YA Tales for Halloween

There’s nothing better to get you in the mood for Halloween than curling up on a chilly night with a scary book. Stop by the library to pick up one of these spooky reads.

The Name of the Star book coverThe Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

The day that Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London to start a new life at boarding school is also the day a series of brutal murders breaks out over the city, killings mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper spree of more than a century ago. Soon “Rippermania” takes hold of modern-day London, and the police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man police believe to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him–the only one who can see him. And now Rory has become his next target.

The Beast Is an AnimalThe Beast Is an Animal book ocver by Peternelle Van Arsdale

Alys was seven the first time she saw the soul eaters, twin sisters who slowly grew into something not quite human– and feed off of human souls. When her village was attacked, Alys came to a strict world where fear of the soul eaters– and of the Beast they believe guides them– rules village life. Alys longs for the freedom of the forest while hiding a talent that would brand her a witch. When disaster strikes, Alys begins a journey through the darkest parts of the forest, where danger threatens her from the outside– and from within her own heart and soul.

Labyrinth LostLabyrith Lost book cover by Zoraida Cordova

Alex is a bruja and the most powerful witch in her family. But she’s hated magic ever since it made her father disappear into thin air. When a curse she performs to rid herself of magic backfires and her family vanishes, she must travel to Los Lagos, a land in-between as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland, to get her family back.

The Stranger GameThe Stranger Game book cover by Cylin Busby

When Nico Morris’s older sister mysteriously disappears, her parents, family, and friends are devastated. But Nico can never admit what she herself feels: relief at finally being free of Sarah’s daily cruelties. Then the best and worst thing happens: four years later, after dozens of false leads, Sarah is found. But this girl is much changed from the one Nico knew. She’s sweet and kind, when she had once been mean and abusive. Despite the happy ending, the dark details of that day continue to haunt Nico, and it becomes clear that more than one person knows the true story of what happened to Sarah.

Camp So-and-So book coverCamp So-and-So by Mary McCoy

Each letter invited its recipient to spend a week at Camp So-and-So, high in the Starveling Mountains. Each letter came with a glossy brochure with photographs of young women climbing rocks, performing Shakespeare, and spiking volleyballs. Each letter was signed in ink by the famed and reclusive Inge F. Yancey IV. By the end of the month, twenty-five applications had been completed. Had any of these girls tried to visit the camp for themselves on that day in February, they would have discovered that there was no such town and no such mountain and that no one within a fifty-mile radius had ever heard of Camp So-and-So.