Scary Stories for Older J Readers
- The Stonewalkers by Vivien Alcock
A flash of lightening brings the statue of Belladonna to life. As 12-year-old Poppy and her friend Emma watch in terror, Belladonna gathers a stone army from gardens and churches. Can they stop Belladonna and her army?
- The Seer of Shadows by Avi
Horace, a photographer's apprentice, doubts the existence of ghosts until mysterious happenings begin taking place all around his world.
- Hauntings and Horrors: The Ultimate Guide to Spooky America by Susan Cohen
- Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Good for older J readers ready for younger YA, this book is about what happens when Coraline steps through a door and into another house very similar to her own but not one where she wants to stay.
- All the Lovely Bad Ones by Mary Downing Hahn
Two siblings spending the summer at their grandmother's inn in Vermont cannot resist the urge to "haunt" the place. However, their ghostly pranks go awry when they awaken a dark spirit. Now they must uncover the secret of the inn before it is too late.
- The Dark Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural by Patricia McKissack
Winner of the 1993 Coretta Scott King Award, this book contains stories meant to be shared during the "dark thirty" or the half hour before sunset.
- The Boy of a Thousand Faces by Brian Selznick
A boy obsessed with horror films dreams of transforming himself into "The Boy of a Thousand Faces."