Scary Stories/Mysteries
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Body Finder, The Derting, KimberlyHigh school junior Violet uses her uncanny ability to sense murderers and their victims to try to stop a serial killer who is terrorizing her town, and although her best friend and would-be boyfriend Jay promises to keep her safe, she becomes a target.paranormal, ESP2010no
13 BulletsWellington, David
99 CoffinsWellington, David
Amber HouseMoore, KellyAfter her grandmother's death Sarah Parsons, nearly sixteen, delights in exploring her family's centuries-old Maryland estate with new friend Jackson, but soon she is having vivid visions of her ancestors, one of whom may be a threat to Sarah's autistic brother, Sam. psychic ability2012
Any collection of talesPoe, Edgar Allan"The Fall of the House of Usher," "The Mask of the Red Death," "The Cask of the Amontillado," "TheTell-Tale Heart," "The Pit and the Pendulum"
Ask the bonesOlson and Scwartz
Au Revoir, Crazy European ChickSchreiber, JoePerry's parents insist that he take Gobi, their quiet, Lithuanian exchange student, to senior prom but after an incident at the dance he learns that Gobi is actually a trained assassin who needs him as a henchman, behind the wheel of his father's precious Jaguar, on a mission in Manhattan. mystery2011yes
Bec As the demonic Fomorii ravage their land, Bec and her warrior companions leave the devastated area not only to answer a call for help but also to find information that will enable Bec to unlock the secrets of her past.
Beginning place, The Two young people meet in a magical, peaceful world, but soon they find their refuge becoming a place of horror and nightmare.
BeyondMcNamee, GrahamEveryone thinks seventeen-year-old Jane has attempted suicide more than once, but Jane knows the truth: her shadow is trying to kill her. supernatural (ghosts)2012yes
Blade: Playing DeadBowler, TimA fourteen-year-old British street person with extraordinary powers of observation and self-control must face murderous thugs connected with a past he has tried to forget, when his skills with a knife earned him the nickname, Blade. (Ends with a cliffhanger-)mystery, thriller, gangs, murder, drug abuse, mature audience2009yes
Blind SpotEllen, Laura"Tricia Farni was last seen alive the night she fought with Roswell Hart--a night Roz can't remember. Can Roz piece together the events of that night, despite the eye disease that robs her of most of her vision, in order to clear her name and find a murderer?"-- Provided by publisher. macular degeneration, mystery, blindness2012
Blink & CautionWynne-JonesTwo teenagers who are living on the streets and barely getting by become involved in a complicated criminal plot, and make an unexpected connection with each other.mystery, kidnapping, homeless teens, drug abuse, criminals, friendship2011yes
BlissMyracle, Laurensupernatural (ghost)2008
Blood and chocolate Klauss, Annette Curtis Having fallen for a human boy, a beautiful teenage werewolf must battle both her packmates and the fear of the townspeople to decide where she belongs and with whom.
