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  • 13 Hangmen

    By: Art Corriveau
    Recommended for grade(s): 6

    “Some people won’t believe any of this story. You might be one of them. But every single word is true. Tony DiMarco does catch a murderer, solve a mystery, and find a treasure—all in the first few days after he moves, unexpectedly, to 13 Hangmen’s Court in Boston. The fact that he also turns thirteen at the same time is not a coincidence.” So begins the story of Tony and his friends—five 13-year-old boys, all of whom are living in the same house in the same attic bedroom but at different times in history! None are ghosts, all are flesh and blood, and somehow all have come together in the attic room, visible only to one another. And all are somehow linked to a murder, a mystery, and a treasure. — From Abrams

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  • A Bird’s-Eye View (Lumberjanes #7)

    By: Shannon Watters, Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Brooke Allen, Kat Leyh
    Recommended for grade(s): 6

    All Lumberjanes are on deck when the High Council comes to camp for inspection! The High Council is coming to camp and counselor Jen is determined to make everything perfect, even though a storm is brewing and kittens from the boys’ camp are manifesting magical powers. It’s every Lumberjane on deck as the girls do their best to prep the grounds for inspection . . . but there are some storms no one can prepare for. This New York Times bestseller and multiple Eisner Award-winning series is a story of friendship, hardcore lady-types, and kicking a lot of butt. — From BOOM! Box

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  • A Curse Dark As Gold

    By: Elizabeth Bunce, Elizabeth C. Bunce
    Recommended for grade(s): 6, 7

    The gold thread promises Charlotte Miller a chance to save her family’s beloved woolen mill. It promises a future for her sister, jobs for her townsfolk, security against her grasping uncle — maybe even true love. To get the thread, Charlotte must strike a bargain with its maker, the mysterious Jack Spinner. But the gleam of gold conjures a shadowy past — secrets ensnaring generations of Millers. And Charlotte’s mill, her family, her love — what do those matter to a stranger who can spin straw into gold? This is an award-winning and wholly original retelling of “Rumplestiltskin.” — From Scholastic Inc.

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  • A Festival of Ghosts

    By: William Alexander
    Recommended for grade(s): 5

    National Book Award winner William Alexander conjures up a spooky adventure full of excitement in this entertaining sequel to A Properly Unhaunted Place, which was a New York Times Editors’ Choice. Rosa Diaz has her hands full of ghosts. She saved the town of Ingot by unleashing all the ghosts who were previously banished. Now, like the rest of the world, Ingot is filled with spirits and poltergeists. But unlike the rest of the world, the town’s living residents have no idea how to cope, and some of the ghosts are holding century-old grudges. When something supernatural starts stealing kids’ voices at her school, it’s up to Rosa to figure out who or what is behind the voice-snatching. It doesn’t help that some of her classmates are still angry with her for releasing the ghosts. Or that Rosa begins to suspect that she may be haunted herself. Meanwhile, her best friend Jasper is dealing with what remains of the Renaissance Festival, the town’s pride and joy. Ghosts from the town are now battling it out with ghosts from the festival, and the grounds are closed to all. But is it possible to appease everyone? — From Margaret K. McElderry Books

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  • A Living Nightmare

    By: Darren Shan
    Recommended for grade(s): 5, 6, 7, 8

    Darren Shan and his best friend, Steve, get tickets to the Cirque Du Freak, a wonderfully gothic freak show featuring weird, frightening half human/half animals who interact terrifyingly with the audience. In the midst of the excitement, true terror raises its head when Steve recognizes that one of the performers— Mr. Crepsley— is a vampire! Steve remains after the show finishes to confront the vampire— but his motives are surprising! In the shadows of a crumbling theater, a horrified Darren eavesdrops on his friend and the vampire, and is witness to a monstrous, disturbing plea. As if by destiny, Darren is pulled to Mr. Crepsley and what follows is his forrifying descent into the dark and bloody world of vampires. —from the website at Hachette

