Books that will give you chills and thrills this Halloween

By Kerry McGuire

With Halloween fast approaching, our team are loving adding some spooky new titles from a diverse range of authors to Accelerated Reader. So for a bit of inspiration for your school library’s Halloween display, check out our choices along with the books’ Accelerated Reader quiz information below.



Lower Years

How Many Sleeps ‘Til Halloween? by Laura Knowles, illustrated by Gabriele Tafuni
Quiz # 2411176 | BL 2.8 | Mortimer Children’s Books
Everyone on Scary Street, from ghosts to witches and mummies to vampires, is getting ready for Halloween as they count down to the big night.

Monster Trouble! by Lane Fredrickson, illustrated by Michael Robertson
Quiz # 241184 | BL 3.2 | Sterling Publishing
Although Winifred thinks the monsters who creep into her bedroom each night are cute, she cannot get any sleep and tries to scare them away.

Dear Spookysaur by Chae Strathie, illustrated by Nicola O’Byrne
Quiz # 241147 | BL 4.0 | Scholastic Children’s Books
Max is getting ready for Halloween and the party at the museum. He starts writing to T. Rex and soon learns that the dinosaur has no idea what Halloween is all about.

Middle Years

Stoneywish and Other Chilling Stories by Joan Aiken
Quiz # 240722 | BL 5.9 | Bloomsbury Publishing
This collection includes four chilling stories, guaranteed to send a shiver down your spine – from a mysterious traveller who leaves his horse with a stranger, to a garden plant that takes on a life of its own.

Mason Mooney; Paranormal Investigator by Seaerra Miller
Quiz # 241130 | BL 4.3 | Flying Eye Books
Join Mason Mooney in this graphic novel as he tackles ghosts, grumpy teenagers and a witch’s curse to prove once and for all who the REAL talent in the world of paranormal creatures is. This is the start of a new series!

Igor’s Lab of Fear: Express series by Michael Dahl
BL 1.7 – 1.9 | Raintree
In this High/Low Express series aimed at reluctant readers, join Professor Igor in his lab as he takes a look at some unsettling specimens, and find out the creepy stories behind them.

The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste
Quiz # 238612 | BL 4.6 | Algonquin
In the first book of the much-loved Jumbies series, eleven-year-old Corinne must call on her courage and ancient magic to stop an evil spirit and save her island home.

The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi
Quiz # 240053 | BL 5.4 | Salaam Reads
When twelve-year-old Farah and her two best friends get sucked into a mechanical board game called “The Gauntlet of Blood and Sand”, a puzzle game much like a large Rubik’s cube, they know it is up to them to defeat the game’s diabolical architect.

Suee and the Shadow by Ginger Ly
Quiz # 241190 | BL 2.7 | Amulet Books
When Suee transfers to the dull and ordinary Outskirts Elementary, she doesn’t expect to hear a strange voice speaking to her from the darkness of the school’s exhibit room, and she definitely doesn’t expect to see her shadow come to life.


Middle Years Plus

DeadEndia: The Broken Halo by Hamish Steele
Quiz #241139 | BL 2.9 | Nobrow Press
In book #2 of this graphic novel series, Dead End is reopening as a hotel, and manager Norma is determined to leave the ghosts of the past where they belong. But with her friendship with Barney up in the air and her soul falling out of her body, can she keep it together?

Horror Hotel series by Tim Collins
BL 2.3 – 2.5 | Badger Publishing
This six-book High/Low series features some seriously scary and mysterious adventures filled with monsters, intelligent technology and an eccentric hotel manager who may or may not be there to help guests!

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
Quiz # 241260 | BL 5.2 | Swoon Reads
When his traditional Latinx family struggles to accept his true gender, Yadriel, a transgender boy, is determined to prove himself as a real brujo. With help, he summons a spirit and helps a new friend.


Upper Years

Slay by Kim Curran
Quiz # 240077 | BL 5.0 | Usborne
When Milly arrives home to discover her mum has been taken over by something very evil, she finds herself in mortal danger. But on hand to rescue her are the boys in the hottest band on the planet!

Mina and the Undead by Amy McCaw
Quiz # 240543 | BL 5.0 | UCLan Publishing
Visiting her sister, Libby, in New Orleans, Mina discovers the body of a murdered girl with puncture marks on her neck, clutching a lock of hair that suspiciously resembles Libby’s. Mina must prove her sister’s innocence.

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
Quiz # 240231 | BL 6.5 | Sourcebooks
Discovering her power for necromancy after accidentally resurrecting her brother from the dead, Tea is ostracised by her community but partners with an older bone witch who trains her as a wielder of elemental magic.

Five Midnights by Ann Dávila Cardinal
Quiz # 241189 | BL 5.0 | Tom Doherty Associates Inc.
Lupe Davila and Javier Utierre try to solve a series of grisly murders sweeping through Puerto Rico before the killer catches up with them.

As I Descended by Robin Talley
Quiz # 241174 | BL 4.5 | HarperCollins
Maria Lyon and Lily Boiten are the school’s ultimate power couple, but one thing stands between them and their perfect future: campus superstar Delilah Dufrey. But when feuds turn to fatalities, the girls must decide where they draw the line.

A Werewolf in Riverdale by Caleb Roehrig
Quiz #241450 | BL 7.1 | Scholastic
Someone is killing the citizens of Riverdale. After a bloody full moon, Jughead realises he is a werewolf and the killer.


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Happy Halloween!

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