Thursday, October 18, 2012

Tween and Teen Reads with Natasha

Halloween is creeping around the corner and we have some good Halloween reads for you. From new to classic and from creepy to funny -- you decide. Even though Teen Read Week is almost over, this is still a perfect opportunity to take a look at some of these titles. 


Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake 
Cas Lowood has a special gift: he kills the dead. He inherited this gift from his father, who was gruesomely executed by a ghost whom he was trying to kill. Now Cas is carrying on where his father left off, along with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit sniffing cat. 
They arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood. She was brutally murdered in 1958 and she still wears the white dress she died in.  This ghost is not your ordinary ghost and Cas has never experienced anything like her before. She is a dangerous ghost who is possessed by rage and will kill anyone who dares to step into the abandoned Victorian place she calls home, except for Cas.

Expect to see in our collection soon the sequel, Girl of Nightmares.

The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff 
In the small town of Gentry, there is a sixteen-year-old boy named Mackie Doyle. He is known as a Replacement, a fairy child who replaced a human child when he was just an infant. His adopted parents know what he is as well, but no one talks about it. He wants to fit in, but he is slowly dying in the human world. He becomes interested in a girl named Tate. When Tate's baby sister goes missing, it is up to Mackie to save the young girl by going to the place where he truly belongs, the underworld of Gentry, known as Mayhem. This is a place where a tattooed princess rules over living dead girls. He must face the creatures in the underground world and find out where he truly belongs.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Check out my previous mentions of the book here: Tween and Teen Reads with Natasha, June 28th.


Prince of Dorkness: More Notes from a Totally Lame Vampire by Tim Collins 
If you like the Diary of the Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney, you may like this book. 
Nigel Mullet has new found vampire abilities and he is finally happy and popular in school. He has a girlfriend named Chloe, but a new guy, Jason, ends up stealing Chloe from Nigel and that is when everything goes downhill. Nigel is bullied by his little sister and is losing his popularity at school. Desperate, Nigel decides to spy on Jason and follows him into the woods one day. He finds out a horrifying secret about Jason: he and his family are werewolves!
Will this secret help him win Chloe back or just make him even more lame? 
This book is the sequel to Notes from a totally lame vampire : because the undead have feelings too!

Something Wicked this Way Comes by Ray Bradbury 
In this timeless 1962 classic, a mysterious carnival arrives in a Midwestern town. Everything seems normal at first; there are many attractions, rides, mazes and sideshow tents. But soon people start disappearing and thirteen year old James Nightshade and William Halloway are suspicious of the carnival owner, Mr.Dark. No one will listen to the two boys when weird things continue to happen. The only person who believes them is William's father, a janitor at the local library. Will James and William be able to save the rest of the people in the town?

For more classic Halloween reads, read The Halloween Tree and by Ray Bradbury.

The Graveyard Book  by Neil Gaiman

A lonesome baby is the only survivor after a gruesome attack on his family. Left alone, the toddler leaves the house and ends up in a graveyard where ghosts find him.The ghosts, the Owens, decide to keep him and he is known as "Nobody Owens."
Soon the toddler grows up and the story revolves around him as he befriends a girl named Scarlett Perkins and convinces her mother that he is an imaginary friend.
Nobody Owens does not realize he is in danger: the man who killed his family is coming after him.

Closed for the Season : A Mystery Story by Mary Downing Hahn
Logan, a thirteen year-old boy, and his family move into a rundown old house in rural Virginia where a woman was murdered years ago. Logan eventually befriends his neighbor Arthur and they begin to investigate what happened so long ago in that house. During their quest, they make some dangerous discoveries that put their lives in danger. Will the two make it out alive?


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