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Book cover Knightley and Son: K - 9
Rohan Gavin (2015) , 200+ pages
Audience: Intermediate (4th-6th grade)
Category: Adventure, Mystery, Scary

Darkus Knightley is ready to help his father solve another mystery, except his father has disappeared again. Right before his disappearance he had another episode in which he fell asleep for hours and no one could wake him. He did not give all of the details about the latest mystery to Darkus but it seems that a werewolf has been seen late at night in the London area. Local policeman are being attacked by well- trained dogs. Are the two events related? Darkus will have to solve the mystery and locate his father with the help of his new dog, Wilbur.

Reviewed by: Jessica / South County Regional Library

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Yasir, age 7 from Durham, NC
it is fun to read it

Book cover George in the Dark
Madeline Valentine (2014) , under 40 pages
Audience: Preschool, Primary (k-3rd grade)
Category: Concept, Scary
(This book has outstanding illustrations)

George can be brave all day. He climbs the biggest trees and yells at bullies. But not at night. This is a book about George conquering his fear of the dark. His father is tired of checking to make sure there`s nothing around to scare George. He must find a way to go to sleep. He can be brave for others- in this case his teddy bear and that`s how he becomes brave. The great, eye-catching illustrations delight in this short book with a big story.

Reviewed by: Thea / South County Regional Library

Book cover Nightmares!
Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller (2014) , 200+ pages
Illustrated by Karl Kwasny
Audience: Intermediate (4th-6th grade), Adult/Parent
Category: Fall, Humor, Read Aloud, Scary
(This book has outstanding illustrations)

Everybody has bad dreams now and then, but Charlie Laird is living a nightmare. He is convinced that his new stepmom is a witch and his father and little brother are under her spell. Can his three best friends, along with a gorgon and a clown, help him escape from the land of nightmares and save his family? Illustrated with beautifully spooky drawings, this is the first book in a trilogy. It offers a creepy cast of characters, a complex story line, and plenty of humor. Most of all, it is a heartwarming tale about facing one`s fears.

Reviewed by: Rene / ImaginOn
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Book cover The Night Gardener
Jonathan Auxier (2014) , 200+ pages
Audience: Intermediate (4th-6th grade), Adult/Parent
Category: Fairy Tales, NCCBA, Scary

After their parents die in a tragic shipwreck, Molly and her brother Kip travel to work as servants for the Windsor family in their run-down manor home. Although everyone in town tries to warn them away, Molly and Kip have few options. They discover that the house and its inhabitants are under the spell of an evil spirit somehow linked to the gnarled tree next to the house. Molly and Kip must take care to not become the next victim of the Night Gardener. This fast-paced horror story has a creepy atmosphere, vivid characters, and suspenseful pacing, but also celebrates courage and the power of storytelling. Fans of classic ghost stories and Grimm fairy tales will enjoy this spooky survival tale.

Reviewed by: Rene / ImaginOn
Parental Notes

Book cover Time of the Fireflies
Kimberley Griffiths Little (2014) , 200+ pages
Audience: Intermediate (4th-6th grade)
Category: Fantasy, Scary

Twelve-year old Larissa is spending the summer working in her parents` Louisiana antiques shop. The shop is filled with history, but when one of the disconnected phones mysteriously rings, Larissa finds herself talking to someone from another time. She is instructed to find the fireflies which lead her on a journey across generations to reveal secrets in her own family history. This spooky mystery is also about family, friendship, and how it is never too late to right a wrong. It is perfect for readers of historical fiction and ghost stories.

Reviewed by: Rene / ImaginOn

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