Scary Stories for 6th – 8th Graders: NOT for the faint
(Really… We warned you!…)
Buckingham, Royce - Demonkeeper
Nat Grimlock is an apprentice Demonkeeper, responsible for
the care and feeding of the demons that live in his basement.
While Nat is out on his first date, the most dangerous demon
escapes and Nat must recover the beast before it terrorizes
the city. 216p.
Delaney, Joseph - The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the
After the twenty-nine previous apprentices have each fled or
died, Tom agrees to become the newest apprentice to the village
Spook, and makes a blunder that unleashes the wrath of a powerful
and bloodthirsty witch. 344p.
Duncan, Lois - Down a Dark Hall
Kit arrives at her new boarding school, Blackwood School for
Girls, and immediately senses that evil lurks within its walls,
both for her and the other students. 181p.
Gaiman, Neil - Coraline
Coraline wanders through a mysterious door in her family's
new apartment and finds herself in an alternate world inhabited
by a gruesome "Other Mother" who is intent on keeping
her on this strange, haunted side of the door. 162p.
Hahn, Mary Downing - Deep and Dark and Dangerous
Ali is spending the summer at the family's vacation home,
where she finds an old picture of her mother, her aunt and
a third person who's been torn out of the picture. She
realizes that she's stumbled onto a secret that her family
has been hiding for over thirty years. 187p.
Horowitz, Anthony - Raven's
While living in a remote English village, Matt uncovers an
evil plot involving witchcraft, an ancient stone circle and
the Old Ones—powerful evil forces trying to return to
rule the world. 254p. The Gatekeepers series continues with
Star and Nightrise.
Landy, Derek - Skulduggery Pleasant
A skeleton-detective named Skulduggery Pleasant shows up and
offers to help Stephanie fight off the Faceless Ones, ancient
evil creatures who are after the powerful Scepter of the Ancients.
Lorey, Dean - Nightmare Academy
Charlie's nightmares are very real and, through his dream,
his nightmare monsters can pass through an open portal into
our world. Luckily, he's able to enroll in Nightmare
Academy, a school that will train him to fight the monsters
from his dreams. 311p.
McNish, Cliff - Breathe: A Ghost Story
Jack and his mom move into an old farmhouse that is also inhabited
by the tortured spirits of four children and a Ghost Mother
who has enslaved the ghost children. Can Jack use his gift
of second sight to help to save the souls of these dead children?
Nance, Andrew - Daemon Hall
Famous horror writer Ian Tremblin is holding a scary story
writing contest and the five students who are selected as finalists
will be invited to spend the night with him in a haunted mansion.
No cell phones or flashlights allowed—and contestants
who don't make it through the night will be disqualified.
Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds - Jade Green
Recently orphaned Judith is moving into her uncle's home,
an old, dark house that is rumored to be haunted. Her uncle's
only condition is that she bring nothing into the house that
is the color green. But surely that doesn't mean the
picture frame that holds the only picture of her dead mother?
Nix, Garth - Mister Monday
Arthur finds a key which leads him into a strange, alternate
world where the sinister Mister Monday will do anything to
get the key back. 361p. The Keys to the Kingdom series continues
with book 2, Grim
Nixon, Joan Lowery - Nightmare
At Camp Excel, an experimental camp for underachievers, Emily
realizes that the camp seems eerily similar to the terrifying
nightmares she's had for years. And someone at Camp Excel
will do anything to keep her from discovering the truth about
her dreams. 166p.
Rees, Douglas - Vampire High
After flunking out of the local public high school, Cody has
two choices: attend either Our Lady of Perpetual Homework or
the Vlad Dracul Magnet School. He picks Dracul Magnet, where
the other students are all ghostly pale and have a taste for
Reiss, Kathryn - Sweet
Miss Honeywell's Revenge
Zibby feels strangely compelled to buy an antique dollhouse,
but soon discovers that it is haunted by the cruel ghost of
Miss Honeywell, the governess of the dollhouse's original
Richards, Justin - The Death Collector
A pickpocket, a curator from the British Museum, and a preacher's
daughter match wits with a brilliant madman who is trying to
reanimate the dead by using human corpses and dinosaurs. 320p.
Ruby, Laura - Lily's
Lily is spending the summer at a creepy house that's
crawling with disgruntled ghosts. To avoid being haunted by
this unpleasant bunch of phantoms, Lily must solve the mystery
of a 50-year old death in the family. 258p.
Sedgwick, Marcus - The Book of Dead Days
The powerful magician Valerian made a deal with a powerful
demon fifteen years ago. Now his time is running out, and he
must give up his soul unless he can find The Book of Dead Days
which holds the secret of how to escape his fate. 273p.
Shan, Darren - Cirque Du Freak
Darren and his friends sneak into the Cirque Du Freak traveling
freak show where they are introduced to the dark and bloody
world of vampires. 266p. The Cirque Du Freak series continues
with book 2, The
Stine, R.L. - Dangerous Girls
While working as counselors at a summer camp, twins Livvy and
Destiny encounter a handsome young man who wants to suck their
blood. 247p. The Dangerous Girls series continues with book
Girls: The Taste of Night.
Vande Velde, Vivian - Now
You See It…
When her regular glasses break, Wendy tries out the dorky sunglasses
she finds on her lawn. But these glasses do more than correct
her vision—they allow her to see elves, witches, crones
and corpses! 275p.
Westerfeld, Scott - The Secret Hour
Jessica learns that she is one of a group of teens who have
special abilities that help them fight the ancient and deadly
creatures living in a secret hour hidden at midnight. 297p.
Zindel, Paul - Raptor
Zach and his father are on a dinosaur dig when they make a
horrifying discovery—a band of raptors has escaped extinction,
and Zach finds himself trapped in a cave with a deadly Utahraptor.
Prepared by Sara Pemberton, October 2007