Blood on my Hands Tod Strasser
Body of Christopher Creed, ThePlum-Ucci, CarolTorey Adams, a high school junior with a seemingly perfect life, struggles with doubts and questions surrounding the mysterious disappearance of the class outcast. mystery2000yes
BorderlineStratton, AllanLife's not easy for Sami Sabiri, a funny, where he's the only Muslim kid. But things are about to get a lot worse. When Sami catches his father in a lie, he gets suspicious... and he's not the only one. In a flash the FBI descends on his home and Sami's family becomes the centre of an international terrorist investigation. Now, as his world unravels, Sami must find a way to save his father, his family, and his life.identity, fathers and sons, terrorism, Iranian Americans, friendship, prejudices2010
Boy who couldn't dieSleator, William When his best friend dies in a plane crash, sixteen-year-old Ken has a ritual performed that will make him invulnerable, but soon learns that he had good reason to be suspicious of the woman he paid to lock his soul away
BruiserShusterman, NealInexplicable events start to occur when sixteen-year-old twins Tennyson and Brontèˆ befriend a troubled and misunderstood outcast, aptly nicknamed Bruiser, and his little brother, Cody.twins, family life, child abuse, family problems, brothers and sisters, bullying2010yes
Bully Book, TheGale, Eric Kahn"The Bully Book is Eric Kahn Gale's first novel. It is loosely based on incidents that happened to him in sixth grade through the lens of a mystery novel. His character, Eric Haskins, doesn't take his situation lying down; he searches for the answers, and unlike many of us who went through something awful, he finds them. Though they're not what he expected." -- Book jacket. bullying, secrets, schools2013
Caged Graves, The Salerni, Dianne K.Returning to her hometown of Catawissa, Pennsylvania, in 1867 to marry a man she has never met, seventeen-year-old Verity Boone gets caught up in a mystery surrounding the graves of her mother and aunt and a dangerous hunt for Revolutionary-era, arranged marriage, buried treasure, murder2013
Clockwork AngelClare, CassandraWhen sixteen-year-old orphan Tessa Fell's older brother suddenly vanishes, her search for him leads her into Victorian-era London's dangerous supernatural underworld, and when she discovers that she herself is a Downworlder, she must learn to trust the demon-killing Shadowhunters if she ever wants to learn to control her powers and find her brother.supernatural2010no
CoralineGaiman, NeilWhen Coraline steps through a door in her family's new house, she finds another house strangely similar to her own (only better). At first, things seem marvelous. The food is better than at home, and the toy box is filled with fluttering wind-up angels and dinosaur skulls that crawl and rattle their teeth. But there's another mother and another father, and they want her to stay and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go. Coraline will have to fight with all her wit and all the tools she can find if she is to save herself and return to her ordinary life.ghost story, easy (5.1)2002
Creature of the NightThompson, KateBobby lives a reckless life smoking, drinking, and stealing cars in Dublin. So his mother moves the family to the country. But Bobby suspects their cottage might not be as quaint as it seems. And spooky details of the history of their little cottage gradually turn Bobby into a detective of night creatures real and imagined.mystery2009
CriminalMcVoy, Terra ElanEighteen-year-old Nikki's unconditional love for Dee helps her escape from her problems, but when he involves her in a murder Nikki winds up in prison, confronted with hard facts that challenge whether Dee ever loved her, and she can only save herself by telling the truth about, murder, prisons, criminal investigations2013
Curiosities, The Stiefvater, Maggie, Tessa Gratton, and Brenna YovanoffAn anthology of darkly paranormal stories, with comments by the authors on their writing process. Good for students who are craetive writers and wnat to learn the craft. "this assemblage of more than 30 short stories, many of which first appeared on the authors' joint blog, is akin to an artist's sketchpad. Technique, not story, is often foregrounded." says Publishers' Weeklysupernatural 2012yes
