Staff Favorites: Mystery/Horror

Deep, Dark & DangerousDeep, Dark and Dangerous
By Mary Downing Hahn
Ages 9-13

Looking for a good ghost story? You’ve got one here with Deep, Dark and Dangerous! Ali is looking forward to spending the summer away from her overbearing mother at Sycamore Lake with her carefree, artistic aunt Dulcie and her adoring little cousin Emma. But then Ali and Emma meet Sissy, a strange, mean-spirited kid who turns Ali’s cousin against her and tries to scare them with stories about the lake. But who exactly is Sissy anyway, and could her stories be more than just campfire tales? Does any of this have to do with the mysterious torn picture Ali found of her mother and aunt at the lake when they were children? Check out Mary Downing Hahn’s best scare yet, Deep, Dark and Dangerous! CHELSIE



And Then There Were NoneAnd Then There Were None
By Agatha Christie
Ages 8 & up

This book hooked me on the mystery genre for almost a solid year in Junior High. It has everything that you could possibly ask of a whodunit: an inhospitable island setting, a large and oddly terrifying mansion, and a group of eccentric characters who are introduced as strangers but who are all actually connected to each other by an unexpected and potentially fatal set of circumstances. It’s the kind of book that you should read at night before bed. It will keep you up later than you like, but that’s half the fun! KEITH



Half-Minute HorrorsHalf-Minute Horrors
By Susan Rich and others
Ages 10-13

This incredible anthology brings you over 70 terrifying stories, poems and comics from some of your favorite authors including Dan Gutman, Jon Sciezka, Gail Carson Levine, Pseudonymous Bosch and James Patterson. Each story takes only 30 seconds to read, making this collection of bite-sized horrors a Halloween treat you can enjoy the entire year! BEWARE though, some of these short and shivery stories may be too intense for younger readers. Try reading the first story by Lemony Snicket, it’ll only take half a minute! CHELSIE



Red Blazer GirlsRed Blazer Girls: The Ring of Rocamadour
By Michael D. Beil
Ages 10 & up

Adventure! Suspense! Heroism! Humor! Homework! HOMEWORK? Yes! Sophie, Margaret, Rebecca, and Leigh Ann are 7th graders proud to wear the Red Blazer of St. Veronica’s Catholic School. They use not only their considerable talents, but also the invaluable knowledge harvested from their school assignments, to decode a series of riddles, find a rare treasure, solve a mystery, and reunite a family. I liked the characters so much that I didn’t even try to solve the puzzles – and I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of the story. For girls and boys, ages 10 and up. JANET