Spooktacular Stories Giveaway 2022! (MG/Children’s Edition) ~ (US Only)

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This year YABC has the perfect list of spooky books to really get excited about Halloween!

Check out our list of Spooktacular Stories of 2022 for children below and then enter the awesome giveaway for a chance to win the books from the list!! 

 

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Truth or Dare… The Graphic Novel

Author: P.J. Night

Publisher: Simon Spotlight

Release Date: 9/27/22

The bestselling You’re Invited to a Creepover middle grade series comes to graphic novels with this first book about a bone-chilling sleepover game gone ghostly.

During a round of Truth or Dare, Abby Miller confesses her crush on Jake Chilson. The only people who know her secret are her friends at the sleepover—and whoever sent her a text message in the middle of the night warning her to stay away from Jake…or else!

But Abby isn’t going to stay away from Jake, especially not after he asks her to the school dance.

As the night of the dance comes closer, some very creepy things start happening to Abby. Someone definitely wants to keep her away from Jake. Is it a jealous classmate or, as Abby begins to suspect, could it be a ghost?

Creepy full-color graphic panels tell the story with the same horror as the original novel! This spine-tingling tale is a Level 3 on the Creep-o-Meter.

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You Can’t Come in Here! The Graphic Novel

Author: P.J. Night

Publisher: Simon Spotlight

Release Date: 9/06/22

The bestselling You’re Invited to a Creepover middle grade series comes to graphic novels with this second book about neighbors who may be more than they appear.

Emily Hunter loves hanging out with her new neighbors. From their decked-out rec room to their almost-professional guitar playing, Drew and Vicky Strig are super cool.

Since Drew and Vicky are homeschooled, Emily’s other friends haven’t gotten to know them yet. So Emily comes up with a plan for everyone to meet—a big party and sleepover at her house! But as Emily gets ready for the party, she begins to wonder about Drew and Vicky. They won’t let Emily into certain rooms in their house. And a wolf howls on their lawn every night. Is it only Emily’s overactive imagination or are the new neighbors more than just a little strange?

Creepy full-color graphic panels tell the story with the same horror as the original novel! This terrifying tale is a level 4 on the Creep-o-Meter.

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 Empty Smiles

Author: Katherine Arden

Publisher: Penguin Young Readers / G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Release Date: 8/9/2022

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 The Pathfinders Society #3: The Legend of the Lost Boy

Author: Francesco Sedita, Prescott Seraydarian, Steve Hamaker

Publisher: Penguin Young Readers / Viking Books for Young Readers

Release Date: 8/23/2022

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Gravebooks

Author: J.A. White

Publisher: HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books

Release Date: 8/16/2022

Return to the world of Nightbooks . . . if you dare. Dead stories—and dead witches—are back to haunt Alex and Yasmin. To find a happy ending, Alex will have to write it, in this sequel to Nightbooks from acclaimed author J. A. White.

Alex thought he was done with witches. But when Natacha, the witch who held him captive for scary stories, appears again one night, Alex realizes he’s trapped in a nightmare—literally. She’s found a way to enter his dreams with a new, terrifying familiar named Simeon. And they once again want Alex to write. Transported to a story graveyard with best friend Yasmin, Alex will have to complete an original scary story each night.

But what does Natacha plan to do with his finished stories? And what makes a story good enough? While Natacha might have control of the beginnings, only Alex has the power to write the ending.

Readers can delight in a spooky story while also exploring the craft of writing alongside Alex. As he writes his own scary tales, he learns about plot twists, active characters, identifying originality, and accepting feedback, as well as dealing with writer’s block—making this an ideal book to read for fun or use in classrooms.

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Took Graphic Novel

Author: Mary Downing Hahn

Illustrator: Jen Vaughn, Scott Peterson, and Hank Jones

Publisher: HarperCollins/Clarion Books

Release Date: 3/8/2022

Daniel doesn’t believe the woods behind his new home are haunted by an evil witch and her terrifying beast. But then his little sister disappears . . . and it’s up to him to find her. This chilling graphic-novel version of Mary Downing Hahn’s popular page-turner will thrill readers who love spooky stories.

They say that a ghost witch lives in the woods, up on the hill. They say her companion has a pig skull for a face and stands taller than a man, his skeleton gleaming in the moonlight. They say that the witch takes young girls, and no one ever sees them again.

Daniel doesn’t believe the stories. He figures the kids on the bus are just trying to scare him since he’s new. Still, he wishes his family had never moved here—their house is a wreck, Mom and Dad keep fighting, and his little sister, Erica, spends most of her time talking to her creepy doll.

