Monday, August 6, 2012

A Wide-Eyed Bump in the Night: Ghost Stories

Ghosts are the subject haunting this fourth "Own the Night" inspired booklist of the summer.  Here you will find novels, short story collections, graphic novels, and nonfiction.  There are stories about teens who see ghosts and stories about ghosts who may try to influence you for good or evil.  Need more ghostly reading suggestions?  You'll find them in the NoveList database here:  NoveList Recommended Reads: Ghosts.  Ever felt a spine tingling chill in a library? well, George Eberhart, senior editor of American Libraries, the magazine of the American Library Association; has made lists of  haunted libraries around the world for the Encyclopedia Britannica Blog.  See also: Tales from a Haunted Library: Spirits Float Among the Stacks at this Connecticut Library, by Ann Paietta, 2012.
Fiction

The Afterlife, by Gary Soto, 2003.  A senior at East Fresno High School lives on as a ghost after his brutal murder in the restroom of a club where he had gone to dance.

Anya's Ghost, by Vera Brosgol, 2011. book trailer  Embarrassed by her family and self-conscious about her body, Anya has given up on fitting in at school, but falling down a well and making friends with the ghost there just may be worse.

Being Dead, by Vivian Vande Velde, 2001.  Seven supernatural stories, all having something to do with death.

Bliss, by Lauren Myracle, 2008.  Having grown up in a California commune, Bliss sees her aloof grandmother's Atlanta world as a foreign country, but she is determined to be nice as a freshman at an elite high school, which makes her the perfect target for Sandy, a girl obsessed with the occult.
The Body Finder, by Kimberly Derting, 2011.  Book 1 in series.  High school junior Violet uses her uncanny ability to sense murderers and their victims to try to stop a serial killer who is terrorizing her town, and although her best friend and would-be boyfriend Jay promises to keep her safe, she becomes a target.

Campfire Chillers, edited by E.M. Freeman, 1994.  Gathers nine frightening stories by Edgar Allan Poe, E. F. Benson, Manley Wade Wellman, Ambrose Bierce, and H. G. Wells.
A Certain Slant of Light, by Laura Whitcomb, 2005. After benignly haunting a series of people for 130 years, Helen meets a teenage boy who can see her and together they unlock the mysteries of their pasts.

Days of Little Texas, by R.A. Nelson, 2009.  16-year-old Ronald Earl King, who has been a charismatic evangelist since he was ten years old, is about to preach at a huge revival meeting on the grounds of an old plantation, where, with confusing help from the ghost of a girl he could not heal, he becomes engaged in an epic battle between good and evil.

Dead Connection, by Charlie Price, 2006.   A loner who communes with the dead in the town cemetery hears the voice of a murdered cheerleader and tries to convince the adults that he knows what happened to her.

Deep and Dark and Dangerous, by Mary Downing Hahn, 2007. 13-year-old Ali spends the summer with her aunt and cousin, and stumbles upon a secret that her mother and aunt have been hiding for over thirty years.

Friends With Boys, by Faith Erin Hicks, 2012. book trailer  After an idyllic childhood of homeschooling with her mother and three older brothers, Maggie enrolls in public high school, where interacting with her peers is complicated by the melancholy ghost that has followed her throughout her entire life.
Ghost Flower, by Michele Jaffe, 2012.  Drawing the attention of two wealthy teens who say she resembles their missing cousin Aurora, runaway Eve is drawn into a scheme to win the lost girl's inheritance.

Ghostgirl, by Tonya Hurley, 2008.  First book in series.  After dying, high school senior Charlotte Usher is as invisible to nearly everyone as she always felt, but despite what she learns in a sort of alternative high school for dead teens, she clings to life while seeking a way to go to the Fall Ball with the boy of her dreams.

The Ghosts of Kerfol, by Deborah Noyes, 2008. Over the centuries, the inhabitants of author Edith Wharton's fictional mansion, Kerfol, are haunted by the ghosts of dead dogs, fractured relationships, and the bitter taste of revenge.

The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman, 2008. Nobody Owens is a normal boy, except that he has been raised by ghosts and other denizens of the graveyard.


The House of Dead Maids, by Clare B. Dunkle, 2010. Eleven-year-old Tabby, who would later serve as housekeeper for thirty years to the Brönte sisters, is taken from an orphanage to a ghost-filled house, where she and a wild young boy are needed for a pagan ritual. 
Into the Dark, by Nicholas Wilde, 1987. Matt, a 12-year-old boy, blind since birth, on a seashore holiday from London, is excited when he meets Roly, a local boy in an old graveyard. With Roly acting as his eyes, they explore the salt marshes and a boarded-up mansion. Gradually Matt comes to understand that Roly is the ghost of a boy who drowned in the sea a century before.

The Name of the Star, by Maureen Johnson,2011. First book in series. Rory, of Boueuxlieu, Louisiana, is spending a year at a London boarding school when she witnesses a murder by a Jack the Ripper copycat and becomes involved with the very unusual investigation.

On the Day I Died: Stories From the Grave, by Candace Fleming, 2012. In a lonely Illinois cemetery one cold October night, teen ghosts recount the stories of their deaths in different time periods, from 1870 to the present, to 16-year-old Mike, who unknowingly picked up a phantom hitchhiker.

The Other Side of Dark, by Sarah Smith, 2010.  Since losing both of her parents, 15-year-old Katie can see and talk to ghosts, which makes her a loner until fellow student Law sees her drawing of a historic house and together they seek a treasure rumored to be hidden there by illegal slave-traders.  Awards: Agatha Awards: Best Young Adult Mystery. Massachusetts Book Awards:Young Adult Literature Award.

Picture the Dead, by Adele Griffin and Lisa Brown, 2010.  After Jennie Lovell's fiancĂ©e, Will, is killed during the Civil War, she forms an alliance with a spirit photographer and uses her ability to talk to the dead to investigate the secrets Will was hiding and how he really died.
The Screaming Staircase, by Jonathan Stroud, 2013. Follows three young operatives of a Psychic Detection Agency as they battle an epidemic of ghosts in London.

Story Time, by Edward Bloor, 2004.  George and Kate are promised the best education but instead face obsessed administrators, endless tests, and evil spirits when they are transferred to Whittaker Magnet School.

Texas Gothic, by Rosemary Clement-Moore, 2011.  17-year-old Amy Goodnight has long been the one who makes her family of witches seem somewhat normal to others, but while spending a summer with her sister caring for their aunt's farm, Amy becomes the center of weirdness when she becomes tied to a powerful ghost.  Award: YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults: 2012.

Tighter, by Adele Griffin, 2011.  Based on Henry James's "The Turn of the Screw," tells the story of Jamie Atkinson's summer spent as a nanny in a small Rhode Island beach town, where she begins to fear that the estate may be haunted, especially after she learns of two deaths that occurred there the previous summer. 

The Unquiet, by Jeannine Garsee, 2012.  When 16-year-old Rinn, who has bipolar disorder, and her mother move back to her mother's hometown in Ohio and settle in a house where the previous owner hanged herself, Rinn discovers that both the town and her mother have some uncomfortable secrets in their past and that the ghost that supposedly haunts the school seems to be out for revenge.
 
Nonfiction
 (browse call # 133.1)
Famous Ghosts and Haunted Places, by Gordon J. Lynch, 2012. 
Ghost Hunters of New England, by Alan Brown, 2008.
Ghost Stories of New England, by Susan Smitten, 2003.

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