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The topic this week is a Halloween freebie. So here are ten books I'm displaying for my students this week. I try to mix it up for them, so there's cute and there's creepy and there's scary. There's middle grade and young adult novels, old favorites and new titles, graphic novels and nonfiction--a little bit of everything.
Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell
This charming graphic novel is actually the most directly Halloween-y of them all, given that it takes place in a pumpkin patch.
The Fell of Dark by Caleb Roehrig
It's got fake vampire teeth on the cover and real vampire chaos on the inside.
Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson
Teen witch accidentally brings back dead enemies as she tries to solve her friend's murder.
The Borden Murders by Sarah Miller
I wanted to include a non-fiction option, so I picked up this excellent analysis of the infamous Lizzie Borden.
Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
A nice Day of the Dead touch, and one of my favorites of the past year. If your family expects only men to be brujos, what's a trans boy got to do to convince their family to let them work their own magic? And why is that ghost he accidentally summoned so cute?
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark 1-3 by Alvin Schwartz
Remember the good old days, when parents tried to ban these books because they are "too scary," instead of banning books because they represent actual human experiences being Black, gay, or an immigrant? Good times.
Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
Puts the "graphic" in graphic novel. This is like someone took the Scary Stories books and upped the creep factor by 100.
Thirteens by Kate Alice Marshall
I haven't read this one yet, but it's about a town where every 13 years, three 13 year olds disappear on Halloween, so it seemed very appropriate to include.
Fright Night by Maren Stoffels
This one has too much of a teen horror vibe for my taste, but my teens love horror, and the title sounds like a synonym for Halloween, so I included it.
Be Wary of the Silent Woods by Svetlana Chmakova
Just regular witches going to witch school at night (because it's regular non-witch school during the day), until something that scares even witches starts stalking the kids. Great middle grade graphic novel that I hope gets a sequel soon.