In a follow up to last week’s post “Scary Bedtime Stories – If You Dare” which was geared toward younger readers, this week’s scary bedtime stories are for middle grade readers. These are spooky, scary, magical and mysterious – your middle grader may want to sleep with the lights on.
Again, jump up on a comfy mattress, get a blanket to cover yourself up, a flashlight and maybe a teddy bear or something else to cuddle, and start reading.
This book is a little older, written in 1986 but it still packs a punch for scary. Molly and her brother Michael have a step-sister, Heather, that they don’t really like and with good reason. She has made their lives miserable ever since their parents got married. And, to make life worse for Molly and Michael, they’ve moved to a new house in the country. The new house, just happens to be an old church and has a cemetery in the back yard. Spooky enough already. But, the story really gets creepy when Heather starts talking to a ghost named Helen and she starts warning Molly and Michael that Helen is coming for them. Dark secrets, ghosts, graves and a creepy step-sister will keep you scared through-out the entire book.
One of my favorites! Jack is sent away to live in Hazelwood, Iowa with his aunt and uncle, who are very STRANGE. Jack doesn’t expect much for his summer, except a boredom because usually he goes unnoticed, like he’s invisible. Little does he know, the town of Hazelwood has been waiting for him for a long time. Creeped out yet? Almost immediately upon arrival he makes three new friends, who just happen to be imaginary. Jack also becomes the the center of attention to the town bully and the richest man in town who want Jack gone. Don’t be fooled, this book is chocked full of suspense, twists and turns, magic and deeply rooted secrets. I don’t want to give too much away, but look close at the cover, the creepy house, the tentacle like roots and Jack’s three friends following him on bikes.
This one comes from the other side of the pond, Great Britain, and takes place during WWII. I like to call this a good old fashioned horror tale, it will keep you up at night. Cora and her younger sister, Mimi, are sent to stay with their elderly aunt in the isolated village of Byers Guerdo. Auntie Ida is rigid and unfriendly. The girls want nothing to do with Auntie Ida and the village, they want to go home to London. The reason they were sent to live with Aunt Ida to live, is to keep them safe from the bombs being dropped all over London. But living in the isolated village with Aunt Ida is a fate which is worse than being back in London. The sisters soon discover the evil curse and that their aunt’s life which was devastated the last time two young sisters were at Guerdon Hall. Cora makes friends with Roger and Peter, two village boys, and together they uncover the horrifying truth that has held Bryers Guerdon in its dark grip for centuries. Little do they know the curse is about to come full circle and it’s up to the group of friends to put a stop to it.
I think these three selections are enough to keep any middle grader scared and riveted at the same time. Just make sure you have plenty of room in your bed when they come running from the nightmares.