The nights are drawing in, which means it’s the perfect time to cosy up with a good book! To get you in the mood for the Halloween season, here are our top autumnal reading recommendations.
Younger Readers (7-9)
The Witches by Roald Dahl – Dahl is perfect for any time of year, but this tale of the Grand High Witch and is especially suitable for the spooky season. This is a story of real witches who hate all children, a timeless classic to be enjoyed by all.
Amelia Fang and the memory thief by Laura Ellen Anderson – something strange is going on in Nocturnia. Everyone is losing their memory, so they can’t even remember Amelia’s birthnight party! How will she save them when they can’t remember her name? The third in the hilarious Amelia Fang series.
Middle Grade (9-12)
Coraline by Neil Gaiman – Coraline moves into her strange new house with a strange unopened door and wonders what lurks behind it. When she’s lured in by her other mother and father, who both have button eyes, she realises they want her to stay with them. Forever. A gothic classic with some beautiful new illustrations by Chris Riddell.
A Series of Unfortunate events series (a bad beginning) by Lemony Snickett – recently adapted into a hugely popular TV series, A Series of Unfortunate events follows the Baudelaire siblings after their parents die in a fire and they are left to stay with the evil Count Olaf! Will their innovation and knowledge help them escape?
Young Adult (12+)
Death or Ice cream? by Gareth P Jones – these quirky short stories – all interconnecting and set in small town Larkin Mills – will leave you uneasy and eager to join the dots between them. Beware of Mr Morricone, the strangely popular ice cream seller, investigate Olive and the haunted accordion and follow Ivor as he reveals the cause of his uncle’s mysterious disappearance…
Say her name by Juno Dawson – Bobbie and her boarding school friends attempt to summon Bloody Mary: say her name five times into a mirror and she will appear! What starts as a dare soon becomes far more real, and Dawson finds the perfect balance between humour and horror. Not for the faint hearted!
We hope these reads will get your October off to a spooky start!