Get ready for Halloween with these new scary books from Scholastic!
Creepella von Cracklefur: A Suitcase Full of Ghosts By Geronimo Stilton for Ages 7–10
Creepella is about to interview the famouse Hector Spector, who has come to Mysterious Valley with his Galloping Ghost Circus. But before she can, she has a mystery on her paws—someone is playing tricks and making messes all over Cacklefur Castle! Can she put a stop to these ghastly gags?
Ghosts By Raina Telgemeier for Ages 8-12
Catrina and her family are moving to the coast of Northern California because her little sister, Maya, is sick. Cat isn’t happy about leaving her friends for Bahía de la Luna, but Maya has cystic fibrosis and will benefit from the cool, salty air that blows in from the sea. As the girls explore their new home, a neighbor lets them in on a secret: There are ghosts in Bahía de la Luna. Maya is determined to meet one, but Cat wants nothing to do with them. As the time of year when ghosts reunite with their loved ones approaches, Cat must figure out how to put aside her fears for her sister’s sake — and her own.
The Gathering (Shadow House, Book 1) By Dan Poblocki for Ages 8–12
You don’t just read this ghost story. You step into it. Some houses are more than just haunted . . . they’re hungry. Dash, Dylan, Poppy, Marcus, and Azumi don’t know this at first. They each think they’ve been summoned to Shadow House for innocent reasons. But there’s nothing innocent about Shadow House. Something within its walls is wickedly wrong. Nothing–and nobody–can be trusted. Hallways move. Doors vanish. Ghosts appear. Children disappear. And the way out? That’s disappeared, too. . . . Enter Shadow House . . . if you dare.
Goosebumps Most Wanted #10: Lizard of Oz By R.L. Stine for Ages 8–12
The infamous Most Wanted Goosebumps characters are out on the loose and after you!
Kate Orton loves animals, especially unusual ones. So when she sees a pop-up ad on her computer for an amazing lizard from Australia, she has to have it. The ad says the lizard is actually a kind of chameleon-it can change its color to blend in with its surroundings. But what makes this lizard really strange is that it’s a copycat-the ad says it can even change its shape.
Kate’s parents don’t believe all the claims in the ad, but they tell her to go ahead and order it. They tell her not to be disappointed if it’s just a plain old lizard. After anxiously checking the mail every day for two weeks, the package finally arrives from Australia. Kate can’t wait to open it. But when she does-there’s no lizard inside. Instead, she finds an egg with a warning:
You MUST let the egg hatch by itself. Do NOT hurry it and do NOT open the egg early-no matter how much noise it makes.
Goosebumps Most Wanted Special Edition #4:The Haunter By R.L. Stine for Ages 8–12
Sammy Baker, twelve, is a quiet kid who wishes he wasn’t so shy and timid. He is frightened but eager to prove he can be brave. On Halloween night, he follows his friends to the Barlow House, an abandoned mansion on the edge of the woods. It’s rumored a whole family died in the house many years before, and everyone knows there are ghosts there.
Just past midnight, he feels a cold tingle at the back of his neck. The cold seeps down, a heavy chill he has never felt before. Soon, his whole head feels like a block of ice. He’s about to scream — but the cold feeling vanishes. He realizes the others are watching him — because he’s panting so frantically.
Sammy doesn’t realize that his body has been invaded by a ghost known as The Haunter. The Haunter takes over Sammy’s brain and gives him instructions that he has to obey. But The Haunter’s commands become more and more dangerous. And then life-threatening. And to his horror, Sammy realizes The Haunter’s goal — to turn Sammy into a ghost, too!