October 05, 2014

Spooky youngCanLit Reads for Halloween


Whether you're looking for a funny Halloween read for your youngest readers (or listeners), historical reads with an edge, a frightening young adult novel, or some true ghost stories, this list of youngCanLit reads has something for everyone. And, while I couldn't include everything, there are several authors whom I would recommend for anything spooky: L. M. Falcone (for a middle-grade fun read); Arthur Slade (for a middle-grade evil); Kelley Armstrong, the queen of queasy (for young adult); and Alyxandra Harvey, who rocks YA vampires. Take your pick!


PICTURE BOOKS

Black and Bittern Was Night
by Robert Heidbreder

Illustrated by John Martz
Kids Can Press
32 pp.

Ages 5-8
2013


Boo!
by Robert Munsch

Illustrated by Michael Martchenko
Scholastic Canada
32 pp.
Ages+
2004


A Day at the Pumpkin Patch 
by Megan Faulkner
Photographs by Adam Krawesky
Scholastic Canada
30 pp.
Ages 6-10
2006


Franklin's Halloween
by Paulette Bourgeois
Illustrated by Brenda Clark
Kids Can Press

32 pp.
Ages 5-8
1996


Ghost Train
by Paul Yee
Illustrated by Harvey Chan
Groundwood Books
Ages 8-12
1996


The Haunted House That Jack Built
by Helaine Becker
Illustrated by David Parkins
Scholastic Canada
32 pp.

Ages 4-7
2010


Omar’s Halloween
by Maryann Kovalski
Fitzhenry & Whiteside
32 pp.

Ages 2-6
2006


Pumpkin People
by Sandra and Ron Lightburn
Nimbus
32 pp.
Ages 5-8
2008


Pup and Hound Scare a Ghost 
by Susan Hood
Illustrated by Linda Hendry
Kids Can Press
32 pp.
Ages 4-6
2007


What There is Before There is Anything There
by Liniers
Translated by Elisa Amado
Groundwood Books
24 pp.
Ages 4-7
September 2014







CHAPTER BOOKS

Breath of a Ghost
by Anita Horrocks
Stoddart

195 pp.
Ages 9-12
1996


The Dead Kid Detective Agency
by Evan Munday
ECW Press
320 pp.
Ages 8-13
2011


The Devil, the Banshee and Me
by L. M. Falcone
Kids Can Press
192 pp.
Ages 9-12
2006


Dial "M" for Morna
by Evan Munday
ECW Press
296 pp.
Ages 8-13
2013


The Elevator Ghost
by Glen Huser
Illustrations by Stacy Innerst
Groundwood Books
168 pp.
Ages 7-12
August 2014



Five Days of the Ghost
by William Bell
Stoddart
196 pp.
Ages 10+
1989

Fred's Halloween Adventure
by Marie-Danielle Croteau

Illustrated by Bruno St-Aubin
Translated by Sarah Cummins
Formac
62 pp.

Ages 6-9
2002
The Ghost Horse of Meadow Green
by Anne Louise MacDonald
Kids Can Press
207 pp.
Ages 10-14
2005

Ghost Hotel (Arthur Slade's Canadian Chills series
by Arthur Slade
Coteau Books
134 pp.
Ages 9-13
2004



The Proof that Ghosts Exist (The Ghosthunters, Book 1)
by Carol Matas and Percy Nodelman
Key Porter
216 pp.
Ages 8-13
2008


The Curse of the Evening Eye (The Ghosthunters, Book 2)
by Carol Matas and Percy Nodelman
Key Porter
248 pp.
Ages 8-13
2009


The Hunt for the Haunted Elephant (The Ghosthunters, Book 3)
by Carol Matas and Percy Nodelman
Key Porter
272 pp.
Ages 8-13
2010


The Ghost and Max Munroe: Case #1 The Magic Box
by L. M. Falcone
Illustrated by Kim Smith
Kids Can Press
88 pp.
Ages 7-11
September 2014


Ghost Messages
by Jacqueline Guest
Coteau Books
184 pp.
Ages 9-12
2011

Ghosts of Government House
by Judith Silverthorne
Your Nickels Worth Publishing
114 pp.
Ages 9-12
2011
Ghost of Heroes Past
by Charles Reid
Ronsdale Press
168 pp.
Ages 10-14

2010


The Ghost of Lunenburg Manor (A Tom and Liz Austen Mystery)
by Eric Wilson
HarperCollins
109 pp.

