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Spooky Reads

Spooky Reads

Celebrate the spookiest day of the year with these supernatural book suggestions!

Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy

Meet the great Skulduggery Pleasant: wise-cracking detective, powerful magician, master of dirty tricks and burglary (in the name of the greater good, of course).

Oh yeah. And dead.

Then there’s his sidekick, Stephanie. She’s… well, she’s a twelve-year-old girl. With a pair like this on the case, evil had better watch out…

Countess Jet Fink said: Scary, yet funny. Very good, makes you want to keep reading. You’ll be skipping meals and sleep to finish it!


Coraline by Neil Gaiman

There is something strange about Coraline’s new home. It’s not the mist, or the cat that always seems to be watching her, nor the signs of danger that Miss Spink and Miss Forcible, her new neighbours, read in the tea leaves.

It’s the other house – the one behind the old door in the drawing room. Another mother and father with black-button eyes and papery skin are waiting for Coraline to join them there. And they want her to stay with them. For ever. She knows that if she ventures through that door, she may never come back.

Judge Aspidistra Borchester-Smythe said: My favourite book ever. I like reading scary stories and the other mother is really scary.


Dial a Ghost by Eva Ibbotson

‘Get me some ghosts,’ said Fulton Snodde-Brittle. ‘Frightful and dangerous ghosts!’

Fulton has gone to the Dial a Ghost agency with an evil plan. He wants to hire some truly terrifying ghosts to scare his nephew Oliver to death. The Shriekers are the most violent and sickening sceptres the agency has, but a mix-up means the kind Wilkinson ghosts are sent in their place.

Now Oliver has some spooky allies to help him outwit the wicked Snodde-Brittles . . .

Madam Aspidistra Longstocking said: It’s a good book and it keeps you on your toes …it is a weird and cool book!!!


The Glass Children by Kristina Ohlsson

Billie is forced to leave the only home she’s ever known when her mother decides they should move to a new house in a small town. Musty furniture and odd belongings fill the old, dilapidated building, the ghostly remains of its previous tenants – including two small glass figures, one boy and one girl.

The neighbours and local community are hiding something, Billie can tell – a secret about the house, a secret of its past. Then Billie notices that the glass figures have moved when the house was empty. Soon after, a tiny handprint appears on a dusty table – the handprint of a small child. Billie is certain that they are being haunted.

But her mother thinks Billie is making it up With the help of her new friend Aladdin, Billie desperately tries to uncover the house’s dark, tragic history . . . leading her closer to the chilling truth.

Judge Iggy Sunshine said: This is my absolute favourite book so far. It’s a nail biting adventure story with some twists and turns. It also leaves you guessing right until the very end.


If these aren’t enough to send shivers down your spine, use the Book Sorter to search for some more ghostly reads.

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