The Halloween Moon by Joseph Fink

The Halloween Moon

Information

Goodreads: The Halloween Moon
Series: None
Source: Library
Published: July 20, 2021

Official Summary

Esther Gold loves Halloween more than anything in the world. So she is determined to go trick-or-treating again this year despite the fact that her parents think she is officially too old. Esther has it all planned out, from her costume to her candy-collecting strategy. But when the night rolls around, something feels . . . off.

No one is answering their door. The moon is an unnatural shade of orange. Strange children wander the streets, wearing creepy costumes that might not be costumes at all. And it seems like the only people besides Esther who are awake to see it all are her best friend, her school bully, and her grown-up next-door neighbor.

Together, this unlikely crew must find a way to lift the curse that has been placed upon their small town before it’s too late. Because someone is out to make sure Halloween never comes to an end. And even Esther doesn’t want to be trapped in this night forever.

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Review

The Halloween Moon is the perfect book to break out for Halloween, whether you’re an actual child or a just a child at heart. With engaging characters, a wild plot, and a setting that transforms magically from Southern California to a Halloween nightmare, the story has everything you could ask for.

I’ve read mysteries and thrillers and books about witches or zombies, but I’ve never before read a book so purely about Halloween itself. The Halloween Moon, while a scary book with a plot focused on adventure and a bit of a mystery (aka WHY ARE ALL THESE SCARY THINGS HAPPENING???) is a celebration of all aspects of the holiday: costumes, scary movies, trick-or-treating, candy, decorating your yard, and more. If you want a book that will truly immerse you in the spooky season, led by a protagonist who loves the holiday deeply herself, this is it.

I love that the book starts out focused on “normal” Halloween things, like Esther’s questions over what costume she should wear to school and whether her best friend will go trick-or-treating with her, and then things begin to take a more sinister shape as Esther starts seeing actual monsters. She loves being scared, but does she love being THIS scared? Isn’t the fun of scares at Halloween knowing that it’s all fake? Esther (and friends, some of them delightfully unexpected) rise to the challenge, however, and soon are fighting to bring back normal Halloween in a fast-paced and exciting plot.

The story also grounds itself in some real-world issues, such as the antisemitism Esther faces and her fears about growing up and going to high school next year. There are times I think the narrative voice might get too in the weeds pontificating on the nature of change and whatnot, but overall it’s very thoughtful.

Truly, this is an excellent read. It will be enjoyable any time of year, but you definitely won’t regret reading it around Halloween itself.

Briana
4 stars

10 Picture Books for Halloween

Looking for a not-too-spooky picture book to get you in the mood for Halloween? We recommend ten picture books featuring ghosts, witches, haunted houses, and more!

The Little Ghost Who Lost Her Boo! by Elaine Bickell, Raymond McGrath

Little Ghost goes out to give someone a scare, but she can’t find her BOO! She searches high and low throughout the night. Will she ever find it?

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Scaredy Snacks by Terry Border

Scaredy Snacks

Cheese Doodle, Pretzel, and Sprinkles  go to visit their new neighbor, Dr. Nutterstein. But will they make it back alive?

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Gustavo the Shy Ghost by Flavia Z. Drago

Gustavo the Shy Ghost

Gustavo the ghost wants to make friends, but he’s too shy. To meet new monsters, he invites the neighborhood to his Day of the Dead violin concert. But what if no one shows up?

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She Wanted to Be Haunted by Marcus Ewert, Susie Ghahremani

She Wanted to Be Haunted

Clarissa is a cute, pink house, but she wants to be scary like her dad the haunted house, or her mom the witch’s hut. Clarissa keeps trying to be haunted, but all her plans just make her cuter. Will she ever get her wish?

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The Little Kitten by Nicola Killen

The Little Kitten

Ollie and her cat Pumpkin find a kitten on an autumn night. Trying to find the kitten’s home, however, Ollie loses her way. Will she ever get back to her own house and cat? Sure to delight with its cut-out illustrations and metallic accents.

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Ghosts in the House! by Kazuno Kohara

Ghosts in the House

A young witch discovers her house is haunted. What will she do with all the ghosts? Read the book to find out! Readers will enjoy the distinctive black, white, and orange illustrations.

