Halloween is approaching and it is time to immerse yourself in this spooky season. These blood-curdling, chilling novels are perfect to give you the Halloween fright - this list recommends the spookiest ones of the lot!
The Halloween Tree - Ray Bradbury
The book tells the tale of 8 friends on Halloween night - sounds pretty innocent? But don't be fooled, when their friend Pipkin is snatched away, his eight friends, with the mysterious Mr. Moundshroud, search for him, crossing time and space and learning all about Halloween. Engrossing and intense - this is a must read.
Hallowe'en Party - Agatha Christie
We all love a classic Agatha Christie murder story and what could be better than a Halloween edition? The captivating , eerie storyline tells us of a 13 year old girl called Joyce who claims she has witnessed a murder. Later found drowned in a apple-bobbing tub, Poirot must once again solve the case.
Lockwood & Co : The Screaming Staircase - Jonathan Stroud
For many decades, London has been suffering an epidemic of ghosts. Who can solve the problem? The Lockwood & Co team of course! Set in dangerous, dark alleyways with evil presences looming this novel is petrifying and hair-raising. Can these talented, young agents survive the night in a haunted house - save the country from horrific ghost attacks? Read to find out...
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Recently, I read the book The Clockwork Sparrow and I have so much to say about this unforgettable novel. Set in Wales, in Victorian times, our main protagonist leaves her dismal orphanage to visit Plas-y-Fran. Little does she know that within this great country house is a deep sense of sadness and isolation. However, Seren's fiery spirit and indomitable courage means she embarks on many perilous journeys, quenches her undeniable curiosity and ultimately, uncovers the truth about the disappearance of Tom. But can she bring happiness back into this household and conquer the enchanted challenges coming her way?
The authors compelling, unique writing style along with all the believable characters and enthralling plot make this a wonderful, quick read. I believe that this book is centered around our tenacious heroine and the energy she is able to bring. With the help of a rather rude crow, magical snow globes, and a boy's diary she must piece together bits of the puzzle to solve the mystery of Tom's disappearance. In addition, I think the author's choice of setting is perfect for such a bewitching tale. A mysterious, unknown feeling looms as we don't know what's beyond the snow-covered gates just like most magic is unpredictable and unexplainable.
I would recommend this book for children aged around 8-12 and anyone who would like to escape often mundane reality into a fascinating, original world. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.
Here are reviews of books I've read recently that I think you may find interesting.