Curse as Dark as Gold, ABunce, Elizabeth C.Upon the death of her father, seventeen-year-old Charlotte struggles to keep the family's woolen mill running in the face of an overwhelming mortgage and what the local villagers believe is a curse, but when a man capable of spinning straw into gold appears on the scene she must decide if his help is worth the price.Reimagined fairy tale2008
Cutting Room FloorKlehr, DawnWhen seventeen-year-old Riley Frost swears off romance and starts investigating a murder, she confides in her best friend, budding filmmaker Desmond Brandt, who may not have Riley's best interests at heart-- Provided by publisher. mystery, friendship, GLBTQ, film-making, high school, murder2013yes
Damage ControlHamilton, DeniseStruggling in her competitive public relations firm, Maggie Silver is assigned to the toughest client of her career in a California senator, the father of her former best friend, during an effort to prevent a scandal surrounding the murder of a young female aide. mystery2011no
Dark AngelKlass, DavidWhen his older brother is released from prison, seventeen-year-old Jeff's family secret is revealed, causing upheaval in his home, school and love life.murder mystery2005
Dark Delicacies (3 books) Howison, Del
Darkside, Book 1Becker, TomJonathan Starling's father is in an asylum and his home has been attacked when, while running away from kidnappers, he stumbles upon Darkside, a terrifying and hidden part of London ruled by the descendants of Jack the Ripper, where Jonathan is in mortal danger if he cannot find the way out.murder mystery/horror2008
Dead Girl MoonPrice,CharlieGrace, a scheming runaway, JJ, her fostercare sister, and Mick, the son of a petty thief, become entangled in the investigation of a teen prostitute's murder in a small, corrupt Montana town. mystery, small towns, political corruption, runaways, foster care, murder2012
Dead Is (series)Perez, MarleneWhile dealing with her first boyfriend and suddenly being pressed into service as a substitute cheerleader, seventeen-year-old Daisy Giordano, daughter and sister of psychics but herself a "normal," attempts to help her mother discover who is behind a series of bizarre attacks on teenage girls in their little town of Nightshade, California. mystery, supernatural2008--ongoingyes
Death Cloud (series: Sherlock Holmes: The Legend Begins)Lane, AndrewIn 1868, with his army officer father suddenly posted to India, and his mother mysteriously "unwell," fourteen-year-old Sherlock Holmes is sent to stay with his eccentric uncle and aunt in their vast house in Hampshire, where he uncovers his first murder and a diabolical villain. mystery, Sherlock Holmes readalike2011yes
Death in the AirPeacock, ShaneAfter losing his mother while solving a brutal murder, young Sherlock Holmes commits himself to fighting crime. While visiting his father at work, Sherlock watches a dangerous trapeze performance. When the troupe's star drops to his death, Sherlock notices something is amiss and realizes it was foul play.mystery2008
Death of the Black-haired GirlStone, Davidmystery, college life, abortion, extramartial affairs, professors2013
Devil's Kiss, TheChadda, SarwatFifteen-year-old Billi SanGreal has grown up knowing that being a member of the Knights Templar puts her in danger, but if she is to save London from catastrophe she must make sacrifices greater than she imagined. "Gives a new twist to the dark, supernatural teen novel." (PW)London, Templars2009no
Dr. Franklin's IslandHalam, AnnWhen their plane crashes over the Pacific Ocean, three science students are left stranded on a tropical island and then imprisoned by a doctor who is performing horrifying experiments on humans involving the transfer of animal fiction2002
DraculaStoker, BramAn evil count in Transylvania leads an army of human vampires that prey on people
Drain YouBloom, M. BethEven after Quinn Lacey learns that the coast of Southern California is crawling with vampires, she still tries to keep her job at the video store, convince her parents that she is eating well, and rescue her best friend from a fate worse than death. supernatural (vampire)2012yes
Dust & DecayMaberry, JonathanIn post-apocalyptic America, fifteen-year-old Benny Imura and his friends set out into the great Rot & Ruin hoping to find a better future but are soon pitted against zombies, wild animals, insane murderers, and the horrors of Gameland.zombies (sequel to Rot & Ruin), bounty hunters, survival2011yes
