Enjoy Halloween with these Spooky Scholastic Books!

Enjoy Halloween with these Spooky Scholastic Books!

Enjoy Halloween with these Spooky Scholastic Books!

📅25 October 2017, 15:55

Halloween is days away and if you are like you don’t just enjoy watching horror movies, you enjoy reading horror stories as well. Now as anyone who reads this site knows, I have a nostalgic soft spot in me for children and young adult horror books. I’m a big fan of Goosebumps and other books in that vein. This year Scholastic who is also the publisher of Goosebumps offers up some other great books I’ve checked out and below is some details on them.

Shadow House Book 2: You Can’t Hide
by: Dan Poblocki
Age Range: 8 – 12 years
Grade Level: 3 – 7
Hardcover: 224 pages

Poppy, Marcus, Dash, Dylan, and Azumi are all trapped within Shadow House, a sinister estate where past and present intertwine. As they fight to find a way out, the kids think the ghosts of the house are the greatest danger they face. Little do the kids know it’s the secrets they’re each hiding that will prove even more lethal. They’re going to have to come face to face with their fears if they stand any hope of escaping the house alive. Is there anyone or anything in the house they can trust? Or is all hope disappearing, too . . .

I think the next best thing to Goosebumps books for me these days is Shadow House books. These books also have to be some of the best-looking books to be published these days. They look cool and also have good content. So, that being said, it is okay to judge these books by their covers. If you enjoyed the first book you’ll be happy with what you get here. We have a book that seems to come filled with a lot more action as far as the story goes but don’t expect to get every answer to every question to might have. After all, we have to get book 3 now don’t we? This one fills in the history better for our characters. So if you wanted the characters a little more well rounded after the first book you’ll find that you get that here. So, to sum it up, if you liked book 1 you’ll like this, but in a lot of ways this book just set things up for the next book. Which lucky for me I had book 3 right here so I didn’t have to wait to get my answers. But before we get into book 3 allow me to say that I feel you need to get both book 2 and 3 together up front to avoid any issue with being left waiting for a better conclusion to things.

Shadow House Book 3: No Way Out
by: Dan Poblocki
Age Range: 8 – 12 years
Grade Level: 3 – 7
Hardcover: 224 pages

Poppy, Dash, Azumi, and Dylan may have made it out of Shadow House–but the grounds are a whole new nightmare. Someone they thought was a friend is hunting them, and there’s no place that’s safe now that they’ve woken the shadow creature. If they want to survive, they’ll have to figure out once and for all what the house wants from them, and what-or who-they’ll need to leave behind in order to escape . . . or risk being trapped within Shadow House forever.

Without spoiling much for anyone who hasn’t read these books before book 3, I’m going to go lightly on this review to avoid an issue. Let’s just start off by saying this book picks right up where we last left things off without characters in great danger and on the run. As a trilogy, I think the Shadow House books are great for both teens and adults. I think between the three books we have a good story with a start, middle, and end. Even if the only complaint one could say is that the book does seem to end in a way that feels a little too simple This was a big story built up over three books and you expect things to go out in a much bigger and more drawn out way, but I still liked where things went and I am content if we never get another one of these books or if the next series of books deals with new characters. This is a book that gives all the answers that you might have wanted, so in the end, this series of books more than delivers and I’m a big fan of Dan Poblocki’s work.

The Grave Yard Shakes
by: Laura Terry
Age Range: 8 – 12 years
Grade Level: 3 – 7
Paperback: 208 pages

Katia and Victoria are sisters and scholarship students at a private boarding school. While Victoria tries to fit in, Katia is unapologetic about her quirks, even though their classmates tease her. After a big fight, Katia runs away from school. And when Victoria goes looking for her, she accidentally tumbles into the underworld of a nearby graveyard. It is inhabited by ghosts, ghouls, and a man named Nikola, who is preparing a sinister spell that’s missing one key ingredient.

Do you like comic stripes? Or perhaps graphic novels or comic books in general? Well, if you answered yes to any of those, then The Grave Yard Shakes by Laura Terry would be right down your alley. This is a story about sisters and friendship. It kinda reminded me a little of the Goosebumps book Attack of the Graveyard Ghouls. But the similarities might just start and finish with the fact we have spooky things at the graveyard. If you know a kid or you yourself are someone who digs books but don’t really dig the traditional style, you can get a lot out of this comic book format. It’s a quick read and a fun read but I might be more into the traditional stories and the method of telling them. I like comic books a lot, but I don’t think this story was for me. It isn’t a bad book, I’m not at all saying that, but it feels like a book that will fit best with the teens and tweens.

Beanstalker and Other Hilarious Scarytales
by: Kiersten White
Age Range: 8 – 12 years
Grade Level: 3 – 7
Hardcover: 224 pages

What about, once upon a time, a bunch of fairy tales got twisted around to be completely hilarious, a tiny bit icky, and delightfully spooky scarytales… in other words, exactly what fairy tales were meant to be. Grab some flaming torches, maybe don’t accept that bowl of pease porridge, and get ready for a wickedly fun ride with acclaimed author Kiersten White and fairy tales like you’ve never heard them before.

From a pure fun factor, I think I had the most fun with Kiersten White’s Beanstalker and Other Hilarious Scarytales. Stories we’ve heard a zillion times are given a fresh and funny take in this quick and fun read. It also is made all the more fun by one of the most humorous narrators I’ve seen in a book in recent memory. I also want to make it a point to mention that this book is one of the best-looking books you’ll find out there these days and it looks great on your shelf. It could be considered a childish book, but look at who the book is aimed at. For someone in my age group to have fun with it is just a bonus. Some zombies here, some pea soup there, and these old tales have a funny new life breathed into them with this book.

All these books are published by Scholastic and can be found on Amazon and other online retailers.

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