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I Love My Fangs! by Kelly Leigh Miller

I Love My Fangs!

Young Dracula loves his fangs! So he’s horrified when one falls out. He does everything he can think of to put it back in. Because how can a vampire only have one fang?

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The Ghosts Went Floating by Kim Norman, Jay Fleck

A counting book with ghosts based on “The Ants Went Marching.”

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Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds, Peter Brown

Creepy Carrots

Jasper Rabbit loves eating carrots. Until the carrots start following him home. Will he ever be free of their menacing presence?

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Creepy Pair of Underwear! by Aaron Reynolds, Peter Brown

Creepy Pair of Underwear

Jasper Rabbit is a big bunny now and he has a new pair of underwear to prove it. He’s definitely not afraid of it. Not even though it glows in the dark. And definitely not because it keeps coming back, no matter what he does to get rid of it.

10 Supernatural Middle-Grade Novels to Prepare You for Halloween

Middle Grade Novels for Halloween

Looking for a spooky read to get you in the mood for Halloween? Check out these middle grade novels featuring ghosts, witches, and more!

Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch by Julie Abe

Eva Evergreen Semi-Magical Witch

Eva has to earn the rank of Novice Witch before her thirteenth birthday, or she will lose her powers. So she sets up a magic shop to prove herself to her new town. But will she have enough power to save her town when a storm hits?

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The Girl and the Ghost by Hannah Alkaf

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When Suraya’s grandmother gives her a pelesit, a spirit who says it is Suraya’s to command, Suraya believes she has found a new friend. But pelesits are dark spirits and they must find a way to defeat Pink’s shadow before it consumes them both.

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The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

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Orphaned while attempting to escape the Great Famine, young Molly and Kip arrive at an old English estate to take up their new jobs as servants.  Locals speak of the place as haunted, however, and none will dare to step foot on the property.  Desperate to survive, the children take the position, anyway, and dismiss the rumors.  But someone walks the house at night and the family all seem to be rapidly losing their health.  Can Molly and Kip break an ancient curse or will they become the latest casualties of the night man?

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Cinders and Sparrows by Stefan Bachmann

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Zita Brydgeborn has inherited a castle, once the domain of witches. Now all the witches are dead–except her. Zita must learn how to become a witch under the tutelage of her new guardian. But will she have to power to save her home when it is threatened?

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Scritch Scratch by Lindsay Curry

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Claire does not believe in ghosts. And she certainly does not want to help her dad with his ghost bus tour. But then she sees a boy on the bus–and he seems to be following her. Now Claire must figure out what he wants, before time runs out.

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Begone, the Raggedy Witches by Celine Kiernan

Years ago, Aunty ran with Mup and her mam, taking them from the realm of the witches across the border to the human world. Now Aunty is dead and her magic no longer protects them. And the Raggedy Witches come, stealing Mup’s father. So Mup and her mam cross the border to save him. Aunty always warned them to avoid the realm of the witches at all costs. But suddenly Mup’s mam seems like she might want to take back the throne that could have been hers.

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Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega

Ghost Squad

When Lucely Luna and her friend Syd disturb evil spirits who begin to terrorize St. Augustine, they must seek help from Syd’s grandmother and her cat to save the town.

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Eleanor, Alice, and the Roosevelt Ghosts by Dianne K. Salerni 

There are three types of ghosts that can come back to haunt a house: Friendlies, Unawares, and Vengefuls. When a new ghost erupts in the home of Aunt Bye, the authorities designate it as Friendly. Cousins Alice and Eleanor Roosevelt, however, are not so sure. The ghost is acting strangely, manipulating the people in the household and growing ever more menacing. Can the cousins put aside their differences to uncover the history of the house and destroy the ghost for good?

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City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

City of Ghosts

Cassidy Blake’s parents hunt ghosts.  But Cassidy is actually able to see them, ever since the moment she drowned and a ghost named Jacob dragged her back.  Now her parents are off to Edinburgh, Scotland, to film a ghost show.  But an evil spirit haunts the city and she’s determined to steal Cassidy’s life.

