Horror Stories

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New Horror Stories

School of the Dead by Avi

Reading Level: Grades 4 - 6

When Tony's parents take in his ancient Great Uncle Charlie, who is obsessed with communicating with the dead, Tony slowly starts pulling away from all his friends and spending more time with Uncle Charlie. Charlie then convinces his parents to move to California so that Tony can attend Charlie's old school, but from day one Tony suspects that something is very wrong at the Penda School.

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A Hungry Lion, Or a Dwindling Assortment of Animals by Lucy Ruth Cummins

Reading Level: Ages 6 - Adult

Let's just say the title says it all. If you like Jon Klassen's books, you will also enjoy this surreal picture book for older less sensitive readers.

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Rules of the House by Mac Barnett

Reading Level: Ages 5 - 9

Ian follows all the rules, his sister Jenny breaks them. When their family goes to stay at a house in the woods there are four posted rules. 1. Remove your muddy shoes, 2. Don't leave a ring around the tub, 3. Replace the firewood and 4. NEVER open the red door. And Jenny, just cannot resist breaking all the rules...

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The Devil's Intern by Donna Hosie

Reading Level: Grades 6 - 8

Mitchell inexplicably stepped in front of a bus when he was 17 and wound up in Hell. Hell isn't as bad as it is hyped up to be though. Only truly evil souls wind up suffering eternal torment, for everyone else Hell is mostly a hot, crowded and tedious version of life. Because his only sin was stepping in front of that bus Mitchell gets a job assisting The Devil's right hand devil. That is where he learns about a device called a Viciseometer which can not only get him out of Hell, but let him travel through time. With the help of his friends, a girl from the 1960s, a Viking prince and a girl who died in the Great Fire of London, he hatches a plan to steal the Viciseometer and change all of their fates. Perhaps they can even prevent their untimely deaths from happening.

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Asylum by Madeleine Roux

Reading Level: Grades 6 - 8

Sixteen-year-old Dan is thrilled to be spending the summer on a real college campus taking college courses with a bunch of kids who actually CARE about school. When he arrives he learns that the summer students are all going to be housed in an old asylum which is being converted to dorms. Camp start off normal enough, but after Dan and his new friends explore an off limit area, things start getting strange. Dan begins to have strange dreams involving doctors experimenting on mental patients, and then the blackouts start.

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