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  • A Monster Calls

    By: Patrick Ness
    Recommended for grade(s): 6, 7, 8

    At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting— he’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in his backyard is different. It’s ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth. From the final idea of award-winning author Siobhan Dowd— whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself— Patrick Ness has spun a haunting and darkly funny novel of mischief, loss, and monsters both real and imagined. ALA and YALSA Top Ten Best Fiction 2012.  Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist. —from the website at Hachette

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  • A Properly Unhaunted Place

    By: William Alexander
    Recommended for grade(s): 5, 6

    Rosa Ramona Diaz has a very special talent. She comes from a family of librarians who specialize in ghost appeasement. So she can’t understand why her mother has moved them to Ingot, the world’s only unhaunted town. What are they supposed to do there, with no poltergeists to quiet and no specters to soothe? Frankly, Rosa doesn’t think anyone should want to live in a place where the biggest attraction is a woefully inaccurate Renaissance Festival. But Jasper Chevalier has always lived in Ingot, working at the festival while his parents hold court. Jasper has never seen a ghost, and can’t imagine his unhaunted town any other way…until an angry apparition thunders into the fairgrounds and turns Ingot upside down. Jasper is astonished…and Rosa is delighted. Mist is building in the hills, and something otherworldly is about to be unleashed. Rosa will need all her ghost appeasement tools–and a little help from Jasper–to try to rein in the angry ghosts in this hilariously spooky adventure. –from Simon and Schuster.

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  • A Tale Dark & Grimm

    By: Adam Gidwitz
    Recommended for grade(s): 4, 5

    In this mischievous and utterly original debut, Hansel and Gretel walk out of their own story and into eight other classic Grimm-inspired tales. As readers follow the siblings through a forest brimming with menacing foes, they learn the true story behind (and beyond) the bread crumbs, edible houses, and outwitted witches. Fairy tales have never been more irreverent or subversive as Hansel and Gretel learn to take charge of their destinies and become the clever architects of their own happily ever after. –From the website at Penguin Random House

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  • A Terrible Plan (Lumberjanes #3)

    By: Noelle Stevenson and Shannon Watters
    Recommended for grade(s): 5, 6, 7

    This New York Times Bestselling series continues with Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley as they take on everything that goes bump in the night. From scary stories to magical portals that lead to a land untouched by time, it’s definitely not your average summer. –From Simon & Schuster

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  • Abandoned Amusement Parks

    By: Dinah Williams
    Recommended for grade(s): 5, 6

    There is something both sad and creepy about an abandoned amusement park. Perhaps it’s because a place that was once packed with fun seekers has become slowly choked with weeds. Or maybe it’s because the sound of kids’ excited laughter has been replaced with the quiet creaking of rusted rides. When the only visitors are the spirits of those who died there long ago, an amusement park can be a scary place to visit. Among the 11 amusement parks in this book, children will discover a roller coaster left to rot after nearly killing its passengers, a theme park that is now home to alligators and snakes, and the ghost of a man who is still trying to take a ride on a Ferris wheel that stopped working years ago. The haunting photographs and chilling nonfiction text will keep children turning the pages to discover more spooky stories. –From Bearport

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  • Recommended for grade(s): 6

    More than any other strange phenomena, the existence of life on other planets has sparked the most discussion. Many have claimed to have seen strange spacecraft and some are absolutely sure they’ve been abducted by aliens. Is there any truth to these stories? Could life “out there” exist? Using the scientific method and other information, this book aims to find out! –From the website at Capstone

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  • All Hallows’ Eve: 13 Stories

    By: Vivian Vande Velde
    Recommended for grade(s): 6, 7

    A boy is trapped in a possessed car that has stalled in the path of an oncoming train. A girl is dragged into a crypt during a field trip to an eighteenth-century cemetery. A group of friends meet their fate after an unsettling visit with a backwoods psychic. And that’s just the beginning. Celebrated author Vivian Vande Velde is at her spine-tingling best in this collection of thirteen scary stories, all of which take place on Halloween night. With tales that range from the disturbing to the downright gruesome, this is one collection that teens will want to read with the lights on . . . and the doors locked. –from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

