What are the best spooky books for middle schoolers?

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    Neil Gaiman's Coraline is about a little girl who found another dimension, and in it, she saw her family and friends, but they had buttons for eyes. Realizing the dangers, Coraline must use her wits to save not only herself but the others as well.


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    Daniel Hughes
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "I read this book when I was in middle-school. We had an assignment where you have to read the entire book and write a 2-4 page essay about it. I can tell you that if your looking for one of the best horror/creepy/spooky books for middle-schoolers then this is one of them and based on the reviews online, people can attest to that as well."
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    #2A Monster Calls

    A Monster Calls

    A Monster Calls is a fantasy fiction book written by Patrick Ness with an illustration by Jim Kay and a concept by Siobhan Dowd. This was originally published in 2011.


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    Cristina Ventura
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This book is awesome! The tale is so interesting! So much adventure to be had! "
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    #3The Graveyard Book

    The Graveyard Book

    The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman is a tale about a boy raised by ghosts in a cemetery. This 2008 novel is the only book to win both the Newberry medal and Carnegie medal, along with Hugo Award and Locus Award.


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    Emily Dunn
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "Unusual story, gives an interesting view of the dead. Gaiman is always a good author for all ages."
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    #4Welcome to Dead House (Goosebumps)

    Welcome to Dead House (Goosebumps)
    Welcome to the Dead House is the first book from R.L. Stine's classic horror series, Goosebumps. It was first published in 1992 and was republished by Scholastic Paperbacks on September 1st, 2003. 

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    Charles Ryan
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "This is another established classic from goosebumps. I would for sure read this in middle school or recommend it to a middle school student as it’s a very good book."
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    #5The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events)

    The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events)

    The Bad Beginning is the first book in A Series of Unfortunate Events series written by Lemony Snicket first published in 1999. It is about the misadventures of three Baudelaire siblings. 


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    Matthew Burns
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "This is a great book for middle schoolers and also good for the whole family. Highly recommend."
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    #6Skulduggery Pleasant

    Skulduggery Pleasant

    Skulduggery Pleasant is a fantasy novel by Derek Landy. It tells the story of the titular Skulduggery Pleasant, a skeleton who is a detective, as he helps a girl named Stephanie to uncover the truth about her uncle's death.


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    Kimberly Stevens
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "If you are looking for the best spooky book for your middle school aged child, find Skulduggery Pleasant when you next go book shopping. This is a fantasy novel authored by Derek Landy. It is about a skeleton who is a detective."
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    #7The Doll in the Garden

    The Doll in the Garden

    The Doll in the Garden by Mary Downing Hahn is a fiction ghost novel published in 1989. This book follows the story of a 10-year old girl named Ashley and her encounter with a beautiful doll buried in their garden.


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    Aaron Kim
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "The Doll in the Garden will most middle school aged entertained. It's a bit of a haunting tale but does not go too far. This book mixes friendship, love, grief, and death all into a single manageable and very readable book. "
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    #8The Halloween Tree

    The Halloween Tree

    One eerie Halloween night, a group of 8 boys wearing costumes are running on the outskirts of their town to meet their friend Pipkin at the haunted house. Instead, they encountered the huge and corpselike Mr. Moundshroud.


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    Harold Hudson
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "I really enjoyed reading this. I got a bit of an RL Stine vibe from it, but also some Darren Shan. It's spooky, thrilling, and bit of a fun mystery too."
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    #9Time for Andrew

    Time for Andrew

    Time for Andrew is a young adult horror fiction book written by Mary Downing Hahn. This time travel mystery fiction is first published in 1994 by HarperCollins.


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    James Weaver
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This book is great for younger readers who are getting into scary or spooky type books. I bought this for my nephew and he got so into it that he kept calling me to tell me whatever new stuff had happened. I feel like I've read the book myself because he called me so many times. Based on that I give this a high rating."
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    #10A Tale Dark and Grimm

    A Tale Dark and Grimm
    A Tale Dark and Grimm is an amazing book written by Adam Gidtwitz that tells the story of Hansel and Gretel but in a different way. This magical tale is the first book of the extraordinary collection that bears the same name.



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    Brandon Wagner
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Exciting and interesting flip to the traditional version of the story. Lots of different themes and roads are explored in this book."


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2A Monster CallsBooks 25 Paid
3The Graveyard BookBooks 24 Paid
4Welcome to Dead House (Goosebumps)Books 23 Paid
5The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events)Books 22 Paid
6Skulduggery PleasantBooks 21 Paid
7The Doll in the GardenBooks 19 Paid
8The Halloween TreeBooks 18 Paid
9Time for AndrewBooks 16 Paid
10A Tale Dark and Grimm Books 16 Paid

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