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Recommended Spooky Books for Teens

Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender
When fifteen-year-old Lexi’s younger sister Kasey begins behaving strangely and their old Victorian house seems to take on a life of its own, Lexi investigates and discovers some frightening facts about previous occupants of the house, leading her to believe that many lives are in danger.

Token of Darkness by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
After Cooper Blake wakes from a serious car accident to find himself in the company of an attractive, tormented ghost, he keeps his visions to himself until he discovers that two of his peers also hide supernatural abilities.

Tim, Defender of the Earth by Sam Enthoven
When two gargantuan, human-made monsters clash over the future of the human race and the planet, fourteen-year-old Anna Mallahide has a hard time convincing her classmate, Chris Pitman, that he must play any role in the outcome of their epic battle.

Evernight by Claudia Gray
Sixteen-year-old Bianca, a new girl at the sinister Evernight boarding school, finds herself drawn to another outsider, Lucas, but dark forces threaten to tear them apart and destroy Bianca’s entire world.  Stargazer and Hourglass are the next books in this series about Bianca and Lucas.

Ribbajack & Other Curious Yarns by Brian Jacques
This book is a collection of six short stories which feature a variety of monstrous creatures by the author of the Redwall series.

You Are So Undead to Me by Stacey Jay
Megan Berry, a Carol, Arkansas, high school student who can communicate with the Undead, must team up with her childhood friend Ethan to save homecoming from an army of flesh-hungry zombies.

Beast by Ally Kennen
Stephen hasn’t had it easy. He’s now in foster care because his mom is crazy and his dad is an ex-con vagabond. He’s always in trouble or on his way to trouble. But none of these problems compare to the problem of The Beast — a fierce crocodile that Stephen’s been taking care of for years.

Blood Ninja by Nick Lake
After his father is murdered and a ninja saves his life, Taro discovers the connection between ninjas and vampires and finds himself being dragged into a bitter conflict between the rival lords ruling Japan.

Swoon by Nina Malkin
In rural Connecticut, when seventeen-year-old Dice tries to exorcise a seventeenth-century man who is possessing her cousin Pen, she inadvertently makes him corporeal–and irresistible.

Breathe: A Ghost Story by Cliff McNish
When he and his mother move into an old farmhouse in the English countryside, Jack discovers that he can communicate with the ghosts inhabiting the house and inadvertently establishes a relationship with a tormented, malevolent spirit that threatens to destroy both his mother and himself.

Ruined by Paula Morris
When Rebecca goes to New Orleans to stay with her voodoo-obsessed aunt, she finds the beautiful old city haunted by the effects of Hurricane Katrina.

The Stone Child by Dan Poblocki
When friends Eddie, Harris, and Maggie discover that the scary adventures in their favorite author’s fictional books come true, they must find a way to close the portal that allows evil creatures and witches to enter their hometown of Gatesweed.

The Death Collector by Justin Richards
Three teens and a curator of unclassified artifacts at the British Museum match wits with a madman determined to use unorthodox methods to reanimate the dead, both humans and dinosaurs.

Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow
Sixteen-year-old Dru’s psychic abilities helped her father battle zombies and other creatures of the “Real World,” but now she must rely on herself, a “werwulf”-bitten friend, and a half-human vampire hunter to learn who murdered her parents, and why.

Killer Pizza by Greg Taylor
While working as summer employees in a local pizza parlor, three teenagers are recruited by an underground organization of monster hunters.

Being Dead by Vivian Van Velde
This book is a collection of seven supernatural stories, all having something to do with death.

The Monstrumologist by Richard Yancey
In 1888, twelve-year-old Will Henry chronicles his apprenticeship with Dr. Warthrop, a scientist who hunts and studies real-life monsters, as they discover and attempt to destroy a pod of Anthropophagi.

Loch by Paul Zindel
Fifteen-year-old Loch and his younger sister join their father on a scientific expedition searching for enormous prehistoric creatures sighted in a Vermont lake, but soon discover that the expedition’s leaders aren’t interested in preserving the creatures.