Scary Books For Kids 9-12 Part 1 (of 4)

Series: Heck  
Author: Dale E. Basye  
Ages 11+
Heck:  Where the Bad Kids Go (Book 1)
When Milton & Marlo Fauster die in a marshmallow bear explosion, they get sent straight to Heck, an otherworldly reform school. Milton can understand why his kleptomaniac sister is here, but Milton is—or was—a model citizen. Has a mistake been made? Not according to Bea “Elsa” Bubb, the Principal of Darkness. She doesn’t make mistakes. She personally sees to it that Heck—whether it be home-ec class with Lizzie Borden, ethics with Richard Nixon, or gym with Blackbeard the Pirate—is especially, well, heckish for the Fausters. Will Milton and Marlo find a way to escape? Or are they stuck here for all eternity, or until they turn 18, whichever comes first?

Series:  An Awfully Beastly Business
Authors:  The Beastly Boys (David Sinden, Matthew Morgan & Guy Macdonald)
Ages:  8+
Werewolf Versus Dragon (Book 1)
When a dragon’s mangled body arrives at the RSPCB, a rescue center for rare and endangered beasts, Ulf the werewolf-boy, uncovers a dark and ghostly secret.  With the help of his friends Orson the giant, Tiana the fairy and Dr. Fielding, Ulf must stop the most evil beast hunter in the world.

Attack of the Fluffy Bunnies by Andrea Beatty - Ages 8+
When Joules and Kevin Rockman’s parents drop them off at Camp Whatsitooya on their way to an International Spamathon, the twins expect a summer of marshmallows, campfires, and canoe trips. What they do not expect is to defend the earth from an invasion of sugar-addicted, murderous, seven-foot-tall rabbits from another galaxy. Happily, the Rockman twins, veteran watchers of the Late, Late, Late Creepy Show for Insomniacs, are unusually well-prepared for dealing with monstrous beings from outer space. If only their fellow campers were so lucky.

Series: Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist
Author: Jim Benton
Ages:  8+
Lunch Walks Among Us (Book1)
Franny K. Stein is not your average girl -- she's a mad scientist. She prefers poison ivy to daisies, and when Franny jumps rope, she uses her pet snake. The kids in Franny's class think she's weird, wacky, and just plain creepy.
Tired of being stared at, Franny decides to attempt her most dangerous experiment yet -- she's going to fit in. but when a giant Monstrous Fiend attacks the class, everyone knows it's up to a mad scientist to save the day. But has Franny lost her creepy, crawly ways?

Series:  Splurch Academy
Author: Julie Gardner Berry
Ages: 9+
The Rat Brain Fiasco (Book 1)
When Cody Mack is called to the principal's office yet again, he finds something far worse than detention awaiting him: Splurch Academy, a frightfully sinister boarding school for disobedient children run by a group of monstrous teachers.

Zombiekins by Kevin Bolger - Ages 8+
Stanley Nudelman turns the boring town of Dementedyville on its head when he buys a mysterious toy at his neighbor's yard sale. Sure, Zombiekins looks cuddly and creepy-cute - but expose him to moonlight, and strange things happen. When Stanley brings Zombiekins to school, he unleashes the worst zombie plague in fourth-grade history! Can Stanley find the courage to save the day before his teachers notice the class is full of zombies? Or will he soon join the ranks of the snuggily UNDEAD?

Series:  The Joy of Spooking
Author: P.J. Bracegirdle
Ages: 9+
Fiendish Deeds (Book 1)
Joy Wells is a proud resident of Spooking, the terrible town at the top of the hideous hill. At the bottom of the hill is Darlington, a plastic suburban “paradise” where Joy and her brother go to school. When the mayor of Darlington announces that a water park is going to be constructed over the Spooking bog, Joy is horrified. She decides that she has to save the mysterious bog and the endangered species in it—but someone is determined to stop her! The Addams Family meets Carl Hiaasen in this quirky mystery with an environmental twist.

The Dead Boys by Royce Buckingham - Ages 10+
In the desert town of Richland, Washington, there stands a giant sycamore tree. Horribly mutated by nuclear waste, it feeds on the life energy of boys that it snags with its living roots. And when Teddy Matthews moves to town, the tree trains its sights on its next victim.

From the start, Teddy knows something is very wrong with Richland-every kid he meets disappears before his eyes. A trip to the cemetery confirms that these boys are actually dead and trying to lure him to the tree. But that knowledge is no help when Teddy is swept into the tree's world, a dark version of Richland from which there is no escape . . .

The Demonkeeper by Royce Buckingham - Ages 11+
Demons are all around us—most of them are relatively harmless, like the ones that go bump in the night or make you stub your toe. But some are dangerous—some can kill. Since he was orphaned as a boy, Nat has been trained by his aged mentor Daliwahl to be a demonkeeper, controlling a menagerie of demons in their old, rickety house in Seattle. But now Dahliwahl is gone and Nat is on his own.
Keeping demons isn’t a very social activity, and when Nat goes on a date with Sandy, a junior librarian’s assistant, it’s a disaster in more ways that one—while Nat’s out, a very scary demon called the Beast escapes. Can Nat get the Beast back to the house and make things right with Sandy—and do it all by himself?

