December 13, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

Review: Graveyard Shakes

Released in time for Halloween, Graveyard Shakes was an excellent choice to help get the spook on. But though Halloween is gone for another year, horror is always in high demand in my library! Graveyard Shakes By Laura Terry. Graphix. 2017. ISBN 9780545889544 PBK, $12.99. 204pp. Grades 4 and up Sisters Katia and Victoria both […]

Malinda Lo and Stephanie Perkins On Genre Hopping, Slasher Films, and More

YA authors Stephanie Perkins and Malinda Lo share what inspired them to venture to the scary side, how their writing process changed, and their feelings on “unlikable” characters.

7 Nightmarish Reads | Adult Books 4 Teens

Witch trials, a coven’s curse, a doppelganger, and more: we present seven supernatural and strange tales perfect for Halloween.

25 Terrifying Horror Novels for Kids and Teens

From totally innocuous through safe scary, all the way to “holy moly!”, the following fiction titles offer a scary experience for a range of readers and their comfort levels.

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Book Review: There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

Publisher’s description Scream meets YA in this hotly-anticipated new novel from the bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss. “There’s Someone Inside Your House is a heart-pounding page-turner with an outstanding cast of characters, a deliciously creepy setting, and an absolutely merciless body count. Best read at night with big bowl of popcorn, this is a killer addition […]

Amy Lukavics On Her Latest YA Horror “The Ravenous”

Lukavics spins a tale of sisterhood and cannibalism sure to send chills up readers’ spines.

Ellen Oh on Her Goosebump-Inducing “Spirit Hunters”

Ellen Oh, author and CEO/president of We Need Diverse Books, talks about crafting and researching her creepy new novel, Spirit Hunters.

The horror! The horror!

So I’m reading World War Z for my part in Gene Luen Yang’s Reading Without Walls challenge. I admit I’m only biting off a little piece at a time, but I would have devoured the thing whole in high school, where most of my reading was either fantasy or horror or Ayn Rand, but I see […]

YA Xpress Reviews | December 2016

A handful of novels in a variety of genres and with an intriguing array of settings for voracious YA readers.

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Don’t Read These After Dark: A Horror Book List for Tweens

25 bone-chilling reads to help tween horror fans get ready for Halloween night.

SLJTeen Live! 2016: Suspense and Horror

The hour-long Thrills and Chills panel delivered fresh insights from prominent YA horror and suspense authors, including Mindy McGinnis (The Female of the Species).

Book Review: As I Descended by Robin Talley

When I’m reviewing books for professional publications, I stay quiet about them on social media. I’m always really excited once a review comes out to be able to talk about the book, finally! Here’s one of my most recent reviews, which originally appeared in the July 2016 issue of School Library Journal.   TALLEY, Robin. As I Descended. 384p. […]

Your Worst Nightmare | SLJ Spotlight

Looking for a good scare? Check out the latest spine-tingling YA offerings sure to keep teens up at night.

Review: The Creeps: Night of the Frankfrogs

Chris Schweizer, known for his Crogan Adventures, has switched gears and started a middle grade horror series. The Creeps will appeal to kids looking for a mix of adventure and fright. But no worries, readers will still be able to sleep with the lights off. The Creeps: Night of the Frankenfrogs By Chris Schweizer. Amulet […]

The Door By the Staircase | 30-Second Booktalk

A super short booktalk of Katherine Marsh’s delightfully creepy middle grade fantasy, A Door By the Staircase.

Tracey Baptiste on Writing, Trinidadian Folklore, and Scary Stories | Under the Covers

Librarian Karen Yingling talks with Tracey Baptiste about her novel, The Jumbies, and the need for diverse representations in middle grade fiction.

Review: ‘Goosebumps: Slappy’s Tales of Horror’

This isn’t the first adaptation of R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps series by Graphix, but it’s been a while since they released one. So it’s not surprising that they gave it a try with the release, early this fall, of the new Goosebumps movie. While the movie may have come and gone, the books are still ever […]

Spectacular Speculative Fiction | Adult Books 4 Teens

Mark Flowers highlights recent adult titles with teen appeal in the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres, including Cat Winter’s The Uninvited and John Scalzi’s End of All Things.

Lockwood & Co.: The Hollow Boy by Jonathan Stroud | SLJ Review

STROUD, Jonathan. The Hollow Boy. 400p. (Lockwood & Co.: Bk. 3). Disney-Hyperion. 2015. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781484709689.

Gr 5-8-As in the previous volumes, The Screaming Staircase (2013) and The Whispering Skull (2014, both Disney-Hyperion), the latest escapades of Lockwood and Co., a ghost-hunting agency staffed by the crack team of Anthony Lockwood, George Cubbins, and Lucy Carlyle, start with a hair-raising scene of murder, mayhem, and ghostly apparitions. Narrator Lucy finds herself on shaky ground as her ability to speak to ghosts grows ever more […]

Teens Review “Everything, Everything,” “Teen Boat” Sequel, and More

The Kitsap (WA) Regional Library YA Book Group reviewers tackle new romances, such as Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon, Westerns, such as Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson, and the sequel to John Green and Dave Roman’s Teen Boat graphic novel.