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Scary Stories

GRADES 3-5

AUTHOR TITLE DATE CALL #
Ask the Bones: Scary Stories from Around the World
A collection of scary folktales from countries around the world including China, Russia, Spain, and the United States.
1999 J398.2 ASK
  The August House book of Scary Stories: Spooky Tales for Telling Out Loud
Spooky stories drawn from folklore, history, and storytellers' imaginations, and divided into the categories "Just Desserts and Lessons Learned," "Ghostly Guardians," "Dark Humor," "Urban Legends and Jump Tales," and "Fearless Females."
2009 J AUGUS
Avi The Seer of Shadows
In New York City in 1872, a photographer's apprentice becomes entangled in a plot to create fraudulent spirit photographs, but accidentally frees the real ghost of a dead girl bent on revenge.
2008 J AVI
Bellairs, John The Drum, the Doll, and the Zombie
When thirteen-year-old Johnny Dixon and his friend Professor Childermass try to save the life of the elderly Dr. Coote, they find themselves facing the forces of a menacing voodoo cult.
2004 J PAPERBK BELLA
The Book of Ghosts
A collection of scary stories from legendary authors, including Edgar Allen Poe, Washington Irving, Louisa May Alcott, and more, all adapted for younger readers.
2009 JBOOK
Bruchac, Joseph Skeleton Man
After her parents disappear and she is turned over to the care of a strange "great-uncle," Molly must rely on her dreams about an old Mohawk story for her safety and maybe even for her life.
2003 J BRUCH
Busby, Cylin The Chicken-Fried Rat
Eric and his friends spend a day sharing disgusting, supposedly true stories, including ones about eyeball juice at midnight, a baby in an oven, and the chicken-fried rat. Features an introduction discussing the phenomenon of urban legends.
1998 J
Carusone, Al The Boy with Dinosaur Hands
A collection of eight spooky stories, including "It Will Grow Back Bigger," "Nightcrawler," and "The Space Behind the Piano."
1998 J CARUS
Cecil, Laura BOO! Stories to Make You Jump
A collection of scary stories and poems, with an emphasis on monsters, ghosts, and witches.
1990 J820.8 CECIL
Cohen, Daniel Great Ghosts
Here are nine of the world's most frightening ghost stories. From the ghost ship that only appears to doomed sailors to the spirit who left the morgue with his body, these tales will keep readers on the edge of their seats.
1990 J133.1 COHEN
Cohen, Daniel Raising the Dead
Readers will get thrills and chills as they read about real-life monsters, the mummy's curse, zombies, and other weird tales from beyond the grave in a grimly fascinating book.
1997 J133.4 COHEN
Creepy Classics III
The latest title in the popular Classics series, Creepy Classics III presents midgrade horror buffs with a collection of short stories from the masters of the genre.
1999 J CREEP
Dadey, Debbie Mrs. Jeepers is Missing
The Bailey School kids resolve to find out once and for all if their teacher is really a vampire after a terrible storm interrupts the class party, in a story that is accompanied by finger-ready glow-in-the-dark monster claws.
1996 J
Diane Goode's Book of Scary Stories and Songs
A collection of traditional tales, with some poems and songs, most on a ghostly theme.
1994 J398.25
Dracula
A graphic novel based on the Bram Stoker classic, in which young Jonathan Harker first meets and then must destroy Count Dracula in order to save those closest to him.
2010 J COMICS GRAPHICS GRAPH-H
Evans, Mary Ann The War of the Worlds
As life on Mars becomes impossible, Martians and their terrifying machines invade the earth.
1991 J EVANS
Faces in the Dark: A Book of Scary Stories
A collection of stories about ghosts and other spooky subjects.
1994 J FACES
Fleischman, Sid The Hey Hey Man
A thief steals a farmer's gold but is outwitted by a mischievous wood spirit - the Hey Hey Man.
1979 J
Flora, James Grandpa's Ghost Stories
Grandpa chooses a stormy night to relate his encounters with several ghoulish characters.
1978 J FLORA
Gaiman, Neil Coraline
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.
2008 J GAIMA
  The Ghost and I: Scary Stories for Participatory Telling
Table of contents shows stories by age group -- ages 5-8, 9-11, and 12 and up.
1992 J 398.25 GHOST
Gibbons, Faye Hook Moon Night: Spooky Tales from the Georgia Mountains
A collection of eight hair-raising yarns told by mountain people in Georgia while sitting on their front porch many miles from the nearest electric lights and indoor plumbing.
1997 J GIBBO
Goodman, Michael Dark Labyrinths
A title from the Scary Places series.
2010 J 133.122 GOODM
Gorog, Judith In a Creepy, Creepy Place and Other Scary Stories
A collection of scary stories with unpredictable events and bizarre characters.
1996 J
Griffin, Peni R. The Ghost Sitter
When she realizes that her new house is haunted by the ghost of a ten-year-old girl who used to live there, Charlotte tries to help her find peace.
