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Scary Stories

last modified on 09/22/2008

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As the nights get colder and darker, teens will find it hard to put these spooky books down. From classic ghost stories and creepy folklore to modern and even futuristic tales, these books will appeal to teens who can't get enough of scary stories!

Total: 12
Status: Public
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Acceleration

Interest Level: Grades 9 - 12

Grade Level Equivalent: 6.2

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Mystery and Suspense

Resources: Yes

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While working for the Toronto subway system during the summer, Duncan finds a journal in the Lost & Found that leads him to believe a serial killer is on the loose. When the police refuse to investigate the matter, Duncan launches his own investigation, leading readers on a suspense-filled, terrifying journey to capture the killer before it is too late.

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Black Mirror

Interest Level: Grades 9 - 12

Grade Level Equivalent: 5.8

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: General Fiction, Mystery and Suspense

Resources: Yes

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Frances and her brother Daniel attend the same prep school. Popular Daniel is a member of a secret society, while Frances is much more of a loner. When Daniel seems to OD, however, Frances infiltrates the society to find out the real story of what happened to her brother.

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Coraline

by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Dave McKean

Interest Level: Grades 6 - 8

Grade Level Equivalent: 5.2

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Horror and Supernatural, Fantasy, Science Fiction and Fantasy

Resources: Yes

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When Coraline and her family move into a new house, she finds a mysterious other world on the other side of one of the house's many doors. The creepy characters of this other dark world lead Coraline on a number of spine-tingling adventures, but readers will be enchanted by Coraline's courage and resourcefulness.

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Dead Girls Don't Write Letters

Interest Level: Grades 9 - 12

Grade Level Equivalent: 6.2

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: General Fiction, Mystery and Suspense

Resources: Yes

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When Sunny gets a letter from Jazz, her dead sister, she's not sure what to expect next. When "Jazz" shows up at their door, it quickly becomes obvious that all is not as it seems. The ending will prove to be a good discussion starter for readers.

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Death Note

Interest Level: Grades 10 - 12

Genre: Comic Books and Graphic Novels, Horror and Supernatural

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When a death god accidentally drops a notebook, teenager Light finds it and discovers that simply writing someone's name in the book will cause their death. Deciding to rid the world of evil, Light goes on a killing spree. The violent and horrific premise makes this most suitable for older teens who will find that it reads just like a horror film. There are 12 volumes in this series.

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Full Tilt

Interest Level: Grades 6 - 8

Grade Level Equivalent: 5.4

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: General Fiction, Horror and Supernatural, Science Fiction and Fantasy

Resources: Yes

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Blake is a cautious young man who finds himself in the middle of a nightmare as he is forced to survive seven harrowing amusement park rides in an effort to save his brother. Full of surreal scenes and characters, as well as psychological drama, readers will find themselves spellbound by Blake's battle for his soul.

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Martyn Pig

Interest Level: Grades 5 - 12

Grade Level Equivalent: 4.9

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: General Fiction, Young Adult

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When his father goes on yet another drinking binge, Martyn lashes out and accidentally kills him. Instead of going to the authorities, he and his neighbor (on whom he has a secret crush) decide to cover it up. Just when Martyn thinks he has the situation under control, however, things take a dramatic turn that leaves him wondering how he will get his life back on track. Filled with suspense and moral inquiry, readers will also enjoy the surprising comic relief sprinkled throughout the book.

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Revenge of the Whale: The True Story of the Whaleship Essex

Interest Level: Grades 6 - 8

Grade Level Equivalent: 8.5

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: General Nonfiction

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Sometimes the scariest stories are the true ones. After a whale disables their ship, several sailors from Nantucket are trapped at sea in small boats with dwindling food and resources. Readers will cringe at the gruesome decisions the sailors must make to stay alive, but will learn a great deal about the whaling world of the 19th century.

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Revenge of the Witch

(The Last Apprentice)

by Joseph Delaney, illustrated by Patrick Arrasmith

Interest Level: Grades 6 - 8

Grade Level Equivalent: 7.2

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: General Fiction

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12-year old Tom leaves the family farm and becomes the apprentice to The Spook, whose job it is to keep the village safe from witches, boggarts, and other things that go bump in the night. Before long, however, he has made some terrible mistakes — will he be able to escape a horrific fate that awaits him?

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Skeleton Man

by Joseph Bruchac, illustrated by Sally Wern Comport

Interest Level: Grades 6 - 8

Grade Level Equivalent: 5.4

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Mystery and Suspense

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Molly is left on her own when her parents vanish, that is, until a previously unknown "uncle" comes for her. What did he have to do with her parents' disappearance? Could he be the Skeleton Man of the Mohawk legend that Molly's father had enjoyed telling so much? Scary and fast-paced, this novel combines folktale and contemporary characters for an irresistibly creepy read.

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The Last Universe

Interest Level: Grades 9 - 12

Grade Level Equivalent: 6.5

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Science Fiction and Fantasy

Resources: Yes

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The scariest story you will ever read about quantum physics! Gary is confined to a wheelchair, while his older sister Susan must act as his caretaker over the summer. While exploring the maze in their garden that seems somehow connected to Gary's illness, they make a scary discovery resulting in a suspense-filled, shocking story shaped by the mysteries of quantum theory.

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The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Writings

Interest Level: Grades 8 - 12

Grade Level Equivalent: 9

Includes: Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Classics, Horror and Supernatural, Songs and Lyrics

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In this classic, chilling tale from one of our country's greatest masters of terror, our narrator thinks he has gotten away with murder...but the victim's heart may yet do him in.

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