Spooky stories for kids are having a bit of a moment with a cluster of new titles featuring ghosts and other eerie characters hitting the shelves in recent years.
So, with Halloween on the horizon, I asked Allison Rushby – the third musketeer in the Your Kid’s Next Read community – to create a list of releases (new and favourites) for kids who love spooky stories.
Allison is the perfect curator for a list like this, being not only a big fan of stories both spooky and scary (see this earlier list she created for more options for middle-grade readers) but an author of junior fiction and middle-grade novels that hit that perfect sweet spot between spooky and safe.
For younger readers, try her latest book Miss Penny and The Midnight Kittens, while middle-grade readers will love The Ghost Locket and The Mulberry Tree.
More spooky stories for middle-grade readers
This selection of spooky stories is mostly aimed at kids 8-12. Click the link to find out more about each book or to purchase from Booktopia*
Honour Among Ghosts by Sean Williams
Her Perilous Mansion by Sean Williams
Gus and the Starlight by Victoria Carless
The Goodbye Year by Emily Gale
A Girl Called Corpse by Reece Carter
Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega
A Ghost in my Suitcase by Gabrielle Wang
Ting Ting the Ghosthunter by Gabrielle Wang
Prometheus High (series) by Stuart Wilson
The Haunting of Aveline Jones (series) by Phil Hickes, illustrated by Keith Robinson
The Ghost Locket by Allison Rushby
Miss Penny Dreadful and the Midnight Kittens by Allison Rushby
The Mulberry Tree by Allison Rushby
Are you new here? Welcome to my blog! I’m Allison Tait, aka A.L. Tait, and I’m the author of middle-grade series, The Mapmaker Chronicles, The Ateban Cipher, and the Maven & Reeve Mysteries. You can find out more about me here, and more about my books here.
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