Spooky Reads for Halloween!
Winter is coming, the long nights are drawing in and we love nothing more at this time of year than to curl up with a good book. The more adventurous amongst you will no doubt be searching for something a little more bone-chilling this Halloween so we’ve put together a short list of our favourite spooky reads, each certain to provide goosebumps, chills and thrills… don’t say we didn’t warn you!
Alex Nye’s debut novel Chill won a Scottish Children’s Book Award back in 2006 and we’re sure you won’t be able to put down this spine-tingling novel about the cursed Morton family! Trapped by snow and ice and faced by a ghostly presence, can Fiona and Samuel escape the chill or will the Morton children be doomed to repeat the past forever?
We meet Fiona and Samuel again in Alex Nye’s hair-raising sequel to Chill, when the two friends must once again confront the secrets of Dunadd House. Shiver is spooky tale about the past coming back to haunt the present…
In this humorous adventure mystery from our first ever Kelpies Prize winner Mike Nicholson, eleven-year-old advertising sensation Rory McKenna is unexpectedly invited to create a new image for the hulking grey hotel which looms over his home town. Refusal is not an option, but all is not as it seems. Can Rory survive Hotel Grimm?
If it’s something a little more quirky you’re after, How to Make a Golem (and Terrify People) by Alette Willis is the book for you! The new boy at school tells 13-year-old Edda he can help her stop being afraid by building a golem (a mud monster) in this supernatural adventure set in Edinburgh. Spooky, funny and not to mention muddy!
In Dark Spell, 15-year-old Callie has found out she’s a witch and is struggling to control her power — she can set fire to things without a match, and when she’s angry people can get hurt. The most recent publication in our spooky reads list, Gill Arbuthnott’s nail-biting tale of teen witch Callie Hall was shortlisted for the Scottish Children’s Book Awards 2015.
And last but not least, we have a stunning picture book from award-winning author Lari Don and illustrator Philip Longson. Set at Halloween, The Tale of Tam Linn is a traditional tale from the Scottish Borders adapted and retold for a younger audience. Legends, spells and Scottish creatures… will Janet be able to rescue Tam Linn from the evil Fairy Queen?
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