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Berenstain, Stan, 1923-2005.
JEASY BER
One by one, three brave little bears have second thoughts about exploring the interior of a spooky old tree.

JEASY SCA

Schwartz, Alvin, 1927-1992.
JEASY SCH
Presents seven, easy-to-read ghost stories based on traditional folk tales and legends from various countries.

Ziefert, Harriet.
J 398.2 ZIE
A teeny-tiny woman finds a teeny-tiny bone in a graveyard and takes it home to make soup, but changes her mind during the night.

Beginning Chapter Books

Adler, David A.
J FICTION ADL
Cam and her friend Eric chase the thief of Aunt Katie's wallet through an amusement park and find themselves involved in another case requiring their special detective skills.

Ruepp, Krista.
J FICTION RUE
Charlie and her new friend Mona ride their horses out to a sand bar, but when a sudden sea fog comes up they try to make their way back to the island, fearing the ghost stories they've been told might be true.

Scarier

Folklore & Non-Fiction

Houran, Lori Haskins.
J 133.1097 HAS
Recounts four fact-based tales of hauntings, including a ghost horse on the coast of Massachusetts, a haunted painting at a Virginia plantation, a skeleton in Colorado, and a ghostly sea captain of California.

MacDonald, Margaret Read, 1940-
J 398.2097 MAC
Contains first-person accounts of ghostly encounters in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia, where the apparitions seem to be more or less non-threatening, and many are possessed with musical abilities.

Olson, Arielle North.
J 398.2 OLS
Can you escape from an evil wizard? Can you outrun a corpse? Can you learn secrets from a severed head? These terrifying questions, and many more, enliven twenty-two tales collected from around the world and retold. From China to Egypt, and Spain to Hawaii, people have gathered for generations to listen to spooky stories that make the backs of their necks prickle. You can share their nightmares of monstrous sea ghosts with sharp green teeth, women with blood-red hair that turns into snakes, skulls that defy death, and treasure chambers that can trap you inside forever. In huts and palaces, by campfires and hearths, people huddle close together to hear these tales. But if you read them alone, beware!

Schwartz, Alvin, 1927-1992.
J 398.2 SCH
Some boys and girls were at a party on night. There was a graveyard down the street, and they were talking about how scary it was ...

Schwartz, Alvin, 1927-1992.
J 398.2 SCH
More traditional and modern-day stories of ghosts, witches, vampires, "jump" stories, and scary songs.

J Fiction

Bellairs, John.
J FICTION BEL
Twelve-year old Johnny Dixon and his friend Professor Childermass look for the hidden will left by an eccentric cereal tycoon who wished to make life difficult for his heirs after his own death by suicide.

Cooper, Susan, 1935-
J FICTION COO
On the Midwinter Day that is his eleventh birthday, Will Stanton discovers an astounding gift -- that he is the last of the Old Ones, immortals who fight to keep the powers of evil, the Dark, from taking over the world. At once, he is plunged into a quest for the six magical Signs that will one day aid the Old Ones in the final battle between the Light and the Dark. But the Dark has already sent out the Rider -- evil cloaked in black, mounted on a midnight stallion -- and has far worse in store. Will must find the six great signs -- wood, bronze, iron, water, fire, and stone -- before the Dark begins its dreadful rise.

Cooper, Susan, 1935-
J FICTION COO
After visiting the castle in Scotland which her family has inherited and returning home to Canada, twelve-year-old Emily finds that she has accidentally brought back with her a boggart, an invisible and mischievous spirit with a fondness for practical jokes.

Cooper, Susan, 1935-
J FICTION COO
In this companion volume to The Boggart, the invisible and mischievous spirit living in the Scottish Castle Keep sets out to help save Nessie the Loch Ness Monster, one of its few remaining cousins.

Jacques, Brian.
J FICTION JAC
A collection of six short stories which feature a variety of monstrous creatures by the author of the Redwall series.

Stine, R. L.
J FICTION STI

Scariest

YA Fiction

Cabot, Meg.
Everything is going great for Suze. Her new life in California is a whirlwind of parties and excellent hair days. Tad Beaumont, the hottest boy in town, has even asked Suze out on her very first date. Suze is so excited that she's willing to ignore her misgivings about Tad...particularly the fact that he's not Jesse, whose ghostly status--not to mention apparent disinterest in her--make him unattainable. What Suze can't ignore, however, is the ghost of a murdered woman whose death seems directly connected to dark secrets hidden in none other than Tad Beaumont's past.
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Fleischman, Paul.
YAUDIO DISC FICTION FLEISCHMAN
In this horror novel parody, three self-centered members of Cliffside High School's ruling clique, who are beginning to age rapidly, become convinced that the beautiful new exchange student is the ghost of the girl whose death they caused the year before.

Shan, Darren.
YA FICTION SHA
Darren Shan is just an ordinary schoolboy who enjoys hanging out with his three best friends. Then one day they stumble across as invitation to visit the Cirque du Freak, a mysterious freak show. Only two tickets are available, so they draw straws to see who will go. As if by destiny, Darren wins one, and what follows is his horrifying descent into the dark and bloody world of vampires.

Stevenson, Robert Louis, 1850-1894.
FICTION STE

Gaiman, Neil.
YOUNG ADULT FICTION GAI
Looking for excitement, Coraline ventures through a mysterious door into a world that is similar, yet disturbingly different from her own, where she must challenge a gruesome entity in order to save herself, her parents, and the souls of three others.

Non-Fiction

Farman, John.
J 133.109 FAR
Presents information on the concept of ghosts throughout history and around the world, as well as famous individual "human" ghosts.

YA GN