Halloween Reads 2018!

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Looking for some ooky spooky reads for the kids this weekend? Halloween is just around the corner and we’ve made a list of some of our favourite supernatural, mysterious haunts for different ages!

Mary and Frankenstein – Linda Bailey, illustrated by Julia Sarda
Andersen Press 978-1783446797

A beautifully illustrated 48 paged book telling the true story of Mary Shelley and how she grew up to write Frankenstein. After a troubled childhood, eighteen-year-old Mary runs away to Switzerland with Percy Bysse Shelley. On a stormy night, they gather round the fire to tell ghost stories! When Mary learns electricity can make dead frogs twitch, she has a nightmare that inspires one of the greatest spooky stories of all time. 9-12.


The Littlest Witch – Bianca Pitzorno, Illustrated by Mark Beech

When great-uncle Sempronio dies, Alfonso thinks he’s going to inherit his fortune. But there’s one condition: Alfonso must marry a witch within a year. Translated from Italian, it’s a quirky, sometimes gross read for the kids that won’t keep them up late. 5-8.

The Littlest Witch

Dark Wood Dark Water – Tina Callaghan

Three teenagers form an alliance with a historian to find out what happened to their loved ones who were taken by the water. Tense, uneasy and inspired by folklore this fast-paced novel is for the brave only. YA.

Dark Wood Dark Water


The Surface Breaks – Louise O’Neill

The menace of the original fairytale is back! When Gaia first sees a human, she makes the ultimate sacrifice to follow her heart. Her voice is stolen and her body subjected to horrors. A feminist take on the classic for young adults, O’Neill tackles issues such as consent, objectification and the patriarchy. YA.

The Surface Breaks


The Smoke Thieves – Sally Green

A princess, a traitor, a soldier, a thief. Five teenagers with life-changing decisions to make, fighting for their nations and their lives. Their futures are not determined by their pasts, but by the unpredictable tides of magic and war. A medieval fantasy aimed at Game of Thrones fans. YA.

The Smoke Thieves


What Manor of Murder? – Christopher William Hill
Orchard Books 978-1408332931

A Bleakley Brothers Mystery. Once a year, Old Bramble Head rises from the grave to claim another victim from the Bleakley Household. Will Horatio and Eustace Bleakley be able to solve the mystery in time? An ooky spooky tale for youngsters. 9-12.

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The Beast Player – Nahoko Uehashi

This beautiful tale follows the story of Elin, who has a passion for animals and beasts unlike anyone else around her and can forge incredible relationships with these creatures. This gift proves perilous, throwing Elin into the middle of wars, power plays and conflicts. Translated from the original Japanese, this epic fantasy is a must for any reader interested in complex imaginary worlds. YA.

The Beast Player

The Wizards of Once: Twice Magic – Cressida Cowell
Hodder Children’s Books: 978-1444941401

Wish is in possession of a powerful, Magic Spelling Book; Xar has a dangerous Witchstain on his hand. Together they can save the Wildwoods from the curse of the Witches but they are separated by the highest wall imaginable, and time is running out. 9-12.

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The Monsters We Deserve – Marcus Sedgwick
Zephyr: 978-1788542302

As Byron, Polidori, and Mr and Mrs Shelley shelter from the unexpected weather, old ghost stories are read and new ghost stories imagined. Born by the twin brains of the Shelleys is Frankenstein, one of the most influential tales of horror of all time. In a remote mountain house, high in the French Alps, an author broods on Shelley’s creation. Reality and perception merge, fuelled by poisoned thoughts. Humankind makes monsters; but who really creates who? It deals with the thought processes that go into the imagination. The second Frankenstein inspired book on our list to mark the bicentenary. YA.