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The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud

Screaming Staircase

Fifty years ago, the dead stopped staying dead.  An entire industry has sprung up with the purpose of eradicating the ghosts that can not only drive people mad but also kill them.  Only children, however, have the ability to see and hear the specters and only one agency works without any adult supervision—Lockwood & Co.  As a result, the company has a poor reputation, but when a rich patron offers Lockwood one of the biggest cases in the nation, their future seems assured.  That is, if they can survive the ghosts of the infamous Screaming Staircase.

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Is the Choice Between Good or Evil Really a Choice?

The Netflix adaptation of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina opens with everyone’s favorite teenage witch facing a difficult choice: she can go through with her scheduled dark baptism on Halloween and become a full-fledged witch, never to interact meaningfully with mortals again, or she can reject the dark baptism in favor of living as a mortal herself.  (The specifics of whether she’d had any magical powers at all with this second choice are actually unclear.)  This is meant to be a gut-wrenching decision, a point where Sabrina must choose between the two worlds she’s been living in and claim only one, and it’s presented as psychologically shattering for her.  How can she give up her friends?  Or her family?  Or magic as she knows it?  Yet the rest of the show actually makes the choice look straightforward: Sabrina must choose between good and evil and…she simply is not evil.

Magic in the show is explicitly linked to the devil.  Witches sign their souls and their free will over to him in exchange for long lives and for magical power.  And there’s no secret twist here that the devil is actually secretly sympathetic or misunderstood.  He is evil and understood to be as such.  Hell is real, and it’s a place people want to avoid.  And if all this is true, one cannot help but wonder what Sabrina sees in life as a witch at all.

One might argue that witches who have been raised solely in the witch world would think all these things are normal and fine, but Sabrina was not, and she directly rejects nearly everything that the magical world seems to stand for and be interested in.  The show opens with Sabrina and her friends attending a horror movie, and boyfriend Harvey comments on how Sabrina loves all things gruesome and dark and gory, but the reality is she doesn’t, not when it’s not just for show. 

Her house is covered in spider webs, and she’s someone who thinks cemeteries are interesting instead of creepy, but she doesn’t actually like all the dark things that come out of the witch world.  She doesn’t approve of the harmful magic that the Weird Sisters perform on jocks who have been bullying girls at her high school.  She’s terrified when a creepy scarecrow comes to life and chases her.  She doesn’t like nightmares or demons or, really, anything else that actually is born from witches’ magic.

This makes the show fall flat for me.  When Sabrina so clearly rejects the way magic is used and the source of magic and when she gets upset about it all and screams that she is not evil, the viewer has to wonder how any of this can truly be a choice for her.  If your options are to sign your soul away to evil or to…not, how many people (especially really nice people like Sabrina!) would actually choose the first?

The show tries to skirt this by offering up the possibility that maybe Sabrina can have her cake and eat it, too.  Maybe she can find a way to be magical without signing away her soul.  This is still a tough sell, however, when the magic she and other people use never seems to actually be for good.  Her soul might be free in a technical sense, but if her powers are used for harming and scaring people, what’s the point of choosing to be a witch?

The show is interesting in many ways, but when the entire premise seems so flimsy, it’s hard to watch.  When you’re choosing between good and evil and you’re clearly a good character, there just isn’t a choice at all.

Briana

Middle-Grade and YA Books for Halloween That Aren’t Too Scary

Middle Grade Books

Begone, the Raggedy Witches by Celine Kiernan

Years ago, Aunty ran with Mup and her mam, taking them from the realm of the witches across the border to the human world. Now Aunty is dead and her magic no longer protects them. And the Raggedy Witches come, stealing Mup’s father. So Mup and her mam cross the border to save him. Aunty always warned them to avoid the realm of the witches at all costs. But suddenly Mup’s mam seems like she might want to take back the throne that could have been hers.

Nooks and Crannies by Jessica Lawson

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Tabitha Crum can think of worse than having parents who hate her and only a pet mouse for a friend. But, still, when a mysterious envelope arrives inviting her along with five other children to the manor a mysterious countess, she cannot help but be excited. Could it be that her life is about to become just a little less miserable? But something at the manor is not quite right. The countess seems erratic. The servants are frightened. And the other children are talking about ghosts. Can Tabitha solve the mystery before it’s too late?

