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All the Lovely Bad Ones

Mary Downing Hahn (2008), 192 pages
Audience: 4th Grade - 7th Grade
Category: Fiction, Scary
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Travis and his kid sister, Corey, are known throughout the family as 'high-spirited' kids that love to play tricks on unsuspecting people. When Travis and Corey are sent to the Fox Hill Inn to help their grandmother for the summer, they are both looking for adventure. After hearing that the Inn is supposedly haunted, Travis and Corey decide to 'make' a ghost appear at midnight. With the help of a flashlight, makeup, a filmy white scarf, and some well-timed screams, the kids awaken a real ghost - Ada Haggs, an evil and vengeful spirit, as well as all the lovely bad ones (the children she tormented when Fox Hill Inn was the county poor farm). Events soon spiral out of control, and Travis and Corey must discover a way to get rid of Ada and stop the haunting. Will they be able to put Ada and the children to rest, or will Fox Hill Inn be haunted forever?
Awards won: Rebecca Caudill Award
Reviewed by: blk
Date read: 5/19/2009
ISBN-10: 0618854673
ISBN-13: 9780618854677
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Commenter: Donna Dettman, grade 9
This book has just the right amount of creepiness! My favorite scene is in the dining room when everything is flying all over and Grandmother finally realizes that something really is going on. I enjoyed the similarity between Travis and Corey and 'the lovely bad ones'. The phrase from J W Riley's poem is just haunting enough to remain after the book is finished.
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Are Ghosts Real?

Patrick Perish (2014), 32 pages
Audience: K - 3rd Grade
Category: Easy Reader, Nonfiction, Scary
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Many people believe that when spooky things happen, it's because ghosts are around. This book will explain what people think about ghosts, what people do to try and find ghosts, and give some examples of famous ghost stories. After reading this book, you should be able to decide for yourself whether or not you think ghosts are real.
Reviewed by: Kristen
Date read: 10/7/2015
ISBN-10: 1607533847
ISBN-13: 9781607533849
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August House Book of Scary Stories: Spooky Tales for Telling Out Loud

Liz Parkhurst (2009), 144 pages
Audience: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Scary
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In this anthology of spooky stories from various times and places, you will meet a variety of interesting characters. For example,there's Mean John who battles the devil-and wins,Sesshu who draws cats that end up doing something unbelievable, and Johnny who takes home a liver from a corpse for his family's dinner. There's something to scary everybody in this book.
Reviewed by: jb
Date read: 11/13/2009
ISBN-10: 0874839157
ISBN-13: 9780874839159
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Baba Yaga's Assistant

Marika McCoola (2015), 125 pages
Illustrated by Emily Carroll
Audience: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Books about Girls, Folklore, Graphic Novel, Scary
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Young teenager Masha decides she is ready for an adventure and responds to a mysterious Help Wanted ad. The ad was placed by Baba Yaga, the clever, deceitful witch of Russian folklore. Masha has to pass several difficult tests to get the job of Baba Yaga's assistant, but will she be able to outsmart Baba Yaga herself and thwart Baba Yaga's plans to eat a few children?
Similar authors: Adam Gidwitz
Similar books: A Tale Dark & Grimm
Reviewed by: Kristen
Date read: 11/14/2016
ISBN-10: 076366961X
ISBN-13: 9780763669614
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Bigfoot

Ray Mcclellan (2014), 24 pages
Audience: 2nd Grade - 7th Grade
Category: Folklore, Nonfiction, Scary
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People tell an old story about a strange creature that might live in the forest in the northwest United States. Many people call this creature Bigfoot. Pick up this book to learn all about this odd beast. Is it real or made-up?
Book Series: Unexplained Mysteries
Reviewed by: klawson
Date read: 10/31/2014
ISBN-10: 1626171033
ISBN-13: 9781626171039
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