Monday, October 28, 2013

MMGM - Spooky Middle Grades

Since Halloween is just around the corner, I did a search for spooky Middle Grade Books.

I found three of the following.

The Case of the Graveyard Ghost
by: Michele Torrey
Sterling 2009

Who you gonna call to ghostbust a graveyard spook? Doyle and Fossey, that’s who! They’re on the job and ready to free a snobby girl from a tight situation, uncover the culprit who’s ruining some prize roses, nab a dangerous smuggler of rare animals, and of course reveal the truth about that pesky ghost!
Here is a link to the author’s site and more info about the book.

The Dead End
by Mimi McCoy
Scholastic          May 2010

Publisher’s synopsis: Casey Slater can’t believe her bad luck. It’s the summer before seventh grade, and instead of the perfect vacation she’d planned with her best friend, Casey is in a remote country town, where her parents are restoring an old, creaky, creepy house. Worst of all, everyone else in town thinks the old house is haunted. And soon Casey thinks so, too — a vase explodes, a heavy china cabinet falls over on its own — and it seems like the ghost doesn’t want them there. Casey thought she’d be dying of boredom, but now she’s scared to death!

The Mysterious Woods of Whistle Root
by Christopher  Pennell
HMH Books for Young Readers
September 2013

This middle grade novel tells the story of a little girl who can only sleep during the day and is awake all night. She befriends a rat and gets pulled into the mysterious lives of the creatures of the woods of Whistle Root.

It is a fantasy filled with unforgettable, quirky characters  and imagery. It shows how one can find friends in the unlikeliest of places, such as windowsills, rabbit burrows and the library.

School Library Journal said - 
"Charming black-and-white illustrations add to the overall effect of the story, which will remind readers of beloved works by Kate DiCamillo and E. B. White. . . . It's all rather old-fashioned and quite lovely."

 I have not read these books, but thought I would post about them in case you or a child you know may want to read them  during this Halloween week.

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  1. When I worked as a children's library assistant, I remember the kids loved these kinds of stories. It seemed once they read one, they wanted more. Great list. :)

    1. Thank you, Candilynn. Yes, I bet they did like them - I still do!

  2. Thanks for the recommendations, Janet. I'm currently reading an ARC of GRAVE IMAGES due to be released later this week. I'm writing a review which I will post next Monday. Also a big thanks for stopping by my site.

  3. The third one sounds especially fascinating to me. Thank you.


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