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Spooktacular Middle Grade and Young Adult Fall Reads

As the weather continues to cool and the leaves change, it is the perfect time for kids to cozy up with spooky books. Whether it be ghosts, spirits, witches, or overall fright, these books are a great way to get in the mood for the eeriest season of them all.

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Ghost Squad

Author: Claribel A. Ortega| Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

Ghosts have always been a part of 12 year old Lucely Luna’s life. Her family runs a ghost tour business and she can see the ghosts of her ancestors, who appear to her as fireflies. But when she and her best friend, Syd, accidentally awaken evil spirits, they must work together with Syd’s witch grandmother and her fat cat Chunk, to break the curse and save their town.

The publisher describes this book as “Coco meets Stranger Things with a hint of Ghostbusters,” so it’s great for kids looking for a heart warming, action-filled, magical adventure. Watch Ortega preview Ghost Squad and keep an eye out for her newest book, Witchlings, coming February 2022.

Spirit Hunters

Author: Ellen Oh| Publisher: HarperCollins

A haunting yet mesmerizing middle grade novel about seventh grader, Harper Raine, who moves to a new home that is rumored to be haunted. Harper doesn’t believe the whispers until she starts to feel a strange presence and notices that her younger brother is acting bizarrely. As she learns more about the past and grapples with her own memories, will Harper be able to figure everything out in time to save her brother and house?

Educators, check out We Need Diverse Books, cofounded by author Ellen Oh, as well as the rest of the Spirit Hunters series.

Just South of Home

Author: Karen Strong| Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

In Just South of Home, Sarah is excited to have her first relaxing summer at home without being bogged down by chores from her overbearing grandmother, Mrs. Green. Then her adventurous cousin, Janie, shows up and begs Sarah to take her to Creek Church, a place that’s supposed to be haunted. What happens next changes their whole summer. They discover secrets from their town’s past, and are forced to work together to restore their town.

Use this discussion guide by Simon & Schuster Publishing to encourage further conversations about the book and the themes represented.