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By Hanna Roseen, Coulee City

Young Adult Reads

The Taking of Jake Livingston by Ryan Douglass. Print

High School Student Jake Livingston can see the dead, who are usually no trouble to the living. Jake’s school year gets more complicated when a former student’s vengeful ghost starts haunting him. 

 

Witchborn book coverWitchborn by Nicholas Bowling Print. En Español

The daughter of a witch recently burned at the stake seeks safety from witchfinders and information about her mother’s past, only to be drawn into a political and supernatural war. Set in 1577. 

 

Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell Graphic Novel

Two high school seniors grapple with their last season of working together at the local pumpkin patch, determined to make their final shift as coworkers  an adventure. 

 

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas Print. Digital Audio

Yadriel, a latino trans boy, accidentally summons the ghost of his school’s bad boy when attempting to summon the ghost of his murdered cousin, and Yadriel ends up befriending the ghost after begrudgingly agreeing to help him. 

 

The Initial Insult by Mindy McGinnis Print 

High school outcast Tress organizes a Halloween party at an abandoned house with the goal of seeking revenge or answers from popular girl Felicity, who may have been involved in the disappearance of Tress’ parents years prior. 

 
 
Middle Grade Reads

 

Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega Print 

After accidentally awakening malicious spirits, Lucely and her best friend Syd partner with Syd’s witch grandmother and her tabby cat to reverse the spell and save their town. 

 

Ophie’s Ghosts by Justina Ireland. Print. Digital Audio

Set in the 1920’s, Ophie and her mother move to Pittsburgh after her father’s death, where Ophie becomes friends with a ghost named Clara who Ophlie hopes to help uncover the mystery of her death. 

 

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab. Print. En Español

Cass can see ghosts, so when her ghost-hunting parents move them to Edinburgh, Scotland, Cass meets many more ghosts and another girl who can see them. Together the two girls get drawn into a conflict that spans the worlds of the living and the dead. 

 

Midnight at the Barclay Hotel by Fleur Bradley. Print 

Main character JJ must prove his mother’s innocence of a murder while visiting the Barclay Hotel, with the help of Penny and a lonely ghost. 

 

 

Weird But True! Halloween by National Geographic. Print

A collection of fun, weird, sometimes scary, and true facts from the popular Weird But True! series from National Geographic. 

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