Embrace Halloween with our recommended spooky reads for 9–11 year olds, including Flood and Fang, The Dark is Rising and Uncle Montague’s Tales of Terror.
The first in the series of books featuring the unfortunate Baudelaire children, who must summon all their courage and ingenuity to escape from the scheming Count Olaf. This is a real page-turner that will have your children clamouring for more!
Marcus Sedgwick, Pete Williamson
Narrated by Edgar, a cantankerous raven, this quirky gothic story introduces us to the Otherhand family who live in Otherhand Castle. The castle has a mind of its own. When a maid disappears and a monster tries to take over, the castle seals itself and starts to flood in an effort to get rid of the invader. But… the Otherhands are trapped inside.
Chris Van Allsburg
A collection of short stories based on the original illustrations of Chris Van Allsburg, featuring many remarkable best-selling authors from the worlds of both adult and children’s literature: Stephen King, Lemony Snicket, Sherman Alexie, M.T. Anderson, Kate DiCamillo, Cory Doctorow, Jules Feiffer, Tabitha King, Lois Lowry, Gregory Maguire, Walter Dean Myers, Linda Sue Park, Louis Sachar, Jon Scieszka and Chris Van Allsburg himself.
A mysterious man enters a house and murders a family, apart from a toddler who escapes into the night pursued by the murderer. When he finds his way to a cemetery, the ghosts keep the murderer out and decide to raise the boy. As long as he stays in the cemetery they can protect him, but a growing boy eventually needs contact with the living world.