The Only Thing Worse Than Witches by Lauren Magaziner

Only Thing Worse Than Witches

The Only Thing Worse Than Witches is heartwarming story about two children who, in the course of cramming for a witch Bar Exam, discover they just might learn more about friendship than they do about spells.  Rupert Campbell, hoping to escape his horrifying fifth grade teacher, answers an ad to become a witch’s apprentice.  It turns out, however, that Witchling Two is, well, not yet actually a witch.  She needs a human apprentice to help her study and pass her test to earn the title!  Yet assisting her will not be any easier for Rupert than attending his own classes.  Fraternizing with humans is against Witch Council laws, and Rupert’s life is suddenly in terrible danger.

The Tell-Tale Start by Gordon McAlpine

Edgar and Allan Poe, descendants of the famous author, are more than identical twins. They know what the other thinks, experiences, and feels. Their parents died seven years ago in a mysterious accident. Now it seems someone is after them, as well. But Edgar and Allan have something of their ancestor’s cleverness. And could it be that the great Poe is actually sending them warnings from the afterlife?

The Apprentice Witch by James Nichol

After failing her witch assessment, Arianwyn is assigned as an apprentice witch to the village of Lull, on the boundary of a great magical forest. She’ll have to practice hard to get ready for the retest. Fortunately, Lull is full of demons to be banished and a creeping hex that sickens the inhabitants. On second thought, Lull might be a little more than an apprentice witch can handle.

Witch Wars by Sibéal Pounder

Witch Wars

Tiga spends her days in the shed hiding from her mean guardian.  Then Fran the Fabulous Fairy appears and tells Tiga she’s a witch!  Below the pipes lies the world of Sinkville, where a competition called Witch Wars is about to start.  If Tiga wins, she can stay in Sinkville.  If she loses, she must return to live with her nasty guardian.  But how can a witch win a war without any spells?

Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse by Chris Riddell

Ada Goth lives in Ghastly-Gorm Hall, an estate so large she still has not explored all of it.  While her father occupies himself with his poetry, Ada spends most of her days alone.  Then one night the ghost of a mouse appears, leading Ada to a mystery.  Why is the indoor groundskeeper sneaking around?  And what secrets are hidden in the broken wing of the hall?

A Drowned Maiden’s Hair by Laura Amy Schlitz

Maud Mary Flynn never expects to leave the orphanage where she is generally considered disagreeable and impertinent. But then Miss Hyacinth Hawthorne arrives and wants Maud to live with her and her sisters. Maud wants desperately to be loved, so she agrees to be the sisters’ “secret child,” staying indoors and hiding from visitors, all so she can help with the family business of conducting faking séances. But as time passes, the practice of playing on others’ grief for their money starts to become an intolerable burden. How much is Maud really willing to sacrifice to feel accepted?

Castle Hangnail by Ursula Vernon

The minions of Castle Hangnail need a new Master in residence or the Board will decommission them and the minions will have to find a new home.  But when Molly shows up on the doorstep, the minions are not so sure things will work out.  Molly, after all, is only twelve-years-old and hardly seems like a Wicked Witch.  In fact, she seems like rather a polite witch.  But the minions need someone to be Master and so they are willing to give Molly a chance.  But she has secrets that might ruin them all.

The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood

Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood

Miss Penelope Lumley attends her first job interview hoping to become a governess. What she did not expect was to become a governess to three children raised by wolves. But how did the children come to be found in the woods of Ashton Place? And is someone deliberately trying to scare them away?

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Young Adult

Worlds of Ink and Shadows by Lena Coakley

Worlds of ink and shadow

Charlotte and Branwell Brontë possess the secret of literally jumping into their imaginary world of Verdopolis, and their sister Emily is tired of being left behind. Once all three of them, along with Anne, travelled there together as the all-powerful Genii, but now the elder Brontës keep that power to themselves. Charlotte and Branwell, however, pay a price the others do not see. Will the four of them ever be able to escape the mysterious hold that Verdopolis has on them?

