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The Peculiar Haunting of Thelma Bee

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            The Peculiar Haunting of Thelma Bee by Erin Petti ; with illustrations by Kris Aro McLeod Eleven-year-old Thelma Bee is a budding scientist who has curiosity and adventure in her blood, but when a ghost kidnaps her father her only clues for getting her dad back are a strange jewelry box and the word ... Read More »

Skeleton Island

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            Skeleton Island by Angie Sage ; illustrated by John Kelly Stranded overnight during a school trip to Skeleton Island, Araminta and her best friend Wanda must thwart a terrifying crew of pirate skeletons. Read More »

The Graveyard Book

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            The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman ; with illustrations by Dave McKean The orphan Bod, short for Nobody, is taken in by the inhabitants of a graveyard as a child of eighteen months and raised lovingly and carefully to the age of eighteen years by the community of ghosts and otherworldly creatures. Read More »

It Came From Ohio!

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              It Came From Ohio! : My Life As a Writer by R.L. Stine as told to Joe Arthur and Susan Lurie A portrait of the author of the Goosebumps series, shares insight into his childhood, education, and literary inspirations, with answers to frequently asked questions about his life, books, and writing style. Read More »

A Good Night For Ghosts

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              A Good Night For Ghosts by Mary Pope Osborne ; illustrated by Sal Murdocca Jack and Annie must travel back in time to New Orleans in 1915 to help a teenaged Louis Armstrong fulfill his destiny and become the “King of Jazz.” Read More »

Leo: A Ghost Story

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              Leo: A Ghost Story by Mac Barnett ; illustrated by Christian Robinson Leo is a friendly house ghost–but when a family moves into his house, and tries to get rid of him, he leaves and roams the city looking for a friend. Read More »

Teen Frankenstein

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          Teen Frankenstein by Chandler Baker When science prodigy Tori Frankenstein accidentally kills a teen boy in a midnight car accident, there’s only one thing for her to do–use her science project to bring him back to life. Read More »

Bella’s Fall Coat

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              Bella’s Fall Coat by Lynn Plourde ; illustrated by Susan Gal Bella loves Fall and she loves the coat her Grandmother made for her. She is a growing girl who comes to understand that her coat may not always fit, the season cannot stay Fall forever, and change can be a wonderful thing. Read More »

Here Comes the Shaggedy

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              Here Comes the Shaggedy by R.L. Stine When their scientist father moves them to a new home next to a swamp, Kelli and Shawn hear stories about a terrifying, ancient beast that inhabits the muck and the pair try to convince their father to move them out before it strikes. Read More »

The Haunting of Sunshine Girl

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          The Haunting of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie with Alyssa Sheinmel Moving from Texas to Washington, Sunshine, an adopted sixteen-year-old, discovers that her new home is haunted and that the ghosts may have revelations about her past. Also check out Book 2 in the series, The Awakening of Sunshine Girl. Read More »