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  • An Inheritance of Ashes

    By: Leah Bobet
    Recommended for grade(s): 6

    The strange war down south — with its rumours of gods and monsters — is over. And while 16-year-old Hallie and her sister wait to see who will return from the distant battlefield, they struggle to maintain their family farm. When Hallie hires a veteran to help them, the war comes home in ways no one could have imagined. Soon Hallie is taking dangerous risks — and keeping desperate secrets. But even as she slowly learns more about the war and the men who fought it, ugly truths about Hallie’s own family are emerging. And while monsters and armies are converging on the small farm, the greatest threat to Hallie’s home may be Hallie herself. — From Clarion Books

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  • Recommended for grade(s): 6

    From zombies to vampires to aliens, meet the real-life monsters of the animal kingdom and explore the gory, gross, and creepy behaviors these creatures have honed in order to survive. Do monsters really exist? Find out for yourself in this fun-filled book of real-life zombifying parasites, bloodsucking vampires, aliens, sea beasts, ghosts, and more. Discover more than 50 creatures with unusual talents, find out what makes each animal tick, and whether they are truly “monsters” after all. Features include eye-popping photography, spine-tingling scientific info, the most up-to-date research, and fun facts for extra knowledge. You’ll also meet the “Mad Scientist” experts who study these real monsters, explore the creepy origins of their mythical counterparts, and learn how these spooky adaptations help them survive. — From National Geographic Children’s Books

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  • Recommended for grade(s): 4, 5

    More hilarious adventures and zany illustrations in the after life of a zombie goldfish! When Tom rescued Frankie the goldfish from his older brother’s evil science experiment by zapping him back to life with a battery, he never expected his pet to become a BIG FAT ZOMBIE GOLDFISH with incredible hypnotic powers . . . but he has to admit it’s helpful, especially when they are thwarting his big brother’s evil plans. Dodging booby traps, avoiding evil possibly-mummified kittens, discovering the truth behind the ancient Egyptian Curse at the local museum . . . it’s all in a night’s work for a zombie goldfish! Then, there’s something fishy going on at sports day. Can Frankie help Pradeep and Tom to foil Mark’s evil plans? Or will Mark and his pet vampire kitten, Fang, take home the gold? –From the website at Macmillan

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  • Aru Shah and the Song of Death

    By: Roshani Chokshi
    Recommended for grade(s): 4

    Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents best-selling author Roshani Chokshi and her sequel to Aru Shah and the End of Time. Aru is only just getting the hang of this whole Pandava thing when the Otherworld goes into full panic mode. The god of love’s bow and arrow have gone missing, and the thief isn’t playing Cupid. Instead, they’re turning people into heartless fighting-machine zombies. If that weren’t bad enough, somehow Aru gets framed as the thief. If she doesn’t find the arrow by the next full moon, she’ll be kicked out of the Otherworld. For good. But, for better or worse, she won’t be going it alone. Along with her soul-sister, Mini, Aru will team up with Brynne, an ultra-strong girl who knows more than she lets on, and Aiden, the boy who lives across the street and is also hiding plenty of secrets. Together they’ll battle demons, travel through a glittering and dangerous serpent realm, and discover that their enemy isn’t at all who they expected. — From Disney Electronic Content

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  • Recommended for grade(s): 6

    “I see your future clearly. Your master will be dead, and you will be alone. It would be better if you had never been born.” Thomas Ward is the apprentice for the local Spook, who banishes boggarts and drives away ghosts. But now a new danger is threatening Tom’s world: the witches are rising and the three most powerful clans are uniting in order to conjure an unimaginable evil. Tom and the Spook set out to stop the witches before they unleash the demon. But when Tom finds himself on his own, he wonders if he has the courage and cunning to defeat the most powerful enemy he has ever encountered. —from the HarperCollins website