A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge

A Skinful of Shadows

Twelve-year-old Makepeace should have listened to her mother.  She should have known that returning to her father’s family would be a mistake.  Now, her life is at stake.  And the only way to save it may be by claiming her terrible birthright–and allowing a ghost inside her.

Jackaby by William Ritter

It’s 1892 and Abigail Rook is newly arrived in New Fiddleham, New England after having run away from home in search of adventure. First, however, she needs a job. After scouring the city with little luck, Abigail answers an advertisement for an investigative assistant, the specialty of the service being the unexplained. Enter R. F. Jackaby, a detective of sorts who claims that he can see magical creatures no one else can. When the police cannot solve a crime, Jackaby follows the supernatural evidence to find the real culprit (even if the police don’t believe him). Abigail is skeptical at first, too, but her first day on the job finds her on the scene of a serial murderer, the villain whom Jackaby says isn’t human. Can the pair solve the mystery before the killer strikes again? Or will they be the next ones to lose their lives?

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Manga

Flying Witch Vol 1

Flying Witch by Chihiro Ishizuka, Melissa Tanaka (Translator)

Makoto Kowata needs more training to become a full-fledged witch, so she moves to the country to live with her cousins.  But sometimes the everyday moments are the most magical of all.  A slice-of-life manga for all ages.

Little Witch Academia by Yoh Yoshinari, Keisuke Sato

Little Witch Academia Manga

Atsuko “Akko” Kagari has always dreamed of becoming a witch like her idol Shiny Chariot, and now she’s going to attend Luna Nova Witchcraft Academy!  But she comes from  a non-magic family and she’s going to have to prove herself to the other witches.  All ages.  Based on the Netflix show.

20 Creepy Books Perfect for Reading in Fall

Creepy Fall Reads

Introduction

Are you looking for some creepy or atmospheric books to read this fall?  Reading recommendations for the Halloween season? Check out our list of 20 Books Creepy for Reading in Fall, including middle grade, YA, and classic books to add to your reading list.

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Nightlights by Lorena Alvarez

Nightlights

Sandy creates living drawings with the lights that appear in her room each night.  No one notices, until a new girl arrives at school.  But Morphie may not be as friendly as she appears.

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The nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett

The Nightmare Affair

Sixteen-year-old Dusty Everhart is a Nightmare, meaning that she has the unenviable need to break into people’s homes and feed on their dreams to survive. Then Dusty breaks into Eli Booker’s room and everything changes. Eli is dreaming of a murder at Dusty’s magical boarding school Arkwell Academy–a school he has never even heard of–and then the murder actually takes place. Only by stepping into Eli’s dreams can Dusty find the murderer and stop the next killing.

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The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

Orphaned while attempting to escape the Great Famine, young Molly and Kip arrive at an old English estate to take up their new jobs as servants. Locals speak of the place as haunted, however, and none will dare to step foot on the property. Desperate to survive, the children take the position, anyway, and dismiss the rumors. But someone walks the house at night and the family all seem to be rapidly losing their health. Can Molly and Kip break an ancient curse or will they become the latest casualties of the night man?

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Seraphina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty

Serafina and the Black Cloak

Serafina lives hidden in the basement of the Biltmore Estate along with her pa. He says the rich folk who live above must never know she exists. But then one night Serafina witnesses the Man in the Black Cloak kidnap a child. And soon the children of Biltmore are disappearing one by one. Along with her new friend Braeden, Serafina must find a way to stop a deadly evil before it’s too late.

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Twelve Minutes to Midnight by Christopher Edge

Every night at twelve minutes to midnight, the residents of the Bethlehem Royal Hospital rise from their beds to begin scribbling their mad dreams on paper, the walls, even their own skin.  In despair of finding a cure, the director turns to bestselling author of the macabre, Montgomery Flinch.  What he doesn’t know is that Flinch is actually thirteen-year-old Penelope Tredwell, heiress to the magazine The Penny Dreadful.  But Penelope isn’t about to let a case of anonymity stop her from investigating the story of her life.  Along with an actor hired to play Flinch, Penelope enters the halls of Bedlam intent on solving a mystery, but soon finds herself entangled in a web more intricate than she could have imagined.

