Hello Mixed-Up Filers!
Has it been really two months already? Wow, before I even have time to catch my breath, it’s already my turn to post. Such tyrannical overlords over here at the Mixed-Up Files. Anyway, if I have to go, I guess I’d better get to it!
Anyway, since there’s a certain spooky event right around the corner…By the way, I mean Halloween, not Election Day, I thought it would be fun to do a post about some of the fun scary books released this year! But, since it’s me writing it, they all have a fun element to them.
Thank you, thank you. Please, sit down. Really, you’re embarrassing me. But, without further ado, here are my top five scary books released this year!
In no particular order, here we go!
Young Scrooge: A Very Scary Christmas Story by R.L. Stine.
First off, I’m a sucker for R.L. Stine. Love the Goosebumps series. Also, must’ve watched the movie more times than I’d care to admit. Just ask my kids. But, mixing Stine with a retelling of A Christmas Carol, and I’m sooooo in! And usually Stine does something which I love, mix humor with horror. In this story, Rick Scroogeman is a bully who hates Christmas and is visited by three ghosts to help him mend his ways. Any fan of Stine will love this.
Lock and Key: The Initiation by Ridley Pearson
This one I just picked up and can’t wait to read. It’s a retelling of the Sherlock Holmes stories, told from the perspective of Moriarty’s little sister, Moria. It tells about the origins of their rivalry by telling the story of them as kids in a boarding school and they compete to solve a mystery. Love everything about the Sherlock Holmes mythology and visited 221B Baker street when I went to London. This one is a must!
Great Ball of Light by Evan Kuhlman
Who doesn’t love fun books about bringing things back from the dead? This book came out earlier this year and even offers a guide about how to do it. The story centers around twins Fento and Fiona and their desire to bring things back from the dead. Namely, their grandfather. But, as we all know, bringing things back from the dead often brings unintended consequences. Why couldn’t it be as easy as it looks in the brochure?
Monsterville: A Lissa Black Production
By Sarah S. Reida
This book I’m actually in the middle of right now and have to say that I find it a lot of fun. Thirteen-year-old, Lissa Black has to move from New York to Pennsylvania, and if that isn’t bad enough, she encounters a swamp monster there! But, of course, there is more to this than meets the eye. Isn’t that always the case? I’m not done with this book yet, but I definitely recommend it.
Dr. Fell and the Playground of Doom by David Neilsen
Another fun and scary book. Notice a pattern in my choices? In this story, Dr. Fell moves into an abandoned house which used to function as a hangout for the neighborhood kids. To win them over, Dr. Fell builds a playground on the property, but soon strange things start happening, including many injuries. The heroes of the story, Jerry, Nancy and Gail, must figure out what Dr. Fell is up to and uncover his secret, before they also fall prey to his schemes.
All these books are a lot of fun and have scares to boot. Check them all out and please write to the authors and tell them I sent you, so they can look at you perplexed and say, “Who?”
What are some of your favorite Middle Grade scary books that came out this year? Remember, if you give a comment in the section below, they can now be declared as tax-deductible.