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Benchley, Nathaniel
JER BENCH

A small boy finds shelter from the rain in an old house and meets a ghost named Fred. Colorful illustrations plus a mystery which will delight 1st- and 2nd-grade readers.
McKay, Sindy
JER MCKAY

Ben and Becky set out to solve the mystery of a haunted house and find their lost grandfather.
Berenstain, Stan
JER BEREN

When prankster Papa Bear plays ghost at the Bear Scouts' sleep-out in the Great Spooky Forest, he winds up scaring himself.
Berenstain, Stan & Jan
JER BEREN

One by one, three brave little bears have second thoughts about exploring the interior of a spooky old tree.
Hall, Katy & Lisa Eisenberg
J818 Hall

Beginning readers will die laughing at these "punny" riddles that feature ghosts, ghouls, witches, skeletons, and zombies. (And the humorous, gruesomely silly illustrations are a real scream!)
Constantine, Pascale
JER DANS

Dan tells his mother about the scary dream he had.
Cushman, Doug
JER CUSHM

Daily Tombs newspaper reporter Dirk Bones, who also happens to be a skeleton, investigates when a family of ghosts fears that they are being haunted.
Charles, Veronika
JER CHARL

All that glitters may not be gold and certainly should not be touched, as the three boys find out when they see something strange at a construction site. While deciding their best course of action, they tell each other stories about strange toys, a mysterious glass bottle, and a dragon. By the time they are finished they are scared, but they know just what they should do.
O'Connor, Jane
JER OCONN

Three easy-to-read scary stories about a talking doll, a dog picture that barks, and a Halloween monster.
Dussling, Jennifer
JER DUSSL

Bugsy, who delights in tormenting and destroying bugs, finds out what it is like to be small, helpless, and a victim of cruelty.
Dussling, Jennifer
JER DUSSL

Even though he tries to stay away, a boy keeps going back to an old theater where he is drawn into increasingly dangerous movies.
Herman, Gail
JER HERMA

When Emma acquires a haunted bike with strange powers, it takes her to the home of an oddly dressed boy who once had a similar bike.
Speregen, Devra
JER SPERE

While lost in a creepy wax museum, Jordan has a strange encounter with one of its inmates.
Merchant, Peter
JER MERCH

As a girl Eleanor Roosevelt was scared of many things: swimming, mice, horses, robbers. Most of all she was scared of the dark. So when her aunt Edith asked for ice one night to soothe her scratchy throat, Eleanor froze. How could she get ice for her aunt since it was in the dank, dark basement? But Eleanor loved her aunt, and she knew what she must do: be brave.
Stamper, Judith Bauer
JER STAMP

A collection of five easy-to-read scary stories with humorous endings, including "The Skeleton," "The Scream," and "Bloody Fingers."
Haskins Houran, Lori
JER HASKI

Arthur is excited by a party in a haunted house, and Stanley wants to show off his limbo moves. But when they see a bully picking on their friend at the party, the boys know they have to help. Soon Stanley comes up with a plan that is flat-out hilarious.
Wargin, Kathy-Jo
JER WARGI

While camping with his dog Beans, Frank begins to hear scary sounds that make him question whether or not he should go back into the house.
Standiford, Natalie
JER STAND

A superstitious schoolmaster, in love with a wealthy farmer's daughter, has a terrifying encounter with a headless horseman.
Keeler, Kathleen
JER KEELE

A collection of three scary stories, all set on Halloween night.
Schwartz, Alvin
JER SCHWA

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.
Capucilli, Alyssa Satin
JER CAPUC

A cumulative rhyme in which the spider, ghost, cat, and other inhabitants of a haunted house wake up and startle each other.
Manushkin, Fran
JER MANUS

Katie's friends have come for a sleepover, and telling a scary story seems like a good idea--until she has a dream about a monster under her bed, and she wakes up to find her lucky kimono missing.
Sierra, Judy
JER SIERR

A pirate bride who sinks with her ship, a ghost that gets ever larger, and a big slobbery monster with long green fingers and floppy purple lips are just a few of the characters who populate this collection of silly, spooky tales collected and retold by folklorist Judy Sierra.
Cosby, Bill
JER COSBY

One night, little Bill is positive there are mean things in his dark closet and that they are just dying to get him. Only when Alice the great performs a magical tucking-in trick do the mean things go away for good.
Reading Rainbow
JER SCARY

Encounter a creepy croaker who eats little froggies for supper, and a mysterious man who waves his bloody fingers! Includes seven stories, featuring Arnold Lobel, Lane Smith, Betsy Byars, Marc Simont, Alvin Schwartz, Dirk Zimmer, Jane O'Connor, G. Brian Karas, and more.
Thiesing, Lisa
JER THIES

Peggy the pig receives a mysterious call from the "Viper" warning that he is coming in one year, with repeated calls which count down the dwindling time until his arrival.
Rocklin, Joanne
JER ROCKL

This book's "not too scary" ghost host tells five spooky stories.