October is next week, you guys! Which mean it’s time to get planning those spooktacular Halloween reading lists! To help get you started, I’ve compiled this Ultimate Guide to Spooky Middle Grade books! Forget October! This list is going to keep me busy for the next year.
This creeptastic list is brought to you by Small Spaces by Katherine Arden and Penguin Teen! Be sure to put this book at the top of your October reading list and check out my full review below!
Ultimate Guide to Spooky MG Books
Alright my friends, I present to you my ultimate guide to spooky MG books! There are one hundred (one hundred!) books on this list! Happy reading!
About Small Spaces
After suffering a tragic loss, eleven-year-old Ollie only finds solace in books. So when she happens upon a crazed woman at the river threatening to throw a book into the water, Ollie doesn’t think–she just acts, stealing the book and running away. As she begins to read the slender volume, Ollie discovers a chilling story about a girl named Beth, the two brothers who both loved her, and a peculiar deal made with “the smiling man,” a sinister specter who grants your most tightly held wish, but only for the ultimate price.
bus breaks down, sending their teacher back to the farm for help. But the strange bus driver has some advice for the kids left behind in his care: “Best get moving. At nightfall they’ll come for the rest of you.” Nightfall is, indeed, fast descending when Ollie’s previously broken digital wristwatch, a keepsake reminder of better times, begins a startling countdown and delivers a terrifying message: RUN.
Only Ollie and two of her classmates heed the bus driver’s warning. As the trio head out into the woods–bordered by a field of scarecrows that seem to be watching them–the bus driver has just one final piece of advice for Ollie and her friends: “Avoid large places. Keep to small.”
Ollie is captivated by the tale until her school trip the next day to Smoke Hollow, a local farm with a haunting history all its own. There she stumbles upon the graves of the very people she’s been reading about. Could it be the story about the smiling man is true? Ollie doesn’t have too long to think about the answer to that. On the way home, the school
And with that, a deliciously creepy and hair-raising adventure begins.
A creepy adventure filled with mystery and plenty of frights. The overall vibe of SMALL SPACES was reminiscent of reading the old SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK books. The Smiling Man is a monster that will be haunting the dreams of its readers for years to come! This is the perfect book to get you in the Halloween spirit or to read while sitting around a campfire in a dark forest.
About the Author
Born in Austin, Texas, Katherine Arden spent a year of high school in Rennes, France. Following her acceptance to Middlebury College in Vermont, she deferred enrollment for a year in order to live and study in Moscow. At Middlebury, she specialized in French and Russian literature. After receiving her BA, she moved to Maui, Hawaii, working every kind of odd job imaginable, from grant writing and making crêpes to guiding horse trips. Currently she lives in Vermont, but really, you never know.
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