But when Erica disappears into the woods one day, Daniel knows something is terribly wrong. Has she been “took”?

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The Whispering Fog

Author: Landra Jennings

Publisher: HarperCollins/Clarion Books

Release Date: 9/13/22

In this spooky and atmospheric debut contemporary fantasy, Snow White and Rose Red meets the modern world after sisters Neve and Rose’s lives are upended when a swamp witch kidnaps Rose. Perfect for fans of Jodi Lynn Anderson and Katherine Arden.

For twelve-year-old Neve, it’s always been she and her older sister against the world, their lives entwined just like sisters in a fairy tale. So, if Rose loves tennis, Neve will play it too—even if secretly she’d rather be home turning cardboard boxes into offbeat art projects. Not even being moved to the piney woods outside Etters, South Carolina, can change what they are to each other—until a mysterious fog seems to swallow up Rose before Neve’s eyes.

Naturally, the adults don’t believe that something supernatural is at play. So, with the help of Piper, a classmate with a tomato fixation; Sammy, a boy with memories of an otherworldly stranger; and a stray dog that seems to belong to the woods, Neve discovers that her sister has been taken by a swamp-dwelling witch with a terribly wicked plan. It will be up to Neve to save her sister. Otherwise, she’ll be separated from Rose . . . forever

A gorgeous, haunting debut about sisterhood and finding your voice.

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The Rat Queen

Author: Pete Hautman

Publisher: Candlewick Press

Release Date: 10/2022

For Annie’s tenth birthday, her papa gives her a pad of paper, some colored pencils, and the Klimas family secret. It’s called the nuodeema burna, or eater of sins. Every time Annie misbehaves, she has to write down her transgression and stick the paper into a hidey-hole in the floor of their house. But Annie’s inheritance has a dark side: with each paper fed to the burna, she feels less guilty about the mean things she says and does. As a plague of rats threatens her small suburban town and the mystery of her birthright grows, Annie—caught in a cycle of purging her misdeeds—begins to stop growing. It is only when she travels to her family’s home country of Litvania to learn more about the burna that Annie uncovers the magnitude of the truth. Gripping and emotionally complex, Pete Hautman’s inventive yarn for middle-grade readers draws on magical realism to explore coming of age and the path to moral responsibility.

From National Book Award winner Pete Hautman comes a mysterious modern-day fairy tale about developing a moral compass—and the slippery nature of conscience.

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Embassy of the Dead: Destiny Calling

Author: Will Mabbitt

Publisher: Candlewick Press

Release Date: 10/2022

Jake Green and his friends have managed to save the world from the followers of Fenris twice now, which should be more than enough. But Jake, Cora, and Sab are suddenly given a new, secret mission. It seems one last would-be traitor is still hidden in the world of the Embassy, and it’s up to Jake and his friends to take care of him—permanently. All the signs point to Jake being the Chosen One for this dangerous task, especially since he’s armed with the ancient, Eternal Void–summoning tooth he found on his last trip to the Afterworld. But the more time the three friends spend on their dubious quest, the more Jake wonders if he’s better off making his own destiny. The latest adventure in this fast and funny series delivers plenty of chills, twists, and heart.

Destiny is calling—but does it have the right number? Jake and his friends are fated to save the Afterworld from a powerful demon in the third installment of this delightfully creepy series.

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 Healer and Witch

Author: Nancy Werlin

Publisher: Candlewick Press

Release Date: 4/2022

Nancy Werlin’s first story for middle-grade readers tackles and transcends traditional fantasy tropes: can a young woman gifted with magic learn to manage her powers—and claim her strength—without violence? Sylvie and her mother and grandmother are beloved, trusted healers in their medieval French village, though some whisper that fifteen-year-old Sylvie and her grand-mere deal in more than herbs and medicines. Perhaps they’re a bit . . . witchy? After her grandmother dies, and an attempt to use magic to heal her mother’s grief brooks tragic consequences, Sylvie leaves her village in search of a teacher. The journey subjects her to strange alliances, powerful temptations, danger, and deceit. In the end, there may be only one wise woman Sylvie can trust in a world that would define her limits: herself. Beautifully crafted, this quietly powerful work for younger readers assures a whole new audience for an established author.

After eleven young-adult novels, best-selling and award-winning author Nancy Werlin casts a brilliant new spell in a middle-grade historical fantasy for fans of classic fare.