Enemy, TheHigson, CharlesAfter a disease turns everyone over sixteen into brainless, decomposing, flesh-eating creatures, a group of teenagers leave their shelter and set out of a harrowing journey across London to the safe haven of Buckingham Palace. supernatural (zombies)2010yes
EnvyOlsen, GreggFifteen-year-old twins Hayley and Taylor Ryan of Port Gamble, WA, known as "Empty Coffin" because of a local legend, investigate a former friend's Christmas suicide and, along the way, discover a secret from their own past.twins, sisters, suicide, mystery, cyberbullying, stalking, psychic ability2011yes
Escape TheoryFroley, MargauxBound by her oath of confidentiality and tortured by unrequited love, sixteen-year-old Devon, a peer counselor at a prestigious California boarding school, finds herself on a solitary mission to get to the bottom of a popular student's apparent suicide.mystery, death, love, boarding schools2013
Etiquette and EspionageCarriger, Gailn an alternate England of 1851, spirited fourteen-year-old Sophronia is enrolled in a finishing school where, she is suprised to learn, lessons include not only the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also diversion, deceit, and espionage. robots, Great Britain, boarding schools, espionage, humor, steampunk?2013
ExposedMarcus, Kimberly
Fake IDGiles, Lamar"An African-American teen in the Witness Protection Program moves to a new town and finds himself trying to solve a murder mystery when his first friend is found dead"--Provided by publisher. mystery, witness protection program, murder, African Americans2014yes
FeedAnderson, M. T.In a future where most people have computer implants in their heads to control their environment, a boy meets an unusual girl who is in serious fiction2002
Forest of Hands and Teeth, TheRyan, CarrieThrough twists and turns of fate, orphaned Mary seeks knowledge of life, love, and especially what lies beyond her walled village and the surrounding forest, where dwell the unconsecrated, aggressive flesh-eating people who were once dead.horror2009
Freaks Like UsVaught, SusanA mentally ill teenager who rides the "short bus" to school investigates the sudden disappearance of his best friend. mental illness, love, missing children2012yes
Freaks Like usVaught, SusanA mentally ill teenager who rides the "short bus" to school investigates the sudden disappearance of his best friend. mental illness, missing children, love, mystery2012
From Bad to CursedAlender, KatieAfter taking an oath to a seemingly benevolent spirit, a high school girl finds herself changing in frightening ways. 'Bad Girls Don't Die' novel.supernatural (ghosts)2011
Frozen FireBowler, TimFifteen-year-old Dusty gets a mysterious call from a boy who says he is going to kill himself, and while he claims to have called her randomly, he seems to know her intimately.thriller2008
Frozen FireBowler, TimFifteen-year-old Dusty gets a mysterious call from a boy who says he is going to kill himself, and while he claims to have called her randomly, he seems to know her intimately. suicide, strangers, mystery, supernatural2008
Full RideHaddix, Margaret PetersonAfter her father is convicted of embezzlement, Becca Jones, fourteen, and her mother flee Georgia for small-town Ohio, but three years later she learns that his misdeeds may have jeopardized not just her future but also her life.secrets, criminals, mothers and daughters thriller, embezzlement2013yes
FurySmith, Alexander Gordon"To defend themselves, a ragtag group of teens band together at an abandoned amusement park after one day when, without warning, the entire human race turns against them"-- Provided by publisher. supernatural, survival, paranormal, horror stories2013yes
Generation DeadWaters, DanielWhen dead teenagers who have come back to life start showing up at her high school, Phoebe, a goth girl, becomes interested in the phenomenon, and when she starts dating a "living impaired" boy, they encounter prejudice, fear, and hatred.supernatural fiction2008
Ghost and horror storiesBierce, AmbroseTwenty-four grotesque horror tales written by Ambrose Bierce, the nineteenth-century journalist known for his cynicism
Ghost and the Goth, TheKade, StaceyAfter being hit by a bus and killed, a high school homecoming queen gets stuck in the land of the living, with only a loser classmate--who happens to be able to see and hear ghosts--to help her.ghost, ESP2010no
