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    Did you know that October is National Book Month?

    It is an opportunity to celebrate and expand our File:WikiFont uniE033 - heart - red.svg - Wikimedia Commons of reading!

    As the warm temperatures begin to leave us for winter, it is the perfect time to curl up under a blanket, with a cup of hot chocolate, and read a great book!

    In the spirit of Halloween, here are some spooky recommendations:


    I thoroughly enjoyed this ghost story! After a near death experience, Cass discovers that she has the ability to pull back the veil that separates the living from the dead. Luckily, the first ghost Cass meets is friendly and they become fast friends.

    Cass’s parents can’t see ghosts like she can, but they’ve made telling stories about them their business. When they head to Edinburgh to film a show about the world’s most haunted places, Cass realizes that the city is full of ghosts, but not all of them are friendly, and some are downright dangerous. 

    If you enjoy this one, there’s a sequel called Tunnel of Bones, in which Cass travels with her parents to the catacombs in Paris. It’s just as good as the first one.

    Irreelle is alive, but she isn’t real. She was made from bone dust gathered from skeletons in the cemetery her house was built on. After she accidentally destroys one of her master’s creations, she runs away with two other bone dust creations into the graveyard’s underbelly to find a way back into her master’s good graces. 

    This book is delightfully creepy. It reads like a dark Victorian tale, and the spooky world Kassner has created will pull you right in.

    Mary Downing Hahn is a master of spooky middle grade books. She has a large catalog of books which, if you have a lover of scary middle grade books, are all worth reading. This one, however, has been declared, by many, as her scariest book of all! 

    Thirteen year old Ali is headed to her Aunt’s lake house to help out with her younger niece, Emma. Ali thinks its going to be a great vacation, but why is her mother so reluctant to let her go? There’s a family secret about a friend that drowned long ago and Ali is about to find out about all of it.


    When Molly and Michael’s mother remarries, they move into an old refurbished church in Maryland with their new stepfather and stepsister, Heather. While Molly and Michael both try to initiate a friendship with Heather, she remains cold and unfriendly to them both. Things only get worse when Heather meets Helen, a spiteful ghost with anger issues of her own.

    Mrs. Farrell

    Basic Skills Teacher

    Certified Reading Specialist

    Certified Orton Gillingham Dyslexia Specialist


    Contact: sfarrell@staffordschools.org

    609-978-5700 x1125