Spooky reads for 9+ year olds

Embrace Halloween with our recommended spooky reads for 9 – 11 year olds, including Flood and Fang, The Dark is Rising and Uncle Montague’s Tales of Terror.

A Series of Unfortunate Events

A Series of Unfortunate Events

Lemony Snicket

The first in the series of books featuring the unfortunate Baudelaire children, who must summon all their courage and ingenuity to escape from the scheming Count Olaf. This is a real page-turner that will have your children clamouring for more!

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Flood and Fang

Flood and Fang

Marcus Sedgwick, Pete Williamson

Narrated by Edgar, a cantankerous raven, this quirky gothic story introduces us to the Otherhand family who live in Otherhand Castle. The castle has a mind of its own. When a maid disappears and a monster tries to take over, the castle seals itself and starts to flood in an effort to get rid of the invader. But… the Otherhands are trapped inside.

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The Dark is Rising

The Dark is Rising

Susan Cooper

A fantasy quest story which draws on Celtic mythology and Arthurian legend, this is a multi–layered story which manages to work symbolically but maintain a fast–paced plot.

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Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror

Uncle Montague’s Tales of Terror

Chris Priestly

For children who like to be spooked, these stories-within-a-story build up suspense beautifully. Edgar visits his Uncle Montague to listen to his tales of terror, each of which seem to reveal more about Uncle Montague himself.

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Room 13

Room 13

Robert Swindells

A rather splendid tale, and winner of the Children’s Book Award in 1990, Room 13 is humorously spooky. When Fliss and her school friends stay at Crow’s Nest Hotel, they soon discover that all is not as it seems. A great read for children of 10 and over.

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Harris Burdick Chronicles

The Chronicles of Harris Burdick: 14 Amazing Authors Tell the Tales

Chris Van Allsburg

A collection of short stories that will fascinate young readers, based on Chris Van Allsburgs intriguing illustrations and featuring authors such as Stephen King, Lemony Snicket and Kate DiCamillo.

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