Horror Books for Grades 6-8

Scary books from the Junior High (Y) fiction collection. Click here for a print-friendly version of this list.

Author Title Call Number
AuxierThe Night Gardener
When Molly and Kip start work at a crumbling manor house, they are confronted by a mysterious stranger and evil secrets of the cursed house. (350 pp.)
Y Auxier
BeattySerafina and the Black Cloak
In 1899, a 12-year-old rat-catcher on the Biltmore Estate battles a great evil and, in the process, unlocks the puzzle of her past. (293 pp.)
Y Beatty
BlackDoll Bones
Zach, Alice, and Poppy embark on a quest to bury a doll made from the ashes of a dead girl. (244 pp.)
Y Black
BlakeAnna Dressed in Blood
Everything changes for Cas, a teen ghosthunter, when he meets Anna, a girl unlike any ghost he has faced before. (316 pp.)
Y Blake
BrewerEighth Grade Bites
Vlad learns there is more to being a half-vampire than he imagined. (182 pp.)
Y Brewer
BruchacSkeleton Man
After her parents disappear, Molly must rely on her dreams about an old Mohawk story to save her life. (114 pp.)
Y Bruchac
ChupecoThe Bone Witch
Tea’s community ostracizes her because of her gift for death magic. As dark forces approach, she must make a powerful choice. (411 pp.)
Y Chupeco
CohenThe Doll's Eye
Unhappy with her new stepfamily, Hadley makes a series of wishes on a doll’s eye she finds in the attic, but they come true in sinister ways. (202 pp.)
Y Cohen
DelaneyRevenge of the Witch
Tom starts work as an apprentice for the village Spook, whose job is to protect ordinary folk from evil creatures. (344 pp.)
Y Delaney
DuncanI Know What You Did Last Summer
A mystery figure seeks revenge on four teens responsible for a hit-and-run. (198 pp.)
Y Duncan
Coraline ventures through a mysterious door into a world that is similar yet disturbingly different from her own. (162 pp.)
Y Gaiman
HahnAll the Lovely Bad Ones
While spending the summer at their grandmother's inn, two prankster siblings awaken young ghosts from the inn's distant past. (182 pp.)
Y Hahn
HorowitzRaven's Gate
Sent to live in a remote Yorkshire village, Matt uncovers an evil plot involving witchcraft and the site of an ancient stone circle. (254 pp.)
Y Horowitz
JoblingMax Helsing and the Thirteenth Curse
Max must try to save the world after he discovers he has been cursed by an evil warlock who intends to reclaim the earth for monsters. (312 pp.)
Y Jobling
JohnsonThe Name of the Star
While spending a year in London, Rory witnesses a murder by a Jack the Ripper copycat and becomes involved with the very unusual investigation. (372 pp.)
Y Johnson
KiddRoom of Shadows
After David discovers a secret room in his house, he starts having strange dreams, and violence seems to follow him wherever he goes. (238 pp.)
Y Kidd
Chaos ensues at Camp Harmony when a virus turns the animals in the surrounding wilderness into raging, foam-spewing predators. (298 pp.)
Y Lettrick
Bridget Liu, a teenage exorcist, discovers a race of part-demons intent on raising their forefathers to the earth in human form. (379 pp.)
Y McNeil
MillerElizabeth and Zenobia
When timid Elizabeth, at the insistence of her fearless friend Zenobia, investigates the history of her strange new house, she learns it holds a terrible secret. (202 pp.)
Y Miller
Morton-ShawThe Hunt for the Seventh
When his father starts a new job at Minerva Hall, Jim discovers an ancient curse he must unravel. (273 pp.)
Y Morton-Shaw
OhSpirit Hunters
Harper disbelieves the rumors that her family’s new house is haunted until her brother, Michael, starts acting strangely. (276 pp.)
Y Oh
OppelThe Nest
When a wasp queen offers to fix his sick brother, Steve thinks his prayers have been answered—until her sinister plans are revealed. (244 pp.)
Y Oppel
PoblockiThe Stone Child
Eddie, Harris, and Maggie must stop the scary adventures in their favorite author's books from coming true. (274 pp.)
Y Poblocki
SchustermanOlive and the Backstage Ghost
Olive discovers an old theater where she'll finally have a chance to shine on stage, but this theater—and its mysterious owner—are hiding dark secrets. (209 pp.)
Y Schusterman
When a mysterious man puts an entire Alabama town at risk from his black magic, 12-year-old Hoodoo Hatcher must learn magic of his own to defeat him. (208 pp.)
Y Smith
This story of two lonely girls—one in 1982, one in 2017—drawn together by an orphanage with a shadowy past is told in pictures and diary entries. (533 pp.)
Y Smy
StineGive Me a K-I-L-L
Competition for the final spot on Shadyside High's cheerleading squad takes a dangerous turn as the rivals fall one by one to terrible injuries. (281 pp.)
Y Stine
StroudThe Screaming Staircase
Three young operatives form a psychic detection agency and battle an epidemic of ghosts in London. (390 pp.)
Y Stroud

Last Updated: 2/19


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