Mysteries and Monsters: Books That Go Bump in the Night
Goblins and ghosts will soon dart door to door for tricks or treats. Set a haunting yet fun tone with the books below that feature everything from creepy capers to cold water witches. Included in these selections are some riveting young adult novels by award-winning local authors. So dim the lights, set the scene and prepare to feel the hairs prickling the back of your neck!
In The Cold Water Witch (Tricycle Press, $16.99) it is the coldest night of the year and an eerie figure floats into a young girl’s house. The Cold Water Witch is searching for someone to take her place in her frozen land, but is not prepared for a spunky child and an unexpected turn of events. All’s well that ends well, and readers discover the magic of friendship in this imaginative tale. Written by Yannick Murphy and illustrated by Tom Lintern. Ages 4-7.
Scooby-Doo and the Cupcake Caper (Scholastic, $3.99) is a Halloween mystery about a greedy ghost who is ruining the school’s bake sale. This is one case Scooby and Shaggy can’t wait to sink their teeth into! Ages 4-8.
The Secrets of Droon: The Genie King (Scholastic, $6.99) is part of a popular series by Tony Abbott set in the mystical world of Droon. In yet another adventure, Neal must get the moon medallion to save Eric, who has fallen under the power of the evil moondragon. Ages 9-12.
North Carolina native John Claude Bemis has released the second title of his middle-grade adventure series, The Wolf Tree: Book 2 of the Clockwork Dark (Random House, $16.99). In this retelling of an American folktale, young readers are treated to an epic fantasy filled with American legends and the adventures of the Civil War South. Ages 9-12.
Sophie and her clever pals are back in The Red Blazer Girls No. 2 The Vanishing Violin (Knopf, $16.99) by Michael D. Beil. In this follow-up to Beil’s first book, which received a starred review from Booklist, the super sleuths try to solve the case of a missing violin, but soon discover that nothing is as it appears to be. Ages 10 and up.
Local author Cate Tiernan of Durham has published her debut novel in a three-part trilogy. In Immortal Beloved (Little, Brown and Company, $16.99) Nastasya is fleeing London after witnessing her best friend’s torture. She appears to be a typical 18-year-old girl, but she has spent a good part of the past 459 years of immortality enjoying the thrill of life as a spoiled party girl. Now she must confront her past in this young adult novel filled with intrigue, romance and the power of change. Tiernan is the author of the popular young adult fantasy series Sweep and Balefire. Ages 12 and up.
Zen Ghosts (Scholastic, $17.99) by Caldecott Medal-winning author and illustrator Jon J Muth is the retelling of a simple Zen tale steeped in mystery. Stillwater, a Panda wearing a funny mask, tells the children a story after they go trick-or-treating. The vivid watercolor illustrations and haunting tale will leave readers with more questions than answers. All ages.