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  • Band Together (Lumberjanes #5)

    By: Noelle Stevenson and Shannon Watters
    Recommended for grade(s): 5, 6, 7

    The Lumberjanes meet rock n’ roll mermaids! Excited for the annual Bandicoot Bacchanal, Ripley recruits her friends to help her get ready for the dance. But before the Lumberjanes know it, something mysterious begins to bubble to the surface of the lake near camp! Will the Lumberjanes be able to bring peace to the lake in time for the Bacchanal? –From Simon & Schuster

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  • Battle of the Beasts (House of Secrets #2)

    By: Chris Columbus, Ned Vizzini
    Recommended for grade(s): 5

    The sequel to the New York Times bestselling House of Secrets–hailed by J. K. Rowling as “a breakneck, jam-packed roller coaster of an adventure”–this second installment by Hollywood director Chris Columbus (of Harry Potter fame) and bestselling author Ned Vizzini (It’s Kind of a Funny Story) is full of even more explosive twists and turns. Since the siblings’ last adventure, life in the Walker household is much improved–the family is rich and the Wind Witch is banished. But no Walker will be safe until she is found. Summoning her to San Francisco brings all the danger that comes with her, and puts the Walkers in the crosshairs of a mysterious journey through Denver Kristoff’s books. As the Walkers travel from ancient Rome to World War II to Tibet, they are tested in ways that cut deeper than before–by Denver Kristoff, the Wind Witch, and one another. Fantasy fiction fans who enjoy Rick Riordan will find much to love in this thrilling and action-packed novel. — From HarperCollins

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  • Be Yourself (Princeless #4)

    By: Brett Grunig, Jeremy Whitley
    Recommended for grade(s): 4

    Angoisse Ashe, the oft-forgotten middle sister of the Ashe royal family, is locked in a castle deep in the swamp. Not only is her castle guarded by zombies, but the swamp is full of dangerous hazards. Everything from quicksand to goblins to swamp monsters to… VAMPIRES! But does that give Adrienne pause? Unfortunately not, as she and Bedelia dive head-first into their most dangerous adventure yet! — From Action Lab Entertainment Incorporated

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  • Beastkeeper

    By: Cat Hellisen
    Recommended for grade(s): 6

    Sarah has always been on the move. Her mother hates the cold, so every few months her parents pack their bags and drag her off after the sun. She’s grown up lonely and longing for magic. She doesn’t know that it’s magic her parents are running from. When Sarah’s mother walks out on their family, all the strange old magic they have tried to hide from comes rising into their mundane world. Her father begins to change into something wild and beastly, but before his transformation is complete, he takes Sarah to her grandparents—people she has never met, didn’t even know were still alive. Deep in the forest, in a crumbling ruin of a castle, Sarah begins to untangle the layers of curses affecting her family bloodlines, until she discovers that the curse has carried over to her, too. The day she falls in love for the first time, Sarah will transform into a beast . . . unless she can figure out a way to break the curse forever. — From Henry Holt and Company

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  • Recommended for grade(s): 5

    According to zombie lore, if a zombie bites a person, he or she will become a hungry flesh-eater, too. But how might a zombie virus actually get started—and spread? This book lifts the lid on a whole range of horrifying theories on how “zombie-fication” might happen. This fascinating new title invites zombie fans to investigate the many spine-chilling zombie origin stories. Packed with gruesome details, the book takes readers on a stomach-churning journey through zombie lore and science. Love zombies? Then lock the doors, hunker down, and discover the many weird ways of Becoming a Zombie! — From Bearport Publishing

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  • Recommended for grade(s): 3, 4

    The kids at school dare John to visit the old house on the hill at night, and when he and his sister go in they find dusty dishes set on the table, a book open like it is waiting for a reader, and something hiding under the bed in the attic–and that is only one of the five scary stories with unexpected twists that are included in this collection. –from Scholastic.