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A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz

Hansel and Gretel were raised in a palace, but decide to run away the day they realize their parents do not really love them. Travelling through the wide world, they encounter danger and deception—and grow up a little in the process. Even as they begin to understand their parents, however, a new threat arises to their happiness. Only by defeating a dragon will they be able to return home and start their family anew.

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The League of Beastly Dreadfuls by Holly Grant

Anastasia McCrumpet is living an ordinary life until the day she receives the news that her parents have died in a freak vacuum cleaner accident. Spirited away by her newly-discovered great-aunts Prim and Prudence to their home, a Victorian insane asylum, and forced to eat Mystery Lumps and live in a dirty bedroom with a chamber pot, Anastasia believes things cannot get much worse. Then she discovers that her aunts collect the portraits of missing children. Can Anastasia escape the asylum or will she become another victim?

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The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

Faith Sunderly and her family move to a small island in the wake of scandal; her father has been accused of forging fossils. When he dies, Faith believes it is murder and set out to find the killer by using the legendary Lie Tree–a tree that feeds on falsehoods and provides secrets in return A gripping story about a science-loving teenager trying to survive in a man’s world.

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The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

Turn of the Screw by Henry James

A young governess accepts a new position on a grand but isolated estate that comes with but one condition: she is never to contact the guardian of her charges about any circumstances that may arise while they are under her care. All goes well until the governess believes she is seeing the ghosts of two former employees and that it is up to her to save the children from their malicious intents.

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The Demise of Selma the Spoiled by Evangeline Lilly

Selma is now a part of the Rin Run Royals and she gets everything she wants.  But when a peddler comes to town, Selma’s greed may be her undoing.  A disturbing cautionary tale in verse by Evangeline Lilly (Lost, The Hobbit, Ant-Man and the Wasp).  Illustrations by Rodrigo Bastos Didier.

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Suee and the Shadow by Ginger Ly and Molly Park

Twelve-year-old Suee transfers from Bustle Elementary to Outskirtsville presenting a tough exterior. She wears all black, she lies to he counselors, and she has no friends–and that’s how she likes it. However, on her first day she passes out in the exhibit room and awakens later to find her shadow can talk! Can she figure out the mystery hidden in her new school before it is too late?

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Dr. Fell and the Playground of Doom by David Neilsen

The abandoned house at the end of Hardscrabble Street has served as a childhood hangout for generations. So when Dr. Fell moves in, he immediately builds a magical playground as a gesture of goodwill for his neighbors. But soon children are getting hurt on the playground and no adults seem to care. “What a nice man is Dr. Fell” mutters everyone in the neighborhood–everyone except Gail, Nancy, and Jerry. For some reason the three remain immune to Dr. Fell’s spell–but can they expose his dastardly plot before it’s too late?

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The Witch Boy by Molly Ostertag

In Aster’s family, girls grow up to be witches and boys grow up to be shapeshifters. But Aster wants to be a witch, too, even if he has to keep spying on the girls’ lessons. Then the boys starts disappearing. Can Aster help find them with his witch powers?

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Jacob grew up hearing his grandfather’s stories about being raised in an orphanage where the children possessed unusual abilities from super strength to levitation, an orphanage that was the only place they were safe from the monsters. For a time Jacob believed these stories, until his father explained them away. But then his grandfather dies from a mysterious attack and Jacob swears that, for a moment, he saw the monsters, too. To convince himself of his own sanity, Jacob travels to the island where Miss Peregrine’s orphanage once stood and explores the abandoned mansion in search of his grandfather’s past. His search reveals an incredible secret–the fact that the orphans might still be alive.

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The Caged Graves by Dianne K. Salerni

It is 1867 and seventeen-year-old Verity Boone is heading home to Catawissa, Pennsylvania, to reunite with the father she barely remembers and to marry a man she knows only through letters. When she visits the local cemetery, however, two caged graves on unconsecrated ground catch her attention–and one of them is her mother’s. Determined to see her mother laid properly to rest, Verity inadvertently embroils herself in an old mystery full of hidden treasure, family feuds, and rumored witchcraft. Soon, not only her engagement but also her life is at risk.