Girl in the Park, TheFredericks, MariahWhen a teenaged girl with a bad reputation is murdered in New York City's Central Park after a party, her childhood friend is determined to solve the mystery of who caused her death. mystery, murder, gossip2012yes
Girl Who was Supposed to DieHenry, April"She doesn't know who she is. She doesn't know where she is, or why. All she knows when she comes to in a ransacked cabin is that there are two men arguing over whether or not to kill her. And that she must run. Follow Cady and Ty (her accidental savior turned companion), as they race against the clock to stay alive"-- Provided by publisher. adventure, survival, biological warfare, mystery, amnesia, identity theft2013yes
Girl, a Ghost, and the Hollywood Hills, AZindel, LizabethWhen the ghost of Holly's mother claims she was murdered by Holly's aunt, Claudia, Holly must decide how far she will go to get revenge.mystery, (Hamlet readalikes)2010no
Girl, StolenHenry, Aprilyes
GraveminderMarr, MelissaRebekkah Barrow never forgot the tender attention her grandmother, Maylene, bestowed upon the dead of Claysville. Now Maylene is dead and Bek must go back to the place--and the man--she left a decade ago. But what she soon discovers is that Maylene was murdered. It turns out that in placid Claysville, the worlds of the living and the dead are dangerously connected.dead, grandmothers, homecoming, family secrets2011
Graveyard Book, TheGaiman, NeilAfter the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own.fantasy2008
Haunting Of Alaizabel Cray Wooding, Chris
HiddenCasr, P. C. and KristinNeferet's true nature has been revealed to the Vampyre High Council, so Zoey and the gang might finally get some help in defending themselves and their beloved school against a gathering evil that grows stronger every day. And they'll need it, because Neferet's not going down without a fight. (Book 10 in 'House of Night' series.)supernatural (vampires))2012
Higson, CharlieEnemy, Thesupernatural (zombies)2009
Horowitz horrorHorowitz, Anthony
House of the Scorpion, TheFarmer, NancyIn a future where humans despise clones, Matt enjoys special status as the young clone of El Patron, the 142-year-old leader of a corrupt drug empire nestled between Mexico and the United fiction2002
Hunger Games, TheCollins, SuzanneIn a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's fiction 2008dystopia
Hunt, The (first in series)Fukuda, AndrewSeventeen-year-old Gene has passed as a vampire for years, carefully following every rule, but now, just as he finds a girl worth fighting for, he is chosen to participate in the hunt for the last remaining humans among ruthless vampires who soon suspect his true nature. vampires, hunting, survival, horror stories2012
I am LegendRichard Matheson Albert Neville, the last living man on an Earth in which every other man, woman, and child has become a vampire (zombie??), struggles to survive, scavenging for food and supplies and desperately searching for other survivors and trying to avoid the evil that lurks in the shadows. Includes ten additional short horror stories.horror
I Heart You, You Haunt MeSchroeder, Lisa"Ava can't see or touch him, unless she's dreaming. She can't hear his voice, except for the faint whispers in her mind. Most would think she's crazy, but she knows he's here. Jackson. The boy Ava thought she'd spend the rest of her life with. He's back from the dead, as proof that love truly knows no bounds"--Cover, P. [4]. supernatural (ghosts)2008yes
I'll be ThereSloan, Holly GoldbergRaised by an unstable father who keeps constantly on the move, Sam Border has long been the voice of his silent younger brother, Riddle, but everything changes when Sam meets Emily Bell and, welcomed by her family, the brothers are faced with normalcy for the first time.murder , kidnapping, crime, mental illness, brothers, music2011no
iDrakulaBlack, BeccaAn updated version of Dracula told through a series of text messages, instant messages, e-mails, and Web browser images. Eighteen-year-old Jonathan Harker comes down with a rare blood disorder after meeting mysterious Count in Romania. His girlfriend Mina and pre-med student Abraham Van Helsing investigate the source of the disease, learning that the Count is a vampire. supernatural (vampire)2011yes
Infects, TheBeaudoin, SeanSixteen-year-old Nick "Nero" Sole is stuck in the woods with the other kids who have survived when zombies attack and their horror-movie nightmares come to life. zombies, survival, horror2012yes