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  • Recommended for grade(s): 4, 5

    After several bombs go off around town, eleven-year-old Bernie Magruder becomes suspicious of various members of his family, causing confusion in Officer Feeney’s investigation and around the hotel that his parents run. —from the Scholastic website

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  • Recommended for grade(s): 4, 5

    Bernie and his friends are racing against time to find the person who is threatening the town of Middleburg with toxic gasses. Will they solve the mystery of the Mad Gasser? —from the Scholastic website

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  • Recommended for grade(s): 4, 5

    Bodies are coming and going from the Bessledorf Hotel – dead and alive! Who wants to stay in a hotel full of zombies? Not too many – and that’s a big problem for Mr. Magruder, who’s trying hard to manage his hotel! Bernie’s determined to get to the bottom of the case. Will he and his friends Georgene and Weasel find out how these bodies are mysteriously moving from place to place? —from the website of Simon & Schuster

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  • Recommended for grade(s): 4, 5

    Convinced that the strange things happening at the funeral parlor next door to his family’s hotel are somehow connected to a recent robbery, Bernie determines to become famous by proving his theory and catching the thief. —from the website of Simon & Schuster

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  • Recommended for grade(s): 4, 5

    Bernie Magruder is thinking about love — not for himself, but for his sister Delores. When a charming young man named Dwayne comes to live in the Magruder-run Bessledorf Hotel, Bernie and his pals concoct a scheme to make Dwayne and Delores fall in love. Bernie devotes all this energy toward his sister with one goal in mind: that she will marry Dwayne and move out of the hotel so that Bernie can have her large bedroom. In the meantime, a large, strange building is being constructed in nearby Plattville. But Bernie is so involved in his scheme that he barely notices the troubles ahead, along with Delores’s perilous testing of a parachute she made in the parachute factory where she works. Nationwide attention and publicity complicate Bernie’s plan in a dramatic climax, and he finally realizes his family is far more important than any material possession. —from the website of Simon & Schuster

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  • Beware the Kitten Holy (Lumberjanes #1)

    By: Noelle Stevenson and Shannon Watters
    Recommended for grade(s): 5, 6, 7

    Five best friends spending the summer at Lumberjane scout camp…defeating yetis, three-eyed wolves, and giant falcons…what’s not to love?! Friendship to the max! Jo, April, Mal, Molly and Ripley are five best pals determined to have an awesome summer together…and they’re not gonna let any insane quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way! –From Simon & Schuster

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  • Recommended for grade(s): 6

    For many years, people in the mountains of North America have reported sightings of a strange being that appears to be very large, very hairy, and very smelly! It walks on two legs like a human, but looks more like an ape. People have nicknamed the creature Bigfoot. On the other side of the world, in the mountains of Asia, a similar creature, called the Yeti, is believed to be out there. Could this half man, half beast be real? If so, what it is? Using the scientific method and other information, this book aims to find out! –From the website at Capstone

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  • Bigfoot is Missing!

    By: J. Patrick Lewis and Ken Nesbitt and MinaLima
    Recommended for grade(s): 4, 5

    Children’s Poets Laureate J. Patrick Lewis and Kenn Nesbitt team up to offer a smart, stealthy tour of the creatures of shadowy myth and fearsome legend—the enticing, the humorous, and the strange. Bigfoot, the Mongolian Death Worm, and the Loch Ness Monster number among the many creatures lurking within these pages. Readers may have to look twice—the poems in this book are disguised as street signs, newspaper headlines, graffiti, milk cartons, and more! —From Chronicle

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  • Recommended for grade(s): 4, 5

    John and Sarah cross paths with a sand sculptor whose creations are a little TOO real. Ben inherits a seemingly ordinary pocket watch from his grandfather, and it may be his only hope against a bird with a taste for blood. Jessica and Robbie have been left in Laura’s care for the evening’but tonight Laura doesn’t quite seem like Laura. Three stories. Three more reasons to beg for morning to come. Welcome to the Midnight Library. —from the Scholastic website

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