2002 J GRIFF
Griffiths, Barbara Frankenstein's Hamster: Ten Spine-tingling Tales
A collection of ten scary stories featuring a schoolboy with a talent for taxidermy, the highwayman of death, and other disturbing characters.
1992 J
  Half-Minute Horrors
A collection of very short, scary stories by an assortment of popular authors including Lemony Snicket, Chris Raschka, Joyce Carol Oates, Neil Gaiman, Jack Gantos and Lane Smith.
2009 J HALF
Hamilton, Virginia Wee Winnie Witch's Skinny: An Original African American Scare Tale
James Lee and Uncle Big Anthony become victims of Wee Winnie Witch, who takes them on a ride up into the sky, but Mama Granny saves them.
2004 J398.2 HAMIL
Herrera, Joaquin Ramon Scary: A Book of Horrible Things for Kids
Meet Horris, the horrifying narrator of "Scary," a nonfiction book for children on the scarier facts of life. Horris knows all about the gross and gory, and he delivers the gruesome goods with his own mix of dark humor and dangerous antics.
2005 J031.02 HERRE
Hindman, Paul Dragon Bones
When his dog eats a huge bone that was buried in the backyard and turns into a frightening creature, Hank agrees to help a wizard try to destroy the evil dragon that is responsible for the transformation.
1997 J HINDM
Jones, Sally Shut Your Mouth: Three Terrifying Tales from the Midnight Library
Contents: Shut Your Mouth -- Good Luck, Bad Luck -- Ghost in the Machine
2006 J PAPERBK JONES
Katz, Fred A Haunted Mine is a Terrible Thing to Waste
When twelve-year-old Boone and his church group set up a camp on the site of an abandoned mining town, they need to resolve weird happenings on the premises.
1998 J KATZ
Kehret, Peg Horror at the Haunted House
While acting in a "haunted house" featuring interesting deaths in history, Ellen is contacted by the ghost of a former resident, who seems to be protecting the collection of antique Wedgwood dishes on display there.
1992 J KEHRE
The Kingfisher Treasury of Spooky Stories
A collection of modern and traditional stories about ghosts and other spooky things, by such authors as Margaret Mahy, Judith Gorog, and Virginia Hamilton.
2003 J PAPERBK KINGF
Kloepfer, John The Zombie Chasers
When zombies take over Phoenix, AZ, Zack Clarke, his best friend Rice, and his older sister's mean friend Madison Miller, team up to try to defeat the undead, or at least survive one another.
2010 J KLOEP
Lewis, Shari One Minute Scary Stories
A collection of twenty scary stories in a one-minute format.
1991 JE LEWIS
Lively, Penelope The Ghost of Thomas Kempe
The ghost of a seventeenth-century sorcerer emerges as a poltergeist and attempts to make young James his apprentice.
1973 J
Lowe, Alice Spooky Stories for a Dark and Stormy Night
A collection of more than fifteen traditional and original scary stories.
1994 J398.2
Maguire, Gregory Six Haunted Hairdos
With the help of their favorite teacher, two rival clubs, the all-boy Copycats and the all-girl Tattletales, stop trying to out-do each other long enough to help the ghosts of a baby elephant and a herd of mastodons that appear near their small Vermont to
1999 J MAGUI
Mayne, William Hob and the Goblins
Hob, the friendly spirit who lives under the stairs and protects the house, must do battle with a variety of evil beings trying to take control of his family's home.
1994 J
Mazer, Anne A Sliver of Glass and Other Uncommon Tales
The eleven tales in this haunting collection emphasize the uncanny occurrences of the paranormal world. In the title story, a sliver of glass embedded in a young girl's eye causes her to turn to ice from the inside out.
1996 J MAZER
McDonald, Collin Shadows and Whispers : Tales from the Other Side
The author of The Chilling Hour presents eerie tales of strange shadows and stranger events, in which a boy finds himself dodging bullets in a gunfight that took place one hundred years in the past, and more.
1994 J MCDON
McKissack, Patricia The Dark-Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural
A collection of ghost stories with African American themes, designed to be told during the Dark Thirty--the half hour before sunset--when ghosts seem all too believable.
1992 J MCKIS
McMullan, Kate The Phantom of the Opera
Revised edition of Gaston Leroux's novel The Phantom of the Opera.
1989 J MCMUL
Mullarkey, Lisa Geurdea The Witch's Portraits
When twelve-year-old Laura and her friend Cara discover that their neighbor is a witch who entraps her enemies in portraits, the girls attempt to free the victims.
1998 J
Olliver, Jane Treasury of Spooky Stories
A collection of modern and traditional stories about ghosts and other spooky things, by such authors as Margaret Mahy, Judith Gorog, and Virginia Hamilton.
1992 J
Olson, Arielle North More Bones: Scary Stories from Around the World
Can you escape from an evil wizard? Can you outrun a corpse? Can you learn secrets from a severed head? These terrifying questions--and many more--enliven twenty-two tales collected from around the world and retold.
2008 J OLSON
Parvis, Sarah E. Ghost Towns
A title from the Scary Places series.
