Tag: supernatural

SMALL SPACES: Huge Shivers for Tweens

SMALL SPACES: Huge Shivers for Tweens

Lynn: Do you love a scary book? Well, Bookends readers, have we got a treat for you! Katherine Arden’s new middle-grade book, Small Spaces (2018), is the most deliciously scary book you could hope for. This is a just-one-more-chapter-gulp-it-down-in-one-sitting book, and it’s the real, eerie deal. Grieving her mother, 12-year-old Ollie has withdrawn from friends, activities, and even her […]

Stranger Things: 13 Supernatural Stories for 80s Horror Fans

Stranger Things: 13 Supernatural Stories for 80s Horror Fans

Fans of red-fonted horror novels of the 1980s and all the pop-culture feels that go with them are geeking out over the late-summer release of “Stranger Things” on Netflix. Patrons who love creepy reads can keep the chills alive with these supernatural stories. The Boy Who Drew Monsters, by Keith Donohue Boy’s Life, by Robert McCammon […]

Better Babysitting through Ghost Stories: Spooky Fun for Halloween

Better Babysitting through Ghost Stories: Spooky Fun for Halloween

Cindy: The Brothers Grimm knew that storytelling was good for teaching children to behave—if only they had also whipped up treats like granghoula bars, or peppermint bone rattlers, they’d have really had a captive audience. In Glen Huser’s The Elevator Ghost (2014), Caroline Giddle is a new resident at Blatchford Arms who offers her babysitting services […]

Constable & Toop by Gareth P. Jones

Constable & Toop by Gareth P. Jones

Lynn:  I’ve a weakness for Victorian ghost stories and the 2013 publishing year offered up some super ones.  Constable & Toop (Abrams/Amulet 2013) joins my list of spooky favorites. The ghosts of London’s haunted houses are mysteriously disappearing.  Worse, once the ghosts disappear the “Black Rot,” a phantasmagorical wasting disease,” creeps in.  Investigators, both human […]

Doll Bones by Holly Black

Doll Bones by Holly Black

Cindy: It’s a special day when I read a book that seems to have been written just for me. Me when I was a kid. Doll Bones (McElderry 2013) is one of those books. Holly, were you watching me as a kid? Probably not, so get to the point, Cindy.  Doll Bones is one of […]

Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann

Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann

Cindy: Holy cow, Lisa McMann! I’m glad I can’t experience your dreams if your fiction is any indication of what goes on at night in your head! McMann’s WAKE trilogy is very popular in our high schools, but I can’t wait to booktalk Cryer’s Cross (Simon Pulse 2011) with my eighth graders this fall. I […]

The Curse of the Wendigo by Rick Yancey

The Curse of the Wendigo by Rick Yancey

Lynn: I’m sure readers have noticed that we don’t write about a book unless one or both of us likes it.  We try hard to post about a variety of genres and ages ranges but our favorites DO have a way of sneaking in.  Anyone notice the numbers of fantasy and sf we post about?  […]

The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade

The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade

Lynn: I am slow in blogging about The Ghost and the Goth (Hyperion 2010) but there is still time to grab it, kick back and enjoy it over the holiday break.  The teens in our book club have been talking about this one since last summer.  They were handing it off to each other – […]

Numbers by Rachel Ward

Numbers by Rachel Ward

Cindy: Our teens nabbed our advance reader copy of Numbers (Scholastic/Chicken House, 2010) and wouldn’t give it up, so after hearing them rave about it at book club week after week, I got my hands on the audio version (Brilliance, 2010) and I can understand their enthusiasm. Jem sees numbers when she looks into people’s […]

Possessed by Kate Cann

Possessed by Kate Cann

Lynn: What is your schedule like – crazy busy or have you got a little time? Before you pick up Possessed (Scholastic/Point 2010) or recommend this to someone make sure it’s the latter because this is one of those deliciously addictive books that you won’t be able to put down. Trust me, you’ll be staying […]