Goblins by Royce Buckingham - Ages 9+
Sneaking out into the woods near the Canadian border, Sam and PJ come across what looks like a mutant gorilla with a bad attitude. But it’s no ape— it’s a goblin, and thousands more of them live under the earth, kept in check only by a small corps of human Guardians.
Sam finds a tunnel below the surface, and in no time he’s in the goblins’ clutches. With goblin leaders Eww-Yuk and Slurp at odds, it will take all of PJ’s strength and ingenuity to get Sam back—but then again, how hard could it be to outsmart a goblin?

Featuring the high adventure and slapstick humor that made Demonkeeper a fantasy favorite, Goblins! is a subterranean romp that will keep readers laughing as they race through the pages to see what happens next.

Crooked Hills by Cullen Bunn - Ages 9+

For Charlie and his brother, Alex, an unexpected trip to visit their Aunt Mary in the haunted town of Crooked Hills turns into a life-changing adventure, forcing them to confront local bullies, hell hounds, dead witches, and girls with slingshots! A throwback to classic adventures like that of the Hardy Boys, mixed with the creepiness of GOOSEBUMPS and CIRQUE DU FREAK, Cullen Bunn's CROOKED HILLS blends mystery and adventure to weave a fun and unforgettable story of will, friendship and family bonds.

Note! This book has not yet been released.  Look for it at end of October

Series:  3:15    
Author: Patrick Carman 
Ages 9+
Things That Go Bump in the Night (Season One)
Read, watch, and listen to each chilling story in 15 minutes or less!
3:15 means several things. It's a time when things go bump in the night.  A feeling . . . that chill running down your spine.

It means 10 terrifying tales that you'll experience in 3 parts: A frightful audio introduction. Several spooky pages of text. And a creepy video conclusion you can watch online. All in 15 minutes or less.

Step into the world of 3:15 and you'll meet Cody Miller, whose greed leads to a grave mistake; Dylan Smith, who should know better than to show off his snowboarding skills on a haunted mountain; and "Night on the Dredge," a new story set in the world of Skeleton Creek,and more.

Series:  Skeleton Creek
Author:  Patrick Carman
Ages 11+
Skeleton Creek: Ryan's Journal (Book1)
Strange things are happening in Skeleton Creek . . . and Ryan and Sarah are trying to get to the heart of it. But after an eerie accident leaves Ryan housebound and forbidden to see Sarah, their investigation takes two tracks: Ryan records everything in his journal, while Sarah uses her videocam to search things out. . .and then email the clips for Ryan to see.
In a new, groundbreaking format, the story is broken into two parts -- Ryan's text in the book, and Sarah's videos on a special website, with links and passwords given throughout the book.

Series:  Diary of a Wimpy Vampire
Author: Tim Collins
Ages:  10+
Diary of a Wimpy Vampire (Book 1)
Nigel Mullet was transformed into a vampire when he was still a teenager, and will remain this age forever. Unfortunately, he became a vampire at the awkward age of fifteen, and must spend eternity coping with acne and an ineptitude with girls...In his very funny diary, Nigel chronicles his desperate attempts to be noticed by the love of his life, Chloe Sparrow, the constant mortification caused by his vampire parents and the frustration one feels knowing you've got all of boring eternity stretching out in front of you.  Forced to hang out with the Goths and emo kids due to his pale skin and social awkwardness, and constantly battling his embarrassingly overwhelming desire to sink his fangs into Chloe's neck, will Nigel ever get his girl?

Series:  Diary of a Wimpy Vampire
Author: Tim Collins
Ages:  10+
Diary of a Wimpy Vampire Prince of Dorkness (Book 2)
With new vampire powers and a girlfriend, Nigel Mullet is finally happy and popular as a fresh school year begins. But then a new guy, Jason, comes onto the scene. All the girls think he’s better looking and definitely stronger and faster than Nigel. And he’s just stolen Nigel’s new girlfriend. What’s a totally lame vampire to do?

Write bad poetry, get regularly beaten up by his little sister, and spy on Jason that’s what! Eventually Nigel follows Jason and his family to the park in the middle of the night—and is stunned to see them all transform into werewolves. Will the truth win his girlfriend back? Or will Nigel be left howling at the moon in frustration?

The Gates by John Connely -  Ages 11+
Wickedly funny in the way of Douglas Adams (THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY), Connolly tells the story of a British schoolboy who happens to see strange goings-on through the basement window of a neighbor's house. It turns out that the Hadron Collider in Cern, Switzerland, had a bit accidentally "whiz off" three days before Halloween, and now, well, all hell is literally breaking loose.

Monsters of Morley Manor by Bruce Coville - Ages 9+
What do you get when you mix together--
werewolves, vampires, mad scientists, wizards, aliens, alternate dimensions, tiny people, Transylvania, ancient curses, giant frogs, evil clones, ghosts, lawyers, shape-changers, fallen angels, journeys through hell, zombie warriors, body snatchers, and two clever kids in whose hands rests the fate of Earth?
--The craziest adventure-comedy-fantasy-mystery from bestselling novelist Bruce Coville, that's what.

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