Ages 9-11
1981/2003 


The Ghost of Northumberland Strait
by Lori Knutson
Dundurn
152 pp.
Ages 7-11
2008


The Ghost of Ramshaw Castle
by Robert Sutherland
Scholastic Canada
171 pp.
Ages 9-14
1990
The Ghost of the Stanley Cup (Screech Owl series)
by Roy MacGregor
McClelland & Stewart
118 pp.
Ages 9-13
2000



Ghost Ride
by Marina Cohen
Dundurn
172 pp.
Ages 11-13
2009

Ghosts of the Pacific
by Philip Roy
Ronsdale Press
251 pp.
Ages 11-14
2011


Ghosts of the Titanic
by Julie Lawson
Scholastic Canada
193 pp.
Ages 9-12
2011

Ghost Voyages
by Cora Taylor
Coteau Books
120 pp.
Ages 8-12

2003

Ghost Voyages II: The Matthew
by Cora Taylor
Coteau Books
112 pp.
Ages 8-12
2002

Ghost Voyages III: Endeavour and Resolution
by Cora Taylor
Coteau Books
176 pp.
Ages 8-12
2004

Ghost Voyages IV: Champlain and Cartier
by Cora Taylor
Coteau Books
128 pp.
Ages 8-12
2009


The Ghouls' Night Out
by Janice MacDonald
Illustrated by Pamela Breeze Currie
Ronsdale Press
49 pp.
Ages 7-9
1998
The Graveyard Hounds 
by Vi Hughes
Illustrated by Christina Leist
Tradewind Books
167 pp.

Ages 9-11
2008
Greysteel's Ghost
by Robert Sutherland
HarperTrophy Canada
176 pp.
Ages 8-13
2005


Haunted
by Barbara Haworth Attard
HarperCollins
273 pp.
Ages 10+
2009
The Haunting of Heck House (The Wiggins Weird, Book 2)
by Lesley Livingston and Jonathan LLyr
Puffin Canada
280 pp.
Ages 8-12
October, 2014

The Improbable Party on Plum Lane (Babysitter Out of Control Series, Book 3)

by Margaret J. McMaster
Mansbridge Dunn Publishers
53 pp.

Ages 7-9
2011


Invasion of the IQ Snatchers (Arthur Slade's Canadian Chills)
by Arthur Slade
Coteau Books
Ages 9-13
120 pp.
2007

The Midnight Curse
by L. M. Falcone
Kids Can Press
208 pp.
Ages 8-12
2010

Never to be Told
by Becky Citra
Orca Book Publishers
217 pp.
Ages 9-12
2006



The Night Gardener
by Jonathan Auxier
Puffin
384 pp.
Ages 10+
May, 2014

Northern Frights Trilogy
by Arthur Slade
HarperTrophy
352 pp.
Ages 10+
2014
Includes the original three books: Draugr, The Haunting of Drang Island and Loki Wolf




The Path of Trees
by Ari Goelman
Arthur E. Levine/Scholastic
399 pp.
Ages 10-12
2013


Return of the Grudstone Ghosts (Canadian Chills)
by Arthur Slade
Coteau Books
119 pp.
Ages 9-12
2002


The Secret of Grim Hill
by Linda DeMeulemeester
Lobster Press
187 pp.
Ages 9-13
2007

Shades: Tales of Fear and Wonder
by Arthur Slade
Dava Enterprises
79 pp.
Ages 11+
2011
Small Medium at Large
by Joanne Levy
Bloomsbury Children's Books
193 pp.
Ages 9-13
2012

That One Spooky Night
by Dan Bar-el
Illustrated by David Huyck
Kids Can Press
80 pp.
Ages 7-10
2012

The Unseen: Scary Stories
by Janet Lunn
Fitzhenry & Whiteside
171 pp.
Ages 9-14
1996


Walking with the Dead
by L. M. Falcone
Kids Can Press
200 pp.
Ages 9-12
2005

Zombiekins
by Kevin Bolger
Illustrated by Aaron Blecha
Razorbill 
206 pp.
Ages 8-11
2010







YOUNG ADULT

Beyond: A Ghost Story
by Graham McNamee
Wendy Lamb Books /Random House Canada
226 pp.