InfinityKenyon, SherrilynFourteen-year-old sarcastic, street-savvy Nick is drawn into the world of the Dark-Hunters, but must hide his participation in the battle against werewolves, vampires, and zombies from his mother and high school principal.supernatural (zombies, vampires, werewolves)2010notoned down from her adult books--no gore, no swearing
Interrogation of Gabriel JamesPrice, CharlieAs an eyewitness to two murders, a Montana teenager relates the shocking story behind the crimes in a police interrogation interspersed with flashbacks.murder mystery, family problems, abuse, race relations (American Indian)2010no
ItKing, Stephenhorror
Jekel Loves HydeFantaskey, BethAs seventeen-year-old Jill Jekel and classmate Tristen Hyde work together on a chemistry project, hoping to win a scholarship for her and a cure for his curse, they also uncover family secrets and a chemistry of their own.romance, violence, murder mystery, literary tie-in 9Dr. Jekel and Mr. Hyde)2010no
Johnson, MaureenName of the Star, TheRory, of Boueuxlieu, Louisiana, is spending a year at a London boarding school when she witnesses a murder by a Jack the Ripper copycat and becomes involved with the very unusual investigation.supernatural (ghost)2011
Knife of Never Letting GoNess, PatrickPursued by power-hungry Prentiss and mad minister Aaron, young Todd and Viola set out across New World searching for answers about his colony's true past and seeking a way to warn the ship bringing hopeful settlers from Old fiction2008
Last days, The Wes?As an ancient evil stirs beneath the streets of New York City, infecting rats and people like a plague, five quirky teens come together to form a "New Sound" band whose music seems to have paranormal power
Last Good Place of Lily Odilon, The Beitia, SaraWhen seventeen-year-old Albert Morales's girlfriend Lily goes missing and he is the main suspect in her disappearance, he must deflect the worries of his angry parents, the suspicions of the police, and Lily's dangerous stepfather as Albert desperately tries to find her, with her sister as his only ally.mystery2010no
Less-dead, TheLurie, AprilSixteen-year-old Noah Nordstrom, whose father is the host of a popular evangelical Christian radio program, believes that the person who has been killing gay teenagers in the Austin, Texas, foster care system, is a regular caller on his dad's show. mystery, evangelists, GLBTQ, homosexuality, radio talk shows, Christianity, religious hypocrites, drugs2011
LiarLarbalestier, JustineCompulsive liar Micah promises to tell the truth after revealing that her boyfriend has been murdered. supernatural (werewolves)2009yes
Lifeblood: Darkside, Book 2Becker, TomAs Jonathan searches London's Darkside for the same murderer that his mother was seeking when she disappeared twelve years earlier, it becomes clear that it's Jonathan who's being hunted.murder mystery/horror2008
Little Stranger, TheWaters, SarahOne dusty postwar summer in his home of rural Warwickshire, Dr. Faraday is called to a patient at lonely Hundreds Hall, the residence of the Ayres family for more than two centuries. Its owners, mother, son and daughter, are struggling to keep pace with a changing society, as well as conflicts of their own. But the Ayreses are haunted by something more sinister than a dying way of life.ghost story, suicide, unreliable narrator, adult audience2009no
Look for me by moonlightHahnWhile staying at the remote and reputedly haunted Maine inn run by her father and pregnant stepmother, sixteen-year-old Cynda feels increasingly isolated from her father's new family and finds solace in the attentions of a charming but mysterious guest
LurkerFour ghost girls, trapped in an abandoned orphanage, relate the story of high school student Mandy, who becomes caught up in a terrifying encounter after one of her classmates is tragically murdered.
Lying Game, TheShepard, S.Seventeen-year-old Emma Paxton steps into the life of her long-lost twin Sutton to solve her murder, while Sutton looks on from her afterlife.mystery, twins, death, murder2010no
Marbury Lens, The Smith, AndrewAfter being kidnapped and barely escaping, sixteen-year-old Jack goes to London with his best friend Connor, where someone gives him a pair of glasses that send him to an alternate universe where war is raging, he is responsible for the survival of two younger boys, and Connor is trying to kill them all. horror2010yes