#5OnMyTBR: Spooky Middle Grade Books!

Hello Mondays, welcome back to #5OnMyTBR, a meme created by the wonderful E @ The Local Bee Hunter’s Nook. This bookish meme gets us to dig even further into our TBRs by simply posting about five books on our TBR! You can learn more about it here or in the post announcing it. You can find the full list of prompts (past and future) at the end of this post!

This week’s prompt is: Halloween Freebie

Well, by now you know I’m The Ultimate Chicken™️ and yes, this even applies to spooky middle grade reads that for most people, aren’t even spooky, I’m just truly that much of a chicken. That said, I do like to step out of my comfort zone now and again and I do occasionally read the terrifying kind of scary that is usually a no-go. Most of those books tend to get read during this spooky season, so for this freebie, I decided to feature five spooky middle grade books on my TBR that I’m absolutely keen to try reading if I can muster up the courage! 😉

I have to say, most of these are on my radar because of Sammie @ The Bookwyrm’s Den, so… Thanks for growing my TBR, Sammie!!! 😂 Where are those wanted posters, eh? 🤣


Coraline

The day after they moved in, Coraline went exploring….

In Coraline’s family’s new flat are twenty-one windows and fourteen doors. Thirteen of the doors open and close.

The fourteenth is locked, and on the other side is only a brick wall, until the day Coraline unlocks the door to find a passage to another flat in another house just like her own.


Only it’s different.

At first, things seem marvelous in the other flat. The food is better. The toy box is filled with wind-up angels that flutter around the bedroom, books whose pictures writhe and crawl and shimmer, little dinosaur skulls that chatter their teeth. But there’s another mother, and another father, and they want Coraline to stay with them and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go.

Other children are trapped there as well, lost souls behind the mirrors. Coraline is their only hope of rescue. She will have to fight with all her wits and all the tools she can find if she is to save the lost children, her ordinary life, and herself.


whispering pines

Rae’s father vanished without a trace—and Rae knows what happened to him. But no one believes her when she says that her father didn’t run off, that he was actually taken. Now, a year of therapy later, Rae’s mother decides they need a fresh start, and so they move to a new town in the hope that life can return to normal.

The problem is, there is nothing normal about the town of Whispering Pines.

No one knows this better than Caden. He’s lived in Whispering Pines his entire life, and he’s seen more than his fair share of weird—starting with his own family, as the town is the perfect home base for his mother’s ghost hunting business.

When several kids go missing and then show up like zombies with their eyes removed, many locals brush it off. Just another day in Whispering Pines. But Caden has a dark secret, one that may explain why someone is stealing eyes. And Rae, who knows how it feels to not be believed, may be just the person Caden needs to help him put things right. 


small spaces

After suffering a tragic loss, eleven-year-old Ollie only finds solace in books. So when she happens upon a crazed woman at the river threatening to throw a book into the water, Ollie doesn’t think–she just acts, stealing the book and running away. As she begins to read the slender volume, Ollie discovers a chilling story about a girl named Beth, the two brothers who both loved her, and a peculiar deal made with “the smiling man,” a sinister specter who grants your most tightly held wish, but only for the ultimate price. 

Ollie is captivated by the tale until her school trip the next day to Smoke Hollow, a local farm with a haunting history all its own. There she stumbles upon the graves of the very people she’s been reading about. Could it be the story about the smiling man is true? Ollie doesn’t have too long to think about the answer to that. On the way home, the school bus breaks down, sending their teacher back to the farm for help. But the strange bus driver has some advice for the kids left behind in his care: “Best get moving. At nightfall they’ll come for the rest of you.” Nightfall is, indeed, fast descending when Ollie’s previously broken digital wristwatch, a keepsake reminder of better times, begins a startling countdown and delivers a terrifying message: RUN. 

Only Ollie and two of her classmates heed the bus driver’s warning. As the trio head out into the woods–bordered by a field of scarecrows that seem to be watching them–the bus driver has just one final piece of advice for Ollie and her friends: “Avoid large places. Keep to small.”


And with that, a deliciously creepy and hair-raising adventure begins.


tunnel of bones

Trouble is haunting Cassidy Blake . . . even more than usual.

She (plus her ghost best friend, Jacob, of course) are in Paris, where Cass’s parents are filming their TV show about the world’s most haunted cities. Sure, it’s fun eating croissants and seeing the Eiffel Tower, but there’s true ghostly danger lurking beneath Paris, in the creepy underground Catacombs.

When Cass accidentally awakens a frighteningly strong spirit, she must rely on her still-growing skills as a ghosthunter — and turn to friends both old and new to help her unravel a mystery. But time is running out, and the spirit is only growing stronger.

And if Cass fails, the force she’s unleashed could haunt the city forever.


scritch scratch

A ghost story about a malevolent spirit, an unlucky girl, and a haunting mystery that will tie the two together.

Claire has absolutely no interest in the paranormal. She’s a scientist, which is why she can’t think of anything worse than having to help out her dad on one of his ghost-themed Chicago bus tours. She thinks she’s made it through when she sees a boy with a sad face and dark eyes at the back of the bus. There’s something off about his presence, especially because when she checks at the end of the tour…he’s gone.

Claire tries to brush it off, she must be imagining things, letting her dad’s ghost stories get the best of her. But then the scratching starts. Voices whisper to her in the dark. The number 396 appears everywhere she turns. And the boy with the dark eyes starts following her.

Claire is being haunted. The boy from the bus wants something…and Claire needs to find out what before it’s too late.

October

Have you read any of these spooky middle grade reads? What’s your favourite spooky middle grade read? Or are spooky reads just not your jam either? 😅

9 thoughts on “#5OnMyTBR: Spooky Middle Grade Books!

  1. Great choices! All of these are on my TBR. I also have The Bone Garden by Heather Kassner on my TBR. I think I’m going to try to read that one this fall. Middle Grade spooky books are just perfect for this time of year. Brings me back to when I first watched Hocus Pocus.

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    1. Right?! Haha I tried not to look too closely at the details but my eyes also can’t help drifting that way 😂 I hope you enjoy Coraline and Tunnel of Bones, Andie! I really hope they’re not too creepy (especially the latter) LOL

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  2. Oh, I love a good Middlegrade book. I absolutely loved Small Spaces and Tunnel of Bones as well. I still have to read Coraline and I really wanna read Scritch Scratch too but that one was somehow not available to ship to my country…

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    1. Middle-grade books have defo been the greatest surprise for me this year! I love them so much and I’m glad that they’ve come back on my radar again! Oh no, sorry it’s not available to ship to you! Hope it becomes possible eventually! 😦

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  3. Yes to Scritch Scratch! I also enjoyed City of Ghosts. Small Spaces is definitely terrifying, haha. I would like to read the first two!

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