Ages 14-17
2012

The Summoning
by Kelley Armstrong
Doubleday
400 pp.
Ages 12+
2008

The Awakening
by Kelley Armstrong
Doubleday
368 pp.
Age 12+
2009

The Reckoning
by Kelley Armstrong
Doubleday
400 pp.
Ages 12+
2011


The Geomancer's Compass
by Melissa Hardy
Tundra Books
254 pp.
Ages 11-15
2012


Give Up the Ghost
by Megan Crewe
Henry Holt and Co. / H. B. Fenn
244 pp.

Ages 12-15
2009


Guardian
by Natasha Deen
Great Plains Teen Fiction
192 pp.
Ages 13+
September, 2014



Haunted

by Barbara Haworth-Attard
HarperTrophy
288 pp.
Ages 12+
2009

Haunting Violet

by Alyxandra Harvey
Bloomsbury
352 pp.
Ages 12+
2012


The Horrors: Terrifying Tales: Book One
ed. by Peter Carver
Red Deer Press
184 pp.
Ages 13+
2005

The Horrors: Terrifying Tales: Book Two
ed. by Peter Carver
Red Deer Press
207 pp.
Ages 12+
2006





The Prank (Nate’s Journal)

by K.E. Calder
Vanwell
93 pp.

Ages 10-13
2003

The Serpent’s Spell
by Rae Bridgman
Great Plains
190 pp.

Ages 10-14
2006


Someone Else's Ghost
by Margaret Buffie
Scholastic
227 pp.
Ages 12+
1995

This Dark Endeavour (The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein)
by Kenneth Oppel
HarperTrophy Canada
304 pp.
Ages 12+
2011

Such Wicked Intent (The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein, Book 2)
by Kenneth Oppel
HarperTrophy Canada
320 pp.
Ages 12+
2012



This is Not a Test
by Courtney Summers
St. Martin's Griffin
326 pp.
Ages 13+
2012






NON-FICTION


100% Pure Fake
by Lyn Thomas
Kid Can Press
48 pp.
Ages 8-12
2009


Are You Afraid Yet?: The Science of Scary Stuff
by Stephen James O'Meara
Illustrated by Jeremy Kaposy
Kids Can Press
80 pp.
Ages 8-12
2009
Canadian Hauntings: A Haunted Canada Book
by Beth Scott and Michael Norman
Scholastic Canada
136 pp.
Ages 9-13
2009


Ghost Trackers: The Unreal World of Ghosts, Ghost-Hunting, and the Paranormal
by Chris Gudgeon
Tundra
75 pp.
Ages 10-13
2010


Ghosts of the World: True Tales of Ghostly Hauntings
by Susan Smitten
Lone Pine Publishing
232 pp.
Ages 13+
2006

Gotcha! Mystery Hunters: 18 Amazing Ways to Freak Out Your Friends
by David Acer

Illustrated by Stephen MacEachern
Kids Can Press
48 pp.
Ages 8-12

2008


Grim and Ghostly Stories: A Haunted Canada Book
by Pat Hancock and Allan Gould
Scholastic Canada
136 pp.
Ages 8-13
2006
Haunted Canada: True Ghost Stories
by Pat Hancock
Scholastic Canada
106 pp.

Ages 9-12
2003


Haunted Canada 2: True Tales of Terror
by Pat Hancock
Scholastic Canada
114 pp.
Ages 9-12
2005

Haunted Canada 3: More Ghost Stories

by Pat Hancock
Scholastic Canada 
128 pp.
Ages 9-12
2007
Haunted Canada 4: More True Tales of Terror
by Joel Sutherland
Scholastic Canada
128 pp.
Ages 9-12
2014

Haunted Canada: Ghost Stories
by Pat Hancock and Allan Gould
Illustrated by Andrej Krystoforski
Scholastic Canada
172 pp.
Ages 8-13
2014


Scary Science: 24 Creepy Experiments
by Shar Levine and Leslie Johnstone
Illustrated by Ashley Spires
Scholastic Canada
48 pp.
Ages 8-13
2010


Strange and Spooky Stories: A Haunted Canada Book
by Pat Hancock
Scholastic Canada
128 pp.
Ages 8-13
2005



The Unexplained: A Haunted Canada Anthology
ed. by Janet Lunn
Scholastic Canada
160 pp.
Ages 9-13
2008




And my apologies for some inconsistency in the fonts and size.  Seems I have my own little cyber-ghost that keeps altering my font no matter how many times I clear the formatting.  


Happy Halloween!

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