Kid Tested, Librarian Approved: Spooky
It's the most wonderful time of the year – spooky season! This season is filled with haunted houses, trick or treating, pumpkin patches and Dia De Los Muertos. To help you get into the spooky spirit, here is a list of middle grade scary reads!
The Vanquishers by Kalynn Bayron
In this alternate universe, vampires were wiped out 20 years ago by a group of masked hunters called the Vanquishers. When a friend from school goes missing, Malika "Boog" Wilson starts questioning if vampires have really been vanquished after all. Along with her over-protective parents and friends, Boog starts investigating what really happened to her missing friend.
Krazyland by Mar Romasco-Moore
Krazyland is a spooky-themed arcade park Nathan used to be terrified of. Now that he's 12 he enjoys the once scary place. That is until kids start to go missing from the entertainment park. Nathan discovers there is another world beneath Krazytown where the park's games come to life. Nathan knows if he's not careful, he'll be the next one to go missing.
The Whispering Fog by Landra Jennings
Neve and Rose are sisters whose lives revolve around each other. If one sister plays a sport then the other sister plays the sport. If one sister goes on a trip then the other sister has to go too, even if it's not 100% what they both want. One day a mysterious fog swallows up Rose before Neve's eyes and no one believes her. With the help of quirky friends Neve works to save her sister from a swamp witch with a devious plan.
Prunella and the Cursed Skull Ring by Matthew Loux
Prunella lives in a town that fears monsters. This is all fine until Prunella finds a ring in her garden that transforms her into a skeletal monster. After fleeing her town, she discovers a world of monsters who might not be as bad as they seem. A few new monster friends work with Prunella to discover a way to reverse the ring curse.
Monster Club by Darren Aronofsky & Ari Handel
Middle schooler Eric and his friends are really creative. They created monster drawings and made a game out of it. Unfortunately some magic ink brings the monster to life, causing mayhem near Coney Island. Now Eric and the Monster Club have to work together to undo the damage they've caused.