Top Ten: Halloween Books

Top Ten: Halloween Books

Prepare to be scared! Halloween is just around the corner so here’s our Top Ten picks to get you in the spirit.

Lailah by Nikki Kelly (Young Adult, KEL)
The girl knows she's different. She doesn't age. She has no family. She has visions of a past life, but no clear clues as to what she is, or where she comes from. But there is a face in her dreams, a light that breaks through the darkness. She knows his name is Gabriel.
On her way home from work, the girl encounters an injured stranger whose name is Jonah. Soon, she will understand that Jonah belongs to a generation of Vampires that serve darker forces. Jonah and the few like him are fighting with help from an unlikely ally, a rogue Angel named Gabriel.
In the crossfire between good and evil, love and hate, and life and death, the girl learns her name: Lailah. But when the lines between black and white begin to blur, where in the spectrum will she find her place? And with whom?

The Immortal Rule by Julie Kagawa (eBook, Wheelers)
Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city, until she too becomes an immortal vampire. Forced to flee into the unknown, outside her city walls, she joins a ragged band of humans who are seeking a legend -- a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of humankind and created the rabids, the mindless creatures who threaten humans and vampires alike.

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake (Young Adult, BLA)
Cas Lowood has inherited and unusual vocation: He kills the dead. So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father's mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual. What he finds is a ghost like he's never faced before.

The Shadow Revolution by Clay and Susan Griffiths (Adult Fiction Paperback, GRI)
As fog descends, obscuring the gas lamps of Victorian London, werewolves prowl the shadows of back alleys. But they have infiltrated the inner circles of upper-crust society as well. Only a handful of specially gifted practitioners are equipped to battle the beasts. Among them are the roguish Simon Archer, who conceals his powers as a spell-casting scribe behind the smooth veneer of a dashing playboy; his layabout mentor, Nick Barker, who prefers a good pub to thrilling heroics; and the self-possessed alchemist Kate Anstruther, who is equally at home in a ballroom as she is on a battlefield.
After a lycanthrope targets Kate's vulnerable younger sister, the three join forces with fierce Scottish monster-hunter Malcolm MacFarlane but quickly discover they're dealing with a threat far greater than anything they ever imagined.

Written in Red by Anne Bishop (Adult Fiction, BIS)
Meg Corbyn is on the run. Alone and desperate, and ill-equipped to deal with the real world after a lifetime of imprisonment, Meg stumbles into Lakeside Courtyard, where the Others reside. Meg knows entering a courtyard is a dangerous risk, most people who tangle with the Others end up dead, but it′s the only place she′ll be safe from the people chasing her. For Simon Wolfgard, leader of the Others residing in Lakeside, Meg is a puzzle until he discovers she′s a valuable blood prophet and can see the future. Then he has to decide if she is worth the potential fight to keep her in the Courtyard. It will be a fight not just with the humans but with the rest of the Others, as well as a fight with his own confusing feelings towards Meg. For Police Office Montgomery, Meg is the property he′s supposed to recover and the spark that could start a fight with the Others that would wipe out the human city of Lakeside. And for Meg, who has seen her own future, living in the Courtyard is a chance to have a life, for what little time she has left.

Spooky Jokes for Kids by Rob Elliott (Children Non Fiction, 827 ELL)
Brand-new joke collection with hundreds of spooky knee-slappers to make you cackle about monsters, mayhem, and more.

Ghosts by Elizabeth Noll (Children Non Fiction, 001.9 NOL)
Readers of this book will investigate the facts and compare the data provided in the easy-access text and compelling diagrams and infographics, and then decide for themselves if ghosts are real.

Nothing Can Frighten a Bear by Elizabeth Dale (Children Picture Book, D)
Daddy Bear insists he's the scariest creature in the forest didn't you know that nothing can frighten a bear? But when there's a noise in the night, Baby Bear isn't convinced. The bears set out to make sure there aren't any monsters but, as they vanish one by one, it looks like Daddy Bear might not be so brave after all! This is a story full of comic surprises and gentle reassurance. After all, the things that go bump in the night are never as scary as you might think.

Halloween Party by Steve Barlow and Steve Skidmore (Children Green Dot, BAR)
Monsters Like Us follows the whacky adventures of the monstrous three as they attempt to get through school without eating the teachers, running wild or raising hell.
In Hangem High School, Sam arrives at his new school and is keen to make a good impression without losing his head. Clogger and his cronies have other ideas and are determined to shake things up for Sam. Can Lin and Danny come to the rescue of the weird new kid, and keep him in one piece on his first day?

Ten Little Monsters by Mike Brownlow (Children Picture Book, B)
Ten little monsters set off in search of adventure. But what will the ten little monsters do when they meet a howling werewolf, a giant spider and other scaries in the night? A monster stomp of a book with lots of things to spot and count on every page, this noisy rhyming story is perfect for sharing again and again.

Kerrie Gamble