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Scary Stories

Young Readers

Abiyoyo
by Pete Seeger
Banished from the town for making mischief, a little boy and his father are welcomed back when they find a way to make the dreaded giant Abiyoyo disappear. 
A Dark, Dark Tale
by Ruth Brown
Journeying through a dark, dark house, a black cat surprises the only inhabitant of the abandoned residence. 
In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories
by Alvin Schwartz
Creak... Crash... BOO! Shivering skeletons, ghostly pirates, chattering corpses, and haunted graveyards...all to chill your bones! Share these seven spine-tingling stories in a dark, dark room. 
Night of the Gargoyles
by Eve Bunting
In the middle of the night, the gargoyles that adorn the walls of a museum come to life and frighten the night watchman. 
The Viper
by Lisa Thiesing
Peggy the pig is tormented by a series of phone calls from ”the Viper” who is coming to pay her a visit on a certain date. 
The Wolves in the Walls
by Neil Gaiman
Lucy is sure there are wolves living in the walls of her house, although others in her family disagree, and when the wolves come out, the adventure begins. 

Middle Readers

The Dark-Thirty : Southern Tales of the Supernatural
by Patricia McKissack
With an extraordinary gift for suspense, McKissack brings us ten original spine-tingling tales inspired by African-American history and the mystery of that eerie half-hour before nightfall--the dark thirty. 
Diane Goode's Book of Scary Stories & Songs
Chances are, you've heard at least one of these creepy tales while sitting around a campfire. Read the book; learn the stories, scare your friends silly. 
Dying to Meet You : 43 Old Cemetery Road, Book One
by Kate Klise
In this story told mostly through letters, children's book author, I. B. Grumply, gets more than he bargained for when he rents a quiet place to write for the summer. 
Ghosthunters and the Gruesome Invincible Lightning Ghost!
by Cornelia Funke
Hetty Hyssop and her assistant ghosthunters travel to a seaside hotel to investigate the appearance of one of the most dangerous ghosts in the world. 
Secrets of Dripping Fang. Book One, The Onts
by Dan Greenburg
Ten-year-old orphan twins Wally and Cheyenne Shluffmuffins have a hard time at Cincinnati's Jolly Days orphanage, but things get much worse when the Mandible sisters offer to share their home in the Dripping Fang Forest. 
Seven Spiders Spinning
by Gregory Maguire
Seven prehistoric spiders that have been trapped in ice for thousands of years bring excitement to rural Vermont and briefly unite the rival boys' and girls' clubs at a local elementary school. First book in a series. 
A World Full of Ghosts
by Charis Cotter
Featuring 25 phantoms, a not-too-scary storytelling style and suitably luminous -- and spooky -- artwork, A World Full of Ghosts is a glimpse into a world of imagination. 
You Read to Me, I'll Read to You : Very Short Scary Tales to Read Together
by Mary Ann Hoberman
Using rhyme, rhythm and repetition, the scary text invites young children to read along with an adult. Together the adult's text and the child's responsive text create stories with a scary theme. 

Older Readers

Ask the Bones: Scary Stories from Around the World
by N/A
A collection of scary folktales from countries around the world including China, Russia, Spain, and the United States. 
Coraline
by Neil Gaiman
In Coraline's family's new flat is a door which opens only to a brick wall. But one day, the door opens on a passage to another flat just like her own. At first, things seem marvelous there. The food is better. The toys are magical. But there's also another mother and father, and they want Coraline to be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go. 
The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall
by Mary Downing Hahn
Florence looks forward to a new life with her great uncle and aunt at an old manor house. But Florence doesn't expect the ghost of her cousin Sophia, who concocts a plan to use Florence to help her achieve her murderous goals. 
Half-Minute Horrors
by N/A
These deliciously terrifying one-page, 30-second tales and creepy illustrations bring together an incredible list of writers and illustrations, including Lemony Snicket, James Patterson, Neil Gaiman, Jon Scieszka, and Brett Helquist. 
Revenge of the Witch
by Joseph Delaney
As the seventh son of a seventh son, Tom Ward is the perfect candidate to be apprenticed to the local Spook. Tom learns all the tricks of the trade as he helps Old Gregory battle ghosts, witches and other forces of evil. But can he survive long enough to take over when the Spook retires? First book in a series. 
The Seer of Shadows
by Avi
It is 1872 in New York City. Horace Carpetine is working as apprentice to a society photographer. When the strange image of a girl begins to appear in Horaces’ photographs, Horace realizes that his pictures have awakened an angry ghost. He enlists the help of Pegg, a servant girl, who leads him to the truth about who the girl was and how she died. 
The Stone Child
by Dan Poblocki
When the evil creatures and witches that appear in their favorite author’s books begin to terrorize the town of Gatesweed where the author once lived, friends Eddie, Harris, and Maggie must find a way to close the portal between worlds. 
A Tale Dark & Grimm
by Adam Gidwitz
Follows Hansel and Gretel as they walk out of their own story and into eight more tales, encountering such wicked creatures as witches, along with kindly strangers and other helpful folk. 
This is just a sample of some of the great books in our collection. Ask a librarian for more suggestions!
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