2008 J 133.122 PARVI
Parvis, Sarah E. Haunted Hotels
A title from the Scary Places series.
2008 J 133.122 PARVI
Pearce, Q.L. Super Scary Stories for Sleep-overs
A collection of spooky short stories, including "It waits," "The family honor," "Flesh and blood," and "Horror in the center ring."
1995 J PEARC
Poblocki, Dan The Stone Child
When friends Eddie, Harris, and Maggie discover that the scary adventures in their favorite author's fictional books come true, they must find a way to close the portal that allows evil creatures and witches to enter their hometown.
2009 J POBLO
Poe, Edgar Allen The Fall of the House of Usher and Four Other Tales
Five tales by a poetic master of horror.
1967 J POE
Punter, Russell Stories of Haunted Houses
2005 J PUNTE
San Souci, Robert D. The Boy and the Ghost
A poor boy hopes to win a fortune for himself and his family by spending the night in a haunted house and bravely standing up to a frightening ghost.
1989 JE SANSO
San Souci, Robert D. Dare to be Scared: Thirteen Stories to Chill and Thrill
In this creepy collection, award winning writer Robert San Souci draws on myths, legends, and folk tales to create thirteen completely new stories, all featuring boys and girls from 8 to 12 as leading characters.
2003 J SANSO
San Souci, Robert D. Even More Short & Shivery: Thirty Spine-tingling Tales
A collection of scary traditional tales from all over the world.
2003 J398.25 SANSO
San Souci, Robert D. Haunted Houses
A collection of ten scary stories about haunted houses, pirate treasure, and ghosts.
2010 J SANSO
San Souci, Robert D. A Terrifying Taste of Short & Shivery: Thirty Creepy Tales
A collection of scary traditional tales from all over the world, including "Apparitions" from Germany, "The Hundredth Skull" from Ohio, and "The Ogre's Arm" from Japan.
1998 J398.25 SANSO
  Scary Stories for Halloween Nights
A collection of scary short stories dealing with spooky spaces, dangerous demons and banshee bodies.
2005 J SCARY
Schwartz, Alvin Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
Stories of ghosts and witches, "jump" stories, scary songs, and modern-day scary stories.
1989 J398.2 SCHWA
Schwartz, Alvin More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
More traditional and modern-day stories of ghosts, witches, vampires, "jump" stories, and scary songs.
1984 J398.2 SCHWA
Schwartz, Alvin Scary Stories 3
More traditional and modern-day stories of ghosts, haunts, superstitions, monsters, and horrible scary things.
1991 J398.2 SCHWA
Shahan, Sherry Wait Until Dark: Seven Scary Sleepover Stories
Seven scary sleepover stories sure to make you hide under the covers, but beware of what might be hiding under there already!
1996 J PAPERBK SHAHA
Spariosu, Mihai Ghosts, Vampires, and Werewolves: Eerie Tales from Transylvania
Includes sixteen tales from Transylvanian folklore, arranged in three sections: Ghosts, Vampires, and Werewolves; Haunted Treasures; and Eerie Fairy Tales.
1994 J398.2
Spooky Stories for a Dark and Stormy Night
A collection of more than fifteen traditional and original scary stories.
1994 J398.2
A Treasury of Spooky Stories
A collection of modern and traditional stories about ghosts and other spooky things, by such authors as Margaret Mahy, Judith Gorog, and Virginia Hamilton.
1992 J PAPERBK TREAS
Ury, Allen B. Scary Mysteries for Sleepovers
Presents ten stories with frightening twists.
1996 J
Ury, Allen B. More Scary Mysteries for Sleep-overs
A collection of short stories with frightening twists, including "The Money Pit," "Bloodlines," and "Bad Attitude."
1996 J
Walker, William A. Five-minute Chillers
Presents eighteen short tales of terror, including "Baby Fat," "The Haunted High-Rise," and "The Othermother."
1995 J PAPERBACK WALKE
Whitcher, Susan Real Mummies Don't Bleed: Friendly Tales for October Nights
A collection of five scary stories, featuring the Egyptian underworld's intrusion into a Halloween costume contest and other strange goings-on.
1993 J WHITC
Williams, Dinah Abandoned Insane Asylums
A title in the Scary Places series.
2008 J 362.21 WILLI
Wright, Betty R. The Ghost of Popcorn Hill
Martin and Peter acquire a mischievous new dog and two lonely ghosts.
1993 J WRIGH
Wyeth, Sharon Dennis Vampire Bugs: Stories Conjured from the Past
Short stories including Vampire Bugs, Little Mose, The voodoo Queen, Ghost Dancer, Tale of the Golden Ball, and Akiba's Singing Water.
1995 J WYETH
Young, Richard and Judy Dockrey Favorite Scary Stories of American Children
A collection, selected by children as their favorites, of twenty-three spooky tales from a variety of ethnic traditions.
1999 J808.8 FAVOR
Zahares, Wade Big, Bad, and a Little Bit Scary
Entertaining, humorous poetry about the somewhat scarry members of the animal kingdom.
2001 J811 BIG

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