accidental Afterlife of Thomas Marsden by
Call Number: J FIC TREVAY
At age twelve, grave robber Thomas Marsden discovers a boy who looks just like him in an unmarked grave and begins a journey of discovery as he learns of faeries trapped in London and their hope that he can return them to their realm.
Doll Bones by
Call Number: J FIC BLACK
Zach, Alice, and Poppy, friends from a Pennsylvania middle school who have long enjoyed acting out imaginary adventures with dolls and action figures, embark on a real-life quest to Ohio to bury a doll made from the ashes of a dead girl.
Call Number: Y FIC GENSLER
Disappointed when her brother pursues other interests during their annual summer visit to their grandmother's farm, Avery befriends a famous man's son, who announces his intentions to film a ghost story at a scary nearby mansion.
Greenglass House by
Call Number: J FIC MILFOR
At Greenglass House, a smuggler's inn, twelve-year-old Milo, the innkeepers' adopted son, plans to spend his winter holidays relaxing but soon guests are arriving with strange stories about the house sending Milo and Meddy, the cook's daughter, on an adventure.
Call Number: J FIC SEGEL
Twelve-year-old Charlie and his friends must stop nightmares from taking over their town before it's too late.
One for Sorrow by
Call Number: J FIC HAHN
Against the ominous backdrop of the influenza epidemic of 1918, Annie, a new girl at school, is claimed as best friend by Elsie, a classmate who is a tattletale, a liar, and a thief. Soon Annie makes other friends and finds herself joining them in teasing and tormenting Elsie. Elsie dies from influenza, but then she returns to reclaim Annie's friendship and punish all the girls who bullied her. Young readers who revel in spooky stories will relish this chilling tale of a girl haunted bya vengeful ghost.
Scar Island by
Call Number: J FIC GEMEIN
Jonathan Grisby is the newest arrival at the Slabhenge Reformatory School for Troubled Boys--an ancient, crumbling fortress of gray stone rising up from the ocean. It is dark, damp, and dismal. And it is just the place Jonathan figures he deserves. Because Jonathan has done something terrible. And he's willing to accept whatever punishment he has coming. Just as he's getting used to his new situation, however, a freak accident leaves the troubled boys of Slabhenge without any adult supervision. Suddenly the kids are free, with an entire island to themselves. But freedom brings unexpected danger. And if Jonathan can't come to terms with the sins of his past and lead his new friends to safety... then every boy on the island is doomed. Dan Gemeinhart's most gripping novel yet, this is a tale of misfits and outcasts at odds and in peril, and a redemption story that shines a light on dark truths to reveal that the strongest prisons of all are the ones we build for ourselves.
Call Number: J FIC CAJOLE
Goldeline travels through the woods with a group of bandits, getting by on the things they steal from passing carriages, but a man who wants to cleanse the Hinterlands of anyone who is different hunts Goldeline, believing her a witch.
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