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Spooky Reads in the Summertime!

Spooky Reads in the Summertime!


For some reason, every summer I get the urge to take a deep dive into mysteries and thrillers. Forget trips to the beach; I want a trip to a haunted castle! If your J Fiction reader is anything like me, here are some of our newest mysteries and paranormal adventures to tide them over until Fall, the official spooky season!


Summer Spooky Reads

Cover of Deadman's Castle by Iain Lawrence

Deadman’s Castle by Iain Lawrence

12-year-old Igor and his family have been on the run from the sinister figure he calls The Lizard Man for as long as he can remember and he wishes that they could just live a normal life. When they move to a new town, Igor finally has a chance to go to school and make friends. However, a mysterious place in town called Deadman’s Castle calls to him, even when his dad warns him to stay away.

Cover of Fearless by Mandy Gonzalez

Fearless by Mandy Gonzalez

While rehearsing what may be the last show in the Ethel Merman Theater, twelve-year-old Monica Garcia and other cast members are locked in and must try to appease a ghost and reverse a curse. Described as a Scooby-Doo-like mystery, any tween that likes ghosts and the theatre will fly through this book!

Cover of The Many Mysteries of the Finkel Family by Sarah Kapit

The Many Mysteries of the Finkel Family by Sarah Kapit

Sisters Caroline and Lara are only 15 months apart and currently navigating middle school. Both sisters live with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and they hatch a plan to create a detective agency together to solve everyday mysteries about their family and the world around them. Check this book if you want to read about hijinks and a fun family of characters!

Cover of The Mysterious Disappearance of Aiden S. (As Told to His Brother) by David Levithan

The Mysterious Disappearance of Aidan S. (as told to his brother) by David Levithan

Aidan disappeared for six days. Six agonizing days of searches and police and questions and constant vigils. Then, just as suddenly as he vanished, Aidan reappears. Where has he been? The story he tells is simply…impossible. But it’s the story Aidan is sticking to. His brother, Lucas, wants to believe him. But Lucas is aware of what other people, including their parents, are saying: that Aidan is making it all up to disguise the fact that he ran away. When the kids in school hear Aidan’s story, they taunt him. But still Aidan clings to his story. And as he becomes more of an outcast, Lucas becomes more and more concerned. Being on Aidan’s side would mean believing in the impossible. But how can you believe in the impossible when everything and everybody is telling you not to?

Cover of Ophie's Ghosts by Justina Ireland

Ophie’s Ghosts by Justina Ireland

Discovering her ability to see ghosts when a cruel act ends her father’s life and forces her to move in with relatives in 1920s Pittsburgh, young Ophelia forges a helpful bond with a spirit whose own life ended suddenly and unjustly. As Ophelia gets to know this new spirit, she vows to solve the mystery of how she died in this historical novel. Read this to find out more about Ophelia and whether or not she solves the mystery of the spirit in the manor!


Any of these new books can be put on hold through the Evergreen catalog or can be checked out from the Children’s Room. Have a spooktacular time reading these mysteries!


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