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 Leila, the Perfect Witch

Author: Flavia Z. Drago

Publisher: Candlewick Press

Release Date: 7/2022

Leila Wayward is a little witch who excels at everything she does. She’s the fastest flier, the most cunning conjuror, and the most superb shape-shifter. She has won trophies for potions, herbology, and alchemy—and now she dreams of winning the Magnificent Witchy Cake-off! As the youngest in a long line of masters of the Dark Arts of Patisserie, Leila wants her entry to be perfect. But even with the most bewitching of recipes, she realizes a terrible truth: she’s a disaster in the kitchen. Luckily, Leila has three magical sisters who are happy to share their culinary secrets with her. What’s more, Leila discovers that baking with them is fun! Win or lose, she has already tasted the sweetest thing of all: acceptance—with a pinch of nightshade and a bit of mandrake. Filled with expressive and fancifully offbeat illustrations, Flavia Z. Drago’s enchanting story of trying your hardest despite your imperfections is sure to delight little witches and novice bakers alike.

In this charming picture book from the author-illustrator of Gustavo, The Shy Ghost, a witch who is spellbindingly good at everything discovers that baking is no piece of cake.

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 Poultrygeist

Author: Eric Geron

Publisher: Candlewick Press

Release Date: 8/2021

It’s punny. It’s spooky. It’s a meta picture book that puts a fresh spin on an old joke and elevates chicken comedy to ghastly new levels. A little spring chicken crosses the road but quickly gets flattened under a semitruck. The barnyard beasts who’ve gone before break the news: now that Chicken’s fried—dispatched to the Other Side—Chicken has a job, an unwanted job, as a noisy troublemaking ghost. This fowl may be weak in the beak, but Chicken knows that scaring people isn’t nice. There is such a thing as a friendly ghost, after all—isn’t there? Loaded with laughs and shivers, this Halloween-ready treat features ghoulishly funny art by the illustrator of the #1 New York Times best-selling Bad Seed series. Let the haunting begin!

No chickens were harmed in the making of this book.

From a debut picture-book author and a #1 New York Times best-selling illustrator, a wry take on “Why did the chicken cross the road?” that gives a whole new meaning to “the Other Side.” Cock-a-doodle-BOO!

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 Gustavo, the Shy Ghost

Author: Flavia Z. Drago

Publisher: Candlewick Press

Release Date: 7/2020

Gustavo is good at doing all sorts of ghostly things: walking through walls, making objects fly, and glowing in the dark. And he loves almost nothing more than playing beautiful music on his violin. But Gustavo is shy, and some things are harder for him to do, like getting in a line to buy eye scream or making friends with other monsters. Whenever he tries getting close to them, he realizes they just can’t see him. Now that the Day of the Dead is fast approaching, what can he do to make them notice him and to share with them something he loves? With fancifully detailed artwork and visual humor, debut picture-book creator Flavia Z. Drago’s vivid illustrations tell a sweet and gently offbeat story of loneliness, bravery, and friendship that is sure to be a treat for little ghouls and goblins everywhere.

A #1 New York Times bestseller!

This winning debut picture book from Mexican artist Flavia Z. Drago about finding the courage to make friends is perfect for the spooky season — or anytime.

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 Skeletina and the In-Between World

Author: Susie Jaramillo

Publisher: Macmillan

Release Date: 9/6/2022

Inspired by Mexican culture and perfect for fans of the hit movies Coco and The Nightmare Before ChristmasSkeletina and the In-Between World is the first book in a series that combines kooky characters and a spooky story with important and resonant themes about empathy, bravery, self-esteem, and the enduring power of love.

Meet Skeletina, a fun-loving, fearless little girl who lives in the in-between world with her friends, who include monsters, creatures, ghosts, and more. The upside-down, inside-out, in-between world is where the living go when they are fast asleep and where the dead hang out when they have unfinished business. Visitors to the in-between world are children who come to confront their fears or to see a loved one who has recently left the world of the living. Either way, Skeletina is there to guide them and help children conquer their anxieties.

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9 thoughts on “Spooktacular Stories Giveaway 2022! (MG/Children’s Edition) ~ (US Only)”

  1. csj1818 says:

    Scary books are the most popular ones in my library!!

  2. So many great books! Hope I win!

  3. ldittmer says:

    My middle school students would LOVE these books!

  4. Penny Olson says:

    What a great collection of spooky middle school books. They are just as much fun for adults to read.

  5. Cori says:

    Perfect halloween combo of books for kids!

  6. This is an excellent book list.

  7. ltecler says:

    I’ve had more and more readers asking for scary books lately! I’d love to share these with them.

  8. took graphic novel looks really good. I am interested.

  9. I`ve written these titles down for future reference. the covers and what they are about draw you in to want to read them.

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