Children's Book Lists: Scary Reads for Grades 4-6

[Printable book list]

Jonathan Auxier / J FIC AUXIER
The Night Gardener: a Scary Story (also available in ebook)
Irish orphans Molly, fourteen, and Kip, ten, travel to England to work as servants in a crumbling manor house where nothing is quite what it seems to be, and soon the siblings are confronted by a mysterious stranger and secrets of the cursed house.

Paolo Bacigalupi / J FIC BACIGALU
Zombie Baseball Beatdown (also available on audiobook and ebook)
While practicing for their next basketball game, thirteen-year-old friends Rabi, Miguel, and Joe discover that the nefarious activities of the Delbe, Iowa meatpacking plant have caused cows to turn into zombies.

Holly Black / J FIC BLACK
Doll Bones (also available in audiobook)
Zach, Alice, and Poppy, friends from a Pennsylvania middle school who have long enjoyed acting out imaginary adventures with dolls and action figures, embark on a real-life quest to Ohio to bury a doll made from the ashes of a dead girl.

Joseph Bruchac / J FIC BRUCHAC
Skeleton Man
After her parents disappear and she is turned over to the care of a strange "great-uncle," Molly must rely on her dreams about an old Mohawk story for her safety and maybe ever her life.

Neil Gaiman / J FIC GAIMAN
The Graveyard Book (also available on audiobook and ebook)
Nobody Owens is a normal boy, except that he has been raised by ghosts and other denizens of the graveyard.

Charles Gilman / J FIC GILMAN
Professor Gargoyle
Robert Arthur begins the seventh grade at a strange new school that has two-headed rats and mysterious labyrinths, in addition to the mean Professor Gayle who is seemingly unconcerned when students begin vanishing into thin air.

Gareth P. Jones / J FIC JONES
Constable & Toop
In Victorian London, an undertaker's son who can see ghosts and is haunted by their constant demands for attention must decide whether to help when a horrible disease imprisons ghosts into empty houses in the world of the living.

Derek Taylor Kent / J FIC KENT
Scary School
Describes a year at Scary School, where werewolves, zombies, and humans mingle and the teachers range from dragons to vampires.

Clare Legrand / J FIC LEGRAND
The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls
Practically-perfect twelve-year-old Victoria Wright must lie, sneak, and break the rules when her investigation of the disappearance of her best - and only - friend, Lawrence, reveals dark secrets about her town and the orphanage run by the reclusive Mrs. Cavendish.

James Preller / J FIC PRELLER
Home Sweet Horror
After the death of his mother, eight-year-old Liam and his father and sister move to a new house for a fresh start, but Liam soon discovers that the old house is haunted.

J. Scott Savage / J FIC SAVAGE
Case File 13: Zombie Kid
The Halloween plans of monster enthusiasts Nick, Carter, and Angelo are thrown into turmoil when a magical amulet acquired from Nick's voodoo queen aunt turns Nick into a zombie and prompts an uproarious effort to break the curse.

Jason Segel / J FIC SEGEL
Nightmares! (also available in ebook)
Twelve-year-old Charlie and his friends must stop nightmares from taking over their town before it's too late.

Jonathan Stroud / J FIC STROUD
The Screaming Staircase (also available on audiobook)
Follows three young operatives of a Psychic Detective Agency as they battle an epidemic of ghosts in London.