Here is a sampling of ghost stories. Unless otherwise noted, books are arranged on the shelves by the author’s last name in the sections below.
Titles available in:
E = e-book
L = large print
A = audiobook
P = Playaway
Ea = e-audiobook
Primary (Grades 2 & 3)
The Golden Ghost
by Marion Dane Bauer
Delsie and her friend Todd explore abandoned houses close to an old mill. What happens when Delsie sees a strange golden ghost dog? 86 pgs.
Night of the Gargoyles
by Eve Bunting
At night, the stone gargoyles placed on the outside of a museum come to life and enjoy their freedom. Unpaged.
by Judy Delton
The Pee-Wee Scouts head off for a fun weekend of sleep-away camp. While in their tents, they hear a scary sound. Could it be a ghost? 67 pgs.
by Dotti Enderle
Ten-year-old Malcolm and his best friend order a special handheld ghost detector. After meeting ghosts in their neighborhood, the boys start a career as Ghost Detectors. 79 pgs. (Look for other titles in the Ghost Detectors series.)
Creepella Von Cacklefur: The Thirteen Ghosts
by Geronimo Stilton
Creepella Von Cacklefur and her niece visit a scary mansion and meet the descendant of a famous writer. Will the ghosts in the mansion frighten them? 111 pgs. (Look for other titles in the Creepella Von Cacklefur series.)
J (Intermediate: Grades 3-6)
Ghosthunters and the Incredibly Revolting Ghost! A Ea
by Cornelia Funke
Nine-year-old Tom discovers a ghost in the basement of his apartment building. Tom teams up with a professional Ghosthunter to return the ghost to its rightful home. 135 pgs. (Look for other titles in the Ghosthunters series.)
The Great Ghost Rescue
by Eva Ibbotson L
What can English ghosts haunt when their castles are modernized and spooky forests turned into parking lots? Humphrey the ghost and a boy named Rick work together to find a home for all the ghosts. 167 pgs. (Look for other titles by this author.)
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving A Ea
This classic tale of Ichabod Crane’s encounter with the Headless Horseman will leave you quaking in your boots! 105 pgs.
Dying to Meet You
by Kate Klise
An elderly children’s book author named I. B. Grumply rents an old mansion in Ghastly, Illinois. Much to his surprise, the mansion is inhabited by a ghost! The story is told through letters, newspaper articles, illustrations and excerpts from I.B.s’ manuscript. 147 pgs. (Look for other titles in the Old Cemetery Road series.)
Billy Bones: A Tale from the Secrets Closet
by Christopher Lincoln
Billy Bones and his skeleton parents live in the closet of High Manners Manor. Billy and an orphaned girl named Millicent become friends and the two of them uncover the secrets of the manor. 287 pgs. (Look also for the sequel: The Road to Nevermore.)
My Haunted House
by Angie Sage A P
Araminta Spookie lives in a haunted house and spends her days happily looking for ghosts. How can Araminta keep her aunt from selling the house? 132 pgs. (Look for other titles in the Araminta Spookie series.)
The Dollhouse Murders
by Betty Ren Wright E A P
Twelve-year-old Amy hears strange noises coming from her great- grandparent’s attic. A long-forgotten dollhouse in the attic holds clues to a family murder in this spooky story. 149 pgs.
Zero to Hero
by Henry Winkler A
Nerdy Billy Broccoli moves to a new neighborhood. He is surprised to find that his bedroom comes with its own super-cool ghost named Hoover Porterhouse. Can the boy and the ghost learn to help each other? 170 pgs. (Look for other titles in the Ghost Buddy series.)
JH (Middle School: Grades 6 – 8)
City of the Dead
by Tony Abbott A P
After a train wreck, fourteen-year-old Derek Stone lives in New Orleans with his uncle. His brother (presumably killed in the wreck) reappears, but isn’t acting normally. Could there be a mystery connected with another train wreck that happened seventy years before? 134 pgs. (Look for other titles in the Haunting of Derek Stone series.)
Gilda Joyce: Psychic Investigator
by Jennifer Allison A
Thirteen-year-old Gilda recently lost her father and wants to communicate with the other side. Gilda spends the summer with relatives in San Francisco and hones her skills as a psychic investigator by searching for clues about a distant cousin’s suicide. 321 pgs. (Look for other titles in the Gilda Joyce Mysteries series.)
The Seer of Shadows
by Avi A P
Fourteen-year-old Horace lives in New York City in 1872. While working as a photographer’s apprentice, Horace encounters a ghost who appears in a portrait. What will happen when this angry spirit is intent on revenge? 202 pgs. (Look for other titles by this author.)
by Holly Black A
Zach, Poppy and Alice play an elaborate game with dolls and action figures. The friends discover that one of the dolls is made from the ashes of a dead girl. Their quest to bury the doll then leads to unforeseen consequences. 244 pgs.
The Ghost of Fossil Glen
by Cynthia DeFelice L A
Eleven-year-old Allie is guided down the side of a steep cliff by the ghost of a girl killed there four years ago. Will Allie be able to help avenge the ghost’s murder? 167 pgs.
On the Day I Died: Stories from the Grave
by Candace Fleming E A
In a forgotten Chicago graveyard, nine teens who have died tell their own stories. The setting of these tales ranges from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day. 199 pgs.
The Graveyard Book
by Neil Gaiman E L A P
A baby escapes his family’s murderer and is raised by ghosts in a graveyard. The boy, known as Bod Owens, has a series of adventures both in and out of the graveyard. 313 pgs.
by Chris Grabenstein E A
After moving to Connecticut with his dad and new stepmom, Zack realizes that ghosts haunt the crossroads near his house. Will Zack be able to get to the bottom of the mystery plaguing this town? 325 pgs. (Look for other titles in the Haunted Mystery series.)
The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall
by Mary Downing Hahn E A P
In nineteenth-century England, Florence leaves an orphanage to live with her great-uncle and great-aunt at Crutchfield Hall. The ghost of her cousin Sophia tries to harm the family. Can Florence stop the ghost before it’s too late? 153 pgs. (Look for other titles from this author.)
The Ghost’s Grave
by Peg Kehret Ea
Twelve-year-old Josh has to spend the summer with his strange great-aunt Ethel. Josh thinks he will be bored, but things become more interesting when he discovers the ghost of a one-legged miner. What will happen when Josh digs up the ghost’s leg bones to reunite them with the body? 210 pgs.
More Bones: Scary Stories from Around the World
by Arielle North Olson J 398.25 OLS
Twenty-two spooky folktales collected from different countries. 162 pgs. (See also Ask the Bones: Scary Stories from Around the World.)
Scared Witless: Thirteen Eerie Tales to Tell
by Martha Hamilton and Mitch Weiss J 398.25 SCA
These scary folktales, with their startling endings, are perfect to read aloud. 61 pgs.
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
by Alvin Schwartz J 398.25 SCH
This book of spooky tales includes stories of horror and revenge. 111 pgs. (Look for other titles by this author.)
edited by Susan Rich J 808.83873 HAL
These very short scary stories by a variety of authors will leave your spine tingling! 141 pgs.