Spooky Halloween Reads 2019

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The night of epic costumes, trick or treating and frights galore is almost here! Whether you are an avid fan of the spooky season or looking for your next great read, here are some of our favourite thrilling books!


Picture Book Recommendations:

Is It Halloween Yet? by Susannah Chambers & Tamsin Ainslie

Emily loves Halloween and is on a mission to convince her reluctant family to join in on the spooky fun. 

Where's Mrs Witch? by Nosy Crow

Another fantastic hide-and-seek book from Nosy Crow, all about discovering Halloween creatures. 

Buffy the Vampire Slayer by POP Classics

Discover the world of Buffy in a spooky bedtime story!

Creepy Pair of Underwear by Aaron Reynolds

Jasper Rabbit is wearing his Creepy Underwear like all the cool big rabbits. Even if they have a ghoulish, greenish glow...


Middle Reader Recommendations:

Embassy of the Dead: Hangman's Crossing by Will Mabbitt

Jake's job is to protect souls in need at the Embassy of the Dead. But a plot is afoot to undermine the fabric between the land of the living and the dead and he has to save the day. 

Potkin and Stubbs by Sophie Green

Lil Potkin is stalking the streets for a news scoop and she might just have found a haunting mystery at a bus station of all places. 

Time Castaways: The Mona Lisa Key by Liesl Shurtliff

The Hudson children are about to discover that their family has more secrets than they know and when their parents disappear, they are swept up in a time-travelling adventure. 

Scary Stories for Young Foxes by Christian McKay Heidicker

The haunted season has arrived in the Antler Wood. No fox kit is safe.


Advanced Reader Recommendations:

The Twisted Tree by Rachel Burge

Martha has never been the same since falling out of an ancient, twisted tree but after trying to visit her mormor (grandma), her life takes even more creepy twists and turns. 

Sea Witch Rising by Sarah Henning

This re-imagining of the Little Mermaid will have you caught in a story about sisterhood, relentless magic and the cost of redemption. 

The Bone Garden by Heather Kassner

Irrelle's greatest fear is that she isn't real which is quite valid for a girl made of dust, bone and imagination. But she is desperate to discover the origin of her creator's magic and after a fatal error, she is on the run to find out exactly what makes her exist. 

Graveyard Shift in Ghost Town by Michael Pryor

Anton is having a gap year - but not a usual one. He is spending the year deciding if the Marin family ghost-hunting business is for him. And there is plenty to do with ghosts descending in hordes. 


YA Recommendations:

My Father's Shadow by Jannali Jones

Kaya is woken in the middle of the night and told to pack a bag as they are leaving to the Blue Mountains. But what is going on and where is her dad?

Perfectly Preventable Deaths by Deirdre Sullivan

When twins Maddy and Catlin move to Ballyfrann, they have no idea that they are now living in a town where teenage girls have gone missing for generations. Catlin moves away from Maddy and towards her new boyfriend, while Maddy is discovering magic powers she never knew she had. 

Highway Bodies by Alison Evans

The zombie apocalypse has arrived in Melbourne. And these teens are all discovering it in different places and at various stages of the disaster. They end up relying on each other when it seems they can't trust anyone else. But will they survive?

The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

This retelling of the story of Dracula's three brides weaves a gothic tale full of sisterhood, revenge, love and survival. 


Have a terrifying night and enjoy these page-turning thrillers!