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Kat (polbio) -
Subject: Young Adult Haunted and Ghost stories
Date Posted: 3/12/2012 12:11 PM ET
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My 12yr DD is into Ghost Stories and she really enjoys Mary Downing Hahn and RL Stine. She is in 7th grade and I am trying to find books a little more appropriate for her reading level.  I picked up some books at the library and I wonder if anyone could give me some feedback on if they are any good and also if anyone has any more suggestions, please share. She doesnt want any books with romance,  zombies, vampires, or witchcraft. (which seems to be all that is out there right now).

The books I picked up today are The Girl who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King, Someon Else's Ghost by Margaret Buffie and Draw the Dark by Ilse Bick.



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Date Posted: 3/12/2012 1:33 PM ET
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I'd suggest Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft and W.W. Jacobs.  I read Poe around that age and loved his work.

If you can find the collections of Ghost and horror stories she might really enjoy those.  I loved them when I was a kid.  The great thing about those is they normally contain stories from several different authors, so it may give her names of authors she wants to read more from.

Date Posted: 3/12/2012 2:39 PM ET
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Try Bad Girls Don't Die.  Just a scary story.

Date Posted: 3/12/2012 6:37 PM ET
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I posted in the horror topic, but I figured I'd post here, too.  "Everlost" by Neal Shusterman is really good. I haven't read any of his other books just yet, but they're on my list.

Kat (polbio) -
Date Posted: 3/12/2012 8:45 PM ET
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Thank you Jennifer and Heather. I ordered Everlost and put Bad Girls Dont Die on my wish list. My oldest daughter has the complete collection of Poe's stories so I will see if my youngest will read them.

Date Posted: 3/13/2012 2:49 PM ET
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I would recommend The Ghost and the Goth series by Stacy Kade, it's YA.  The E.J.Copperman Huanted Guesthouse series is technically adult, but there's nothing inappropriate in them for a girl her age and one of the main characters is a spunky young woman, I would recommend those as well.  I think the guys from the TV show Ghost Hunters has written a YA fiction book about ghosts, as well, but I don't know what it's called.  The Hex Hall series by Rachel Hawkins is also awesome.

Kat (polbio) -
Date Posted: 3/13/2012 4:26 PM ET
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Thanks Sandra. I put the Haunted Guesthouse books on my wish list.

Date Posted: 3/15/2012 12:42 PM ET
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Try Sweet Miss Honeywell's Revenge by Kathryn Reiss. She also has another I've read, Time Windows, that's not quite a ghost story, but has the mysterious/spooky vibe to it. Both are great for a 12-year-old.  A ghost story that had a great creepy vibe and an added mystery was The Seer of Shadows by Avi. 

Bruce Coville has a series of 3 ghost stories in his Nina Tanleven series.  The first one is The Ghost in the Third Row.  I've only read the second on in the series (The Ghost Wore Gray) but really enjoyed that one. She might also want to check out Bruce Coville's anthology Oddly Enough.  It's only got 1 ghost story in there, but there were lots of other stories in that same genre/vein she might enjoy.  That was one of my favorite books when I was her age.   

I haven't read them yet, but I've seen lots of people recommend the Blossom Culp series by Richard Peck as well.  The first one in that series is The Ghost Belonged to Me

She might also like A Coming Evil by Vivian Vande Velde.  That's a ghost story set in Nazi occupied France. A little bit older audience, but she might still enjoy it.  I also really liked The House Next Door by Richie Tankersley Cusick, but that has a little more of the romance aspect to it. 

Date Posted: 3/15/2012 2:39 PM ET
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Also, try Thirteen 13 Tales of Horror -  I bought this book when I was in 7th or 8th grade and I totally LOVED it. Very creepy, but age appropriate.

Date Posted: 6/28/2012 3:30 AM ET
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"The Blue Girl" by Charles de Lint might fit the requirements.  There is a ghost - also fairies (not very nice ones), some teen angst, and things that go bump in the night. 

Date Posted: 7/2/2012 12:52 PM ET
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Meg Cabot has two series.  The first is The Mediator series.  These are great.  I have read them and my 11 year old daughter is now reading them.  Also, she has a series called the 1 800 Where are you series.  I recommend both of these.  The Mediator series is about a ghost and the other is paranormalish.  Also, if she loves ghost types .... try Casey Daniels "Pepper Martin" series.  I just finished the Ghost and the Goth and loved it.  So I second that recommendation too.  Hope these help.  I read tons of YA books.