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Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz

When Clara Wintermute goes missing after her twelfth birthday party, the police suspect master puppeteer Grissini and his two orphaned assistants. Though the police find nothing, Grissini’s increasingly suspicious behavior draws the attention of the children, who determine to find Clara and return her to her family. Their journey will entangle them with Grissini’s ancient enemy, a witch who desires to save her own life at any cost—even if that means taking the life of a child.

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City of Ghosts by V. E. Schwab

Cassidy Blake’s parents hunt ghosts.  But Cassidy is actually able to see them, ever since the moment she drowned and a ghost named Jacob dragged her back.  Now her parents are off to Edinburgh, Scotland, to film a ghost show.  But an evil spirit haunts the city and she’s determined to steal Cassidy’s life.

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The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud

Fifty years ago, the dead stopped staying dead. An entire industry has sprung up with the purpose of eradicating the ghosts that can not only drive people mad but also kill them. Only children, however, have the ability to see and hear the specters and only one agency works without any adult supervision—Lockwood & Co. As a result, the company has a poor reputation, but when a rich patron offers Lockwood one of the biggest cases in the nation, their future seems assured. That is, if they can survive the ghosts of the infamous Screaming Staircase.

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The Thickety: A Path Begins by J. A. White

Kara Westfall’s mother died when she was a child, condemned for witchcraft. Now the villagers shun her and her younger brother and keep them in abject poverty through meanness and cheating. When Kara discovers a book of spells in the surrounding forest, however, she experiences for the first time a sense of power. But then the book falls into the wrong hands and Kara must decide if she will exact revenge on the people who have wronged her or risk everything to save them.

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The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

In 1943 the Carter family, including thirteen-year-old Max and his older sister Alicia, move to a small coastal town to start a new life away from the war. But the spirit of the previous homeowners’ son seems to haunt the premises and a mysterious, evil presence lurks just outside–the Prince of Mist back from the dead to collect on an old debt.

What Type of Bookish Witch Would You Be? (A Halloween Personality Quiz)

Bookish Witch Personality Quiz
Celebrate Halloween with us at Pages Unbound by taking this bookish personality quiz! Find out what type of witchy story you should star in!

Quiz Instructions
Instructions

To take the quiz, choose the best answer to each question. Write down the letter of the answer you pick for each question, or simply keep a running tally of how many of each letter you pick. After the last question, count the letters and see which you chose most often. Check the answers to see what type of witchy tale you would star in if you lived in a book and share your results with us in the comments!

Disclaimer: This quiz is just for fun, and Pages Unbound makes no claim to know much about your personality at all.

You may also be interested in our witch reading list, our full guide to Halloween entertainment, or our spooky story personality quiz.
Quiz Questions

The Quiz

1. What color is your favorite magic potion?
a.) lime green
b.) blood red
c.) shining silver
d.) royal purple

2. Which is the best flavor ice cream?
a.) cookies and cream
b.) I don’t like ice cream.
c.) chocolate
d.) mint chocolate chip

3. Which are you most likely to do?
a.) a have dance-off
b.) turn someone into a frog
c.) spend long hours practicing a skill
d.) keep a journal

4. What would be your witch’s symbol?
a.) a shooting star
b.) a skull
c.) growing flowers
d.) a head with two faces

5. What animal would be your familiar?
a.) ferret
b.) crow
c.) dog
d.) cat

6. Which is the best skill to have?
2.) turn anything to food
b.) invisibility
c.) healing
d.) divination

7. What object would you use to scry?
a.) a puddle
b.) the skulls of your enemies
c.) a bowl
d.) a mirror

8. How would you describe the best witches?
a.) imaginative
b.) clever
c.) thoughtful
d.) careful

9. Which scent do you like best?
a.) lavender
b.) spice
c.) citrus
d.) apple

10. What is your favorite Hogwarts House?
a.) Ravenclaw
b.) Slytherin
c.) Hufflepuff
d.) Gryffindor

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