Charlie and the Grandmothers, by Katy Towell

Summary: When fearful twelve-year-old Charlie and his bolder younger sister are sent to visit a grandmother they never knew they had, they discover a dark secret.

Knopf

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Fuzzy Mud, by Louis Sachar

Summary:  Two middle-grade kids take a shortcut home from school and discover what looks like fuzzy mud but is actually a substance with the potential to wreak havoc on the entire world.

Delacourte

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Took: a Ghost Story, by Mary Downing Hahn

Summary: A witch called Old Auntie is lurking near Dan’s family’s new home. He doesn’t believe in her at first, but is forced to accept that she is real and take action when his little sister, Erica, is ‘took’ to become Auntie’s slave for the next fifty years.

Clarion

Book of Bad Things, by Dan Poblocki

Book of Bad ThingsSummary:  Although twelve-year-old Cassidy Bean keeps a book of bad things, she did not expect her summer with the Tremont family in rural New Jersey to be one of them–but this year Ursula, a local hoarder, has died under mysterious circumstances, and Cassidy finds that there a great many bad and dangerous things hidden in her house, including, perhaps, her vengeful ghost.

Scholastic

The Night Gardener, by Jonathan Auxier

Night GardenerSummary:  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.

Amulet

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Behind the Bookcase, by Mark Steensland

Summary: Sarah, her brother Billy, and her parents are moving into her deceased grandmother’s house for the summer in order to fix it up and sell it, but this is a house of locked rooms and many dark and dangerous secrets.

Delacourte

Goosebumps Wanted: the Haunted Mask, by R.L Stine

Goosebumps Wanted series

Summary:

When she discovers an evil mask at the bottom of a trunk and puts it on, LuAnn’s Halloween turns into a real nightmare because only an act of unbelievable kindness can remove it.

Scholastic Press

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