Scary Fiction (Grades 4-6)

Beatty, Robert.  Serafina and the Black Cloak.  J FIC Beatty
In 1899, a twelve-year-old rat catcher on North Carolina’s Biltmore estate teams up with the estate owner’s young nephew to battle a great evil and, in the process, unlocks the puzzle of her past.

Carman, Patrick.  Skeleton Creek.  J FIC Carman  (SERIES)
Although housebound following an eerie accident, teenaged Ryan continues to investigate the strange occurences in his hometown of Skeleton Creek, recording his findings in a journal and viewing email video clips sent by fellow detective Sarah.  SEQUELS: Ghost in the Machine (2009), The Crossbones (2010), & The Raven (2011).

Chabert, Jack.  The School is Alive!  JPB C  (Eerie Elementary SERIES)
Sam Graves discovers that his elementary school is alive and plotting against the students, and, as hall monitor, it is his job to protect them–but he will need some help from his friends.  SEQUELS: The Locker Ate Lucky! (2014) & Recess is a Jungle (2016).

Cohen, Marina.  The Inn Between.  Y FIC Cohen
During a long car trip, best friends Quinn and Kara explore the strange and creepy goings-on at a remote Nevada inn when Kara’s family stops for the night.

Cummings, Troy.  Rise of the Balloon Goons.  J FIC Cummings  (Notebook of Doom SERIES)
Alexander has just moved into Stermont, but the elementary school is being torn down, his new classroom is located in the hospital morgue, a notebook he finds is full of information about monsters–and everywhere he turns there are spooky balloon men determined to attack him.  SEQUELS: Day of the Night Crawlers (2013), Attack of the Shadow Smashers (2013) & Chomp of the Meat-Eating Vegetables (2014).

Gaiman, Neil.  Coraline.  JPB G
Looking for excitement, Coraline ventures through a mysterious door into a world that is similar, yet disturbingly different from her own, where she must challenge a gruesome entity in order to save herself, her parents, and the souls of three others.

Goebel, Jenny.  Grave Images.  J FIC Goebel
When a mysterious and sinister stranger called Abbot Stein walks into the family-owned Alpine Monuments and asks for a job etching portraits for the gravestones, thirteen-year-old Bernadette is impressed with his art, but disturbed by the man himself– and then people in her small town start dying.

Grabenstein. Chris.  The Crossroads.  J FIC Grabenstein  (Haunted Mysteries SERIES)
When eleven-year-old Zack Jennings moves to Connecticut with his father and new stepmother, they must deal with the ghosts left behind by a terrible accident, as well as another kind of ghost from Zack’s past.  SEQUELS: The Hanging Hill (2009), The Smoky Corridor (2010), The Black Heart Crypt (2011).

Hayes, Christine.  Mothman’s Curse.  J FIC Hayes
When Josie and her brother Fox discover the truth behind the legend of the Mothman, they must stop a disaster in order to break the curse that has been afflicting their town.

Jobling, Curtis.  Max Helsing and the Thirteenth Curse.  J FIC Jobling
Max van Helsing and a group of friends try to save the world after he discovers he has been cursed by an evil warlock who intends to reclaim the earth for monsters.

Kerr, Phillip.  The Most Frightening Story Ever Told.  J FIC Kerr
Loner and avid reader Billy Shivers is unexpectedly drawn into a competition that challenges daring readers to survive an entire night in a purportedly haunted bookstore while navigating creepy booby traps, avoiding the store’s ill-tempered owner and reading books with terrifying plots.

Preller, James.  Home Sweet Horror.  J FIC Preller  (Scary Tales SERIES)
After the death of his mother, eight-year-old Liam and his father and sister move to a new house for a fresh start, but Liam soon discovers that the old house is haunted.  SEQUELS: I Scream, You Scream (2013) & Good Night, Zombie (2013).

Schwartz, Alan.  Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.  J 398.25 S (Juvenile Nonfiction Collection)
Tapped from the oral traditions of American folklore, these ghost stories and tales of weird happenings, witches, and graveyards have startling, funny, or surprising endings.  SEQUEL: More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.

Segel, Jason & Miller, Kirsten.  Nightmares!  J FIC Segel
Twelve-year-old Charlie and his friends must stop nightmares from taking over their town before it’s too late.

Stine. R.L.  Stay Out of the Basement.  JPB S  (Goosebumps SERIES)
Dr. Brewer is doing a little plant-testing in his basement. Nothing to worry about. Harmless, really. But Margaret and Casey Brewer are worried about their father. Especially when they … meet … some of the plants he is growing down there. Then they notice that their father is developing plantlike tendencies. In fact, he is becoming distinctly weedy–and seedy. Is this just part of their father’s ‘harmless’ experiment? Or has the basement turned into another little shop of horrors? SEQUELS:  There are over 50 titles in this series!

Towell, Katy.  Charlie and the Grandmothers.  J FIC Towell
When fearful twelve-year-old Charlie and his bolder younger sister are sent to visit a grandmother they never knew they had, they discover a dark secret.

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